I walk on a road lush with dreams,
a road of forgotten and veiled dreams,
sometimes slowly, sometimes gaily,
sometimes lost, sometimes profound,
I walk a road of unknown mysteries,
fervently finding my way through the endless path.....

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

More people, more selfies, more enjoyment - mobiistar!

I make your happy times last forever
a nostalgia so deep
a reminiscence so tangible
I make every moment, a memoir
untouched by time or distance
looked on ever so fondly
like a precious soul of princess
embedded in a silhouette of a queen
a twin sister, a bond
an omnipresent friend 
I am priceless yet so precious
I am a selfie!

A happy memory can warm up one's heart even on coldest of days. Every memory is precious, some more than others. The ones we capture through our phones are indeed more dear to us because they are more vivid, having a story, an incident hidden in those colours and expressions. 
Like this one :

A happy, happy selfie! This one is from my college days when I was graduating to be a doctor. 
Contrary to the popular belief that medical college students are bookworms and nerds, we medicos believe in enjoying every moment to the fullest. After all, who can appreciate life more than us?

No wonder, a selfie a day keeps forgetfulness away!

As Joseph B, Wirthlin once said 'some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heart-warming'.
I feel the vividness lies in the details. In those smiling faces, in those expressions of trying to shrink and fit in the frame. As I said, every selfie narrates a story of the time that went by when it was taken. 

This one was of a friend's birthday party and we were all trying to fit in. I am the one in pink scarf. Some of us could snug in easily ( like me;)), others had to manage with only a part of them, a few others after trying too hard to fit in, had to compromise on only their shadows being a part of this memorable moment. 

While taking the selfie, one of us joked,  'yar hum to aa nahi rahe, haath upar kar lo, attendance lag jaegi! ( We are not able to fit in the frame, let's just raise our hands to make ourselves present like we do when giving the attendance) 

This was the selfie that followed

So many raised hands and ghost faces! I luckily managed to grab a major chunk of screen space once again! 

No wonder, this will always be a memorable photo for me. Reminding me of how we enjoyed our colleges days in spite of being neck deep busy with duties, patients, diseases and books. 
But, I so wish that we could have clicked a better selfie, so that those ghost faces too could become a part of this saga and complete the story. 

Haven't we all at some point of time, wished the same? If only we could sneak in a few more of our loved ones? Or if only we could get a clear picture? Why can't our phones be like our memories,incorporating every single one of those cherished souls and all of their enthusiasm and zeal? The struggle is real and it deprives us from having a great selfie experience. 

Fortunately, this era of technology and development hears us and our concerns. 

Mobiistar, a Vietnamese brand comes with a vision to 'enjoy more'.  The mission of Mobiistar is to expand the horizons of mobile technology adoption by providing affordable and uncompromising user experience to consumers.

It basically aims at giving users like us a more enjoyable and meaningful selfie experience.
It has front, dual selfie camera that captures a 120° wide-angle shot. So one can now click selfies without the worry of leaving anyone behind.

I wish we had a Mobiistar during those days, so that my poor friends wouldn't have to trade-off by raising their hands and marking their attendance, instead they could be a part of the complete picture.

But better late that never, making memories is a life long process and there are millions of them still waiting to be created. 

With mobiistar, there will be no more ghost faces and incomplete stories. Just memories, many more, as vivid and accommodating as they are unforgettable. 

With mobiistar dual camera, we could have incorporated those flying caps :)

A selfie that captures all!

To know more about the phone or the brand check out their website : @mobiistar.
Can't wait to make those lively colourful, wide angle memories? ( me, neither!) mobiistar and flipkart have joined hands to launch series of smartphones in India. You can keep a check here :

It's time to take more selfies and enjoy more!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A friend in need is #DefinitelyPTE indeed!

Soon after completing my graduation, I was offered an opportunity to study abroad. I was extremely excited and optimistic about it all.
The idea of living in a new place, amidst new people and learning about them, was beginning to proliferate in my heart and got my blood pumping with ecstasy!

I was reminded of all those movies where the protagonist would back off their bags and leave to explore untraveled territories and learn new things.

Those amazing foreign universities which were brimming with opportunities and avenues.

With a heart full of optimism, I began my endless strife to finally reach my university of choice.

Little did I know, that nothing was served on a silver platter in today's era.

The challenges seemed endless. The paper work seemed like I was writing all my semester exams together!

Everyday, when I had a talk with any of my seniors, they would start off with another set of 'To-do's' and again a week would go by in tracking appointments and managing documents.

I was beginning to give up hope with every passing day. Trying to convince my heart, that India was equally good in terms of education and opportunity.

Now, when I look back upon those days, I feel so naive. Giving up on my dreams because of these trivial challenges would have been the most foolish thing to do.

The problem is, in times like these, you need people who can help you in keeping up the optimism. Like those movies, which project only the positive side.
After weeks of paper work, visa inquiries and a lot of appointments that had gone futile came the time when I had to take my compulsory English test.

I had almost prepared myself for another round of confusion and worry. I made a call to one of my seniors and to my delight and relief he told me about PTE. 

English being a universal language, one is supposed to attain a certain level of score in it to be able to join majority of universities abroad. So, someone wishing to go abroad needs to give a language based test and get a desired score.
Needless to say it is one of the most important aspects of one's journey abroad and specially if one is going for the purpose of education as your score plays a significant role in your selection to a particular place.

So, I was obviously anxious about the whole process ad confused as to which test should I chose. 
I eventually chose PTE and #DefinitelyPTE was the best choice.

Pearson Test of English Academic or PTE academic is a computer-based language test that offers candidates the fastest, fairest and most flexible way of proving their English language proficiency for immigration and student visas.

PTE has a shortened and simplified pre and post-test process and is designed to minimise the stress.
Needless to say that it is a computer based and chances of human bias are negligible. 
The results are so quick, just within 5 working days.

PTE exam structure is quite intelligently designed and is not just user friendly but authentic too. 

PTE exam structure

I am sure many of you might be worried about how to prepare for it all before actually giving the test and being able to score good.

So, PTE has prepared mock tests and preparation packages for those of us who need to feel fully confident before preparing for the test. 

I used ptepractice and took timed mock tests which helped me perform much better in the real scenario. Apart from online practice test, they also provide books for in-depth and detailed  preparation to improve ones score. So thankful to PTE for this as it genuinely improved my scores.

Comparson of PTE scores with IELTS and TOEFL

Now, recognition of PTE was as important as anything else. And to my happiness, PTE is identifid by all the major universities throughout the world.

Most of the major universities of Canada, Germany, China, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Malaysia, Poland, UAE and UK accept it. Not to mention the prestigious institutions such as Stanford University, Harvard University, and Imperial College London.
PTE is also accepted for visa purposes in Australia and New Zealand as well. 

The amazing thing is that you need to take the test just once and then on you can send your score directly to any number of universities an countries you want!

I also remember that during this process of preparing and making all documentations correct, I had another set of problems that I faced often.
 They were : Clashing of appointment timings for two things like maybe a test and visa inquiry. 
Another was inflexibility of schedule which lead to chaos on many occasions.

With PTE I never had to face any of this. Thanks to the availability of test which is about 360+ days in a year and 5+ days a week, And it can easily be booked online or through phone. 
The details of which is available on their website HERE @ English Language Test.

The test centres are located in more than 50 countries worldwide and with multiple centres in each. 
In India, it is available in states like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Punjab, Chennai and many more. 

Inspite of all the information available, PTE understands that an exam creats lots of confusion in everybody's mind and if one knows clearly what to expect at a test centre, it eases things to a great extent. So, PTE has released this video which is wonderful and detailed at the same time.

Do check it out to know, what to expect in the test centre.

#DefinitelyPTE helped me in getting a good score on the test and apply to the university of my choice. It came as a friend when I needed things and situations to be understanding and easy for me.

I this span of few months of preparing to go abroad I learnt a few things. One of them was that never give up on your dreams just because you can achieve something else easily.
Also, when we seriously and genuinely set off to achieve our target, it may happen that initially we feel we are alone or helped by no one but as we move in the directions of our dreams, friends and well-wishers join us and guide us. 

PTE came to me as one of those and I will be forever thankful to it for that.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thirsty times ahead - Save every drop!

'Why is there even a need to save water?' 70% of earth's surface is water after all,we will never be short of it.' I have heard a lot of people retort.

I wish I could make these 'geographically aware' individuals understand that out of this 70%, 97.5% is seawater unfit for human consumption.
Probably, if they had paid heed to what Samuel Taylor Coleridge said in his Rhyme of the ancient mariner- 'water water everywhere, not a drop to drink', they would have understood things much better! 

Water demand globally is projected to increase by 55% between 2000 and 2050. Much of the demand is driven by agriculture, which accounts for 70% of global freshwater use, and food production will need to grow by 69% by 2035 to feed the growing population. Water withdrawal for energy, used for cooling power stations, is also expected to increase by over 20%. In other words, the near future presents one big freshwater drain after the next. And both populations and temperatures are ever-rising, meaning that the freshwater we do have is under severe pressure. (Source : BBC report)

The situation is worth pondering upon, if one really desires that their future generations do not die of droughts and water scarcity.

Another news report by BBC suggested that human water use is about 18% more than it was thought and could increase to 20% in the near future.

Our water situation seems to be getting worse because there is excessive ignorance about it. We receive water as soon as we tap on our taps and as long as we need it. How is one suppose to know what lies beneath the iceberg?

According to various reports, each person uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day on an average. Quite surprising. Not even a handful of world's population would be aware of it.
So in terms of sensitization, we have a long long way to go. The catch is, situation seems to be going out of our hands at a much faster rate.

So, this matter should be treated as most urgent and rebuttal measures be taken as soon as possible.

Fortunately, there is a LOT that each one of us can do no matter, where we are and what we do, water conservation is something which can be done by all of us.

Source :HERE

Here's something which I plan on doing

1) Create Awareness - Like I said, there is extreme ignorance when it comes to water consumption and water shortage. This needs to be tackled first and foremost. 

2) In our day to day routine, there are many subtle ways of saving water like 

- Using showers instead of bathtub
- Closing the tap while brushing our teeth
- Checking for water leaks in flushes, taps and places
- Using washing machines, dishwashers etc. that use water judiciously

3) Water is indeed a necessity of life. But, with judicious use a lot of it can be saved on daily basis.

4) Ways to check on water pollution Especially pollution of fresh water bodies should be deemed criminal.

5) Rain water harvesting and other basic measures to re-use and re-cycle water need to be propagated more than ever now.

6) If possible, measured quantities of water should be used for daily activities like bathing, cooking, cleaning. This may seen tedious a first but don't we measure and use all things which we pay for? So why not water.
It's only when we consider a resource precious, that we can truly care for it.

7) Livpure, has started a very creative initiative called #cuttingPani to impress upon on importance of saving water. Such initiatives should be taken by other organisations and companies as well.

Water scarcity is equal troublesome for each one of us. It is not something which is restricted to a specific strata of society.

So, let's pledge here and now, that a resource as important as water will be considered precious by us. Sign the petition HERE and make this initiative a success. 

LivPure has also released a few advertisements  on this #CuttingPani initiative by them.
I liked this one the most. Do have a look. 

And all those who still question, why me? Bindi Irwin has answered your question beautifully 

"I want my children and my grandchildren to live in a world with clean air, pure drinking water, and an abundance of wildlife, so I've chosen to dedicate my life to wildlife conservation so I can make the world just a little bit better".