Wednesday, 27 April 2016

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Inherit College Education from your Parents

"You have to study at XYZ College. I studied at XYZ College. Your grandfather studied at XYZ College…. Your great-great-great-grandfather studied at XYZ College.”
Modern Campus of Lovely Professional University
Does the above line sound somewhat familiar? Our parents often influence our decision of which college to attend and which profession to take up. We often end up following generic advice such as “engineering mein bada scope hai”. We are also pressured by our parents to study at a college or university near our house, so that we don’t have to go live at a hostel.
But times are changing, and career advice from parents is as good as a floppy disk (outdated and almost useless). When the time comes to make a life-defining decision regarding your career and education, people ask you Kya Socha?” and also force their own opinions on you, rendering their question redundant. I’m not saying you shouldn't consider your parent’s advice. Of course you should take what they say into account, but you must also explore all other options. Your future is yours to decide.
The world has changed and while a university or college which advertises that it has been established in the 1800s may impress us initially, in the end of the day, we have to see how the education in a university will help us in our after-college lives. In fact recent years have proved that new universities such as LPU have produced the brightest graduates, who excel at whatever they put their mind to.

Here are 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Inherit College Education from your Parents:
1) Their advice is too outdated.
2) The old universities which have gained a reputation are not evolving with the changing times.
3) Their goals for you might not match your interests and aptitude.
4) Parents do not see that a college is more than just bricks, mortar and books. Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities help develop your personality and give you the confidence you need to face the outside word.
5) It’s your life, and you must choose what path you want to take.

The decision of picking a college shapes the rest of a person’s lives, and thus, requires in-depth research and analysis. Therefore, it is high time you #thinkBIG and look at opportunities provided in universities such as LPU. You can request a campus visit here: 
If you aren't convinced yet, do check out this inspiring video by LPU:

So when you are planning your education, make sure you #ThinkBig!

GAIL - Indian Speed Star : A Revolution in the Field of Athletics

On 22nd March 2016, at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi, GAIL (India) Limited and national Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS), launched a grassroots athletics program called ‘GAIL Indian Speed Star’, which is aimed at unearthing young talent across the length and breadth of India.
NYCS has tied up with Anglian Medal Hunt Company as its Technical Partner for project. The relentless and game-changing ‘GAIL-Indian Speed Star’ endeavours to create a group of athletes with talent which will very possibly bring glory for India in the track events at the world’s most prestigious sporting event - the Olympics 2020/2024. Renowned sportsperson P.T. Usha launched the program along with the organizers Dr. Ashutosh Karnatak, Director (Projects), GAIL (India) Ltd, Rajesh Pande – President, national Yuva Cooperative Society Ltd (NYCS) and Maneesh Bahuguna- CEO, Anglian Medal Hunt Company.
The objective of ‘GAIL-Indian Speed Star’ program is to recognize, pick and care for the hidden talent in athletes. The targeted age group for the project is 11 - 17 years in 100 meters, 200 meters and 800 meters track events across.
Renowned sportspersons like P.T. Usha, Rachita Mistry, Anuradha Biswal and Kavita Raut are the members of the selection committee that will support the selection process and guide coaching camps. As members of the committee their role would include formulating the selection criteria for the 'GAIL-Indian Speed Star' program, and developing the training plans and modules for the selected athletes at the national Level. District trials were organized under the observation of vigilant coaches and selectors, appointed by the selection committee. The selection of the athletes was based on talent identification and the selection criteria set by the selection committee.
Although the project has launched very recently, trials were organized at 55 districts across 10 states in which more than 25,000 children participated out of which 850 children made it to the state level!
Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of state (I/C) Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dutee Chand, Anuradha Biswal and Purnima Hembram; chose determined young athletes from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. 14 boys and girls have qualified for the national level trials while Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan appreciated and inspired the candidates chosen for national level trials
Camp and Selection: The first state level camp and trial was conducted on 27th -28th of February, 2016 in SawaiMaan Singh Stadium, Jaipur where 60 children participated out of which 4 qualified for the next level. The state trials were held in Odisha (14 Selected), Delhi (28 Selected), Kerala (28 Selected) and Jharkhand (4 Selected) followed by Maharashtra and Gujarat in the last week of April. The boys and girls shortlisted from the state trials will now participate in the national camp and selection which is scheduled to be in May 2016 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. Shortlisted candidates from state trials will attend the rigorous national level camp. After the coaching camp, final trials will be held. Winners will be selected based on the selection criteria and their potential. The winners will be given thorough training throughout the year. The top 9 candidates will then be provided with world class coaching for over a period of 5 years with an ultimate objective of one of these athletes to representing India at the Olympics.
For more information on Gail-Indian Speed Star please visit http://www.gailindianSpeed
Also, check out this cool video: 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

New Kadamba Juice Centre - Best Juice Centre in Fort, Mumbai

To all those office-goers out there, I’m sure you know how essential it is to have a place near your office where you can unwind with friends and office colleagues. Well, for those of my readers who work at Fort, Mumbai, I’ve got incredible news for you… Situated at one of the prime locations at Fort, (right opposite Ideal Corner) New Kadamba Juice Centre, is the go-to place for all those who are looking for refreshments. Contrary to what the name may suggest, New Kadamba Juice Centre is hardly ‘new’, but has been delighting customers for years.
The place is not much to look at, but despite its rustic interiors, one can find delicious juices, shakes and sandwiches are reasonably priced and never fail to impress. All types of ice-cream are also available here. Due to the wide number of options on the menu and their being easy-on-the-pocket, New Kadamba Juice Centre attracts hundreds of die-hard regular customers, of all age groups. For those who want even more variety, you need not worry, NKJC is located near some popular places for chaat, samosas, vada pavs and farsaan. Due to its proximity to the Bombay High Court, Bombay City Civil Court, Esplanade Court (Kila Court) and the State Consumer Forum, NKJC is often frequented by lawyers. So if you want free legal advice with your meal, here is the place to be ( : P ).
The staff at NKJC is friendly and are ever-ready to customize the food and drinks as per the customer’s desire. They also deliver to offices in the Fort and CST area. But I highly recommend you go to NKJC yourself and try the food and drinks on the spot and in the open, since Rustom Sidhwa Marg is a very quaint and pleasant street.
If you are looking for the specialties of the place do try the Veg Cheese Grill Sandwich and wash it down with a tall glass of Chikoo+Coffee Milk Shake. Also, the Cheese Chilly Grill Sandwich pairs well with the Anjeer + Apple Juice. For you health-nuts, we have got the Ganga + Jamuna juice. For all the Jains out there don’t worry, we’ve got special Jain food for you too. And if you non-Jains think that Jain food cannot be tasty, come here and get ready to have your mind blown.
I urge all my readers to go there and don’t forget to post your reviews on Zomato here:
Also, please do let me know how you found the place.

New Kadamba Juice Centre is located at:

Fairy Manor, Rustom Sidhwa Marg, Borabazar Precinct, Ballard Estate, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001. If you don’t believe what is written above, do drop by and try them out.

Best Juice Centre in Mumbai, Fort, Milkshakes for office workers in Churchgate, Sandwich places near CST, 

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Indiblogger Unveils – Get Your Business Publicised by Influencers in Just 72 Hours

For those of you who live under a rock, Indiblogger is the largest Indian blogging network that has ever existed. Just a few days back, Indiblogger launched, which is a boon to businesses, start-ups and even bloggers. helps businesses (of whatever size they may be) and start-ups, connect with the right influencers, to help them publicize them their product/service.

What makes different?
It’s not hard for businesses to find bloggers. What’s hard is for businesses to find the ‘right’ bloggers. Businesses generally end up wasting money by paying influencers (who may or may not put their blood, sweat and tears into their work), who manage to reach large audiences, but not the targeted audiences. Now, you can’t be like Nick Fury and spend all your time and energy in putting together the perfect team. If you did that, you would probably have no time to run the business you are trying to promote. Furthermore, sometimes you may want to promote an event which is going to take place in the near future, such as launching of a product/service or some campaign. In such case, you need to get the event promoted as quickly as possible. This system helps you get articles from relevant influencers in less than 72 hours!

How does do it?
Meet 'Automated Influencer Targeting Engine' (Nick named 'AITE'. Yes, it’s still a mouthful to say, but we didn't want to humanize it by giving it an actual name.) Once, the press release is uploaded, AITE automatically short-lists applications by bloggers based on various factors such as internal ratings, rankings and past performance. Short-listed, influencers research with the help of the press release and publish the articles on their respective websites/blogs.

I’m slow. I still don’t get it.
Here is a video, which we hope clears everything up: 

I’m sceptical. Can I try it for free first?
Of course, Indiblogger is currently allowing you to try for free. I suggest you make absolute use of this free trial. Every business can execute one free trial on Free trials are base packages that are given so that businesses can evaluate the system before they invest in it.  Extra reward points are awarded to bloggers who participate in free trials. These points get added to the blogger’s internal ratings and it helps them get a higher preference when applying for paid projects.

What’s in it for bloggers?
Apart from the revenue from paid assignments, bloggers also get to know about new events, products and services before the rest of the world does. If you write a really good article, some businesses may choose to promote your article themselves as well, which will lead to more traffic on your website or blog.

I need more details. Who can I get in touch with?
Anoop Johnson
1004, Spaze I-Tech park, Sector 49, Sohna Road, Gurgaon.
+91 124 4891498
+91 99000 01655

Here is what the Indiblogger Team has to say about
Anoop Johnson, Co-founder & Director of Marketing at IndiBlogger: “With a starting budget of just USD 150, a business of any size will be able to get their press releases published by influential bloggers with a few clicks.”

Renie Ravin, the Founder and CEO of IndiBlogger: “We believe that this system will help Influencers with fresh and new content on their site every day. In a way, you could be writing about the next Google without even realising its immense potential.”

Karthik DR, Co-founder & Business Head at IndiBlogger: “The amount of time that people spend in trying to identify and contact influencers is huge. With, you don't have to worry about any of this as the system just needs your Press Release. The rest is history!”

Here is what others have to say: (subject to verification)
Winston Churchill: “ is going to be a bigger hit than the Dark Knight. I'm definitely going to blog about it.”
Sherlock Holmes: “Data, data, data. I cannot make bricks without clay. That’s why I'm going to take full advantage of the Free Trial of, before Mark Zuckerberg acquires it.”
Anurag Kashyap: “@#*!”
Hope you liked the above article guys. If you did, then you will also be happy to know that this article too, was an outcome of the programme.


Sunday, 10 April 2016

My Experience at Quaker Bowl Indiblogger Meet

Chef Vikas Khanna
Today, Indiblogger along with Quaker, organized an elaborate surprise for bloggers at Mumbai. I attended the event which was at J.W. Marriot (Yeah, Indiblogger always picks swanky places) and found my beloved fellow bloggers waiting for the long over due Indimeet (We were starting to think that the Indiblogger team hated Mumbai weather!). The event began with us bloggers being subjected to third degree torture, by being made to watch Tahir Shah’s, “Angel”. This was followed a light and fun work-out session.  Anoop, our host and dost, then asked first-timers to introduce themselves. Now when you go to an Indiblogger event you can usually expect that something unexpected will happen. This time, the big revelation was that speaking to us about the importance of nutrition was none other than celebrity chef Vikas Khanna! 

Chef Vikas Khanna was a gentlemen and excellent orator. His talk was not restricted to just nutrition and oats, but went into the realm of fruits that come from roses and places to visit in India. He also shared with us some hilarious anecdotes about Punjabis, his life in USA and adventures while at work. The guest of honour also provided us the opportunity to take ‘soup-shots’ (Yes, apparently that’s a thing now) and guess the ingredients contained therein. Chef Vikas Khanna also quizzed us and Quaker gave away goodies to all those who could answer the questions.
If you smmeeeelllll... what the Rock is cooking - It's oats!
Just when we thought that the fun was about to end, we were segregated into teams and got to cook our own oats dish. We were provided with oats, chocolate, vanilla ice cream, dragon fruit, jaggery, chili flakes and many other ingredients. There were so many ingredients that even after preparing the dish there was plenty of chocolate and vanilla ice cream to eat for us. Chef Vikas Khanna then proceeded to taste all the oats-based dishes and rate them based on taste and presentation. We really felt bad putting him through that torture. However, our celebrity chef mustered the courage to eat our creations and survived! Here's some videos of my team preparing a delicious oats meal:-
For those who are interested in knowing the recipe of the dish we prepared for Chef Vikas Khanna, here it is below:Ingredients:-
  • 100 gms oats
  • 20 gms diced carrots
  • 10 gms peas
  • 20 gms corn
  • 15 gms Brocolli
  • Chopped Chilli
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Heat the oil a bit and add the carrots, chillies, peas, broccoli and corn
  • In a separate pan heat the mixture of water and oats.
  • Mix the above mixtures.
Serves:- 1

When it comes to oats, the first thing that comes to mind is Quaker. In fact, because of the reputation Quaker has gained over the past 139 years, ‘Quaker’ has become synonymous with oats. Unfortunately, oats has only gained a reputation as a healthy breakfast, when it can actually be included in any meal of the day. Oats need not be the base ingredient of a food. Due to its mild flavour, oats can be added to almost any other food item, including rajma and palak panner. It is an excellent substitute for rice, maida and other grains.

Awesome Recipe Book provided by Quaker
We come to this world with empty hands and leave with empty hands. But one never leaves an Indiblogger meet empty handed. At the end of the event we were all given a packet of healthy Quaker oats and a recipe book providing a plethora of different ways to use them in our food. We all went home with nutritional food, useful information and great memories. I think that in a couple of months, not only will I be healthy and fit, but also happy and energetic. I recommend all my readers include Oats not only in your breakfast, but all other meals as well. Bon appetite!  #QuakerBowl 

Oh, by the way, the above #QuakerBowl event was covered by Bombay Times. Do have a look:

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