Friday, 21 August 2015

Get Aboard The 4G Express!


Two of the most annoying things in recent times as far as mobile phones are concerned are, battery becoming low at the most inopportune time and sluggish internet speeds (or weak WiFi reception).

When 2G (second generation network) was first introduced, we were all awed by the very technology that enabled us to send messages wireless. Then came 3G (third generation network) that took us by a storm. The speeds were mind blowing and even videos could be watched with satisfactory amount of buffering. But it goes without saying, humans desire for the next best thing and will never (I am talking of ordinary citizens) get satisfied with whatever he has in the present. Just when we thought that 1080p (Full HD) display on our smartphone couldn't get any better, the market is bombarded with 2k (Quad HD) display phones and Sharp has already released the world's first 4K smartphone. 4K is a word that we are just correlating with televisions. Such is the craziness.

And it is the same in the case of mobile internet.
Who doesn't love internet that is insanely fast?
What will you feel when the Facebook app on your mobile becomes suddenly lightning fast, something that just doesn't happen in 3G?
What will you feel when you can access even the most dense web smoothly?
What will you feel when you watch YouTube videos in high resolutions without that irritating, rotating buffer?
What will you feel when you have the ability to download 20-30 medium sized songs under 3 minutes?
Finally, what will you feel when you can do all the above in the background and still video call someone...again I stress...without hiccups...?

Oh, are you grinning from ear to ear now?

And what if I say, I actually did all the above...for real? Okay...don't faint. Get a grip on yourself. Yes, it is true. Its 4G yaaaaar! 4G is coming to mobile. He is going to become our best friend from now onwards. 4G has been there for a while already (over a year). But it had been limited to just Bengaluru and Kolkata initially...er...if I'm not wrong. And that too only iPhones.

Airtel, India's largest telecom operator, first introduced these services. This year, a number of 4G mobiles have been released. Recently, Airtel has brought 4G services to the mainstream, introducing it to over 296 cities. The best part is Airtel is offering these services at 3G rates. Can you believe it?


Wait, there is one more good news. Airtel is offering a free 4G sim (without having to change your numbers) that can be used effectively in a 4G compatible mobile. They are even delivering it to your home. The process is really simple. Getting a Airtel 4G sim is just a tweet away.

Tweet #GetAirtel4G and Airtel will immediately get in touch with you.

Recently I bought the new Moto G3 and guess what, it has 4G support!! Updating applications were pure pleasure, I tell you. For the first time, watching YouTube was pure bliss. It was like TV, for god's sake.

#Airtel4G is amazingly and stunningly fast.



Saturday, 15 August 2015

Sibling Idiosyncrasies!


Being the youngest in the family with two elder brothers, I was the most pampered and regarded as 'cute' for the longest period of time. Now couple that with the Nineties era. It was that time in India when television sets (colour and more channels), personal computers, walkman and music players, mobile phones and Internet came into the mainstream. Yet the entry of those things did not go overboard in a single year. To be precise, these things appeared at the right time, such that we (90s born) were the first generation to have enjoyed them. But still, we did not get too involved with it. It was that time in India when children paid heed to their parents and knew their limits.

So one could imagine the perks I had. But here comes the problem. I had to share with my two elder brothers. This was especially in the case of television. Cartoon network was at its height during the early 2000s. So there was a constant demand and clamour for the remote control. While my first brother would want to watch movie channels and my second brother would want to watch sports channels, I wanted to watch Tom and Jerry.

We had bought the first PC way back in 2001. I have to say, it looked so cool. The excitement I experienced when we first unpacked it carefully and switched it on was pure bliss. Imagine a device with which we could listen to music, see pictures and watch movies, chat with people and play games! Everything on the same screen! Though we had our own computer time slots, sometimes we shared it in a weird way. How you ask? MS-DOS games were very popular those days. Doom, Keen, Dangerous Dave, Roadrash! There was this particular racing game called Breakneck. But it was not just racing. The cars in this game were fitted with missiles and stuff. For the sake of playing the game somehow, I used to play my part in launching missiles. I still remember a day where four of us (including my cousin) played that game. One controlled the vehicle, one applied the handbrake and two of us launched missiles.

Still my second brother doesn't call my first brother by his name but only "Anna". But I, on the other hand, still call them by their names. Strangely, they too seem fine with it. As a kid, I had the extended liberty to call them cow, pig, buffalo etc, though that has now stopped :P. I used to fear my first brother more than my second and also he was the one who has hit me the most (many of them were without warning). Ofcourse, he hits me only when I irritate him such as watching while he was using the system or back answering when he was in a bad mood.

My second brother was rather close and we went to the same school. He used to do or rather was made to do all my holiday homework given at school during the summer holidays. We used to play games together like home cricket, carom, cards and business. Once when we were playing cricket inside the room with a hard-plastic ball, my brother was giving me a hard time. I was not able to play even one shot. I was growing frustrated when suddenly I lifted and swung the bat. Out of sheer luck, I hit the ball and it went all the way to the tubelight. CRASH! The tube broke into pieces and it was littered all around. Though I knew the imminent trouble that I had caused, it was an eureka moment. Ofcourse, my second brother was blamed this time too.

Some of the sibling idiosyncrasies we shared was the raucous noise we made, blatant name calling, teasing and mimicking that one particular relative whom we didn't like much, stealing that extra poori and even being seated at our favourite spot before the other one does. There are many more such distinct idiosyncrasies which we share that just cannot be done anywhere else. Though maturity erased some of it, we still have some subtle things left. Behind all these idiosyncrasies, we still helped each other from crises, give valuable advice, coming in to support at the right time.

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This post was written for the #MySiblingRocks activity in view of Raksha Bandhan celebrations by Indian Gifts Portal. IGP is an exclusive one stop shop online for all your gifting experiences. In addition to the customary categories, there are also categories for the people whom you want to gift and also occasions to gift. IGP has come up with several attractive gifts (apart from Rakhis) to gift for your siblings in view of Raksha Bandhan.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Heartbreak!


13th wow!


"I can't get the image out of my head!", Arjun lamented, tears trickling from his eyes.

Varun, alerted by two other hostel guys, had broke open the door of Arjun's room with his shoulders and saved or rather prevented Arjun from committing suicide. He had darted across the room, caught hold of Arjun's legs who was on the verge of hanging himself from the ceiling fan and had given him the much needed reality tight slap.

"What the hell do you think are doing? HUH!? Who gave you the right to kill yourself?!!", Varun shouted with rage at Arjun. He was slightly taken aback by the sudden change in Varun's demeanour. Varun was Arjun's best friend.

"But Divya . . ", Arjun started.

Again, a slap.

"You two can leave now. Thank you for alerting me. I can handle it from here," Varun said motioning the other guys to leave.

After they had left he continued, "Stop saying her name again, okay! So you saw her smooching some douche on the beach! So, what? That gives you the right to kill yourself huh! Thinking no Divya no reason to live! Yeah, you will only end up proving yourself that you are a loser for real. After death, you will watch Divya living her life happily. Do you even realise the repercussions that you would have brought had you been dead! Did you think of your parents?"

Varun paused as if letting the silence to reignite his friend's temporarily dysfunctional brain.

He continued, now in his silky voice, "It's just a damn relationship, Arjuna! How can you even evaluate it to your life? Think real hard. I know it hurts. But it's not the end of the world. You are just 19 for God's sake! And already you think you know everything!".

Another pause.

"And besides. . .What would I do without you!!", Varun trembled.

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This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

This short fiction comes after a two month hiatus.

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