Sunday, 22 November 2015

Three Words That Resonate!

14th W.O.W!


Words are a refined form of sound, with proper shape and structure and one that is concrete thereby enabling humans to communicate, consequently distinguishing them from the other creatures that inhabit the earth.

There are innumerable words that I tend to use in my writing often and come under the favourite category. But there are only a few words that run through my mind almost everyday or resonate with me almost instantly.

The first word would be Paneer. It is one of my all time favourite items. The earliest memory of me having Paneer butter masala was in a South Indian restaurant. Obviously, it was not authentic. The dish had a blood red colour, clearly telling us that colour additives had been added. But somehow this dish with its saucy tomato taste instantly attracted me. From then on, my mother started making it at home (after reading a recipe). Soon after, it became a mandatory household dish that was made atleast twice a month. Chennai, being cosmopolitan, has a lot of North Indian restaurants like the Dhaba where we compulsorily had Rumali roti/ Butter naan with Paneer Butter Masala, which got me addicted to it even more. The golden orange dish with spots of white liquid butter floating on it. Ah, just yum. I never get tired of it. The soft, white cube paneer pieces. Ah, I still remember the days when as a child, I used to do one childish thing - arranging all the paneer pieces and eating them all at one go in the end. My brothers, knowing me very well, taunt me by snatching actions, relishing me wailing. Since then, my mother started making different forms of Paneer dishes like Palak Paneer, Paneer dosa, Paneer fried rice and noodles etc; Even now, my mother after preparing the dish, lets me ( or whichever son is available ) to have the first taste.

The second word would be Magic. Ever since I was a kid, I liked to believe in all the mythological stories like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Then came Harry Potter. It was intense desire and love for it from then on. What I wouldn't give to study at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry. Ofcourse, I could relate to the story very much because I probably read it at the right age. JK Rowling's Harry Potter universe never ceases to amaze me. Each and every character in it, including the antagonist Lord Voldemort, creates a sense of awe even now. As I read every story, it left me with a sense of wanting more of it. As expected, the movies failed to match my expectations. And that is another proof, where words create far impressive imagery in your mind a.k.a the imagination. Not one day goes without the word magic crossing my mind. I yearn for magic. Alas, it is a concept beyond reason!

 The third word would be Electronic. When I was in kindergarten, it was the height of Cartoon Network. Television ruled with its memorable cartoons like Tom and Jerry and the Loony tunes. But my craze was electonics increased manifold with the advent of the new age device known as the computer. Now the personal computer - it was the first time such a out-of-the-world device was introduced in India. The feeling was ecstatic and wonderment. We could play games and chat with people online. Being Online was a kind of satisfaction at that time. Internet, still in its nascent stages, far few people were using it. Yahoo messenger was making me go 'wow' everytime a buzz ring came in. For my brothers, it was Orkut, as I was not of age to use it. Even sending emails created a sense of joy in us. Then came touchscreen smartphones and android which is my current craze. The word Electronic resonates with me in another way too. Of late, I had fallen in love with Electronic Dance Music (EDM), Trance and House music. Nothing matches that feeling of joy and ecstasy and adrenaline when playing it on my speakers in full blast.


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

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Technophilia!


I remember the first time we bought our first personal computer - that pale, white in colour machine with its distinct 'computer' smell. And at once, I am flooded with fond memories of playing MS-DOS games like Roadrash, Doom; the green blinking lights on the old BSNL dial up modem that meant we have established a connection to the internet! With the advent of 4G internet, 256 Kbps seems unthinkable for today's scenario.

In recent years, smartphones have become a craze among the people. Smartphones are becoming more advanced. Octacore processor is the norm these days. The scene is dominated by Google's Android. We are all fascinated by the different apps that we use. But sometimes people are confused because there are many clones available. And sometimes people get used to one app that they ignore a clone that actually is much better and faster than the original. Here are some of the apps that I use and I think are better than their competition.

1. Hike over Whatsapp :

 Hike is undeniably my preferred choice over Whatsapp for messaging and sharing media. It is much fast, colourful and refreshing than Whatsapp. The stickers (smileys on hike) are made to kill. Hike has tons of stickers categorised by different regional languages, moods and even has stickers of famous celebrities uttering classic dialogues according to the situation. In addition to that, Hike can send even files like pdf documents unlike whatsapp. A more recent update enables users to text and share data (100 MB in 10 seconds) without using mobile data (or WiFi) via a feature called 'Hike Direct' to people within a range of 100m. There is also hike calling and hike groups that can have more people as members.



2. MX Player over the Default Player or any:

 The default player is by no means satisfying for me. It is very irritating. MX player is again very fast and I can fast forward, increase or decrease volume or brightness by just sliding my thumb. It also plays almost any format thrown at it.




3. CameraMX over Retrica/ Picsart :

 Both Retrica and Picsart are wonderful apps. I too liked them. But CameraMX does much more than just showy filters and editing. With CameraMX, you can capture pictures and record videos and edit them. Yes, there are far less filters than Retrica, but one would have to be selfie freak to download it just for an insane number of filters. Its editing prowess is comparable to Picsart. The unique feature or one that I would use it often is its ability in the video department. Unlike the default camera app that can shoot videos only in 1080p (which rather takes up a lot space in the memory card), CameraMX can capture videos at atmost 1080p, meaning it can capture videos in 720p or lesser too.  It also has time lapse, one tap capture, pause and record features.



 4. SHAREit :


This app is just wonderful and highly useful and cool too. But you need to have it in both the system and the mobile (sender and receiver). Is your data transfer cable missing or is your time limited to transfer two full length movies into your mobile via the cable or is your bluetooth just slow to transfer a movie to your friend's mobile? Worry no more. SHAREit comes to the rescue. It can transfer any media at lightning speed without cable.


The #Technocrats at Google having released Android 6.0 Marshmallow in their nexus devices is soon expected in other devices as well.






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