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Sunday, August 14, 2016

The story of suicide: From the end to the start.

The coming of age novel The Story of A Suicide by Sriram Ayer speaks about the sensitive time that is youth. the story revolves around four key characters Hari,Sam,Mani and Charu. The story-line is enthralling which keeps you hooked. I devoured this book in one sitting. I liked the clever idea of the author to start the opening chapter with a suicide letter. It has an instant impact and stuns the reader immediately. The theme is relevant. The characters are neatly sketched and are very relatable. The parallelism of the four character's journey results in a curious page turning read. 

In the chapter 'I am gay' we are introduced to the first character Hari. Hari is gay but hasn't come out of the closet yet. we see that Hari lives in a  close knit happy family. Hari kept his visit to the national seminar on rights of sexual minorities a secret from his family. his hurried and nervous exit from the seminar throws a light  on the state of homosexuals in our society. Being insecure about our true self and try to hide it from the society especially from our family in order not to upset them or be ridiculed for not being 'normal' is a cruel reality we need to confront as a society. In the chapter 'I love you' Hari's traumatic past experience is revealed. 

In the chapter 'Do you even care' we meet Sam. Sam is a rich and handsome tech geek who is obsessed with posting every little updates of his life on twitter. His relationships often suffer because of his carefree attitude. His complicated relationship with charu and how he deals with rejection, jealousy is perfectly depicted in the story. his pot smoking sessions and manipulation by Aditya brings new twist in the tale.  

In the chapter 'Take care of my son' we get familiar with Mani's backstory. Mani's character bears a striking resemblance to Raju Rastogi (sharman joshi's character) from 3 idiots. He comes from a poor family who used to be a child laborer. He was raised by his mother alone. His academic excellence attracted attention of authorities who funded his education. so clearly a lot of hopes and expectations were riding on his shoulders. eventually he is disappointed by his failure in academics and can't cope up with pressure anymore. he tries to commit suicide but fortunately is saved by Alex and others in nick of time.

In the same chapter we are introduced to Charu, a character who is feminist, headstrong woman with enchanting beauty who won't bow before anyone and fights back when tough times befalls her. When her privacy is violated as her illicit pictures are taken without her knowledge and she is blackmailed, her emotional break down and trauma feels so real that makes you want to give her a hug and tell her 'everything is gonna be alright'. you think Charu is over but she quickly comes to senses and gets a hold of reality. 

The real gem of this book, however, are the secondary characters: 
Hari's Father Mr. Narendar Hegde who is proud of his son's achievements but just can't accept the fact that his son is gay. 
Anjali, The extremely supportive elder sister of Hari and 'Monica' of the Hegde family. she is caring and totally a  'I'll be there for you' type friend to Hari. 
Alex, a professor at KIT Madras who has a unique and interesting style of teaching. He proves himself a savior by saving Mani's life and then lending helping hand to Charu. He is one of those people who do as they preach.
Aditya is a extremely manipulative boy and a drug addict. He is the 'friend' who our parents warn us to stay away from.

 The novel is not just another finding hope story and seeing the sliver lining. The novel touches subjects that are sensitive and not often talked about like depression, sexuality, bullying, abuse,peer pressure etc but nevertheless demands attention. while books around these topics can tend to get indulgent or preachy, Sriram Ayer handles the sensitive subjects with poignancy and grace. It can be a challenging read for some but a must.   
 Sriram Ayer has put in efforts to make every exchange between characters authentic. they use urban lingos which teens nowadays use. the raw honesty with which the characters interact and speak their mind makes it a refreshing read. All the characters are going through some kind of insecurities and deal with it differently which makes the readers get a well-rounded sense of their motivations. The novel has enough heart to make you sincerely care about the characters. It delivers constant punches of unpredictable twists and intrigue.
for example, when charu saw her photo in the phone and broke down. call me pessimistic or what, I thought 'oh no, she's going to commit suicide' but I was pleasantly surprised when she did not and instead sought help from Alex.   
At its heart the story is about catastrophe, survival and self discovery. It is extremely important that all teenagers and adults read this book. All in all, The Story of A Suicide is thought-provoking, troubling and captivating.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Capstona - Forays into Decorative and Bold Multi-Purpose Tiles

Capstona – Udaipur based natural stone products manufacturer and supplier – announced on Monday, 13th June 2016 its entry into Multi-Purpose Natural Stone tiles.

Natural stone products such as natural stone wash basins, natural stones for decor purpose, natural stone borders, etc. are on a boom in the country. All thanks to the paradigm shift from stereotypical decor pieces to something that is elegant and robust.
Capstona recently announced its foray in multi-purpose tiles that could be used as either elevation tiles for home, tiles for exterior wall cladding or simply as wall tiles. These tiles by Capstona are incredibly designed and meticulously crafted out of natural stones, thereby preserving the premium quality of the same.
Be it elevation tiles for home, exterior wall cladding tiles or wall tiles, they are available in different patterns, colors, and design. With their elegance, gloss, and charm, they are sure to cater to the unique taste of the people for decor. A perfect alternative to wallpapers and wall paints, the wall tiles offer a complete makeover to the abodes and captivate onlookers with their appeal.

The multi-purpose tiles are manufactured keeping in mind the factor of durability. Thus, the elevation tiles, exterior wall cladding tiles, etc. are made to stand the test of time and toughness.

While announcing the multi-purpose tiles, one of the executives of Capstona mentioned, “Like our other collection, our wall tiles, exterior wall cladding tiles and, elevation tiles for the home are handmade and carved out of top-notch quality natural stone. We don't compromise on quality and therefore, every precautionary measure has been taken right from their design to carving. Our new offerings are sure to escalate the elegance of your abode and/or office space with their magnificent looks.”

CAPSTONA - Blue Bird Minerals is the established brand in the field of natural stone products. The artistry of its master artisans tuned with modern technology makes their collection one of the finest available in the market.

CAPSTONA symbolizes beauty and art in the market of natural stone. Its intricate colorful patterns and images reflected in the austerity and solidity of stone are marvelous and appealing.

For more information on the Multi-Purpose Tiles, visit: www.capstona.com

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fanmojo.in brings micro fantasy cricket game for mass India reach

 For 500 million proud cricket fans, Fanmojo provides an added layer of entertainment for cricket followers to easily cash out their knowledge of the game.

Fanmojo is a micro fantasy cricket platform where a community of fantasy cricket enthusiast compete with each other by participating in free and paid leagues.

What is Fantasy Cricket?

For the uninitiated, Fantasy cricket is a format of online gaming where users can compete with other users for free or stakes by creating their teams of 11 players based on upcoming cricket match event. The team is allowed to be created before the match event begins.

The winners are decided based on a point system which includes real player performance in consideration. The user team with maximum points at the end of match wins the crown and takes the glory.

How is Fanmojo different?

Unlike traditional fantasy cricket websites, Fanmojo offers Micro fantasy contests that makes it very easy for everyone to participate. Instead of 11 player team, users create their team by selecting top 5 batsman that will score maximum runs in the upcoming match event.

“The reason for us to go micro was to make it simple and easy to understand for every age old group to participate.” says Karanpreet, CEO and Cofounder of Fanmojo.in.

“After market research and user interviews we got to know that not many people know about fantasy cricket except for college going students. ” adds Dhiraj, CTO and Co-founder at Fanmojo.in

“To make the game click with mainstream audience we adopted micro fantasy format within legal boundaries and it worked and still evolving with user feedback.” continues Dhiraj.

“Once explained about the game, people got excited and majority are still playing with us on daily basis. We got our initial set of users during the interviews.” continues Karan.

About the Founders and Progress so far

Fanmojo is started by team of two who are Stanford alumni and experienced entrepreneurs who have sold their startups earlier. The team also have an esteemed lawyer as adviser on-board who specializes in gaming and fantasy law. The company is based out of Gurgaon, Haryana.

Fanmojo was launched in April, 2016 and has about 5000 users signed up in a short period of time. The majority of users are College students and IT professionals who play regularly with average of 60-100 daily leagues played on daily basis.

Our users like the easy to play format and quick cashout feature of our website” as per Dhiraj.

How to Play

Playing at Fanmojo is very easy, Users can signup with Facebook and select any upcoming match that he/she wants to play.
1.       User then can then create his/her team by selecting top 5 batsman and one best batsman for double points.
2.       User can select any contest he wants to play. Contest are either free or paid.
3.       Each contest have 50% winning chances and users can select to play in 2, 4 and 8 member contest.
4.       Paid contest have entry fees of Rs 50, 100, 250, 500 and winning prizes of  Rs 85, 175, 450, 900 respectively.
5.       Users can pay from PAYTM payment gateway using PAYTM wallet or Net banking/credit card.
6.       When the match goes live, Users can track their live scores/points from leader-board.
7.       Once the match is completed the prizes are sent to winners PAYTM wallet within one day.

How to play images :

Winners and Payouts

After the match is completed, winners are assigned rank based on their total points. The prize amount is sent to their PAYTM wallet directly within one day. In case of a tie or match abandonment due to rain etc, entry fees is refunded back to PAYTM wallet within 24 hours.

Fantasy games and e-sports are still novice in India unlike the US and will surely be more popular among mainstream audience. Things are just getting started.” adds Karan.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Creating a one stop solution for verification, AasaanJobs to source verified candidates to recruiters

Upgrades hiring process by simplifying verification method

 AasaanJobs.com, a leading recruitment company for entry-level and mid-level jobs in India, announces its plan to offer verified candidates for interviews to employers (clients), simplifying the job hunting and verification process for both job seekers and recruiters, respectively.

As a norm, most employers conduct background verification only after a candidate has been selected for the interview in a firm, and if the candidate fails the verification process later, then it affects both parties. Additionally, it takes anywhere between 7 - 30 days for verification to be completed, depending upon its complexity. If it’s unfavorable, the company not only has to let go of that person, but also lose out on costs incurred while hiring and training them.

To eliminate this issue, AasaanJobs has tied up with several top agencies that specialize in conducting thorough background verification of prospective candidates. With these tie-ups, it also hopes to develop a one stop solution that encompasses recruitment and verification for all employers, powered by verification agencies which can augment a job seeker's profile. Vetting information such as skills, educational background, history, ID proof, address proof, Aadhar verification etc., will enable worthy candidates to appear more trustworthy to employers and help them secure suitable jobs.

Commenting on this development, Siddharth Gupta, Head of Marketing and PR, AasaanJobs said, “The job market in India has become extremely competitive over the years owing to constant development in every sector. This development has resulted in increasing demand for highly skilled professionals who can thrive under work pressure. Catering to that demand, we have created a simplified solution that can elevate the dynamics of job recruitment, benefiting both recruiters and prospective job seekers efficiently. The new move to provide verified candidates is massively going to move the market in terms of elevating trust on candidates being hired, a crucial part in the core operations of many employers.”

Candidates verified through AasaanJobs will certainly be trusted by clients and employers while going for an interview. Companies can be assured that these candidates are pre-verified. Additionally, the employers can request additional verification features as required. They can conduct their hiring process peacefully, only focusing on the candidate's skills without having to invest in further verification.

Verification agencies that have collaborated with AasaanJobs get an incentive for profiling candidates. They also get access to a large pool of job seekers on whom they can conduct verification checks, and therefore, serve the purpose of improving the entry level recruitment ecosystem.

About AasaanJobs:
Aasaanjobs is an online marketplace for entry-level and grey/blue collar jobs. Founded in November 2014, Aasaanjobs is based out of Mumbai. It provides a platform for recruiters and job seekers to interact seamlessly. An end-to-end recruitment service in the entry level recruitment and staffing space, Aasaanjobs bridges the gap between employers and job seekers through a two-way matchmaking system on their web portal as well as mobile app. For more details on the various services that Aasaanjobs provides, one can visit their website  (www.aasaanjobs.com).

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Javed Akhtar's 'The Golden Years' wardrobe decoded!

 While it is not uncommon to spot an embroidered kurta or a sherwani at Indian weddings or festivals, what emerged as an important exposé on the fashion runways,this time,was that designers positioned traditional Indian menswear in the wardrobes not just as festive wear, but also as formal, casual or even club wear. 

Having said that, Noted lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar is trending for all the right reasons. he is giving us some serious wardrobe envy with his ethnic style. his latest show The Golden Years’ A Musical Journey With Javed Akhtar airs every sunday at 8pm on Zee Classic. Javed Akhtar will present the untold stories of musical maestros of 1950-1975 era and their soulful renditions from that period. its a show not to be missed! Also not to  be missed are Javed Aktar's classy outfits which he is seen sporting on the show.  his love for kurtas is very well known. he is spotted wearing hand-woven ensembles in unusual designs and stunning kurta buttons in silver and beads.His variety of carefully crafted kurtas along with silver and oxidized buttons are the talk of the town. We give you an exclusive sneak-peak into the world of Javed Akhtar’s ethnic wear and reactions that followed.

Cues we get from Javed Akhtar’s style quotient:
Custom made is the way to go
His regal kurtas are custom made for him with an eye for detail starting from the cloth to design, lining, and style, combining the perfect accessories to add the wow factor. The designer ensures that the handwork and the colors complement each other seamlessly. You can choose from an array of block prints, khadi, applique, embroidery, patch work, linen, and many more.


Color it up
Gone are the days, when men only sported white and black kurtas. Opt for bright and unique colors like orange, blue, burgundy and even yellow. If Javed Saab can pull it off, so can you! You have the freedom to experiment with contrasts and mix match too.


Accessorize right
Accessorizing well can elevate the look of an outfit in more ways than you can imagine. Kurta buttons are making a statement (see images below) and can add grandeur to your look. You can also choose from pocket watches, dupatta, brooches, drapes, etc to make a statement. 


Get ready to walk down memory lane through The Golden Years  A Musical Journey With Javed Akhtar, every Sunday at 8 PM only on Zee Classic