Top 5 Best Flagship Smartphones Under 14000 INR April 2017

People are asking a lot of suggestions from me lately regarding which flagship smartphones to purchase under 14000 INR. It is obvious because this year lots of choices are available in the market and choosing the right one for you requires a little bit of research. We have lots of mobile reviews videos on youtube but most of them only tell us about the features and camera quality which is not enough at times. So, I have pinned down the top 5 best smartphones which I think is the best under 14000 INR.

 

#1 Moto G Plus, 4th Gen (White, 32 GB) – Upgradable to Android 7.0 Nougat

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It is a flagship smartphone powered by Moto. The Moto G4 has some really attractive features at this price range. Moto G4 comes with 16 MP primary camera with laser focus, PDAF and professional mode, 5 MP wide angle front camera with display flash. Now-a-days people are taking more and more selfies and front flash kind of takes the originality away from the images, so most of the smartphones has taken away the front flash feature and replaced it with the screen flash to keep the colors natural.

This camera is built with lot of care. It offers advance features out of the box. It has a built in hardware which is capable of taking some of the best shots at low light. You are going to be really happy with its camera feature and the fact that it is fast. It comes equipped with additional autofocus technology which makes your shots look like pro.  

 

Other features

  • Finger print reader for fast unlocking, 13.97 centimeters (5.5-inch) full HD display, 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and 401 ppi pixel density, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow OS (upgradable to Android v7.0 Nougat) with Motorola mobile computing system, including 1.5 GHz MSM8952 Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 617 octa-core processor with 550 MHz Adreno 405 GPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory expandable up to 128GB and dual micro-SIM dual-standby (4G+3G)
  • 3000 mAh all day battery with TurboPower charging (6 hours of power in 15 min of charging)

As you can see it offers you best of class features at this price range with the trust and durability of Moto. I strongly recommend you to buy this smartphone at this price range. Find the instructions to upgrade it to Android 7.0 Nougat on the vendor’s website.

Customer’s Reviews

 

 

Overall Rating is 4 stars

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Just Purchased ASUS A555LF

Hey Techies! I got ASUS A555LF this week and I’m quite satisfied with it. At this price range, this laptop carries some really nice features. The best thing about this laptop is its look and build. It feels great when I carry it on my lap. Another thing that really makes me love this laptop is its keyboard. It has a chiclet keyboard which feels really soft while typing. It is a delight for my fingers. Keyboard feels natural and you will start typing at more than 54 words per minute even if it is your first time :p . There’s a lot of thing I would like to point out in this article, so make sure you read it.

Appearance and Build Quality

The first look of this laptop is amazing. It will surely impress you by its look. I chose silver-black as it appeared more stylish and premium as compared to the other color combinations. The A555LF has a silver ASUS branding at the front surface which feels grainy when you grace your hands over it. Cover of A555LF has a mosaic finish which gives it visual opulence depending upon how light fall on its surface. It’s quite thin and easy to carry around (this is subjective). A555LF has black chiclet keys over silver surface which really looks beautiful. It also has silver ASUS branding just below the screen when you raise the screen. Silver keypad is integrated well with the silver surface which adds the beauty to it. Here are some of the user images of this laptop.

ASUS A555LF Build

It has a good support to rest your palm while typing over the keys. It offers a good space to rest your palms. Also, I liked the fact that it keeps the palm rest cool. I have continuously used it for more than 3 hours and the palm rest never got any warmer.

ASUS A555LF is well endowed with the connectivity and ports you need from a personal laptop. These include: 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI, Ethernet, VGA and RJ45 LAN ports along with 3-in-1 card reader (SD/ SDHC/ SDXC) and Super-Multi DVD drive.

Hardware and Performance

Here are the hardware specification the ASUS A555LF carries,

  • 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-5010U processor
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1TB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive
  • 15.6-inch screen, Nvidia Geforce 2GB Graphics
  • Windows 10, NVIDIA® GeForce 930M with 2GB DDR3

As you can see ASUS A555LF comes with 5th generation Core i3 processor which really gives a smooth performance. I have been using this laptop for development where I need multiple tools and applications working simultaneously in the background and it really is smooth. It never lagged up till now, it has 4 GB DDR3 RAM which allows it to hold more application in the memory to deliver buttery smooth performance.

The A555 has NVIDIA GeForce 930M with 2GB DDR3 to enhance the visual performance. This is one of the main factor for me choosing this laptop. You see, you will not get NVIDIA GeForce 930M with any laptop at this price range. It is the essence of this laptop and enables you to play HD videos and games. Also, It can run most of the games with low to medium settings. It can even run GTA 5 in medium settings smoothly. Although, battery will drain out quickly. Well, if you are going to give it load, battery will inevitably drain quickly that’s for sure. Although, without any heavy duty, I have got more than 3.5 hours backup. Keeping the fact that screen brightness was low and there was no sound playing. It was the backup excluding the multimedia and high screen brightness. Although multiple softwares were running continuously.

It comes with 1tb || 2tb secondary storage which is almost common in every laptop at this price range. You can also extend it to SSDs if you want higher performance.

 

Keyboard & Touchpad

I personally loved the touch and feel of the keyboard. It comes with full size chiclet keyboard. The keys feels more solid while typing because of the overall displacement of the keys. It only has 1.8 mm movement which makes your typing experience more solid. If you are blogger, then you are going to be really happy typing on it. The keys are very well spaced and feels perfect in size. I do not have to move my hand to much to reach all the keys. You can reach all the keys over the keyboard with minimum hand movement which greatly improves your typing speed.

ASUS A555LF Keyboard

As I mentioned above, It has a good palm rest space which remains cool even after hours of usage. It’s touchpad really compliments the keyboard and overall design of this laptop. It is embedded slightly left from the center which gives a little more space for your right palm to rest. It is designed smartly and has taken care of a lot of things. Touchpad has good sensitivity and recognizes many common gestures, most of which are pinch in, pinch out etc… The company says, that it has smart palm rejection. Well, I really didn’t found it that smart. All-in-all ASUS A555LF offers pretty good keyboard and touchpad which will make you happy.

 

Should you Buy it?

One word – DEFINITELY.

It comes with a great build, design, specs and performance. There is no way you can say no to this pc at this affordable price range. I did not find anything which made me feel bad about my decision. This is one of the best laptop that comes at this price range. If you are a low to moderate user then this is going to be the best choice for you. I strongly recommend to go with this laptop. Also, users has reviews it 4.5 stars out of 5 which tells the whole story. Please find the link to this laptop below,

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On the other side, If you are someone who comes in the extreme user zone then you should think for other laptops at higher range. Maybe Alienware series of Dell or ROG series of ASUS. Those are more likely to offer you hardware that will be suitable for you. You can also contact us if you a born gamer and gaming is in your DNA. We build high performance custom pc’s to ensure you live a happy gaming life. We have many awesome custom builds which will guarantee you high performance with a classy look. 

Do let us know if you have any question or I have missed to mention about something. Do share and comment and do not forget to subscribe.

 

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Tips to Use Your Time Effectively

Hey friends, I have been quite busy thinking about the importance of time in our lives. You hear people saying “you get everything when the time comes”, “time heals every wound”. If you notice carefully, you will realize that the most valuable entity in your life is time. We get 86,164 seconds in a day. Yet 90% of us waste a large portion of  this time in doing useless things. By useless things I mean-

  1. Over Sleeping
  2. Over thinking about stuffs that doesn’t matter
  3. Bitching
  4. Day dreaming
  5. Waiting for good things to happen
  6. Partying way too much, etc…

There are a lot more things which you all know better than me that waste our most valuable possession of the day. Success doesn’t come to those who waste their time. If you look at all the successful people in the world, be it Mahatma Gandhi, Mark Zuckerberg or Sundar Pichai, they all had one thing in common – They got success at an early age. Among millions of people on earth, these were the very few who actually used each and every seconds of their day. Success neither comes overnight nor does it knocks the door of few lucky men. Success comes to those who value the time they have right now, right this moment.

A lot of people get confused about what they have to do in their life. They are not certain about the things they want in their lives. Setting your goal is an easy task but it takes a lot of thinking in right direction, failure and experience. How can a person decide that he wants to be an astronaut if he doesn’t even know what an astronaut is. For this he needs to learn about astronomy. Sometimes, you will find yourself in a situation where you have already picked your path but after a while walking into that path you realized that it is not where you want to be. This is called failure and it will make you certain of the path where you don’t want to be. This is a very important part to the road of success. Elimination of the things which you don’t want. The only way to know of it is by walking the path. So, failure itself plays a big role to your ultimate success. To make it efficient you must make efficient use of your time and try to take as many decisions as you can. 

In this blog I will tell you how to make the most productive output from your day. This blog will also help you in becoming a better version of yourself and realizing as what you exactly want from your life. So here goes the tips to utilize the best out of your time in a day.

Wake up Early

Oh yes, assuming that the day starts at 4 am in the morning we all should be getting up early in order to start the day. By early I mean before 8 am. This has many benefits like

  • You get to enjoy the very positive part of the day.
  • You can also enjoy the dawn.
  • You can go for jogging or exercise.
  • If you are a cook then you can prepare healthy and tasty breakfast for you and your family.

Waking up early in the morning saves upto 40% of the time. You get time to plan your day. This will obviously affect your health in a positive way. I think we all are familiar with our ancestral quote – “Early to bed, Early to rise, Makes a men, healthy, wealthy and wise”. Here’s how this makes sense, if you wake up early (say, 6:00AM), then you will have enough time for exercise. Exercise will make you healthy and more productive. You will become more efficient, simply because most of the world is sleeping and you are awake doing things which are necessary. This will surely make you wealthy. Also, you will have a better time for meditation. Morning is the best time to meditate. It is silent, serene, your thoughts are fresh, it’s the start of your day which makes it the most perfect time for meditation. This will surely help you to know a lot about yourself and will make you wiser.

Move your body

Don’t be a cushion to the couch or bed, get up and do some work “move your body”. Do the domestic work if you are so free. Write, read, cycle, code, eat if you are too thin, run if you are too fat. Sitting at one place doing nothing is of no use. Things will happen to you only when your body will be in action. It is a scientific fact that if you can manage to move your body for 1 hour in the morning then you do not need to do anything else in order to stay fit and healthy. Just wake up early and move your body.

 

Be a good learner

There is one thing common in all the successful people in this world.  It is that they all were and have been good learners. A good learning never gets bored from his work.  If you are a good learner then you will be successful in whatever field you try. A learner never gives up on something,  neither does he accepts the things the way they are.  He rather absorbs the knowledge provided with a curious mind to get the to the source of that knowledge. Don’t hesitate if you are given a work that is not your part of interest. Learn from your mistakes,  learn from the nature, learn from people and even a small thing as a pebble.

Start reading books,  good books that acknowledge you about various things in the world.  When Bill Gates was asked as what power does he wishes for?  He replied saying that he wish he could read books faster. If you are not a good learner then these are your traits –

  1. You get easily bored with things and people.  
  2. You cannot stick to one thing that you apply for.  
  3. You remain confused most of the times.
  4. You are not much interested into reading.

Now if you want to be a good learner then these are the tips to follow –

“Read As Many Books As Possible “

“Be a yes man to new things in life”

The more you read the more knowledge you will gain.

 

Gain your focus

Most of the people find it difficult in passing an exam because they have low concentration power.  Also it happens often when a deserving candidate doesn’t gets the job because of the final interview and someone else gets it.  Well it’s all about being focussed and Committing to the moment. Our focus plays a very important role in making a good personality. A focussed person always succeeds. So we must all learn to increase our concentration power. Moreover it’s important to control our mind so that it does not get distracted easily. There are some exercise which you can practice to enhance your focus.

  1. Get up early and take deep breathes – there is no need to make a particular yoga posture. Just sit straight and breathe slowly.  Make an isolation between the outside world and your mind. A regular practice will help you better.
  2. Be observant – whatever work you are doing at any time, be observant to the place.  If you are waiting for the bus then try observing the surrounding. Say it in your head,  I see a blue car going right. Even if you are cutting vegetable then be observant to the way you are holding your knife and the way you are holding the vegetable.

Be grateful

By the end of the day you should be thankful for the wonderful day you had. Even if you had a bad experience and things didn’t went your way.  Just think of that moment in the way you wanted it and thank god for the positive things of the day. Close your eyes and have a good night sleep.

Be happy
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3 Ways to Tackle Every Problem in Life

Hey guys! A lot of people I meet tends to be in some kind of problem. Somehow, they find themselves surrounded by lots of problem in life. When asked what is the problem then they tend to explain the side-effects of this problem but fail to explain the real problem. It’s like they don’t even know what’s the actual problem and banging their heads everywhere looking for solutions. I have three effective techniques with which I tackle problems in my life and it seems to working for me.

 

#1 Identify the root cause of your problem

Find the root cause of all problems

The very first thing to solve your problem is the identification of it. You cannot find answers if you does not understand the question, Right? So, you need to understand the root cause of your problems and believe me it is very easy. There are some questions which you need to ask yourself in order to identify the root cause of your problems. Let me explain you with a real life situation – Let’s say there is a guy named Lucky. Lucky has completed engineering and now he is faced with another challenge of finding a job. Lucky has already tried for one year, even after that he finds himself in the same place without a job. Now, he is getting into depression. His colleagues are not helping him. His parents doesn’t have the same confidence on him what it used to be. Relatives are exerting pressure on him as usual.

Lucky chose to go and meet his old friend Mohan, who already has a job and seems to be doing good in his life. Lucky explained his situation to him that he is facing a lot of problems in life. Now, Lucky has stopped focussing on his actual problem. He has started thinking of the side-effects of his root problem as main problem. Lucky started by saying,

  • My parents no longer believe in me.
  • My relatives are pressuring me in all sorts of ways.
  • My friends have distanced themselves from me.
  • I still don’t have a job.
  • I have no money.

Mohan asked him to take problems one by one and identify those problems in the queue which are not dependent on any other problem. In simple words, list down the problems which exists independently. Those problems which are going to be there unless solved specifically. So, Lucky begin to see matrix. Lucky exactly knew what was the root problem. He said, I’m jobless and that is the root cause of all the side-effects. He realized that if he had the job, then his parents belief would have been the same. His relatives wouldn’t get any point to pressurize him. He will automatically get closer to his friends because the only thing which kept him distant from them was the distance itself. He will have money. Lucky quickly realized the cause of his depression and now he can find an antidote, a solution for this problem. Try to live a Minimalist Lifestyle.

#2 Set a Goal to reach the Ultimate Goal

Goal Setting is crucial

Goal setting plays a major factor in your achievement. If you have right goals setup for you then those goals will automatically take you in the right direction.We you have set the wrong goals then it could affect adversely. Okay, now we need a goal. How can we begin with the goal setting?

There are a few important (key) points that needs to be taken care off, but I’m not going to tell you this. I want you to participate in this. I will give you a few situation and I want your answers in the comment section below. Let’s see how many of you get it right.

Example 1 – You are in middle of a cricket ground. Bowler is coming to bowl you. You need a boundary to win this game. What will be your goal?

Example 2 – You need 1,00,000 INR in one week. What will be your goal setting for this?

Example 3 – You have your exams in a week and you need to complete 5 units. What will be your goal setting for this one?

Let me know your goal setting for the above the situations mentioned above.

#3 Focus

Arjuna Fish eye focus

You have learned the art of goal setting. You have well defined goals setup in front of you. Now, the only thing left is their accomplishment. Those goals are not going to get fulfilled automatically. You will have to focus your thoughts and willpower to accomplish them. Focus on your goals. Do not let yourself deviate from the path. There is only one way to failure and that is lack of focus and willpower to do the needful.

Story time…

There is a very powerful story in our Hindu mythology which everyone (majority of us) have heard of. The story of Arjuna and the Fish Eye. It is a story of a renowned archery master Dronacharya training the Pandava brothers in an art and skill of archery. Master Drona tied a wooden fish to the branch of a tree and asked everyone to target for the fish’s eye while looking at its reflection in the bowl kept below. Everyone came one by one took the stance. As they took the stance, Master Drona paused them and asked the question – “What do you see?”. Everyone gave them unsatisfying answer. One of them said, he can see the tree, the fish, the sky blah blah blah… Other one came and gave similar answer. Then it was Arjuna turn. Master Drona asked the same question – “Arjuna, What do you see?”. Arjuna Replied – “The eye of the Fish”. Master Drona said – “Toh Chalao Baann (Shoot)”. And Arjun released the arrow and Arjuna’s arrow unwaveringly pierced right through the eye of the fish.
Lesson Learned.

If you can focus on your goals with everything that you have. Then no matter what, that goal will get accomplished. Even you won’t be able to stop yourself from achieving those goals once you have set your mind on it. Your mind is a beautiful piece of art/nature. It has the capability to mould the reality. The only thing you need to learn is how can you master your mind. Once you learn to master your mind, everything else will become minuscule in front of it.

I’m practicing it daily and I know how much does it take to keep it focussed at all time. Your mind is one of the most powerful tool in this world which can think independently, so you can imagine how much energy will it take to guide something which can think of its own and is the most powerful. You are that energy and you can guide it. All you need is FOCUS.

Conclusion

The steps mentioned above is how I tackle every problem in my life. I thought this could be helpful for many of you out there looking for answers. I would really recommend you to follow these simple techniques and let me know if it worked for you. If you like the simplicity then please comment and share it in your circle.

And as always,
Be my aficionado 🙂

A Peek inside the MNCs Development Models

Hey friends, I’m going to share my personal experience of working in MNC. The other day I was having a pleasant conversation with someone outside of my company over some chatting app. Conversation was about the company and culture and then it shifted towards the application development process and models. Currently, Agile methodology is the latest trend when it comes to application development. More and more MNCs are moving towards Agile Methodology as a replacement for Waterfall model. So, as we were having conversation about it… She said – “Agile is funny. Waterfall was simple and pleasant.”, and I thought to myself, I also feel the same way. So, it came to me that I should write an article on the same, putting my 5 cents on the topic. Also, it will help freshers who are about to join the company gain some insights.

What is Agile Methodology?

What is Agile Methodology?

I think I should make it clear first. Although agile is not new but most of you might not be aware of this method as it is not taught in most of the colleges. After all, most of the colleges teach useless stuff which have nothing to do in real world problem solving. Well, that’s a whole different topic to talk upon. Coming back, Agile is a software development methodology which took birth in the year 2001 but was not known by the name agile. I don’t know what it was called back then. Agile methodology is a set of best practices taken from all the different models such as waterfall, incremental model and many more. In theory it gives more attention to individual of a team. Agile makes things transparent, in agile everyone stands at the same level, be it manager, technical lead or scrum master. Everything is kept in front of the employee. It really sounds good when told, on practice it severely depends on the individual’s mindset whether they are open to work in the Agile environment.

Agile Summary…

In agile methodology, we get User Stories. User stories from a high level view are simply the tasks that a client wants us to do. For ex – If we want to develop an application which will do some calculations, let’s say we want to build a calculator. Then that calculator will be able to make certain calculations. These calculations can be divided into smaller modules as ADD, SUBTRACT, DIVIDE, MULTIPLY. So, we would divide the development work into modules and each module will be called as a Sprint. Each Sprint is consists of user stories. In this example, We would create a sprint for ADD module. In this we will have the user stories like –

  • It should take user input for two numbers
  • It should add two numbers
  • It should display the result to the user

This sprint will be given a timeline and at the end of the sprint a potentially shippable product will be released. By potentially shippable product, I mean a product which is a working state. This is agile, Simple and sweet. After every sprint you get a working product with one module complete. Obviously, there are lots of other things that goes into making but at the surface we just followed an Agile Methodology.

I’m not going into details or the process of agile here but if you are interested then I would dedicate an entire article for that. Just let me know in the comments below. You can also refer to wiki page for in-depth technical description.

Is Agile Good For Employees

Agile sounds very good, so good that you will never say no to it. The problem comes while practically implementing it. I’m not saying it is not productive, it is productive there’s no point on that but it is productive only when your employees are taking it well. If your employees are not acquainted with this new model of product development then it becomes a nightmare for the employees. The biggest huddle that I felt while talking to my colleagues was the daily scrum meeting. In agile process, team has to conduct daily agile meeting to stay updated with each other’s state. In most of the MNCs, we talk outside of India (mostly USA), so we have to wait till it’s 8:00 PM to participate in daily meetings even if you are done with your work in the afternoon. There’s no way you can go home early. This is one of the annoying concept of agile for most of the people.

Second things is that there are lots of other housekeeping work associated with agile. You will have to do a lot of things everyday, like updating your daily status on the sheet. Inform the team how much work is pending. How much more time is it going to take to complete your task. Where do you stand at a current point. So, you see, there are lots of questions one may have to answer which has nothing much to do with their actual work. A professional software engineer may sometimes don’t take it well. They don’t like to answer each and every single step while they are developing a product.

In my overall experience, I don’t think employees of the company are happy with Agile Methodology. While on the other hand, higher management seems to be enjoying it, because they get to know each and every single thing about the whole application development process. So, it makes them feel in control of the situation which is just an illusion. If you are not from the programming background then there is no way you can understand the work of a programmer. So, I think it just put pressure on the developer as he thinks there is someone keeping an eye on him all the time.

Should we Implement Agile or Not

Agile methodology is not bad if people are willing to take part in each and every process of it. I think agile would be very effective for the organization or the company at the time of it’s start. Small and growing companies can really make use of agile methodology. It would create a healthy environment in the team and everything will be transparent. But for big organizations and MNCs, I don’t think it’s going to be that much effective. Most of the people working in large organizations have become use to the same old techniques. It’s not like the old techniques are not efficient but it’s the human nature to experiment. Who knows what these things are going to evolve into.

To conclude, I would say Agile methodology has been created by taking the best practices from most of the software development models. Agile is efficient and makes things more transparent. But agile cannot be forced to employees. If an employee is not feeling comfortable with all the different pieces that agile brings with it, then it becomes quite difficult for him to keep up. And that’s where the efficiency starts to go down and frustration tends to rise up. So, in my opinion Agile should be brought into practice if and only if all the employees accepts it gracefully. A trial run must be taken after implementing agile methodology, if you see that employees are happy and accepting the process gracefully then you must go with it, otherwise not.  

After all, Agile is not something to be forced. It is just an Idea to bring the best of all the worlds together to make software development effective and fun.

What do you think about Agile now? Let me know in the comments below.

 

And as always,
Be my aficionado 🙂

How I Forced My Friend in Purchasing a New Smartphone

Hey friends, I’m sure that this article title is very familiar to most of you. We all have at some point in time forced our best friends to buy something irrespective of the fact whether they need it or not. We force them because we want to see them with good stuff 😀 Afterall, this is called true friendship :p Recently, I forced my best friend to buy OPPO A57. She is the most humble and simple girl in this modern era. She lives a minimalist lifestyle, be content with what you have as long as it fulfils your needs. A very cool philosophical chapter, but who cares, living with the current pace is also important. So, I had to make her purchase the smartphone anyway.

How it started…

If you have such friend in your circle then you would know how difficult it is to convince such person. I was just looking for an opportunity to make her feel that she actually needs a new smartphone. I started by making comments on her smartphone phone. Let me provide a little background story of her and why I had to make her purchase a new smartphone.

Little Background

She never bought any smartphone in her entire life. The phone that she used was gifted to her by her brother 5 years ago. Believe it or not, people like her exist. Her phone was in a very bad condition and asking for “MUKTI”. It was in the worst condition that I couldn’t see her mobile like that. The screen of that mobile was out so she had to stick it with five rupees wala feviquick. Screen was almost shattered, I still don’t know how it was still working (HTC make robust smartphones). There were 3 cracks on the screen. The phone was not even capable of changing the sim card. She once kept it near a stove, so the plastic cover of sim slot got melted and stuck somehow. So, the sim couldn’t even come out of that mobile. She was using whatever was left of the phone and had no problem at all.

Coming Back…

So, you see, I had all the rights to make such comments. I also had an edge because I also brought a new smartphone about a week ago. I continuously kept mocking her. At the start, nothing much happened. She doesn’t even notice but you see when you start doing it frequently, people notice and so did she. One day we were going to visit our friend’s house someplace in Pune and I forgot my mobile that day. We both are new to this place and lost our way. The only hope for us was her mobile’s GPS and people of Pune. We went with the first option and that was our mistake. Her mobile’s GPS was 5 seconds slower in showing us the right way. And If you are driving then these 5 seconds might result in extra 2km. Believe it or not, it took us more than 1 hour to reach our destination. If we would not have taken help of the GPS we would have easily reached 30 minutes earlier. This incident made her start thinking about changing her smartphone. The same thing happened when we were coming back home the same day Only difference is that this time it was intentional :D. This time she was sure that she needs to get a new smartphone and I was there to support her decision strongly.

The next day we went to the nearest mobile store and purchased OPPO A57 32GB (GOLD). And this was the right decision. She was really happy to get her new smartphone. The smile got stuck on her face. We took loads of photos at the store itself. Then she gave me fulki chat wala treat. Take a look at some of the images that we took that day.

Mobile Store FIrst Click

Beautiful Rano

In a Lift
In a lift, on the way to drop her home
Life Cartoon

It was a fun day.
Thanks for reading 🙂

Oh Almost Forget, Here’s the mobile phone,

Amazon.in link 

Amazon.com link 

 

And as always,

Be my aficionado 🙂

The Power of Introverts

Hey Readers! It is hard to live in an extrovert-dominated society but  after reading this article you will get a different point of view to look at Introverts. SO, let’s start with a question… Are you an Introvert?

Are you an Introvert?

I have always found this question hard. I have always faced a dilemma in answering a simple Yes or NO. This is because people has some sort of pre-defined thinking for Introverts and this thinking will put you in the bucket of Introverts or Extroverts. And from the experience, I can say that you will never want to get in that bucket because there are less hope and fewer opportunities. I request you to read till the end and am sure you will learn a new way to look at people

How?

Well, you might have experienced a similar situation, when a teacher in your school will have a slight favour for some students who speaks a-lot often in class. Who likes to show the world what’s inside their basket. And the vast majority of teachers’ reports believing that the ideal student is an extrovert as opposed to an introvert, even though introverts actually get better grades and are more knowledgeable, according to research.
Well, this is the truth, and in the process, Introverts are often left behind.

Biased Society

Introverts

Now, to see the bias clearly, you need to understand what introversion is. It’s different from being shy. Shyness is about fear of social judgement. Introversion is more about, how do you respond to stimulation, including social stimulation. So extroverts really crave large amounts of stimulation, whereas introverts feel at their most alive and their most switched-on and their most capable when they’re in quieter, more low-key environments. Not all the time — these things aren’t absolute — but a lot of the time. So the key then to maximising our talents is for us all to put ourselves in the zone of stimulation that is right for us.

But here’s how the bias comes. Our institutions, our schools, and our workplace are designed for extroverts. These are made to increase the need of lot more stimulation in extroverts. On the top of that, I see a belief system among people that all the good ideas and work can come from group work. Group think is the way to achieve high performance and creativity.

Bias in Workplace

If you will look into our workplace, you will find that most of our workplace are now an open plan office without walls where you can hear noise and gaze of your co-workers all the time. And when it comes to leadership, Introverts are often passed over, even though they may be more capable and will think intelligently when it comes to handling the pressure. And interesting research by Adam Grant at the Wharton School has found that introverted leaders often deliver better outcomes than extroverts do, because when they are managing proactive employees, they’re much more likely to let those employees run with their ideas, whereas an extrovert can, quite unwittingly, get so excited about things that they’re putting their own stamp on things, and other people’s ideas might not as easily then bubble up to the surface.

Introverts are great leaders

Introverts are great leaders as history tells us
Some of our transformative leaders in history have been introverts. I’ll give you some examples. Eleanor Roosevelt, Gandhi — all these people described themselves as quiet and soft-spoken and even shy. And they all took the spotlight, even though every bone in their bodies was telling them not to. And this turns out to have a special power all its own, because people could feel that these leaders were at the helm not because they enjoyed directing others and not out of the pleasure of being looked at; they were there because they had no choice, because they were driven to do what they thought was right.

Now, when I look back at my life, I have always found people telling me to be more open, take stand, grab the spot light, participate in events etc… and in fact I did listen to them, not because they were right but because I always felt a need to change as I was being left out in the race. No doubt people love extroverts, they are fun-loving, they grab people attention and they always want to be in the spot light. Some of my good friends are extroverts and I really enjoy their company. I would like to say that we all fall at some point, of course at the introvert/extrovert spectrum. Even Carl Jung, the psychologist who first popularised these terms, said that there’s no such thing as a pure introvert or a pure extrovert. He said that such a man would be in a lunatic asylum if he existed at all. And some people fall smack in the middle of the introvert/extrovert spectrum, and we call these people ambiverts. And I often think that they have the best of all worlds. But many of us do recognise ourselves as one type or the other.
What am trying to convey here is that we need a better balance between these two. We need to look at these phases more as a Yin and Yang type situation. Both parts are equally essential in our development. The better balance we can find, more productive we will become. Studies have shown that people who are the most productive leaders are the people who shared their ideas a-lot but also had a streak of introversion in them. This is because solitude is a special ingredient in the recipe.

So, Darwin, he took long walks alone in the woods and emphatically turned down dinner-party invitations. Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr Seuss, he dreamed up many of his amazing creations in a lonely bell tower office that he had in the back of his house in La Jolla, California. And he was actually afraid to meet the young children who read his books for fear that they were expecting him this kind of jolly Santa Claus-like figure and would be disappointed with his more reserved persona. Steve Wozniak invented the first Apple computer sitting alone in his cubicle in Hewlett-Packard where he was working at the time. And he says that he would never have become such an expert in the first place had he not been too introverted to leave the house when he was growing up. Well, of-course, he found Steve Jobs who was the exact opposite of it and together they created the world’s most valuable company (apple) – it does mean that solitude matters.

What went wrong?

If we know this thing so clearly, then why our society is driven by extroverts…This is no surprise to me, though, if you look at the insights of contemporary psychology. It turns out that we can’t even be in a group of people without instinctively mirroring, mimicking their opinions. Even about seemingly personal and visceral things like who you’re attracted to, you will start aping the beliefs of the people around you without even realizing that that’s what you’re doing. And groups famously follow the opinions of the most dominant or charismatic person in the room, even though there’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas — I mean zero.

Now, if you know this then why are we doing it wrong? Why are we making our schools and institution this way? Well, one possible answer is that we are following the western culture. And if we look into the history of western culture we will find that western culture is in fact influenced by the idea that extroverts drive their society. Extroverts bring power to their empire as that era was the era of wars. Extroverts’ people tend to take the command more often than introverts and thus giving birth to a culture where extroverts were often thought of as the superiors.


Conclusion

Things that I want you to take from this article are-

    • Number one: Stop the madness for constant group work. Just stop it.
    • Number two: Go to the wilderness. Be like Buddha, have your own revelations. I’m not saying that we all have to now go off and build our own cabins in the woods and never talk to each other again, but I am saying that we could all stand to unplug and get inside our own heads a little more often.
    • Number three: Take a good look at what’s inside your own suitcase and why you put it there. So extroverts, maybe your suitcases are also full of books. Or maybe they’re full of champagne glasses or skydiving equipment. Whatever it is, I hope you take these things out every chance you get and grace us with your energy and your joy. But introverts, you being you, you probably have the impulse to guard very carefully what’s inside your own suitcase. And that’s okay. But occasionally, just occasionally, I hope you will open up your suitcases for other people to see, because the world needs you and it needs the things you carry.

Now, to answer the first question of this article, Are you an Introvert?

My answer is – I’m an ambivert. I don’t fall in any one of the defined categories. I am the best of both worlds.

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