Padharo Mhare Des

We all need a timeout from time to time, to get away from pressures of work and mundane life at  home. From time to time, we all need to step away to recharge, relax and rejuvenate from the stresses of life.  And a vacation provides just that. The mere thought of exploring unknown places, trying out different dishes and cuisines, meeting new people, spending quality time with family and friends, gives a boost to the weary soul and mind!

Over the years, I have seen that visiting Jaipur is on the wish list of almost all the people I have met. As soon as somebody gets to know that we stay in the pink city of India, their eyes sparkle with excitement and animation which is followed by a barrage of questions and queries. I can so understand and relate to their fascination and admiration for Jaipur.

Jaipur, without a doubt is a perfect holiday destination. It has timeless appeal in its rich cultural heritage with majestic palaces and massive forts; vibrant colours and streets bustling with life; lip smacking food and colourful bazaars to shop till you drop. Friends and acquaintances ask me all the time about how, when and what to visit and do in Jaipur.  Let me plan a perfect vacation for you in Jaipur. Padharo Mhare Des…

How to Reach Jaipur

Jaipur, a tourist’s paradise is connected to major cities of the country with domestic flights from all Airlines operating on a regular basis. Jet Airways , SpiceJet, Air India, IndiGo, GoAir have daily flights to and from Jaipur. You may travel comfortably by numerous bus and train options too. And if you plan to self drive then the roads leading to Jaipur are well-connected by National Highways 8, 11 and 12. The Delhi-Jaipur National Highway offers a smooth ride (260 kilometres) with plenty of restaurants and amenities on the way.

Places to Visit in Jaipur

The major irresistible attractions of Jaipur are its palaces and forts which are resplendent of their royal heritage. City Palace with its the regal architecture, offers a stunning view of the Pink City while the Hawa Mahal and  Jal Mahal reflect the scientific bent of mind of the Kings and the craftsmanship of the artists.

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Located on top of hills are the three forts, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort and NaharGarh Fort give the bird’s eye view of Jaipur city. They have extensive walls, watch towers, several temples and many citadels.

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Other historical places that must be visited are the Jantar Mantar Observatory, Isarlat (Swargasuli), Albert Hall Museum and the entire Walled city of Jaipur. Sight seeing of all these forts and palaces may take 2 entire days. Yes, there is so much to soak in and admire these rich historical heritage.

Temples like Govind Devji and Moti Doongari are pretty famous and auspicious. The deities here are  worshipped by the erstwhile royal family.

Dig into Authentic Rajasthani Food

A trip to Jaipur (or anywhere in Rajasthan) is not complete without digging into traditionalghewar.photo by cherian thomas and authentic Rajasthani food. Churned from the royal kitchens, Rajasthani cuisine reflect indigenous traditions.  So,  dal bati churma, laal maas, kachoris or ghevar are a must Kachorimust eat at Jaipur.  And so are the pyaz ki kachouri from Rawat Mishthan Bandhar, Sahu ki Kachori at Chaura Rasta, Gulab Ji Ki Chai at Ganpati Plaza, Sharma Chaat at Johri Bazaar, Ramchandra ki Kulfi, Murli Paan Shop. Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar at Johri Bazaar offers some excellent local sweets and food.

Chokhi Dhani is an ethnic village resort that captures the vibrant spirit of Rajasthan and ensures a perfect Rajasthani experience.

Shop till You Drop

A paradise for shopaholics, the old bazaars of Jaipur offers some of the best shopping Camel-Leather-carry-bag-at-Sireh-Deori-Bazaarexperiences. Jaipur is home to India’s largest and the most fabulous collection of jewellery of all types – precious stones and gems, semi-precious and handmade jewellery and you can find them at Johari Bazaar. Tripolia Bazaar is known for its lac jewellery, bangles, Colorful-joothis-available-at-Nehru-BazaarBandini tie and dye fabrics with rich embroideries and designer carpets, brass ware and other traditional wares. Bapu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar for colourful Rajasthani dresses and jootis and general street shopping. Shops at MI Road are known for antiques, blue pottery, gems and jewellery. Badi and Choti Chaupad and  Chandpole Bazaar offer some unique and traditional items to shop too.

Best Time to Visit

October to March is the best season to visit Jaipur. It’s the winter season and perfect time to spend outdoors. July to September is the monsoon period and is a good time if you wish to avoid the peak tourist season. April to June are particularly harsh with temperatures rising up to 48°C during the day but the mornings and evenings are pleasant.

A trip of 3-6 days is an ideal one to soak in the beauty and grandeur of Jaipur.

If you have some more time, then you can explore some weekend getaways near Jaipur too.

Padharo Mhare Des! Come, explore the wonders and sites and take a peek into into Jaipur’s royal history and heritage. So are you ready, with the packed bags!?!

A Thousand Unspoken Words

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Author: Paulami Dutta Gupta
Publisher: Readomania
ISBN: 978-81-929975-9-9
Number of Pages: 213
Price [INR] : 250
Genre: Fiction / Romance

Someone needs to fight for the cause, someone needs to raise his voice, someone needs to inspire. And that someone is a hero. But what if that hero falls off the pedestal. A Thousand Unspoken Words is the unique journey of a hero who falls.

A Kolkata based writer who uses the nom de plume Musafir is attacked for raising voice on the social and political scene in Bengal. The incident shakes him and he leaves the ideals he believed in so passionately a while ago to pursue money and fame and the accompanying comforts. And thus the fire-brand hero falls.

But Tilottama, passionate fan’s hopes don’t. When he comes back after many years as Riddhimaan, emotions, love and lust take charge and an affair brews. Will she bring back her hero? Will he rise again? Or will the thousand untold words, the many stories of the ideal writer be lost forever?

A Thousand Unspoken Words  is classified as a Fiction / Romance, but it is far from the regular mushy love stories. It is actually a journey of self discovery for not only the protagonist, Musafir/Riddhimaan but also a path of reflection and transformation for other characters too. For Musafir/ Riddhimaan, it is a quest to find out which one of these two identities is the real self while Tilottama, reflects and delves whether she should be searching for Musafir in Riddhimaan?

One of the highlight of A Thousand Unspoken Words is its strong characterization. The characters  Riddhimaan, Tilottama, Krishnakoli, Shoumu Sen and even the minor characters like Mimi and Rajdeep are multi-dimensional with many layers. They are not perfect and have flaws and weaknesses that lead them astray, yet these same flaws and weaknesses make them realistic and relatable. .

Although by no means a light or easy read, for on one hand there is a man who is grappling between his ideals and materialistic gains and on the other side, the woman is torn between her love for a man whom she idolized for years and her husband who is a contrast to his earlier ideologies, A Thousand Unspoken Words is a compelling read!

The writing in A Thousand Unspoken Words  is crisp and engaging, which makes the story flow effortlessly. However, at places the story was ambiguous. For instance, I wish there was more on what led Musafir to leave his ideologies and succumb to the world of name, fame and money. Or the climax which is open to many interpretations.

A Thousand Unspoken Words is an intense and intelligent piece of writing. Check it out!!

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15 Weird and Fun Ways to Make Money

Have you ever thought of making money having fun? Well, there are many weird ways you can earn some extra cash, if you are game!

I am sharing some 15 fun ways you can make money with. All of these jobs are for real and 100% legit.  You can try anyone of them if you like to make money having some fun.

Both men and women can try these jobs and earn some extra cash.

1. Eat Like a Pig and Make Some Extra Cash

You can eat like a pig and make money out of it. You will be paid for eating rather the other way round. There are contests and tournaments where the contestant who can eat the most wins the prize. So the winner is the one who can eat everything quickly.

2. Manage Facebook Pages and Twitter Account for Dead People

You can manage Facebook pages for dead people and get paid for doing that. Facebook gives legacy contact to manage the pages once the owner is dead. You can get paid if you know someone who is willing to pay you for doing that once they have gone.

3. Play Video Games for Prizes

This is nothing new and you know there are tournaments where you play games score points and be the winner. Every winner is paid a cash amount depending upon how big the tournament is. You have to apply for such tournaments if you are a gamer.

4. Giving Someone a Laughter Therapy

You can be a therapist if know about laughter therapy. Treating people with laugh is real fun. You will not have any shortage of clients who are seeking laughter therapy. It is a serious profession and you can even take it full time if you like.

5. Become a Demolition Expert

It would be a real fun demolishing old buildings. You can become a supervisor and demolish buildings every day. Demolition is a big spectacle and everyone wants to see it. You can be the in charge of this great event.

6. Animal Trainer and Sitter

I think you already know about animal trainer and sitter. You can train a dog for fun and make some money. Rich people also need an animal sitter to look after their pets. Animal sitters are just like baby sitters. But being a baby sitter is no fun.

7. Rodeo Clown and Mascot

You become a clown or a mascot, you often see them outside kid’s stores and other family places. Although the job could be tough if chosen it to be a full time work but if you work part time then it is just fun.

8. Become a Guinea Pig

This could be serious but if you like then you can. There is no fun in becoming a guinea pig. Your body will be subjected to clinical trials. A new drug will be tested on your body. It is no fun but money is great.

9. Donate Sperm, Blood and Body Hair

This is the easiest way to make money. You can donate sperm, blood, body hair, breast milk or other body parts to make money. You will be paid for doing all of this. In fact many people are already making money doing this.

10. Scrounge Scrap Metals

There are certain precious metals that are in great demand. Metals like gold and silver are needed by electronic companies. You can search for gold and silver by scrounging scrap metals in a junkyard. Scrounging is no fun but it is certainly a weird way to make money.

11. Become an Ice or a Sand Sculptor

This is an art mixed with fun. Creating magnificent sculpture out of ice is great way to make money. If you don’t have ice then you can create it with sand. There are professional sculptors who are paid on regular basis.

12. Rent a Friend

Rent a friend is a new concept. You can go to a dating site where you can find people who are ready to become your friend for money. The relationship is platonic and you get paid for just being a friend.

13. Become an Hangover Helper

Dorm rooms need hangover helpers to help guys after they drank too much the other night. He is going to assist you in cleaning your room and helping out with other things. The helper gets paid in return.

14. Reading Ads Online

This is really fun ways to make money because there are many sites which provide you this type of job where you can get paid for reading 10 seconds or 30 seconds ad.

15. Back Up Artists

The last one is back up artists. You can become a supporting artist. While shooting a scene they need people to show a mob or a crowd. You can be one of the artists in the crowd. You can get paid for just standing in the crowd.

So these were 15 weird and fun ways to make money. Which of these appeal to you? Would you try any of these to make money?

It’s Easy at ezebee.com

You have an awesome product or an outstanding service, but that’s no longer enough. You need a platform that enables you to get seen and heard. In this digital age, there is no shortage of places to sell your product, but that’s akin to getting yourself heard at a crowded, loud party with music blaring in the background.

Whether, you have turned your hobby into a business or have products or services that cater to a small niche or are thinking of exploring more avenues to sell your product or you already have an online presence but want to explore where else your product could be seen, you need to be noticed and seen. And ezebee.com is that platform that gives you just that!

Designed for small and medium-sized businesses, ezebee.con is a cloud-based, social-commerce platform that’s a free online marketplace. It offers business owners worldwide free access to their own website including an international marketplace to sell directly to online buyers. And that allows the young entrepreneurs to reach a wider audience and new customer pockets.

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ezebee.com is an up-to-date technical platform, latest social-commerce features and a clear “mobile first” strategy. You can find DIY products, jewellery, women’s fashion, careers and jobs, home and living, vintage, gift ideas, art, accessories, real estate and housing, beauty and wellness, bags, baby and kids, house and garden, material and supplies, multimedia and electronics, crafts, mobile and pad, food and beverages, workshops and courses, paper and stationary, books and much more on this platform.

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Some of the key features of ezebee.com, that I found interesting and novel are…

  • Pin option: Pin products from other websites, in a similar way to Pinterest, and then users will be redirected to original website when clicking on this offer in the ezebee.com marketplace.
  • Chat & Buy system: When you want to purchase an offer, just click on ‘chat & buy’ to talk directly with merchant. This means users can negotiate shipping options and prices.
  • Internal currency: EZB Coins enable users from all over the world to swap products without the use of money. This makes it fair for trade between countries, such as India to Europe, USA or else, and means sellers can make a fair living.
  • Import option: Import products to ezebee.com from any other website simply by pasting the link into the import bar and all the data including image will be uploaded in seconds.
  • Technical Platform: mobile first and full responsive, graph-based search engine, tag-based product segmentation, algorithmic business logic, fast and easy csv-import functions for big data and product uploads
  • User Interface: responsive product wall based on search history per user
  • Merchant features: free web-shop/page builder, chat-to-buy and payment wallet, unlimited bandwidth and product uploads, boost-function (equivalent to facebook), product scraper, automatic sharing functions

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Create your online shop for free and in minutes at ezebee.com for more visibility, better amplification and connect and engage with your customers like never before.

Kiddies Express @AndPicturesIN

Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well. – George R.R. Martin

Summer vacations are finally here! After the stressful time  during school exams it’s time for children to enjoy the carefree summer vacations filled with fun, sun, friends and family. Both children and parents are looking for productive and exciting activities to indulge in during these vacations.

&pictures – India’s premium mass Hindi movie channel – presents an opportunity of a perfect afternoon for kids and ensure that they watch some blockbusters with subtle life lessons shared in the most entertaining manner.

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The summer movie festival, ‘Kiddies Express’, takes audiences on a fun-filled ride with blockbusters that not only entertain but share important life lessons too.

Starting from Monday, 9th May to Friday 13th May, &Pictures will air some wonderful movies for children daily at 12 noon.

Get aboard the &pictures ‘Kiddies Express’ that will present the following five movies that are entertaining and educational as well.

Kung Fu Panda

In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda, finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts. The movie is directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne and stars the voices of veteran Hollywood talent like Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Randall Duk Kim, James Hong, and Jackie Chan.

An excerpt from the film:

Po: “Maybe I should just quit and go back to making noodles.”

Oogway: “Quit, don’t quit… Noodles, don’t noodles… You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”

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Madagascar

This film showcases the story of four animals who have spent their lives in blissful captivity in Manhattan’s Central Park Zoo. Chris Rock voices Marty, a jaded zebra is ready for a change after ten years of comfortable captivity at the Zoo. He flees for the green fields of Connecticut, prompting a rescue mission by his best friends: the Zoo’s star attraction Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), a bossy hippo named Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith), and the clumsy, hypochondriac giraffe Melman (David Schwimmer). They are unexpectedly shipped back to Africa and end up getting shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar.

The film teaches us to rejoice everything that life throws our way just as like Kurt Vonnegut said, “Enjoy the little things in life cause one day you’ll look back and realise that they were the big things!”

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Stuart Little 2

With subtle humor, loveable characters, a great script by Bruce Joel Rubin (Academy Award-winner, “Ghost”), Stuart Little 2 is one of the best family films of the summer.

The story begins with Stuart’s brother, George (Jonathan Lipnicki has given his voice) having found a new friend to play with, leaving Stuart (brilliantly voiced by Michael J. Fox) feeling left out. His mother Mrs. Little (Geena Davis’ voice) is overprotective of her minuscule younger son after he narrowly escapes an injury in a soccer game. His father (voice over by Hugh Laurie) sympathizes, but reminds Stuart of an old family adage, “Always look for the silver lining in the cloud.  The silver lining appears when Stuart rescues a homeless bird named Margelo (voiced by Melanie Griffith) from the sinister Falcon. They become friends and all is well until Margelo disappears one night. Stuart is convinced that Falcon is responsible and ventures out with the family cat Snowbell (voiced by Nathan Lane) to rescue her. Stuart Little 2 is a must-watch film for its characters, dialogue, music, and animation and fun moments. Stuart Little is courageous and humble while Snowbell is hilarious.

This visually impressive film provides wholesome entertainment for kids with Stuart enlightening us with some serious friendship goals like determination, trust, respect, and acceptance.

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Jumanji

Based on a gorgeous picture book story of the same name by Chris Van Allsberg, Jumanji takes us through a beautiful magical adventure and makes it into a thrilling ride that defies everything. The excellent combination of adventure and comedy are the big attractions. A timeless adventure film, Jumanji is about two kids who play a magical board game. While playing it, they release an adult trapped in the game. They encounter various dangers which will come to an end only when the game is completed. The film was written by Greg Taylor, Jonathan Hensleigh and Jim Strain. It stars Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde and Bebe Neuwirth.

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Mr. Go

A crisp narrative and some truly amazing technical expertise combine to make Mr Go one of the best family films with big laughs, big emotion and even bigger thrills. Its engaging plot offers a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all ages. It is based on the classic 1980s comic ‘7th Baseball Club’, the titular character refers to a 285 kg circus gorilla who is the first to be recruited by a savvy baseball agent to join the professional

Korean Baseball League.  Setting the stage for the gorilla Ling Ling’s journey to Korea is the Great Sichuan Earthquake in 2008, which causes the death of 15- year old Wei Wei’s (Jiao Xu) grandfather and leaves her in charge of his circus with a huge debt over their heads. As debtors harass her, Wei Wei is left hassled on how to save the circus and the forty other orphans who stay under its roof. And so, when the wily Sung (Korean actor Sung Dong-il) comes in to assist, she readily accepts his offer to transform Ling Ling into a baseball star. Dreaming of success, Weiwei and Ling Ling go to South Korea and Ling Ling quickly becomes a superstar in the baseball league.

What makes it a must-see film is that it makes you smile with its heart-warming, poignant and inspirational story.

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The line-up of Kiddie Express in a snapshot:

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Catch the ‘Kiddies Express’ from Monday, 9th May to Friday, 13th May daily at 12 noon only on &pictures!

Which movie is your child’s favourite movie?

Going Skin +ve

Skin types vary, and so should the moisturizers you use. Despite the vast variations, nearly all skin types can benefit from the right type of face and body moisturizer. Without a daily dose of hydration your skin would be flaky, itchy and tight.

Recently, I came across a new range of moisturizing cream and lotion. It’s Banjara’s Skin +ve range of Beauty Cream and Body Lotion.

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The pomegranate extracts in Skin +ve  Beauty Cream accelerates the skin repair process, firms and tightens the skin.  Olive oil, wheat germ oil and Provitamin B5 help build skin elastic and hydrated. SPF 15 and PA++ provide broad spectrum from sun damage. So Banjara’s Skin +ve  Beauty Cream claims to work on the skin in 3 ways that is it protects, repairs and hydrates. So it keeps the skin hydrated, build skin elasticity, repair skin damage and protect skin from both UVA and UVB sun rays keeping it healthy, youthful and flawless.

Skin +ve Body Lotion is enriched with pomegranate, honey and butters. Pomegranate extracts protects the skin from aging rapidly due to moisture loss and accelerates the skin repair process. Honey rejuvenates and softens the skin. Shea butter and Kokum butter gives a silky smooth skin.

I tried Skin +ve Beauty Cream and Body Lotion for about 2 weeks and quite liked the effect it had on my skin. The Skin +ve Beauty Cream which comes in a slender tube with a nozzle which dispenses a small amount of the the cream, moisturizes the skin perfectly and shows that a little goes a long way. The cream makes the skin look visibly soft and minimizes pores. The SPF 15 and PA++ in the cream protected from scorching sun and there wasn’t any need to use an extra sun block cream or lotion.

The Skin +ve Body Lotion is good for skin that needs a serious boost of moisture. It has grease-free texture and is absorbed easily. What I liked about the Skin +ve Body Lotion is that it lasts all day without causing breakouts or greasiness.

Ideal for all skin types, Banjara’s Skin +ve range of Beauty Cream and Body Lotion have an amazing fragrance and are pretty affordable. Skin +ve Beauty Cream is priced at Rs. 50 for 20gm and  Rs. 100 for 40gm and Skin +ve Body Lotion  comes at Rs. 80 for 100ml and Rs. 140 for 200ml bottle.

If you are looking for a body lotion and cream that protects skin from harmful UV rays, hydrates skin without making it look oily and greasy and is friendly on pocket too, check out Banjara’s Skin +ve range of Beauty Cream and Body Lotion.

Recovery from a Crash

We have more or less moved towards a paperless work environment. With almost everyone having access to a computer or a laptop and a smart phone, use of paper is on a downtrend. Going paperless, not only decreases our environmental footprint but also clears clutters from offices and homes and of course, saves time from hunting through stacks of papers or files.

Data on our computers is all we own. Right from the official communications to personal emails, work projects and presentations, photographs from our DSL cameras and smart phones, invoices to receipts, all are stored on our computer systems.

What would happen if we were to lose all this data unexpectedly. I am sure the mere thought of it would give us nightmares. But we may lose data due to…

  1. Computer crashes – This is catastrophic and always happen when you least expect it.
  2. Computer viruses and malware –Malicious viruses can corrupt files, disable computers and damage data.
  3. Mechanical damages of hard drive – Hard drives of computers are the most fragile parts of computers and can fail suddenly and without warning. How dreadful it would be to lose data which you have generated and stored for years.
  4. Physical computer damage – Spilling drinks on your laptop or sudden voltage fluctuations, accidentally dropping of laptop can damage system and data.
  5. Accidental deletion of data – This often happens when you perform a ‘Select All’ + ‘Shift-Delete’ operation without individually checking everything.
  6. Theft – Yes, that happens too, especially during travel or in a crowded place.

Sadly, I have experienced no. 1 and 2 and have friends who have suffered the loss of data due to no. 3, 4, 5 and 6!

God forbid, but if your hard drive has crashed due to any of the above mentioned reasons and you no longer have access to your critical data files, what will you do! I mean apart from panicking that is!

Well, relax and stop panicking. Help is now available even for this nightmarish episode.

Most people regularly back up their files to their computer hard drive, but in the event of a total computer breakdown this activity is futile.  Saving data on an external hard drive, or a large-capacity pen drive is another option. However this method is only as secure as the device you’re backing up to. This storage device can also get damaged and result in data loss. A safer and more effective method of securing files is online backup. In this case, despite best intentions, you may forget to update your files as often as you should, leaving a large amount of recent work unprotected.

A more safer and efficient way to recover the loss of data is available in the form of Data Recovery.

Data Recovery is the process of recovering data from damaged, corrupted or inaccessible secondary storage media and operating systems that has been lost by either hardware failure, human error, software bugs, a virus or a natural disaster. The Data Recovery software, can recover lost or deleted data from your hard disk or external drive. The scan engine of the software is so powerful that it can retrieve any file you ever lost and with the efficient search option, finding any specific file is extremely easy.

  • Recover Documents, Photos and 300 other file types
  • Efficiently scans more than 2TB of data
  • Recover files with an advanced find option
  • Supports Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac, Linux, Novell and Unix Data
  • Supports NTFS, FAT and ExFAT file systems
  • Memory Card Recovery : Contacts, files, songs, videos, images saved on phone’s memory card can be recovered too
  • Brings back lost or deleted volumes
  • Resurrects corrupted hard disks : Hard Disk Recovery is another feature of this software. File Recovery tool can easily undelete files from your corrupted pen drive, hard disk, memory card and even your camera’s memory. It also supports several types of memory cards including CF cards, Flash cards, SD card (Mini SD, Micro SD and SDHC card) and even Mini Disks.
  • Sorts your files exactly the way you want : Filtered Tree option to make it easier to get back those data in the most possible sorted order

When my laptop crashed, I used the services of Stellar Data Recovery. Stellar Data Recovery is a leading information technology company that has revolutionized the concept of data recovery with smart, simple software and services. Their data recovery, repair and system optimization tools help us by bringing back the loss from catastrophic data loss situations. Headquartered in Gurgaon, Stellar has been serving the various data recovery needs of this part of the globe. With offices in USA and Europe, Stellar Data Recovery has further expanded its reach. The data recovery labs in the Netherlands and India are one of their kinds. Apart from hard disk recovery, RAID recovery they also specialize in Memory card recovery services.

The bottom line is that the data on our computer systems is valuable and it is imperative to take steps to protect the information stored from sudden loss.

Zzz #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Cultivating Happiness. Today, Z is for Zzz.

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55 Fiction

Your body is talking to you. Are you listening to it?

If you don’t, it will sabotage your waistline and your health.

Do you want the notorious hormones to wreak havoc on your body?

Follow your body to sustain your sharpness and the prowess to write 55-Fiction that will not make people yawn and gasp.

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And if tonight my soul may find her peacein sleep, and sink in good oblivion,and in the morning wake like a new-opened flowerthen I have been dipped again in God, and new-created

Sleep is the chain that ties health and our bodies together. Sleep is a necessity. It reduces stress and anxiety and keeps you all refreshed and alert and happy!

Yes #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Cultivating Happiness. Today, Y is for Yes.

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55 Fiction

The door opened only a few inches.

I pushed harder and something cracked with a snap.

Things were spilling out of the open drawers.

I couldn’t walk without stepping on clothes, charging cables, cans, shoes…

I could close the door and keep out.

But No… Today, I will not wait for mom to clean up.

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Seize the moment and let yourself be impulsive now and then. Say yes to possibilities. Step out of your comfort zone and try new things.

Gail- Indian Speed Star

GAIL (India) Limited has launched a grassroots athletics program ‘GAIL-Indian Speedstar’ on the 22nd of March, 2016 at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. This initiative is aimed at unearthing young talent across the length and breadth of India.

This Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative by GAIL, is being executed by NYCS pan-India in the age group of 11-17 in 100, 200 and 800 metres track events, to identify, select and nurture the hidden talent in athletes. NYCS has tied up with  Anglian Medal Hunt Company as its technical partner. This program aims to create a pool of athletes with potential and spark which will possibly bring honor for India in track events at the highest echelon of sporting events – the Olympics 2020/2024.

Legendary athlete P.T. Usha launched the initiative alongside 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.

A panel of eminent sportspersons like P.T Usha, Rachita Mistry, Anuradha Biswal and Kavita Raut have been appointed in the selection committee to support selections and guide coaching camps. As members of the selection committee their role would include creating the selection criteria or the GAIL-Indian Speedstar program, and developing the training plan and module for the selected athletes at the National Level.

District trials were conducted under the watchful eyes of coaches and selectors, appointed by the selection committee. The selection of the athletes was based on talent identification and selection criteria set by the selection committee.

Sindhu Palakkad embracing Kerala State TrialsA runner must run with dreams in his heart. Because GAIL #IndianSpeedstar is making those dreams come true. Sindhu Palakkad, State Representative, NYCS, struck by the strength, optimism and connectedness expresses her boundless joy and gratitude towards this initiative, for giving young children this opportunity to participate. #GAILRaftaar

Posted by GAIL Indian Speedstar on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Earlier this year, initial trials were conducted 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.

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The first state camp and trial was organised on February 27 and 28 at Sawai Maan Singh Stadium in Jaipur where 60 boys and girls participated out of which four 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.

Treasa sharing her winning momentIt’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. Treasa sharing her winning moment & her future plans for Tokyo Olympics. #IndianSpeedstar #GAILRaftaar

Posted by GAIL Indian Speedstar on Monday, April 18, 2016

The shortlisted children from the State trials will then participate in the National camp and selection which is scheduled to be held in May 2016 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

Participants at Kerala State TrailsToday they are doing what others won’t, so tomorrow they can accomplish what others can’t. Watch what our Future athletes want to say about their dreams at GAIL #IndiaSpeedstar #GAILRaftaar

Posted by GAIL Indian Speedstar on Saturday, April 16, 2016

Shortlisted athletes from state trials will attend an intensive national level camp. At the conclusion of the coaching camp, final trials will be held. Winners will be selected based on the qualification criteria and their potential. The winners will be given extensive training throughout the year. The top 9 athletes will then be provided with a world class coaching for over a period of 5 years with an ultimate objective of one of these athletes to represent India at the Olympics.

Dutee Chand, brand ambassador of Indian Speedstar, created a new national record of 11.33 sec in the 100m event at the Senior Federations Cup National Athletics Championships in New Delhi on 28th April, 2016. She missed out on qualifying for the Olympics by 0.01 sec.

Gail- Indian Speed Star Dutee Chand

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