Five Sentence Fiction: Entrance


The entrance..

The entrance..

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As they neared the entrance to the tunnel, a chill ran down her spine.

She could still vividly remember the day Ronnie passed away amidst the fire and mayhem which killed more than 60 other people.

Like today, it had been a cold calm day with the tunnel operating at more than its usual capacity with a lot many people setting out on their holidays.

By the time Ronnie reached the entrance, traffic had already begun piling up and before he knew it, things started to go wrong.

As her car sped through the tunnel, she thanked God for all that he had given her.

Written for Five Sentence Fiction Prompt: Entrance. Read the other entries here.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – March – My post no 11 for this month.

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Buzzing on ThoughtBuzz


Thoughtbuzz

Social Media has attracted almost everyone across the spectrum in today’s world. Whether its users or brands, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and the likes are popular almost everywhere. While many use it to brand themselves and create their online identities, there are others who use it to keep in touch with friends. Sharing thoughts, photographs, links, videos – there’s so much and more one can use social networks for. But don’t you find it difficult to manage all your networks? Wouldn’t it be useful to analyze the social activity across all the networks on one platform altogether?

Here’s where ThoughtBuzz comes in. This was an organization setup in 2008 to provide insights on social platforms for a user through big data and cross platform analytics across different social networks. It has offices in India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines.

Thoughtbuzz Pricing Plans

Thoughtbuzz Pricing Plans

Thoughtbuzz provides a variety of social insights from evaluating a brand or a user’s social media presence to helping generate additional leads and clients to even establishing and reinvigorating the social media strategy of the organization. There are three kinds of plans (Free, 6 SGD per month and 160 SGD per month). They differ in the social networks evaluated as well as the other insights provided.

Thoughtbuzz Signup

Thoughtbuzz Signup

 

Choosing between basic and premium plans

Choosing between basic and premium plans

There is a simple way to signup for the FREE version which I tried. A user can either register by entering the user details or login using Facebook, Twitter or Google+ login. On entry, the user has to select the Country and click on Submit. The basic version allows to add only 2 social profiles (Facebook and Twitter) while the premium version allows adding 5 social profiles which includes Instagram, YouTube and Linkedin as well.

Global Twitter, Instagram & Youtube Trends

Global Twitter, Instagram & Youtube Trends

A dashboard with the global Twitter, YouTube and Instagram trends are visible. This can be customized according to one’s country. The user can add his Facebook and Twitter accounts to get going. I logged onto Facebook and imported my fans from my page ‘Aseem Rastogi’.

There is a feature for the user to engage with friends, family and other users or brands across all social networks within one dashboard. The posts and tweets can be scheduled and posted at a later date and time or posted immediately depending on the user’s choice.

The graphs and charts feature helped me analyze my reach, likes, followers etc. on both Twitter and Facebook for the past 45 days. For brands, this is an excellent feature to compare the social activity on the different social networks.

In case if there are any questions, there is also the FAQs and ‘Contact Us’ feature which is quite useful if one is still trying to get through the different features of the site without much success.

UI: Thoughtbuzz has a pretty neat and clean User Experience for users and brands to navigate through the website.

Graphs and charts: These insights which detail out the followers, likes and overall engagement of the users and brands on social networks is quite helpful to get insights on the social activity and make appropriate business decisions.

Competition: Klout provides social insights on all the social networks provided by Thoughtbuzz and many more in the free version.

Last word:

Thoughtbuzz is an interesting and easy to use social monitoring tool for various brands and users who would like to keep an eye on their social influence and activity.

Written for the Thoughtbuzz review activity as part of an initiative at BlogAdda

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – March – My post no 12 for this month.
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100 word fiction: His love for music..


His love for music..

His love for music..

PHOTO PROMPT ©David Stewart

“Music has been my passion since the time I can remember. And becoming a violinist and playing at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam is my dream.”

Roy’s parents couldn’t fathom the reason their son wanted to choose music as a career. According to them, neither did it pay well nor would it fulfill their numerous dreams of a stable life. Moreover, they had always heard that the life of a musician was filled with struggle.

But the more they discouraged him, the keener he became. He joined the local orchestra society and began practicing day in and day out.

Written for the photo prompt and you can read the other entries here.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – March – My post no 10 for this month.


Singapore: A haven for foodies!


Singapore foodie moments..

Singapore foodie moments..

With immigrants from a varied variety of countries including India, Indonesia, China and Malaysia to name a few, Singapore is one of the most cosmopolitan countries in the world. Be it tourism or infrastructure, Singapore always stays ahead of its competition in every which way you could think of. Amusement Parks, Greenery, Shopping, Food, Electronics and more – there’s so much to do for everyone.

But why food? Is it even important? The  food in a country defines its culture and daily life. It defines the habits and persona of the people. As immigrants from different countries stream in one after another, they bring a taste of their country along with them. Haven’t you heard of the Kaya Toast or the Roti Prata or even the Icecream Sandwich? What are you waiting for? Read on!

I was in Singapore on a work assignment for more than 6 months and I must say that I was totally lost for choice seeing the food options on offer. Despite the variety of cuisines to taste, I have narrowed my list of favourites to the below 5 ones.

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Are you bold enough to take up challenges of life?


Be Bold..!

Be Bold..!

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Do you have the ability to take up risks? Are you ready to face challenges of any kind head on? Are you courageous enough to take control of your life by not being dependent on others to take decisions for you? Being bold is all about taking the right decisions at the right time by thinking of the pros and cons. Some of these decisions may be perceived as risks by a lot many people. But if we are confident about what we are doing, we needn’t bother about the comments the others tend to pass at us. As a matter of fact, people around love to discourage those who have actually succeeded at what they aim for.

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Importance of friends & family


Friends & Family

Friends & Family

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There are so many moments in our lives which are worth cherishing for years on end. Along with keeping us happy and contented, they act as a motivation to strive hard to excel and achieve a lot more.

Securing the highest marks in our class for a particular subject

Winning a prize in sports

Achieving fame and money amidst a plethora of individuals

Becoming a parent

Meeting and spending time with our friends and family

Some of you may wonder the reason I have included the last one as a memorable moment. What’s so special about spending time with friends and family? Aren’t they the people who we meet almost every day?

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100 word fiction: A gloomy morning..


A gloomy morning..

A gloomy morning..

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

“Ma. Look around this place. Everything seems to have turned white with the amount of snowfall we had last night.”

While this winter had been unusually warm, the snowfall had dumped more than a few feet of snow throughout the sleepy town of Budsworth.

As the sun rose the next morning, Rosaline and her mother stepped out for a walk to the nearby reserve. The trees which were usually lush green seemed totally lifeless without their leaves. Moreover, with the overgrowth of wild bushes and mushrooms, it seemed as though the area hadn’t been tended to since a long time.

Written for the photo prompt and you can read the other entries here.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – March – My post no 6 for this month.

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Five Sentence Fiction: Vindictive


Looking for revenge..

Looking for revenge..

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“Siya, how could you do this to me? You wanted to kill me of all the people?”

Rekha and Siya had been the best of friends discussing their likes and dislikes and being there for each other through thick and thin. But when Raj came into their lives and swept Rekha off her feet, everything changed completely.

Siya’s jealousy got the better of her so much so that she hatched a devious plan to kill her best friend.

Written for Five Sentence Fiction Prompt: Vindictive. Read the other entries here.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – March – My post no 5 for this month.

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Hope: The beacon of life..


Hope is all we have..

Hope is all we have..

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The world runs on hope. Even in the worst cases of depression, despair, tragedy and the likes, there’s always that silver lining and ray of hope which keeps one going. It’s all about finding that ray of hope and trying to stay positive when the chips are down. But then, it’s easier said than done.

When disasters like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, plane crashes etc. take place; there is a huge loss of life and property. In the case of natural disasters, entire cities and countries are destroyed. It’s really difficult to stay positive in such a situation. But then, there are moments of positivity in tragedy as well.

Haven’t you heard stories of people surviving below crashed buildings and walking out alive after earthquakes? Haven’t you heard mother’s giving birth to children during war and other disasters? Haven’t you heard of plane crashes where some passengers were saved because they didn’t board their flight at the last minute?

There are always a few stories of positivity and optimism which exist amidst tragedy and despair.

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What does India’s Daughter teach us?


India's Daughter

India’s Daughter

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Leslee Udwin’s documentary ‘India’s Daughter‘ for BBC Four has taken India by storm. It takes us through the dark night of 16th December 2012 when Jyoti (Nirbhaya) and her friend were attacked by a group of perverted animals (can’t call them humans). I won’t go into the reasons of it being banned or whether that’s the right or the wrong decision. But the question is, what does it teach us?

First and foremost, it’s like a mirror of the society for so many of us. We have always heard that woman are considered inferior to man. But this one proves that and more with the statements of the individuals involved. From Mukesh Singh (one of the rapists) to the lawyers AP Singh and ML Sharma, all of them reflect such narrow views which are commonplace in our society. Haven’t you heard any of them before?

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