Friendship – Does gender really matter?


Friends with the opposite gender.. Is it possible?

Friends with the opposite gender.. Is it possible?

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From the time we are small, our friends and Bollywood movies all around us teach us that a girl and a boy can never be friends. A lot of parents feel that mixing with the opposite gender can lead to their children losing their way in their studies. And therefore, many prefer their children going to an only-boys or an only-girls school. They feel that with the absence of the opposite gender, their children’s minds wouldn’t wander and they would concentrate completely on their studies. Is that really the case?

Interestingly, from what I have heard from friends who have studied in only-boys schools, their minds wander a lot more into useless activities in classrooms and beyond compared to those who studied in co-ed institutions. The main reason for this is the fact that guys try to be at their best behavior when in the company of the opposite gender.

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Surname – To change or not to change?


Surname - To change or not to change?

Surname – To change or not to change?

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In societies across the world, the practice has always been for women to take their husband’s surname after marriage. As per the so called tradition which all of us have been accustomed to, women get rid of their family (father’s) surname as soon as they get married.  But why is it required? As someone said – What’s in a name?

It’s always said that changing surnames keeps things quite easy. If we consider our personal documents like passports, marriage certificates etc. people tend to raise eyebrows if both the husband and wife have different surnames. Why do they raise eyebrows? Answer: Because it has been followed as a practice for years on end.

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Five Sentence Fiction: Changes


Change in life..

Change in life..

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She loved stability in everything she did in life.

But life’s course doesn’t run on our whims and fancies, does it?

On her wedding day, her fiancee who she had been dating for 6 years left her in the lurch just because her family couldn’t afford the huge sum of dowry the groom’s family demanded.

Unable to bear this news, her father had a heart attack and had to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the nearby hospital.

In the space of a few minutes, her life had changed completely without warning.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – April – My post no 3 for this month.

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Keeping your heart and mind in sync..


Heart vs Mind

Heart vs Mind

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There are so many times in our lives when we are confused on whether to listen to our hearts or our minds. From taking decisions which affect our lives or those around us to decisions our day to day activities, we are always in a dilemma on whom to listen to. There are so many instances when we listen to our heart causing our mind to be unhappy and vice-versa. But then, that’s life isn’t it?

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Share the Load with Ariel’s Wash Bucket Challenge


Ariel Wash Bucket Challenge

Ariel Wash Bucket Challenge

In an age where equality is a buzzword for all and sundry, how can washing clothes be only a woman’s domain? Gone are the times when cooking food, washing clothes and doing other household chores was the duty of a woman. In today’s fast paced world where both men and women work in 9am-5pm corporate jobs, there is barely any time to relax. In such a scenario, its unfair to expect either partner to do all the chores at home. And therefore, sharing responsibilities is the best way forward.

In Phase 1 of this activity by BlogAdda, women were asked to blog about the startling statistics on the perceptions about washing clothes. The biggest problem with doing laundry or any other household chore is the stereotype associated with it.

“Dude, how can you even think of washing the clothes? Doesn’t your wife do it?”

“Can’t you get a maid? Why do you have to wash clothes or clean your house all the time?”

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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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