Boss v/s Leader

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“Last Diwali, as a ritual of exchanging greetings, on behalf of the entire office I placed a greeting card on the desk of our Managing Director.

Inside the card, I had written, “With all our hearts, we wish you Shubh Deepawali.May our association reap fruitful accolades and recognition. Thanks for being a wonderful boss.”

After a while, I received a call from him. It was my first attempt of sending a greeting to my boss, and I felt this summon a bit weird. But I stepped down the staircase and moved towards his cabin.

“May I come in Sir?”

“Yes, Kanika.”

As I entered the room, I noticed that he was keeping that card on his table top.

“Thank you, Kanika for your wishes. But I would like to correct you on something.”

I wondered what mistake I committed while writing the card. I was embarrassed at the prospect of finding some silly grammatical error that I may have made.

He took the card in his hands and drew a line on two words, “Wonderful Boss.” Then, he said, “I am not a wonderful boss. I am just a ‘Team Leader’ leading young brains like you, with so much potential and promise.”

He owned the firm, yet he thought of himself as a team leader, leading us, not commanding or ordering. During that conversation, a leader won the tug of war against the employer.

That was many years ago. Needless to say, I am still working in the same team!

© – Kanika Sharma

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Will She Open Up Again?

She opened a blank notebook and envied the plain clarity of its pristine pages. Untouched by the grime of the world, the pages were ready to embark fresh beginnings in this intellectual world, unlike her. Something was holding Meera back as the notebook felt nervous sensations from her touch. It had been two weeks since Meera opened her favourite notebook to share her view of the world, her observations, her life in a day, etc. Last time, the upwards running sentence formations echoed her excitement about the prom night. And why not? She was visibly excited about her special moments with Mehul. Weeks before she started scouting markets to get that best dress for the evening. She wanted to look her best without any compromise.
Her last sentence was, “I am excited and nervous about spending time with Mehul. I like him a lot, but barely have the courage to share my feelings with him. But this time, I am not going to hold back my emotions and with all the courage, I am going to propose him. Let’s hope the answer is a Yes, because I don’t know what would my life be without him!
For two weeks, the notebook waited for Meera’s touch of excitement. She wanted Meera to share her first date with Mehul, her proposal, her special moments of prom night. For one week, she thought Meera must be busy with her boyfriend over late night Whatsapp chats. It was expected of a girl madly in love to devote her most hours in a day to the boy she loves. But in the middle of the second week, the notebook felt something is wrong with Meera. Obviously, the notebook and Meera have never been separated for more than a week. During her trips, the notebook was her leisure companion. Even during busy days, Meera continued her notebook ritual, even it was for five minutes. Once she opened the pure white pages, nothing could hold her back. It was Meera and her thoughts bleeding on the notebook’s page.
The notebook was curious to know about Meera’s story. Whether it was a YES or NO? Did that guy broke her heart and shattered her life? Or did something really grave happened at the prom night were the ponderings of the diary?
Even 10 minutes later, the notebook didn’t get an answer to all her assumptions. She picked her pen, rousing notebook’s feelings, but couldn’t write even a word. That roused the tensions even more. It felt like as if she held back her bottled-up emotions with her pen and she never wanted to share the hard feelings, even with her soul-mate diary.
Just then, the first drop of tear rolled from her left eye and touched the blank page’s surface, the diary knew Meera was in deep pain. The pain that’s better unsaid and unlived again on the paper. Now she has opened the notebook, but will she ever open up again? ‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

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What If I Could Create A TV Show…

Of late, I have reduced a lot of my TV viewing. Thanks to the absurd storylines, silly Naagins and their revenge sagas, unending saas-bahu soaps, I have abandoned my daily dose of entertainment. To end this TV haphazard, I thought of few ideas. What if I could create a TV show that could fill the TV void? Would it be a melodrama fiction or comedy or a mix of both? NAH! People have already overused these fillers to cash in TRP business.

So, what’s the next big idea? As a curious mind, history has always fascinated me. Not just dull and boring narratives in black and white, but the vibrant, lavish and colourful lives of historical characters can be explored in a TV show. So, if ever I would create a story, it would be based on historical characters.

As Indians, we are blessed with a variety of historical characters. Their larger than life stories, battles, lavish lifestyle and amazing aura can make up for MISSING ingredient on TV show.

While making the show, I will make sure that the real essence of a story doesn’t fade under the shadow of grand sets, bejewelled characters.  More than a show, it would present the characters as real humans, and not the glorified history text-book characters. While saying so, I would focus on achieving a perfect mix of historical and realistic fiction.

The main idea behind this show would be not just to entertain, but also enrich the audience’s minds about our sheer wealth of history.

Even if it makes me a visual historian, I won’t mind. Just because,

One line can sum my aspirations of making a TV show –

“Itihaas ke Pannon Se Chitrapat Par, Sunehri Kahaaniyon ka Safar”

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Millennial Technocrats – Make Way For Apps

We are nearing the end of 2015 – the year that has played an instrumental role in experiential technology. The number of smartphone users in India is increasing at an exponential pace. Ready to be app-ified, such users look out for immersive experiences over this powerful device. We have seen the ‘Dubsmash’ mania, attracting innumerable celebrities and commoners with its sound-dubbed short selfie videos.

This app has involved users in its own unique way and paved the way for coolest apps of the season. Cashing on the millennial mania, app-developers are upping the ante with incredible mobile applications. Some of the awesome mobile applications are listed here:-

1. Bobble App – Wish to add a touch of uniqueness to your chatting experience. You may tap on Bobble App and create your own personalized stickers. Install the app, include your selfie, cartoon-ize it with embedded hand drawn technique and complete it with your quirky messaging. And voila! You have your own series of stickers to be used on social messengers. Next, try these amazing stickers while chatting and amaze your friend circle with your peculiarly app-tastic side.

2. Reverse Movie FX – Want to do a magic trick without being a magician? Try out Reverse Movie FX. This fantastic app lets you create a reverse video that looks like a magic trick! Just tap the app on your cool smartphone and record the video of someone walking, drinking orange juice, throwing a paper ball, or a bottle. Next, select that desired movie fragment and press START to reverse the video to enjoy a magic like illusion like paper ball coming back in your hands. Some might think it’s a magic trick you’ve mastered. But Shhhh! We won’t tell this to anybody. Must try if you wish to enjoy the real-time app-experience and gain an app-friendly status in your friend circle.

3. ShareIt – Wish to share the Gbs of data like images and movies in seconds, then you just have to install ShareIt on your mobile. The wonderful app works even without any network and connects two devices for fast and easy sharing. So now, no more time wasting on attaching heavy files on mail. Check out this app and enjoy easy sharing at a single tap.

These are just a few of some apps that I’ve tried in recent days and found them pretty impressive. Due to this app surge, many mobile phone makers are also trying to upgrade with next-gen device launches and enhance personalized app-experience. Some of the new-age technologies to look out for in 2016 are android M, 4G enabled, Octacore, 5 inch+ screens, gorilla glass etc. These are new technology additions that every millennial technocrat should look-out for before buying any smartphone device in months to come.

On behalf of mobile-friendly millennial population, I would like to request smart-phone manufacturer brands to make way for such immersive apps and take the user experience to great heights. Agree with my views! Do not forget to leave a comment on which other apps you love to use in your daily life.

Meter Down!

For a girl who uses auto every day in Delhi, it becomes fairly easy to identify when the meter speeds up more than the auto’s speed itself. Few days back, I hopped on to an auto with my sister for a mere 4 km route. To give my readers a background of Delhi auto service, hirers can get easy auto ferry for longer distances than the shorter ones. For around 20 mins, I kept on waiting for an auto. Finally after the customary wait, I stopped an auto who demanded Rs. 60 for 4 km distance. My sister, who always takes on-to such over-demanding autowallahs, argued with him to turn the Meter Down.
In Delhi, if you get an auto-rider who rightfully charges the passenger as per the meter fare, you are none less than LUCKY. Yes, when I say lucky, I know how tough it is to CONVINCE an autowallah to drive as per meter fare. Charging 10, 20, 30 + Rs every ferry is like their right against waiting during a traffic jam or travelling short-distances.
On this short-ride, we got that auto-wallah settle for ‘metered-fare’. Least did we know that soon we’ll be having a revelation. Not even a kilometer crossed and the meter started running faster than the auto to Rs. 35.
My sister observed this unjust-jump and raised her voice against this ruthless trick. If we were involved in our chats, and didn’t notice this in time, then we would’ve paid him the metered fare. But since NOW, we noticed this con, we told him that the meter was running at a faster pace. The solution – charge the decent amount OR come with us to a Police Station.
After hearing about the latter, the auto-wallah got baffled and tried to tweak the issue by asking us about the already-familiar route. As we were nearing our destination, we made sure to click the ‘Speedy Meter’ to justify the blog’s inspiration. Mere three kilometres charged us Rs. 54 which is way higher than the usual auto-tariff rate.

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After we reached the location, we paid him Rs. 40 as ideally it would be, not Rs. 60.
It’s not that we will become rich by saving Rs. 15 balance. It’s all about the honesty and virtues these auto-wallahs miss out day by day.
They just overcharge; deny people to travel to some locations, leave them helpless at times and monetise the situation like rainy days in Delhi.
They don’t just realise that there are few girls and ladies spend a fair share of their salaries on autos. Girls like me hire an auto for a convenient, honest deal, not a CON-deal where ‘METER DOWN’ becomes another way to extract money from passengers. Your thoughts on Delhi Autowallahs. Share it in the comments below.

How Social Is Asus Zenfone2?

Brands are going gaga over social. Not because it is customary to be there, but the amount of creative freedom it offers is outstanding. Surely, the best time for brands to use the power of social and make it big in the growing markets.

As a digital media professional, it is my job to analyse which brands are making the best use of social campaigns. While talking about the buzzing smartphone brands, I can’t keep my eye away from Asus Zenfone2’s social media campaign –#Zenfone2NightWalkers.

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This premium Asus Smartphone, in its own way offered a tribute to the city that never sleeps. Yes you heard it right! This is the city of dreams, Mumbai.

Always on the move, Mumbai is the lifeline of the nation. The busy beaches, crowded markets, sparkling skyscrapers, majestic monuments, local trains, heavy rains and Bollywood breaks – all epitomize the spirit of this interesting city.

Asus Zenfone2 gave over 150 Mumbai Instagrammers an incredible opportunity to see this dynamic city in the way what others can’t see. With the incredible gadget,#Zenfone2NightWalkers captured the city in the folds of the night creatively.

Intelligently, the smartphone’s amazing features like 13 MP Rear Camera, PixelMaster 2.0, 5P Largan Lenses gave the Mumbaikars a fresh way to look at Mumbai in the dark. It pulled out those who love this city and gave them opportunity to love it even more by capturing its lovely city life.

As a result, the happening instagrammers brought up a New Side To The City Of Dreams – That Glows In The Dark.

Every image captured on Zenfone2 in the wake of the night was brighter, and presented the subjects in the shots quite well. And why not! With its amazing bright light feature, the phone’s camera images turn out to be 400% brighter than original camera.

This is the reason why the winning shots of Victoria Terminus and Marine Drive can compete with the professional cameras in terms of quality.

Not just that, the panoramic views of highways were captured beautifully by many Mumbai lovers.

Full points to the social team of Asus Zenfone2 to bring its vibrant camera features into an exciting activity that defined the happening side of Mumbai’s nightlife.

This is just one campaign that captured my attention. There are many more happening Zenfone2 social campaigns and contests that certainly make Asus a social media savvy brand. Agree with me or not? Share your views with me.

 

#BloggerDreamTeam Style – Have Players Become More Fashion Conscious?

Cricket is a religion in India, and the team of cricketers are no less than god. They have massive fan following that comprises of young and old. Men, women and children – no one is untouched by the enigma of the cricketers. Every stroke they play, every catch they take, every sharp bowling delivery they make thrills the millions. Their attitude on field is a part of their style. But apart from their attitude on field, there is one more characteristic that earns the admiration for the players. It’s their on-field and off-field style that keep the fuels the interest of the fans, media and advertisers alike.

So when Virat Kohli says in an advertisement, “Autograph ka zamana gaya, ab photograph ka zamana hai”, he is indirectly referring to the fact that players have become more fashion conscious. Being stylish is not just a choice, but a necessity for such players who are under the scrutiny of camera clicks every moment. Such players have to follow the fashion conscious lifestyle wherever they go.  While playing at a pitch, at a gym, at a store launch, in an advertisement, players have to look their best.

This is the main reason why modern day cricketers are leaving no stone turned in grooming themselves.  So when you see Mahendra Singh Dhoni sporting a short trimmed hairstyle or Shikhar Dhawan’s royal moustache, you must know this is a way how celeb cricketers groom themselves. This is the demand of the modern times which requires cricketers to be prim and proper. For, they have to not just play cricket, but have also to participate in endorsement deals as well. The more, the merrier. So, it can be said cricketers’ fashion sense has evolved over the years to increase their value as an endorser.

Earlier, it was pure talent that earned cricketers the name, fame and fan following. Remember Kapil Dev showing his sparkling ‘Battisi’ in the shaving cream ads. Or Sachin Tendulkar endorsing a health drink as a secret to his energy. At that time, these players were seen as the symbols of masculinity, stamina and energy. Now, that era is outdriven by the necessity of good looks.

Only the handsome, talented and bankable players are enjoying crores of brand endorsement deals. Some cricketers already know this fact quite well and are leaving no stone turned in becoming a classy fashion brand themselves. Recently, the nation’s heartthrob Virat Kohli launched his fashion brand, WROGN that initiated a new trend of fashion conscious players.

Times have indeed changed, and so, we can easily say that players, besides performing on the ground also have to score good on the style front. And as a cricket lover, I think that’s the players are doing a great job of balancing the looks, style and talent in a single package.

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Meditation

Never in my life,

I got a chance to quiet my thoughts

Never in my life,

I got a chance to be with myself

Never had I given my mind

A chance to peacefully contemplate

Never had I allowed it to

Breathe in calming silence

But when I gave it sometime to calm down

Through peaceful meditation

It began to act like a mental bully

Engulfed me powerfully into conversations?

Why you need meditation?

You are strong enough to meditate?

Don’t calm your brain

If you soothe it, I will flood it with endless thoughts

When I defied its commands

It continued threatening me every moment,

It denied slowing down

The super fast thought express

It counterattacked me,

That I am brilliant enough

But my soul knew

It needed time to unwind

It needed moments of thoughtful calm

With constant dedication, I conquered the bullied thoughts

I conquered the dark demons within me

I silenced the bullied chatter

I felt peace with my existence

When I entered into the meditative state

Henry Miller’s 12 Commandments for Writers

1. Work on one thing at a time until finished.

2. Start no more new books, add no more new material to “Black Spring.”

3. Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.

4. Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time!

5. When you can’t create you can work.

6. Cement a little every day, rather than add new fertilizers.

7. Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.

8. Don’t be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.

9. Discard the Program when you feel like it—but go back to it next day.

10. Concentrate. Narrow down. Exclude.

11. Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.

12. Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.