Saturday, February 23, 2013

Exploring Kutch: Through the sands of time

Kutch's Rann Utsav has found significant popularity amongst travellers across India and other countries, I have not seen a proper travel documentary until now on this yearly festival which has a lot to offer and allows the tourists to experience life of people in Kutch along with regular sightseeing and other excursions included in the tour.

This documentary by Dhiraj Singh is first amongst the series of travel episodes from Fair's of India, which is centred around the rann utsav in kutch, while it also takes you into the world of artisans who have kept the tradition of local craft alive, a lot of embroidery work done by these local villagers takes months and years to make and their hard work reflects in the quality of final product.
Kutchi people are recognised for their business acumen, however very less was known until recent years about the region in Gujarat where they come from, If you plan to visit Kutch, Winter season is the best time to visit post Diwali festival. Fair's of India is currently airing on Lok Sabha TV, next up is Pushkar Festival of Rajasthan.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Girl Rising: A story worth sharing

If one billion rising campaign caught your attention towards collective protest across the globe for violence against women, this documentary feature should inspire you further to take a look at the lives of 9 girls from different countries who held on to their hopes and overcome obstacles to enable change by breaking barriers which bound them.

All those stories have being penned by writers from the country where these girls belong have also featured in this documentary, this initiative has found support from Intel Corporation and CNN. It has voice over narration from Hollywood A-List actors like Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Cate Blanchett along with Indian actors like Priyanka Chopra and Freida Pinto.

Watch the video below and head over to 10 x 10 website which gives you more detail about this project and   is also accepting donation for supporting girl education programs via different charity organisations across various countries.

This movie is currently being screened on demand at theatres, hope it makes it screens in India via some film festival at least.

One girl with courage is a revolution

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Express: Redefining mid range phone category

Samsung, presently rubbing shoulders with Apple, be it the sales or the lawsuits, is not leaving any stoned unturned to be a frontrunner in the race. The rollout of Samsung Galaxy Express once again throws light on the fact that the brand intends to cater to all kinds of individuals from all strata of the society. What we all expect the Samsung Galaxy Express to be is a scaled down version of the Samsung Galaxy SIII and it does live up to the expectations. What keeps it ahead of the cookie- cutters is the fact that it runs on the Android latest Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and 4GLTE.

A glimpse of the Galaxy Express will give out the impression that it is a replica of Galaxy SIII with respect to its appearance especially its rectangular shape and curved corners. Available in black, it comes with a capacitive back and menu button and a 4.5-inch display and weighs 4.8 ounces. While the right hand size fits in buttons like sleep/power button and the Micro-USB port, the left hand size houses volume rocker wherein the headphone jack measures 3.5mm. The built quality is also excellent irrespective of the fact that it is made of plastic.

Samsung Galaxy Express boasts of its  4.5 inch super AMOLED plus Capacitive Touch screen with a resolution of 480X800 pixel. The colours appear vibrant , icons look sharp and the display is bright  enough to be used across.

Powered by a 1.5GHz dual core processor, it ensures high speed streaming and download with the speed of AT & T and 4G LTE network. The Express runs on the latest version of Bluetooth v4.0 and supports Wi-Fi Direct, HSPA+, USB 2.0, MHL and NFC and comes with a number of pre- loaded apps including Gmail, Local maps with navigation, messenger, Magazine, books, TV, search, YouTube and Google Talk. Apart from that , the task manager apps comprise of Code Scanner that reads UPC, QR, Data Matrix bar codes, Family Map, Cloud storage and Data Mapping app and my At& T, etc.
The 5.0 auto- focus  camera with the Flash option,  a 1.3 MG front camera and an LED on the back, is the icing on the cake. The four shooting modes include 14 scene modes, five white balances, a timer, ISO  and metering  options, geo tagging, a timer, compositional lines and any array of other features, enabling you to experiment to the fullest and awaken the photographer in you.Thanks to the 2000mAh battery, the phone  offers 14 hours of talk time and 312 hours as a stand by mode.

Samsung Galaxy Express is pretty impressive taking into consideration its cost and the AT& T factor. While all its features and working seem predictive, the Jelly Bean updated device would be a great pick for the value driven users. Also Samsung currently has not released any official communication on launch of this phone for India, even possibility of eagerly anticipated Galaxy S3 mini launch prospects looks bleak. It would definitely help Samsung to release a non 4G version of Galaxy Express phone for India above their recently launched "Rex" feature phone range. 

This review is penned by experts @ Reliance Digital.

Clinics opening up to treat Social Media Addiction

Social Media addiction related cases keep springing up in the news, now many clinics have being coming up in UK to treat this behaviour, symptoms which we do not even think could place us in an addict category. What may thought was a passing phase in the world of technology has found a deep place in our day to day life to an extent even changing the way we grieve 

Read about a self confessed smartphone addict: Martha Roberts

In my observation Twitter has being a platform where some users keep tweeting every 10/15 mins, about every damn thing they are doing today. It gives them a high and they feel like celebs when followers re-tweet or comment on their tweets. Few days back Salman Khan's single word tweet "Hi" gathered so many retweets in few minutes goes to show what level of time are we wasting on stuff that does not require attention.

Leave your comments if you agree that excessive tweeting, Facebook status check and posting is going to cost us dear and probably change the way we interact with people around us socially while we are out.