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No more Apathy , Go Carpathy

Gurgaon based startup Carpathy to provide a hassle free car maintenance

Want a hassle free solution for your car maintenance with pick and drop facility? Carpathy is a one stop solution for all your car needs viz car wash, wheel care, regular service and maintenance. It is a network of service stations and trained technicians dedicated to service your car. Carpathy was founded in 2015 by three friends based in Gurgaon, Himanshu Bansal, Akshat Lavania and J Jimmy Yadav. Jimmy and Himanshu had to consult Akshat for all their car problems who was at that time working with Hyundai Quality Care. They identified that the authorized service stations were highly overpriced and it was very hard to find a reliable mechanic in the unorganized market who can offer transparent and quality services. As a result, they started Carpathy to solve these common problems faced by all car owners.

 

Carpathy aims to solve the core problems pertaining to car servicing industry like variable pricing, hidden charges and service quality. With the vision to standardize the highly unorganized and scattered sectors of car service industry, which holds 60% market share, Carpathy provides handcrafted service packages to individuals and businesses with standard pricing and assured quality. It upkeeps and maintains your car through diversified car care services and maintains transparency for car owners throughout the process. With free pick and drop facility, Carpathy understands the needs of today’s busy professionals by saving time spend on routine round about trips to the service centres. In fast moving markets like NCR where the car resale industry is on a boom, Carpathy also maintains complete service records of the car to ensure high resale value. 

 

When everyone in the car service industry is trying to list service stations and provide quotations, the core problems of providing quality service and transparent billing to the car owners remains unresolved. Carpathy is working to solve this problem and bring organization to this industry by acting as a managed marketplace for multi-brand service centres by offering standard packages through tech-enabled web and mobile platforms. Carpathy provides a better and easy way for people to book their car services with just a few clicks. Guaranteed customer service, reliable car maintenance and indelible experience every single time with tech-enabled platforms makes Carpathy synonymous to ‘Convenience at your fingertips’.

 

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Gramin Healthcare Line

Aircel launches first of its kind service ‘Gramin Healthcare Line’ in Odisha

 

Reiterating its unwavering focus on innovation and to bring a meaningful service to its customers, Aircel, one of the leading innovative service providers in India, in association with Gramin Healthcare, today launched Primary Care Health Helpline “Gramin Healthcare Line” for its customers in Odisha. Aimed at servicing the Rural and Semi-Urban customers in the state, the helpline will empower the customers with an easy access to quality and professional healthcare.

 

The first-of-its-kind service will help a great deal for people to get maximum convenience for their medical needs from their mobile phones. The service will be the gateway for a large of number of people to connect with a system that gives access to a wide network of service providers in the healthcare domain, tremendously helps people save money and time running around in search of the best treatments and doctors that’s almost always unaffordable, get opinions about peoples’ illnesses by specialists. Aircel customers need to dial a short code 55557 chargeable at Rs. 6 per minute to activate the service.

 

Rajiv Gupta, Circle Business Head – Odisha, Aircel, said, “Aircel considers its responsibility to make its robust network useful for the welfare of its customers, and hence, the service was brought on the network in partnership with Gramin Healthcare. India spends 4.2% of its national GDP towards healthcare goods and services compared to 18% in US. A staggering 70% of the population still lives in rural areas and has no or limited access to hospitals and clinics. One of the ways to fix the problem is to look at innovative avenues and develop services like ‘Gramin Healthcare Line’ which will take care of the primary health needs of the people. This will also give easy access to people to effective healthcare, guidance, convenience and is affordable for the masses.”

 

 

Aircel’s ‘Gramin Healthcare Line’ is available for customers across Odisha, however, the physical consultations are available in 6 districts of Odisha as of now – Puri, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendra Pada, Nayagarh and Khurda.

 

Suhita Banerjee, Chief Operating Officer, Gramin Healthcare, said, “With a vision to transform healthcare delivery, providing affordable and consistent quality healthcare services, Gramin Healthcare is introducing a unique model of assisted telemedicine supported by a trusted and well-connected network that would empower the common man with one stop access to health care services. Talking about the service “Gramin Healthcare Line”, Ms. Banerjee, said, “We are happy to be associated with a brand like Aircel as a part of our efforts towards democratizing healthcare and reaching out to the masses for creating a healthier India. To support the service offered by Aircel, we have Gramin Healthcare Centre Lines which are supported by fully operational & dedicated Healthcare call centers network. These lines are operated by trained healthcare professionals and provide immediate online medical advice and treatment options, to the callers”.

 

 

 

 

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Project Tango Device

Lenovo and Google Partner on New Project Tango Device

 

  • Lenovo is developing the first OEM Project Tango-enabled smartphone in collaboration with Google
  •  Project Tango technology gives a mobile device the ability to navigate the physical world similar to how we do as humans
  • Calling all developers to submit a Project Tango app proposal for the chance to have app funded and featured on upcoming Lenovo Project Tango-enabled smartphone

Today at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Lenovo announced the development of the first consumer mobile device with Project Tango in collaboration with Google. Available in summer 2016, the new smartphone powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, turns the screen into a magic window that can overlay digital information and objects onto the real world. Lenovo, Google, and Qualcomm Technologies are working closely together to optimize the software and hardware to ensure consumers get the most out of the Project Tango platform.
 
Google’s Project Tango is a technology platform that uses advanced computer vision, depth sensing, and motion tracking to create on-screen 3D experiences, allowing users to explore their physical environments via their device. Specialized hardware and software combine to let the device react to every movement of the user, when they step forward, backward, or lean side to side. App developers can transform your home into a game level, or create a magic window into virtual and augmented environments.

 

Project Tango-enabled devices can recognize places they’ve been before, like your living room, the office, or public spaces. Unlike GPS, Project Tango motion tracking works indoors, allowing users to navigate precisely through a shopping mall, or even find a specific item at the store where that information is available. Using the sensor in the device, Project Tango devices can also capture the 3D dimensions of the room, giving measurements that can be used to help you when shopping for furniture or decorations.

 

As part of the partnership, we’re also inviting developers to help grow the budding Project Tango app ecosystem. Project Tango’s advanced technology capabilities let developers create apps they couldn’t have before. Starting today at https://www.google.com/atap/project-tango/app-incubator, developers can submit their Project Tango app proposals for a chance to win funding and the chance to have their app featured on Lenovo’s upcoming smartphone. The submission period closes on Feb. 15, 2016.
 
The Project Tango Tablet Development Kit can be purchased in the Google Store:
https://store.google.com/product/project_tango_tablet_development_kit
 
Find official guidelines, eligibility requirements, and judging criteria here:
http://g.co/ProjectTango/AppIncubator
 
To break new ground in today’s hypercompetitive smartphone and tablet industries, we must take innovation risks – it’s the only way to truly change the way people use mobile technology,” says Chen Xudong, senior vice president and president, Mobile Business Group, Lenovo. “Together with Google we’re breaking down silos by working across mobile hardware and software. Turning our shared vision into reality will create a more holistic product experience that captures the imagination of today’s consumer.”
 
With Project Tango, the smartphone becomes a magic window into the physical world by enabling it to perceive space and motion that goes beyond the boundaries of a touch screen,” said Johnny Lee, Project Tango Lead, Google. “By working with Lenovo, we’ll be able to make Project Tango more accessible to users and developers all over the world to both enjoy and create new experiences that blends the virtual and real world.”

 

Qualcomm Technologies is very pleased that Lenovo and Google are bringing a Project Tango-enabled device to the mainstream so that consumers can experience a whole new level of advanced connected mobile computing apps and services across video, imaging and graphics,” said Seshu Madhavapeddy, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies.  “Qualcomm Technologies has a rich and long history with working with the developer community to ensure that all of the experiences that Project Tango and Lenovo are set to deliver are optimized for the Snapdragon processor.”
 

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Launch of Ford Aspire

Launch of Ford Aspire

Ford India to Open Bookings for Figo Aspire from July 27, 2015 

• First sub-four meter sedan with standard Driver and Passenger airbags; Available with up to six airbags for even greater peace of mind

• Figo Aspire to be offered with a choice of responsive, efficient petrol and diesel engines optimized to deliver a fuel efficiency of 18.2* Km/L and 25.8* Km/L respectively

• Loaded with advanced connectivity solutions, including segment-first MyFord Dock or SYNC with Ford AppLink along with the innovative Ford MyKey

• Dynamic, modern and efficient sub-four-meter design complements spacious, refined interior with 20 flexible and convenient storage spaces

 

Are you ready to Aspire for more? So wait no further.

Beginning July 27, 2015, Ford will start accepting bookings for its much awaited compact sedan, Figo Aspire across all its dealership at a nominal amount of INR 30,000.

“Created specifically for customers in India, the Figo Aspire is a no-compromise compact sedan that will delight Indian customers with its stunning design, smart technology, advanced safety and impressive fuel efficiency,” said Anurag Mehrotra, executive director, marketing, sales and service, Ford India.

Smart to own and smart to use, the new Ford Figo Aspire is set to redefine expectations when it goes on sale in August and will be made available in 4 trim levels – Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+.

Customers will be able to book Figo Aspire from the choice of two responsive, powerful and efficient engines: A refined and sophisticated new 1.2-liter Ti-VCT petrol engine, delivering a peak power of 88 PS and fuel economy of 18.2* Km/L and a 1.5-liter TDCi diesel engine, offering a peak power of 100 PS and an outstanding fuel economy of 25.8* Km/L. Both of these engines are paired to a responsive five-speed manual transmission.

For those looking for the sophisticated refinement of an Automatic Transmission, Figo Aspire can be booked with a six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission paired with a 1.5L TiVCT petrol engine, offering a peak power of 112 PS and a fuel economy of 17.2 Km/L.

The Figo Aspire will be available in 7 all-new colours – Ruby Red, Sparkling Gold, Oxford White, Tuxedo Black, Deep Impact Blue, Ingot Silver and Smoke Grey.

It sets a new standard for compact cars in India with a sub-four-meter sedan combining premium design, class-leading safety features and advanced technologies. This latest compact sedan from Ford is designed to turn heads with an elegant, striking design that sets it apart from competitors. The sophisticated exterior of the Figo Aspire is complemented by a modern interior that delivers an extraordinary experience for a sub-4 meter car.

Reflecting on the importance of safety, the Figo Aspire will be the first compact sedan in India to offer driver and passenger airbags standard across all variants. It is also the first sub-4-meter sedan to offer side and curtain airbags for an extra level of protection.

Understanding the growing importance of technology in customers’ lives, Ford is introducing several first-in-class technological features like an innovative MyFord Dock with the Figo Aspire. The feature allows drivers to store, mount and charge mobile phones, MP3 players and satellite navigation systems, and to integrate these devices into the car’s entertainment system.

The Figo Aspire will also introduce Ford MyKey that allows owners to program keys with restricted driving modes that encourage good habits, such as increasing seat belt use, limiting vehicle top speeds and regulating audio volume.

Ford India has 341 sales and service outlets spread across 186 cities across the country.

 

 

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The Divided Island – Book Launch

The Divided Island  – Book Launch

I had the Goosebumps!

I could see the speaker let a hint of emotion show as he narrated a story from his book. I could see that he was actually reliving the moments when he must have heard this event described first hand from a victim of the horror. There was just a quiver in the words that came out.

 

Getting Ready with a glass of wine

 

 

 

I am talking about a launch of the book, “This Divided Island” , authored by Samanth Subramanian, a dear friend. This is a book on Sri Lanka in the current times but bearing marks of recent and distant violent past. The book launch was wonderful and the house was full , definitely not  because of wine and snacks. Crowds, in fact, were spilling on the sides.

Housefull…

Kudos to the author and to Asia Society for organizing this event.

Introductions

I now have with me an autographed book and surely intend to read it sometime and will write a review here.                                   

During the Q&A, amongst others, a thing or two about human behavior were discussed, especially pertaining to the need for lying.

Suhasini Haider looks on as Samanth responds to a question 

 

I had said above I had the Goosebumps and that was true for me and many others. There was an immediate need felt to do something about the topic in question. Assistance in some form that would mitigate sufferings. However, the minute I stepped out of Cheval restaurant, onto the sidewalk, I was already far away from Sri Lanka and contemplating issues closer at my hand and of my life. In a few moments I sensed that the issues of Sri Lanka was already pushed to some obscure corner of my mind. I am sure such would have been the case with most of the audience who had congregated.

Is that not lying to oneself!

People invade the stage too?

 

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New Zealand Vs West Indies T20 Super 8 match

New Zealand Vs West Indies T20 Super 8 match

T20 World Cup Super 8 league 9th Match

West Indies Vs New Zealand – Fun Intended

It is the very last over of the NZ batting. They had to make  14 runs off the last WI over.

WI Captain Sammy discussed with Samuel, Russel and Gayle and eventually gave the ball to Marlon Samuels. This is just an imaginary conversation that may have taken place.

Sammy : “I think Polllard should bowl the last over. What do you say Chris?”

Chris Gayle : “ I guess that’s the right thing to do “

Samuel : “No no no…. You never ask me to bowl at all I am a good bowler too “

Sammy: “Marlon, keep quite. Pollard just gave away 13 runs in 2 overs”.

Samuel : “Why, he also faced 22 balls and I too faced 22 balls. Whats more I was there for more time than Kieron . It does not really matter if he has made more runs does it?”

Sammy is dumbstruck with this logical argument.

Russel who was quiet all this while, spoke.

Russel: “ I should bowl the last over . After all I did not get to bat much. At least I should be allowed to bowl” Samuel passes the ball to Russel.

Samuel: “ Enough is Enough. You better agree to the following 3 points otherwise I am taking my ball and my stumps home”  (Reminds you of our Gali cricket)

Samuel : “#1 I will bowl the last over. #2 In case of Super over, I will bowl that over too and # 3. I will open the super over with Gayle. You all better agree or else. In fact I will not give stumps and ball to play from next time onwards “

So this how Marlon Samuel came to bowl the last over and rest as they is History. 

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First day of Twenty-20 World Cup 2012

First day of Twenty-20 World Cup 2012

World of Twenty Twenty

 

Ahh.. I can already hear some of you murmuring that this guy has lost it. I can hear them say The world cup started on 18th and this guy is so late to write this story.

 

 

The first 6 matches were so one sided, where the strong teams were pitted against aspiring teams , that of Zimbabwe, Ireland, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

 

I would have expected at least Bangladesh to put up some good show. Of course a lot of my friends say that India got a scare. I personally don’t believe that. There was no doubt in anybody’s mind that India would win. Of course, we all know India starts a bit rusty and squeaky.

Coming back to today’s matches which I call as the opening matches. The weather played its role as a spoil sport.
First one was a complete farce according to me. There is no point playing a 7 over game . Come on , All the players come out all decked up and you don’t even allow them to show off to the crowds.

The second match was , though not evenly poised , was a good one with Gayle continuing his storm and ably supported by Samuels got to an impressive score of 191. But the aussies never say die attitude quickly showed that they are a team to reckon with. Aussies won by D-L but there was no doubt in mind about their winning anyway even after WI made 191, which is a tall score by any standards. (Not good for me , since I bet on WIndies winning).

 

There is something in the wickets for pacemen here in Srilanka. Which is a surprise and I am sure all teams are back in their respective war-rooms strategizing over drinks!

 

This question does bug me at times. 

Should the weak 4 teams be allowed to play in the world cup at all?

 

 

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Neil Armstrong and me!

Dedicated to Neil Armstrong (RIP)!

You have surely heard of an astronaut named Armstrong, Neil
Aboard Apollo 11, he made this appeal.
He said to the green-blue planet he left behind
“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”
I said, I am comfortable in my automobile! 🙂

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Adiós Londres Olympics 2012

Adiós Londres Olympics 2012

 Good Show India 

What if Sushil did not win the Gold. He  did India proud by winning a medal that too Silver. He is the first individual athlete to win two medals back-to-back. India has put in its best performance ever in the Olympics, albeit we did not win a Gold. 

I can already hear tongues wagging saying that for a country of our size we should have done a lot better. Sure enough, but our problems are pretty peculiar and my intent in this post is not to delve deep into that aspect.  

I recently read a comment by the Sports Minister , Mr Maken, that “India can get 25 medals in Olympics 2012 Out of it, it can be 5 or 10 golds. We cannot specify the number of gold,”. I was amazed at the clarity of thought of Mr Minister as he said this. Wow! I thought to myself. What was the basis of such a confident statement. I could not see anything percetably changed in between the last two Olympics in terms of sports. (I would like purposely not talk about the Commonwealth games too 🙂 ). 

 

 So what must be the reason. Here are some thoughts that might have occurred to the Minister.

 1. In 2008 we got 3 , in 2012 we won 6 medals. So going by the geometric progression , in 2016 it would be double of 6 that is 12 and in 2020 … Voila – 24 , plus there might be genuine individual performer would win a medal despite our sporting authorities. This also takes care of the statement that he is not able to predict the number of Gold 🙂 🙂

2. We sent 83 Athletes and we won 6 gold. In 2016 we will send in 166 and so on.  

3. Or is it the number of officials that matter. More officials, more medals.  

4. Maybe it has to do with the inflation rate. Number of medals in 2012 – 6 . Applying a annualized rate of income at 20% a year , year on year the cumulative figure is around 25 🙂 🙂 🙂 … Ha, What about that?

Come on Minister, let us not waste time making tall claims . Do something concrete and different to get different results. We all know the GIGO (Garbage in Garbage out) principle,  is’nt it. The athletes have the potential but you need to develop the right environment for them to train. Just talking is not going to get us medals. 

 

 

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Sushil Kumar Vs Sushil Kumar

Sushil Kumar Vs Sushil Kumar

 Olympian in line for Gold or Silver in Wrestling 

He has done it again. Sushil Kumar is assured of a medal and he had done well to bring back one last Olympics as well. In a few hours it will be known if he is going to get Silver or Gold. 

There have been a lot of hullaballo about referees being anti Indian , especially from Indian Boxers. The hockey team is pathetically silent at the moment. They know no one will believe a word they say any more. They are deprived of even this excuse.

For once the Indian contingent will not find any fault with the referees , who was blind to some actions that went on . Well all in the name of Sports. 

 

 

Go and get it Sushil. Fortunately for us we root for the Olympian Sushil. There is another one who is in the News now-a-days…Sushil the politician (Home Minister). He does not get my vote… sorry. Especially after his lousy remarks in the Parliament against Jaya, not withstanding he having to eat his words. Remind me of the great “Foot-in-mouth” disease that seems to afflict all our politicians.

 

  

 

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Teddy Bear Poem

It is funny when people say Teddy Beer
Instead of Teddy Bear
As long as it is not Toddy Beer
It is ok here!

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F1 Buddh Circuit , INDIA

F1 Buddh Circuit , INDIA

This can happen only in India

 

This is proving to be an exciting week for all of F1 lovers. Nor so much for the rock lovers as Metallica cancelled their concert on Friday 28-October-2011. Thats a different story

 

 

For F1 the fun started with the drivers trying to find their way on the tracks and making a mental map of the circuit using bicycles and scooters!

In fact Jenson Button used an autorickshaw (tkaes the cake, man) to review the track.

 

Then on the practice sessions , we found a canine interest on the tracks trying to practice what it does best, find a pole position to releive itself 🙂

Dog , giving run for the money at Buddh Circuit

 

This is one interesting weekend for us Indians.

Let us keep our fingers crossed for the qualifiers which will be in a few minutes from now.

 

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Vinod Kambli and his tryst with cricket

Vinod Kambli retires from active Cricket.

This appears to be the joke of the day. When I read this news today I thought I was reading a decade old newspaper. Next thing I wanted to know was if today was the “all fools day”. According to me he’d retired from active cricket 15 years back

 

Don’t get me wrong, he has an impressive record. 35 first class centuries.

In test cricket he averages over 50 runs an innings. He has scored 2 double centuries and that too early in his life, 3rd and 4th test. All this could have been better had he concentrated on his game a bit more.

 

 

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X-Factor India 2011 winner

Geet Sagar has won the fist edition of X-factor.

 

The live program is still on but the winner’s name is already available in the net.

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Rahul Dravid Slams 3 sixes in a row

Contrary to every ones belief, including Dravid’s own, he slams 3 sixes off Samit R Patel in todays 20-20 against England. Mind It! This is his first 20-20 , I think. I just could not believe that Dravid has so much Cricket in him and he is planning to retire.

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