Friday, April 30, 2010

Old Age

80-year old Granny staggers into her room, picks up the remote, turns the TV on, and calls for her grand daughter.

"Guria! Aye Guria! Get me the remote please!"

6-year old Guria hops into Granny's room, takes one look at the TV and then the remote in Granny's hand, and walks out without a word. A few seconds later, she hops back in with Granny's spectacles in her hand.


Granny looks down at the specs, and says "Oh, I needed my glasses!"

Guria then tip-toes into her mother's room and whispers in her ear, "Momma, Granny wanted her specs right now, but she kept telling me to bring her the remote! Hee hee hee!"

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Review: Cool Water for Women by Davidoff

Cool Water-Women, launched by Davidoff in 1997, is one of the most popular women’s fragrances in India, although it has not achieved the same success as its “pour homme” (for men) counterpart, which has a very wide acceptance throughout the world.

Cool Water (pour femme) is a very typical modern day fragrance. Like many women’s fragrances launched in the past decade, it is a light fresh floral-fruity fragrance.

It opens with a top note of bergamot, lemon, mandarin and mint. In its heart lies a combination of many flowers like lavender, rose, jasmine, geranium, orris, cyclamen and lily of the valley. Its dry out (base note) is made of musk, sandal, amber and Tonka. (Tonka is a species very closely related to vanilla.)

This perfume’s stand-out feature is a unique combination of fruity smells (which comprises of melon, watermelon, prune & raspberry) with green grassy notes and a very subtle oceanic note.

The use of melon and watermelon is very interesting here, as both these fruits are available in the summers and are recommended for beating the heat. Hence, the user is subconsciously reminded of these “thirst quenching” fruits while smelling the perfume and it gives her a feel of coolness in the summers.

This effect is further enhanced by the mint notes, while the hint of the ocean adds an air of depth and mysticism to it, enhancing its feminine and sensuous character.

An irresistibly alluring eau de parfum, Cool Water for Women is recommended for summer/day time wear.

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Guest Post by Akshay Bhatia, one of the leading perfume consultants in Asia. With over 40 clients spanning from Ukraine to Australia, he has over 500 perfumes selling in 8 countries worldwide. A guest lecturer in 3 different universities worldwide, and numerous articles published with many magazines, Akshay has also been involved in designing perfumery courses for a leading perfumery school. He currently runs a perfumery house in Jaipur, Rajasthan. More about him can be found on &

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Review: Sony NWZ-B143F - A Smart Device For Dummies!

Being able to assemble a PC single-handedly doesn't automatically make you a *generally* tech-savvy person! You might be able to do all the connections of the front panel of a CPU correctly, and yet, you might find it impossible to create a simple playlist in your Dad’s mobile phone, and use it during your evening walks!

So, for a father who was used to being *forced* to stand beside his daughter in the kitchen, while she “pressed a few buttons” on the microwave, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise when she asked for a new Walkman – the ancient type you know – the one that played audio cassettes! Her old one was dysfunctional and she simply needed music while walking! (It helps maintain the rhythm you see!)

Anyways, Dad completely blew off the roof! “Where will you find a cassette playing Walkman in the era of iPods now?” Oh, but she was adamant – Capricorn mule-headedness! Sony was the leader in audio as far as she knew. So she decided to check out “Sony Walkman” on ebay. And she found this…

Little bigger than her pen-drive, it was a sight for the eyes! The Sony NWZ-B143F Walkman/MP3 Player, available in 2GB and 4GB, with built-in FM tuner as well as a recorder (no external microphone required)… who could ask for more from such a tiny device? She could. Being technically handicapped the way she was, she wanted a simple User Interface… at least as simple as her old cassette walkman!

But guess what! The Sony NWZ-B143F is so easy to use that even a 6-year old can also probably use it comfortably! Here’s a quick review of its main pluses and minuses, which come to my mind while listening to some saxophone classics from Kenny G, on my new NWZ-B143F!


  1. Visual appeal: Sleek design, small form factor (see picture on right), 4 choices of colors.

  2. Ease of data transfer: Simple USB plug-&-play interface. Just drag-&-drop whatever folders/songs you want. Techies can also use Windows Media Player to accomplish this, but I haven’t tried that. I don’t use Windows Media Player at all.

  3. Easy UI: One button for Play/ Pause/ Power-off. Simple Up/ Down buttons for navigation. A “Back” button, like the “Up one level” in Windows Explorer. And the icing on the cake – the “Hold” button – like the “Keypad Lock” feature on mobiles. Neat.

  4. Full charged in little over 1 hour, giving over 18 hours of non-stop playback (decreases by about 40% if you turn the Bass on). For charging, you just need to plug it into a USB port on your computer; no need for a data cable.


  1. There is no built-in clip, if you want to attach the NWZ-B143F to your belt or shirt. Instead, they have given holes for lanyard loops, just below the earphone-cord point. So you can hang it around your neck, or else wear something with a pocket!

  2. The only “downer”… the USB cap is already becoming loose. (Remember why they designed cap-less pen drives?) It isn’t coming off on its own yet, but it’s not as tightly-fitting as it was the first day. And I have only had it for less than 10 days so far!

  3. I called Customer Care for the cap – if it was just a piece defect, then maybe they could replace the cap; and if it was a design defect, then they could perhaps give me some spare caps to use in case this one fell off somewhere! But apparently, Sony cares about only those customers now who spend money in 6-digit figures over Plasma TVs! My little walkman worth a few grand INR was like “not even worth talking about”! So yeah… customer care sucks!

Despite the cap though, the rest of the product is totally worth falling in love with. The audio quality of Sony, 4 GB of space, and ease of use; what more could one ask for from life! (Yeah, the NWZ-B143F is still plugged in! Currently swaying to the sounds of Kenny G’s “G-Bop”…!)

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Life...

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Sunflower Smiles

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy 60th Birthday!

Dad celebrates his BIG one today... he turns 60!

And guess what! He received a hand-made Birthday Card from his Mom! :D :D :D

The card was made by my cousin Rishu though (now 13 years old)... and it looks real neat!

Check it out below!



HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD !!! 60... wow !!! :D :D :D

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