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Life experiences

Nostalgia

Hello friends,

How often do we sit in the comfy confines of our homes and let our a cold sigh with mutterings like “Oh those days” or “Those good old days” or maybe “Where are those days?”? I bet many times. I do that too. Quite often at that. The key cause to this effect is ‘COMPARISON’. Disagree? It’s simple – terms like good, bad, ugly are all SUBJECTIVE. What’s good to one may not be so to another. I drink – my wife hates it. I hate spicy food especially pickles – she loves it. So you see – it’s subjective.
By the way, not all bygone days were golden. Some had black shades to them too. But most of them were  golden and they still put a smile on your otherwise glum faces. As I was saying – it’s the comparison that gets us here. We tend to compare THOSE days with THESE days. Let me assure you – the more you do it – the more it will stink. THESE days are almost always WORSE. About 5-10 years later even 29/5/2016 (today) will seem heavenly. Today I’m complaining – tomorrow, I’ll yearn for days like today. I’m sure my daughter will cry out loud, “Dad, you really lived those days? It was so much fun. Look at the times we live in now – it sucks”, and so on.
This is how life progresses. With the advent of newer technologies, we seem to be drifting apart into our lonely microcosms. We tend to be happy with our privacy. Little do we realize that it’s a hard bargain between privacy and social life. You cannot get both at the same time – with the same efficiency as we did as kids. What did we care about privacy then? At best, the only time I needed privacy was while peeing or changing clothes – that’s it. I did not have lockers, no ‘personal stuff’ – nothing much to hide except for my Johnson.
We tend to hide and yet want to be discovered. We do not go out and yet want to be reached. We cannot quit our couches and still want 6-pack abs. We do not call and still miss phone conversations. We do not put the efforts and still cry our loud for not getting the results. We do not keep in touch but still call our friends ‘fair weather’. Finally – we have screwed up our today and still call yesterday ‘golden days’?
Our ‘today’ is taken for granted. We mess with it – we literally screw it black and blue and have the temerity to call the same today ‘a good old day’ a few years later. That’s why they say, ‘live the moment’. It’s easy to yearn for those ‘good old days’ – but do we realize that we still have a precious gift in our hands. Hey stop looking here and there – it’s all around you. It’s called TODAY (I did not mean the contraceptive). Live today so well that we can minimize the need to compare and thereby miss ‘good old days’.
Honestly, comparison almost always leads to despair. So let’s turn over a new leaf. Let’s resolve that we will not mistreat our ‘today’ and wait till it becomes our ‘good old yesterday’.
Today rocks!!! So stop staring at your screens and get lost guys – TODAY is waiting for you.
Ciao!!!
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Learning Life experiences

Inside the mind of a lazy bum (a.k.a. Me)

Hello friends,

I have been meaning to write this blog for a very long time now (see, this is where I’m coming from). It’s just that one unimportant thing led to another and here I am… writing after ages of having initiated that thought. Anyways, that’s too much for an intro, isn’t it?

I remember, as a kid, my parents always said to me… “Don’t waste time. Study (sometimes followed by curses I won’t mention here). You cannot get back time. It’s a precious resource you’re wasting. At this age, you only have to study (that was the ’80s though and then it was true too). Once you grow up, you have to do several things in addition to it. If you can’t find time to study or do other important stuff now, how will you find time as a grown-up?

Been there, done that? I’m sure some of us (let’s be honest – most of us) have heard this as kids. Too bad, I didn’t pay much attention to it and here I am – a full-grown lazy bum. Call me a couch potato if you please. The point is – why am I what I am – lazy. I never took the time to understand why. For a good measure, self-realization crept in lately and I have at least accepted the fact that I’m lazy – a procrastinator. The first task accomplished – I know what I’m ailing from. Yes – that’s the right term – ailment.

I know I’m not alone – but I’m not proud of it either. And let me also inform – this is not a remedial talk / article. It’s an expression of what  feel and the way I feel it. The other day, I was watching an episode of TED Talks – one that covered precisely this topic. That’s what finally opened my eyes to the reality. Suddenly everything that I do (or rather do not do) started building the picture – block by block. Finally, I got a very logical explanation to my ailment.

Now let’s see how it works. it all starts with a genuine need to accomplish a task e.g. exercising, cleaning, washing, cycling, getting a bank job done, finishing an assessment / assignment etc. Let’s call it the task or Step 1. What should ideally follow is execution. But wait… isn’t this (some other unimportant yet interesting task) nice? How about finishing this and then the original task at hand? Let’s call it the distraction or step 2.

A recent case in point was last week when my wife asked me to email her flight tickets to her. So here we go:

1. Task: Email wife’s flight ticket (PDF) to her (1100 IST)

2. Distraction: I boot up my PC (1105 IST), open Chromium and see YouTube in the ‘most visited sites’ list and inadvertently click on it (that email can wait). I start off with some movie trailers which then led me to Lost Castles of England, followed by The Cannibal of Scotland, Mysteries from the Deep Sea and so on (1300 IST).

3. More distraction (1310 IST): Hey, I didn’t have my tea (from the nearby tea stall). Let me have it quickly and then get back home and email the tickets.

4. Distractions continued (1330 IST): Some random phone calls, random chats on WhatsApp, checking random posts on Facebook etc.

5. Completion (1645 IST): I finally reach home and get straight to my PC (which I left running, just that I remembered to turn off the monitor) and FINALLY email her the flight tickets.

Start: 1100 IST.
Finish: 1700 IST
Wastage: 4 hours

I’m sure successful people would die either laughing or amazed at my irrepressible talent at wasting a rather precious commodity called TIME. Ask me WHY and I’ll look up to the sky shrugging my shoulders, rolling my eyes.

The way I look at it – it’s not an incurable ailment. It’s just that the WILL to do so or to get out of this self-deprecating habit is missing or very weak. What I failed to understand is that the Task (Step 1) HAS to be done – regardless of distractions. There is a deadline to it too. Here’s why I could accomplish it in the first place.

Reason 1: This task had a deadline. It’s no use emailing the tickets once the flight takes off. It has to be sent well in advance.

Reason 2: Sense of panic.

I’m lucky that the part of my brains where PANIC resides, is well nourished. So as time passed by, the panic cells started kicking in and telling me – hey, don’t forget what your wife asked you to do. Time’s running out. You inner voice!!! Mmmmwah 😉

Now there’s a completely different genre of Tasks – the ones that do not have a deadline e.g. working out, taking the dog for a walk, cycling, swimming, weekend outings, catching up with friends and family, calling up near and dear ones – these are the tasks that most like get delayed exponentially. This is for the simple reason that there is no deadline for accomplishing them. But that’s no excuse for delaying or worse – not doing them. They are important too.

So inside this procrastinator’s brain, it’s always a tiff between Distractions outside and Panic cells in the brains. This way, certain tasks get accomplished while most of them get delayed. But like I said earlier – I’m not alone. I see many people my age and otherwise, doing the same things that I do – the way I do. This kinda concerns me.

Friends, let’s all remember one thing – TIME is indeed precious (excuse the cliche). The more you waste it, the more you regret. Regrets get you nowhere – they may probably, just probably tell you better that to waste time. Let’s not wait till it’s too late. What if the Panic cells don’t kick in? What if there was nobody to remind you about the task at hand? What if someone heavily depended on the timely accomplishment of that task.

Procrastination is not worth ANYTHING. Let’s all look within ourselves and ask – Why can’t that (the distraction) wait. Is it really important? Can’t I do that later? Do I really have to do it? I’m sure soon you’ll have the answers cut out in rock that reads ‘No / It’s not that important / It CAN wait / Don’t do this’. And eventually, we won’t have to ask ourselves those stupid questions. Stupid – not owing to the intrinsic nature of the questions – but because we should not have to ask them in the first place. We should now how to prioritise the tasks at hand and manage our time.

I’m sure I’ll start this introspection / retrospection… maybe tomorrow !!!

Bye for now. Remember, you have other important things to do. So go now!!!

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Mobile

Karbonn Titanium S5 – Revisited

            After serving as a Nokia loyalist for several years – I finally shifted base to Karbonn. Started off with the A9 which sold like hot cakes in 2012. Fully satisfied with the performance and developing a sense of trust with Karbonn as a brand / phone manufacturer – I took the obvious next step. I bought the Titanium S5. After reading about the Titanium S1 at its launch and finding the specs somewhat inadequate – I waited and got the S5. Since I’m not a geek – do not expect geek-speak in my review. I may sound like your 10th grader – but I’m fine.

     To start off – this phone boasts of a 5 inch IPS qHD screen (960×540) that packs 220 ppi (pixel density). Excuse me if you find me to be a ‘display freak’. My excuse – in a phone what strikes you at the first glance is obviously the display. Viewing angles are great – readability in sunlight is good too. Excellent choice if you love watching movies on the go. [Tip: use MX Player for great movie experience.]

On the left you have the volume rocker and the power button is on the right. It has the 3.5mm stereo jack on top-right and the USB connector (data and charger port) is on top-left. The speaker grille and microphone are both situated at the rear-bottom and front-bottom respectively.

The phone supports 2G (GSM 900 / 1800 – SIM 1 & SIM 2) and 3G (HSDPA 2100). It accommodates 2 mini SIMs of which only slot 1 supports 3G. The primary use – CALLING – works without any stutters. Nice call quality (network permitting). Next up – phone memory. This one has 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory that you can expand up to 32GB with a micro SD card. This is what supplements the 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8625 quad-core processor. Back in 2013 – this was the new kid on the block – now you have hexa and octacore processors. Benefit? You can forget lags and start racing through levels of HD games like Asphalt 8 Airborne, Train Simulator (full version), NFS Hot pursuit, Angry Birds Go, Real Racing 3, Fast 6 – The game etc. did I forget to mention that the 32 GB (or 16 maybe) holds your long list of songs  and 720p movies.

The phone comes pre-loaded with Android 4.2 and a stock UI. No bells and whistles here. Hence for a first time android user – this phone is a visual treat. The phone also houses an 8 MP camera that is capable of shooting great pics and videos (up to 720p). The stock camera app includes option for setting the exposure – this is a boon while shooting in low-light conditions. Honestly, I did not know what this means until I stumbled upon it the other day.

When it comes to productivity (well this phone is not just for youngsters) – the phone comes preloaded with Kingsoft Office suite that lets you view / edit documents, spreadsheets and presentation. It supports PDF files too.

The phone comes with a 2000mAh battery that last 1 full day with medium to heavy usage. However playing HD games to end drains the battery faster.

Connectivity is attained via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB. The phone supports Wi-Fi direct connection with other Karbonn phones (hardware support essential).

All said and done, the Karbonn Titanium S5 pack is all the essential features of a budget smartphone and retails around 10K. I’ll be back with more reviews of phones that I tested recently.

Signing off

A myth.