Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Digital India

Ache din aanevale hai!

We have been saying this since the beginning of the Modi campaign, and after a long period into his tenure we sure have doubts about his management, what with the beef ban and the excess Hindutva show. Then came a time for the brooms to rise again, with Kejriwal rising again in Delhi, and the nation began to think if he should have been the prime minister. And then again, the AAP government came up against the wall of their problems.

A nation is worked by a prime minister; a nation moves on the backs of the managerial committee; and the same nation thinks with the minds of its citizens. Quite similar to the “of the people, for the people, by the people” statement by Abraham Lincoln, this is how a true democracy must function. We must not discount our voices in the shout for development, and for justice and for a good future; but we should rank ourselves as important figures for the future of the nation. It is rightly said, “Every tiny drop contributes to an ocean”.

With the scale of development at a high, technology and its use are being increasingly used at previously unthought-of levels. E-governance is one of the important aims of the Modi government and is sought to be one of the top priority aims in coming times. With science and the tech world racing ahead of the generation, it is certain that the time has come for us to latch on to the Ferrari of the future from our Maruti 800 of the past.

Our visits to each and every government are marred by the lack of speed and agility in the staff, but is it entirely their fault? Our lives have been exposed so much to technology that anything which is devoid of machinery impacts a slow feeling to us. This is exactly where e-governance must insert itself to pick up the dropped baton of hope we have on our system.

But this is not a time to talk about the grievances and the problems which we face in our day to day exchanges we have with our government. This time is for us to head into the future with our hands held together and with the whole nation embracing and trusting technology to lead us into a new day.

Coming to think of it, e-governance has more to it than what meets the eye. A steady growth in a resolute e-governance system will not only make it easier for people to get access to government services, but to a point, it will help cultivate their technological knowledge as well. Reducing the pains faced by the citizens, this move to e-governance will work to hike the satisfaction and the happiness of the people on its government, leading to a sure rise in development.

In numerical terms, the introduction of technology and most probably the internet too shall work to increase the people reached by the government, and this is a very important point as it can and will lead to a rise in the money obtained from taxes, etc. By curtailing the lack of knowledge on information and communication technology (ICT), this move will lead to a development of human resource and also human capital, which shall in turn facilitate the nation’s growth.

But those are all very complicated economic terms which are clouding our mind. Let’s just stick to the basics and consider an example.

Last week, one of my friends had to get his car papers updated. Reaching the assigned office at the given time, he waited for an hour before he was shown the door, the reason being stated that the officer wasn’t in a good mood. (One of the reasons behind me not even applying for a driver’s license.)

With submissions week looming on us, my friend wasted an hour and bunked a couple of lectures to just reach the place on time, and in the end it all went in vain. This was the plight of one honest citizen who got sent away just for a reason non-existent in any rule book. E-governance will work to control this and maybe in the future, we shall be able to finish such chores sitting at home by uploading certain documents in the form of images.

This will further lead to save the time, energy and also scarce resources being wasted in the travelling and waiting, etc. Working on the basic problems will also contribute to development in some way or the other and this will in the end benefit the nation.

To cover a major populace, there will have to be the introduction of various, and I mean hundreds, of servers which shall not hang or face performance issues (like IRCTC), and there shall also be needed a security system to prevent manipulation. This step shall in turn update the nation in term of technology as it might signify an increase in the internet users.

Parts of the population cannot be sidetracked with e-governance, and thus this surely means that rural areas shall face a complete upheaval and will rise in the fire of development. Working on this new idea will increase opportunities for the youth, and shall induce employment in the technological sector and to a point this may work to reduce brain drain from our nation. But this idea surely will take India into the pro league.

The process of conversion from our age old methods to this new and efficient way is a cumbersome process and it is already in action. Time consuming and also a pain in the neck, the result is surely something we must wait for in the future. Contributing not only in terms of technological development, this idea shall take our nation ahead on a lot of points. The future is bright for our nation as this plan progresses to the final stages to see a digital India. We must believe and contribute in every possible way to this initiative to see a digital India as soon as possible.

This post is written for the #DigitalIndia contest by Intel on Indiblogger.

Sunday, March 29, 2015


With the 7th movie of the Fast and Furious series rolling in next week, I was looking around the internet to get some juicy offers which would enhance my movie experience while at the same time not making my pocket too light. BookMyShow being the sole choice for booking tickets, I now needed something to take it to a new level with some creative and extravagant offers.

I soon came across 27coupons, which is a very interactive and exciting place to obtain offers on your purchases on various sites, including BookMyShow. 27coupons is the leading coupons distribution platform in India and has more than 1000 stores in its database. The site allows you to search through the available options for the offer suiting you the most.

27coupons has its offers arrayed on the success rate, and that is a key indicator for the best offer to go for. Each offer has its specifications displayed, and a single click takes you to the offer page on the site which then allows you to enjoy your transaction. And this is all in addition to the offers provided by the original site- just fun!

The offers range from getting your cash back, to getting free tickets and to hefty discounts on your transactions. There are also offers which allow you to accumulate points and then spend them all at once. You can save offers for your future shopping as well, and this advantage is one which isn’t provided at any other place.

Being an avid movie watcher, this experience with 27coupons is going to be the start of a very healthy and long standing relationship which shall obviously traverse into other sectors and e-commerce initiatives in the sectors of clothing, travelling and even food.

After accomplishing my objective with BookMyShow, the foodie in me led me over to the FoodPanda section of the site, and I almost fainted seeing the succulent offers which would make my eating experience very satisfactory in terms of monetary benefits.

The FoodPanda segment of 27coupons allows you to save quite a lot on a single order, with the attractive cash discounts and also cash back offers. The offers are at times specifically for certain eateries or have to be availed through the mobile application of FoodPanda. Most of the cash back offers involve Paytm which is forwarding itself at a fast pace.

Going through these two portions of the website made me realize that the e-commerce market is extremely huge and it tries to cater to every individual consumer visiting the market. 27coupons is a very well maintained and extremely alluring website for a regular online shopper (in any sector) considering the magnanimous database of over a 1000 dealers. The exclusive offers on the site are updated to suit your needs and they make sure that the customer gets what he desires.

Suited to provide optimum benefits to the consumer, sites like 27coupons are emerging very fast and adapting into the Indian e-commerce market. The site just requires a basic sign up after which all the offers can be accessed very easily.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bring On The Madness

There is the red, there is the fear,
There is sorrow, but not a single tear,
There is confusion, yet there is peace,
Serene the sky, serene the sea choppy,
There is the darkness, in the blinding light,
There is a road ahead unseen, it’s a maze,
There is a puzzle, but there isn’t an answer,
It’s falling apart, the mind, the soul,
It’s a disaster, but there isn’t any wreckage,
I’m standing still, ready for combat,
A fight to the finish, I’m rock hard,
The darkness is getting to me,
The silence is eating through me,
Head held high, all I scream is,
Bring on the madness.

The Story of Tublu- A Review

The past week was very interesting and filled with challenges and surprises which took me to highs and also held me down. Happy hours, football, cricket, exams, copying assignments, and then the wonderful package reached me.

Adorned with the author’s signature, the decorated copy of ‘The Story of Tublu’ presented itself to me. This is Jahid Akhtar’s debut novel, and he, as a fellow blogger, gave me the opportunity to be one of the first people to review the book. Jahid, hearty congratulations are in order!

The book is a story of a father and son, Bipin and Tublu, whose life is wrecked by a flood and they have to move to a new place. At their new destination, they meet the Sharmas and this brings a turn in both their lives. The story rotates around the hardships faced by the duo, the new formed bonding between the Sharmas and the father-son duo, the friendship and the unsaid love between Tublu and Maina, the Sharmas’ daughter.

 The book captures various scenarios of the life of an engineer, and keeps the reader connected with a simple yet engaging plot. The plot is quite the life of an engineer and that’s also one of the reasons why I liked the book. Keeping it simple is the key, and Jahid has very nicely managed that while not allowing the book to drop from the reader’s hands.

To sum up, the book is a good read and would be a good choice for your bookshelf. The book costs Rs. 200 and is available on Flipkart and Amazon.

You can read Jahid Akhtar’s blog here.

To read more reviews of The Story of Tublu, click here and here.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Meri Manzil

Inn boondon mein hai samai ek tanhayee,
Inn labon mein hai bass gaya jaise koi gham,
Samay chal raha hai aage, liye zindagi ki dor,
Khinchta hua, liye mujhe meri manzil tak, bass tum,
Boonden mehekti hui, voh bearish chalakti hui,
Liye ek nayi si umang, main chalta raha,
Dekhu bass main tumhe,
Uss khamoshi mein, unn andheron mein,
Raah hai meri kai, par hai manzil ek, bass tum.