What I am not getting this new year and still happy about it

Not much, it’s the same old me who spend New Year browsing funny images and watching shows on the internet. Everything is same but there are few things that I won’t see this year that I had to see in 2013 and I am very happy about it. Here goes the list:

Exams: I am so happy that I won’t have to see the face of examination hall now, completed my MCA in 2013 and that’s it. I quit studying because honestly I just hate cramming books for passing exams, I like to learn from real world and things that are actually useful in life. I hated algebra (well anything in math’s subject that included English alphabets and special characters) and I have never found any use of it till now in real life. I am looking for expanding my business or maybe get a job for some time and plan the expansion while doing the job as a backup.

Stupid people: Till late 2013 I was in company of few stupid people and I am glad that I realized their stupidity and its bad consequences on me. I don’t like breaking contacts so I have created a limit on interactions with these people and hope I won’t see them often now onwards.  These people always tried to bully, cheat, annoy, do conspiracy and what not. Good riddance!

Sore throat: Credit goes to my friend Dr.Smita for prescribing me an antibiotic which worked great for my sore throat problem which always occurred in winters. Earlier I tried everything, consulted many doctors but this sore throat has always made my life hell. But thanks to this new medicine, sore throat is not an issue anymore.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet

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Tablets bridge the computing usability gap between smartphone and laptop. Some tablets come with SIM card slots and calling facility too. Screen size of these tablets range from 7 inches to 12 inches, and like smart phone where manufacturers have found a sweet spot of 4.5 inch screen which is a balance between too large and too small, in case of these tablets its yet to be found. However there are more of 7 inch tablets and very few of them above 10 inches in the market. I think a sweet spot can be around 8 inches and that reminds of new Lenovo tablets.

Lenovo India recently launched a new range of tablets called Yoga. Now as the name suggest, this tablet have a footer attachment that can flex to provide almost unlimited viewing positions! Tablets are all about computing on the go and if it can’t adjust to your environment, its better to carry a laptop. Yoga tablet provide wider screen gives freedom from pinch to zooming every time you want to read text and with its foldable base, it can be placed on desk at perfect viewing angle.

Keeping the Yoga tablet on desk like a photo frame looks very good, just keep a screen saver of your home photos and it also works as a digital photo frame. I have found another great use of that base, and that wall hanging! Yes you can also hang this yoga tablet easily on a wall, all you need is to make slit on the wall that snugly fits the base and just inset the base into this slit. Below is the pictorial view of the same:

slit-wallFirst we create a slit on the wall. It does not have to be very deep, just deep enough to take the base of the tablet.  Important thing to remember is that slit should be of just the right thickness, if it does not fit the base snugly, your tablet may fall off. Also if you give a slight taper inside, it will be helpful in sliding it in and out.

End result is below after placing the tablet on wall:

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How much does it cost to be polite?

At the day of Eid this year I really appreciated how my SBI bank’s ATM near Muslim area was especially loaded with brand new printed currency. They knew that we will withdraw for giving “eedi” this day and not for eid shopping and it’s a trend to give new untwisted notes this day to children as eedi.

However few days before Eid I was shopping and skipped this ATM due to long queue there and went to other one of the same bank but different branch. This one was little far but I knew there won’t be a long queue there. But on reaching the stop I found out of two ATM machines only one was working. I went for the one which was working and 3 people were standing already for their turn. A man comes and ask the guard for the banks IFSC code. The guard tells him to wait till he gets the code. These codes are usually written inside the notice board of bank in bold and this person surely was new. This person happen to be standing in front of the ATM machine which was not working. Suddenly a bank employee enters the ATM room in a hurry and shouts, “everyone out, one machine is closed and I am going to close the second one too”. These were his words in a very rude fashion. He also gave some lecture to the person waiting for IFSC code that why was he standing in front of a closed machine. I was not offended by all this scene created by this bank employee but I thought what the need of this rude behavior? No one is the queue was abstaining from moving out and certainly no sane person would still stand there to stare at blank ATM machine screen. I feel sorry for the people who lose their temper unnecessarily. Being polite does not cost anything, but earns you respect.

 

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Tangy Falsa Sherbet

Its Falsa (or Phalsa) season these days and I would like to share a wonderful Falsa sherbet recipe. Falsa is a kind of fruit with lots of health benefits. Read its wiki page for more knowledge about it, here just enjoy this simple recipe:

Take about 500 gms of falsa. Before buying check that most of the falsa should be fully ripe, fully ripe ones will be soft and not hard. Now take this falsa in a bowl, wash it well and then smash them with your hands. Do not use any food processor for this job because they grind the seeds as well and spoil the taste. Once smashed well, it will look like jam. Don’t worry about the seeds, let them be there. Now take 500 gms of sugar (since we had 500gms of falsa) and mix the sugar in smashed falsa. Just mix it well and leave it for few hours, all the sugar crystals will dissolve itself. Always remember that quantity of sugar will be equal to quantity of falsa. You can keep this mix in a clear jar and put it in refrigerator.

Now to make sherbet, put two spoon of falsa jam in a glass of ice cold water. Mix it well and filter it in another glass. Enjoy the drink.