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Digital Detox- Ever had one?

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As a digital marketing professional, digital medium is what I live, breathe and repeat each day. With so much information getting absorbed every single moment, there are times when it all becomes too much to handle. You’re so connected to everything, that it gets scary and overwhelming.

And that’s the best time to go for a Digital detox. It involves deactivating your major social profiles for few days, including Whatsapp and stay disconnected. The only medium you’re probably available on is Email, because Hey, you can’t ignore your email. Digital detox is from personal connections, not from work- Always remember that.

The most important part of a detox – You just disappear from everywhere, without shouting it loud and telling every person who might listen to you, but after finishing any pending tasks you might have. If you shout about your detox before actually going for it, it loses value and all of it. My detox sessions are mostly impulsive, but my mind knows when to press that Red button.

Do you need a DETOX,  see the Checklist and decide :-

1) Social media is on your mind ALWAYS and you’re constantly thinking in 140 or Hashtags.

2) You’re feeling the need of living upto a certain image on Social media and it’s getting monotonous and heavy for the mind.

3) Not spending enough time with your thoughts, and yourself.

4) Losing focus in your real job, relationships and responsibilities.

5) Your friends challenge you to stop with the Facebooking, Tweeting, Instagramming etc. Haha. Probably they’re tired of listening about your non-stop gushing.

So just take a break. It’ll be difficult in the beginning, but your mind will feel lighter. You’d not write/share your thoughts on a platform, but you’d sit and think them with yourself. And it’ll be liberating!!

I’ve been on a detox since Friday and went back after 5 days. This detox helped me to think aloud, watched The Secret that I’d been wanting to since forever. I feel happier and more composed, and definitely got refilled with the Digital energies to delight the world. Do it and feel the change!

#Trivia- There are professional courses and camps for Digital Detox (listed on Google). Even an Android app with the same name was made back in 2010. Some travel websites have separate packages listed under Digital Detox. 
Do let me know in comments about  your Detox, if you’ve been there, done that.

Google does it again, Google Search Reunion Ad

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Google has been a benchmark with it’s amazing Doodles. With the new Reunion Ad, featuring the popular Google Search, touched hearts, made people cry and hit them with nostalgia.

The Ad is relatable, because we all have found friends through the Internet. We’ve met, shared, laughed with old friends, revisited memories and formed bonds.

Google Search : Reunion is one of the warmest Ads I’ve ever seen. Watch it & share!

Watch the entire series here- http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-kIBfSqQg3uMx9Z1fOpc7WPw2wDvbhFu

Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani – Movie Review

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A movie about friendship, love, discovering oneself & breaking free. A movie about choices, about long life relationships, about madness, about cherished memories, about life, a movie about dreams. Thats YJHD in few words.

Bunny, Adi & Aditi are best friends from school and plan to go on a trek to Manali. Scholar Naina (also from their school) joins in & her life changes, she changes & gathers memories for life. Bunny dreams about traveling across the globe while Naina wants a simple life with her loved ones. 8 years and they have not met Bunny, for he had given them a surprise on the last day of their trek. And suddenly, Aditi is having a destination wedding with all the taam jhaam. Friends reunite, memories make a comeback and dreams are re-lived.

The movie starts off on a very happy colorful note and take you through a journey of memories. A trek to Manali, friends, masti, lots of memories and love stories. The entire trip, right from when they board the train; makes you want to take such a trip with your friends. The destination wedding in Udaipur makes you want to either attend one or have one. Royal palace, colorful lights, beautiful costumes and music, love in the air- MIND BLOWN.

While you watch the movie, you see a resemblance of yourself in the characters. You connect with Bunny and Naina, you want friends like Adi and Aditi. The movie manages to fill your heart with emotions, a youthful energy and a fire to pursue your dreams, yet keep your loved ones close. A lot of clichés but covered by wonderful performances.

Performances- Ranbir delivers an effortless performance, and with each film he is proving himself time n again. Deepika plays a nerd and totally fits the bill, apart from looking super sexy. Ranbir- Deepika’s sizzling chemistry and the comfort level shows on-screen. Kalki plays her role okay, but you can see her bad dancing skills. Aditya Roy Kapoor is here to stay, and plays the possessive friend perfectly. Though very less focus is given to characters of Kalki n Aditya. And Madhuri Dixit burns the screen with Ghagra. This lady can dance with her eyes and you yearn for more of her. Madhuri and Ranbir totally blast the screen with their moves and colorful adayein.

Ayan- *bows down*. This man is here to give the youth best of cinema. His movies have the youthful energy with a hint of emotions & brilliant locations. The movie is shot well, music totally supports the movie and costumes are perfect. Though the movie could be a lil shorter, you do come out of the theater with a smile. Karan Johar deserves a mention too, for finding the right talent.

My Rating- 4/5

Shree- The Movie Review

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Yipeeee! 100th post & it’s on one of the most special movies ever, Shree.  All you readers, thank-you so much for the support :).

Shree, released on April 26th with a mixed response. A lot of critics & Tv fraternity loved the movie, the lead actor’s (Hussain Kuwajerwala) honest & brilliant acting and the gripping nature of the movie. I got a chance to watch this movie in Mumbai.Here’s my review-

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Have you guys ever read Agatha Christie’s novels? The thrill & mystery element in her books keep you hooked till the end. That was my first reaction as I finished the movie. A sci-fi movie tag was enough to get me excited about the movie and the movie totally lived upto the genre. It kept me hooked & made me guess till the land moment; and I ended up loving the movie.

The movie starts off with a story of a common man Shreedhar Upadhaya who works as an accountant in an MNC. A girlfriend, her mother’s constant demands & the pressure to get married and be rich, everything every common man living in Mumbai wishes for. He gets a tempting offer from Randhawa to trade 12 hours of his life for 20 lakh rupees, but he doesn’t know what he is expected to do. The only thing he is assured is the work is not bad, it’s just huge. In a matter of few hours, Shree’s life is a mess. He is accused of murder of the Police Commissioner & he doesn’t even know why. A series of twists n turns tell you the movie is about science, time fissure and time travel & you are totally blown out of your minds. Yet, you cannot predict the end & the movie will make you play the guessing game!A Bollywood movie, new cast & crew and such a brilliant thought theme; kudos.

Performance of the Crew- The movie has few numbers mostly used to support the movie, and hardly get any attention. Though the ending credits promotional song ‘Phat Gayi’ could have been better, considering Hussain K is a powerpacked dancer; but it was a good change anyways.The dialogues are pretty okay, though at times you want something more; something out of the bolt to boggle your mind. The movie is made on a low-budget which does show at a lot of places, especially missing of an art director. The sound mixing is average, though I liked the background score used in the starting credits of the movie. The story was pretty gripping & must have looked 10 times better on paper, because of the genre. You need a lot of explanations, twists, which do get neglected in a mere 2 hour movie. Overall, a good work by the crew considering everyone was a first timer.

Performance of the Cast- Now this is my favorite part. Hussain Kuwajerwala is a STAR, indeed a ROCKSTAR. He is the shining star of the movie with his more than extraordinary acting. Right from playing a common man to a person who is accused of murders; Hussain plays each part so convincingly that you feel it’s all happening right in front of you. You can feel the honesty of the character, of the actor throughout the movie. And the last scene before the end credits roll, you almost see a Superstar driving his way to fame, yes, Hussain looks that good. Anjali Patil fails to impress with her shrill over-the-top shouting in the movie. Shivani scores a decent score with her subtle acting. Paresh Ganatra totally floored me with his style, and performs his part really well. Rest of the characters do their role as required, with no major flaws & totally supporting the movie.

Overall, if you want to watch a different Bollywood movie, watch Shree. If you want to watch a movie where you gotta use your brains, watch Shree. I’d get you 100 reasons to watch Shree; so better watch it ;).

Rating- 4/5 (extra 0.5 only because of Hussain K’s acting)

 

I am there for YOU..

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I am 24 years old. Right from the time I came into this world until now, my Dad has been my ultimate soldier. The relationship between a father and a daughter is such that he always wants to protect you from the world, and to keep you safe in his kingdom. Whenever I felt unsafe or scared, he was always there to hold my hand and tell me – It will be ok, I promise.

In today’s time, when everyone wants to take advantage of the weaker sex; there are people who prove you wrong. There are people who make you believe in the soldiers who protect women, who respect them and who stand up for them.

There have been many other people who’ve acted as my soldiers. In this blogpost, I’ll narrate an incident about a friend who showed respect towards a prostitute. He was driving through the dark streets while it rained heavily. The lights were dim and the road was not clearly visible. A girl clad in a saree was standing in the middle of the road and he stopped to ask if she needed help. Without uttering a word, the girl sat inside the car and asked him to take her to a hotel. He couldn’t understand why she wanted to go to a hotel instead of going home, but he continued. Suddenly, she started telling him how she still has to earn her money for the day and she has been waiting for too long for a customer. This left him more confused. On the way, he started asking her questions about her life.

He found out that she was a prostitute and was a little surprised. Since he was hungry, he took her to a nearby dhaba. They had dinner and she started telling him about her clients. Those who didn’t respect her but only wanted her body. He felt sad inside but was surprised at the enthusiasm of the girl. He asked her about where she lived and turned the car towards that side. She insisted on taking her to the hotel so she could earn her daily wages, since she had a family to support. He took her to her home instead, and handed her the money. She refused but he said this is the money for your honesty and for your daring attitude. And he left!

This story has left a huge impact on me, ever since I heard it. Such things make me believe that there is a soldier for each one out there. These soldiers just need to wake up and fight the world. These soldiers just need to be reminded about their duty.

I’ve been lucky to encounter soldiers in friends who’ve protected me over the years. The ones who’ve messaged me to ask if I reached home safely, the ones who’ve supported me emotionally when a friend ditched, the ones who’ve respected me when I asked for my space, the ones who’ve supported me in my decisions and the ones who’ve never left me alone even when I was rude to them. A salute to all those people who make me believe that Life is beautiful. That Life is worth the struggle. That Life is worth living.

This post is a part of #Soldierforwomen in association with BlogAdda.com

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