An educated, informed Indian is much more enabled and empowered to bring positive changes. And with this mission, I will share the insights and opinions on the important political, religious and diplomatic events which unfold before us, right at this moment!
As per Pornhub’s latest global data, the intensity and love for Make in India campaigns in clearly visible in the porn habits of Indians. As per the data released, most of the search terms used by Indians had ‘India’ in it.
This is indeed quite encouraging for the patriotic Indian!
Although India ranks #4 globally in porn consumption, (US is #1, followed by UK at #2 and Canada at #3), the inclination and preference towards anything and everything related with ‘India’ has shocked everyone at Pornhub.
Sample this: The top 12 searches made by Indians on Pornhub:
Indian Bhabhi Devar
Indian aunty with young
Except ‘Desi’ at #9, literally all searches have the element of ‘India’ in it.
DNA report has crudely linked this with the recent ruling by Supreme Court regarding standing up during National Anthem before the start of a show in cinema. Their report said, “At a time when Supreme Court judges, in all their infinite wisdom, think that we ought to stand up for a pre-movie national anthem, it’s heartening to know that our porn-watchers also have the nation firmly in their hearts when standing erect.”
And see what Pornhub has to say about this: “Most countries take great pride in their nationality, but India takes it to a whole other level as made evident by their top searches on Pornhub. The majority of searches (top, relative and gaining) include ‘Indian’. ”
Maybe this is the reason that our very own Sunny Leone has once again become the most searched celebrity for Indians on Pornhub.
There is another interesting fact out here: Indians have a massive fetish for ‘older women’. As per the observation made by Pornhub, the search term ‘Indian aunty with young’ jumped by 81 spots this year, which makes it the term with maximum traction on their list.
Art is jumping into that void, without making the calculations on the equations of being the winner. Art is beyond competition; art is the very act of participating.
Art is creating something which never have been created, ever. Art is breaking the shackles, overstepping the barriers, daring the impossible.
Art is being vulnerable, being prone to failure.
Heck, art is failure. But still saying fuck you to the person who judges him, her. Because art is pure.
Art is being the Buddha. Killing him and then recreating him, remaking him.
Art is still being Buddha.
Art is thinking, art is being alive. Art means you are a human, not a bot. Art is the synonym of breath.. the life.
Art is always living. Art is not being afraid of death, either.
Art can be ruthless, art can be as soft as a motherly love.
Art needs compromise. And belief. And a strong opinion.
By default, art is failure. By standard definition, art is accepting defeat, yet keep on doing it, without expectations and without any loss of enthusiasm.
Art is being generous, art is giving not taking; Art is being poor – the wealthy can never create art because art needs the hunger.
Hunger breeds art.
Art needs sacrifice, art demands attention, blood and sweat.
Commerce has always an issue with art..
But art needs commerce.. art needs to survive the odds, despite banking on commerce.. yet, it always tries to save itself from its absolute grip.
Art is neither a mistress of commerce nor its wife. But still, it has to spend the night with him, and yet protect its sovereignty and pureness.
Art vs commerce is inevitable..
But the artist who has conquered this battle is realist.. maybe an entrepreneur. A creative, artistic entrepreneur.
Fortunately, art can survive the onslaught of commerce. It has to.. Art needs to survive.. to live. Art needs to create the legend, it needs to be created, because otherwise, the world will become a heartless, rough, crude place..
What is art..?
PS: The inspiration and fuel for this blog arrived without warning, while attending an exhibition of hand-made sculptures, from earthenwares. The location was Lalit Kala Academy in Lucknow.
PPS: The artist who created these stunning sculptures was in-turn inspired from folk art, and is open to commercial partnerships for her creations. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to know more.
In 2008, a couple from Chandigarh decided to travel Thailand and Singapore. They had a HDFC Bank account, with Rs 1.5 lakh deposited, but their card was blocked by the bank. When they called the manager, he replied that due to misspelling in their names, the card cannot be used. The couple pleaded that they are in a foreign location, and they need money to come back.
But the HDFC Bank manager stuck to the rules.
In a landmark judgement, consumer forum has slapped a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the bank, and have ripped apart the ‘banking policies’ by saying that HDFC Bank has no love or respect for India. In fact, the consumer forum has said that the bank should penalize that manager who refused to help an Indian couple stuck in a foreign location, and ordered the bank to deduct the fine from his salary!
Yes, rules work, only if there is someone who believes in them. Kudos to the consumer forum for this crucial judgement. And, it seems that more than the banking rules, the bank should ensure that their managers know about common sense and humanity first…
That was not a regular Sunday; that was not something which bloggers do normally; that was bolt-awesome Sunday!
On May 10th, 2015, BlogAdda, in association with Tata Motors conducted a drive event of Tata Bolt, Tata’s newest offering in the automobile market.
Yours true only was part of the exciting event, and here is what actually happened that day..
We all assembled at the posh Godfather Lounge in Galaxy Hotel, Sector 15, Gurgaon. After a light brunch, Tata Motor’s Marketing team demonstrated the unique features of the vehicle, and set the tempo for an exciting afternoon of test driving it.
All the bloggers were divided into several teams for the drive test, and I found myself along with Umang and Seema in Team D2.
Some of the features which were mentioned during the presentation made us sigh in awe of the deep research which went into making the car. The three most crucial elements, which have been incorporated in Bolt are: ‘DriveNext’,’DesignNext’ and’ConnectNext’.
Considering the needs and requirements of the current generation, Tata have introduced hi-tech communication elements in the vehicle, which sounded awesome.
No doubt they have improvised on earlier Zest, and have embedded a clean, sharp look along with some state of the art features which we will discuss in some time. Pretty soon, we all were ushered down, where several Tata Bolts were waiting for us, to be driven around.
The first pit stop was a huge playing ground, where Tata Motors had organized a suspension test of the vehicle. Several bumpers were placed, and we were supposed to go over them while connecting the dots on the paper.
Not surprisingly, all the teams were able to pass that suspension test without any hassles. Afterall, Tata Bolt has been designed in the most scintillating manner.
Tata have incorporated state of the art communication protocol in the vehicle; not only we can connect with our mobiles and tablets, but via MapMyIndia mobile app, we can use GPS to correctly navigate the path.
Captain Bolt soon joined us via this futuristic communication module, and it was a roller coaster ride from then on..
After a brief halt at Aravali Resorts, where diesel cars were exchanged with petrol ones, all bloggers started their drive for the final destination: Neemrana Fort Palace on NH 8.
Neemrana Fort was built in 15th century by Chauhan family, which were direct descendants of Prithvi Raj Chauhan. In the 80s, this was bought by a leading hotel conglomerate and since then, it is being treated as a heritage hotel.
At a distance of around 100 kms from Gurgaon, we reached here after a long spell of enchanting drive in the Tata Bolt. After a tour of the ancient fort, and snacks, we were presented with folk songs. In the end, a small concluding ceremony was conducted, where one lucky blogger won a brand new Tata Bolt!
The Driving Experience
We drove the vehicle for approximately 200 kms, and experience was exhilarating to say the least. The power steering doesn’t seem like that tough rock to rotate, and moves seamlessly, as if it can understand your command. The vehicle itself is light, moves like a cheetah.. swift and under control.
There are three modes of engine, which can be changed by a button (only petrol variant has that feature), and the sports mode was the quickest.
I was amazed to find that Tata have made sure that exists ample leg space, for both front and rear passengers, and the AC works super fine.
Bolt has a special Harman infotainment system from Germany, which I found to be far superior than other contemporary sound systems; and the smoke projector headlamps make sure that there is enough illumination on the road.
Overall, I will term Tata Bolt as an economical, turbo-charged, powerful car, best suited for small families. In the coming days, we can see some tough competition to other cars in this segment such as Alto and i10.
Here is the official TV advertisement of Tata Bolt:
There is a reason American IT companies are in awe of the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore: The growth and development in this city is staggering. The IT lobby and media in the Western world have researched and written so much about Bangalore, that a new term has evolved: Bangalored, which basically means losing a job to outsourcing in India, and more specifically, Bangalore.
Here, we present before you 5 interesting and fascinating facts about the real estate industry in India’s top IT and ITeS city, which may surprise you:
In a recent real estate market study conducted by PropEquity, a firm which specializes in real estate data and analytics, it has been revealed that Bangalore is the top real estate market in India as of April, 2015. In this ranking, they have beaten Mumbai, New Delhi-NCR and even Hyderabad, which has gained quite a solid reputation lately. In the same ranking conducted in 2009, Bangalore was ranked #6th. This proves the fact that real estate in Bangalore is right now at an all time high.
During the first quarter of 2015, that is, between January and March, 2015, total of 13,400 new real estate units were launched in Bangalore, which is 19% more than the Q1 of 2014, when total of 11,170 new units were launched in the city. 19% year on year growth is something which is incredible, even by standards of Singapore and Hong Kong, which are normally considered World’s top real estate markets!
Total of 8310 units were sold during the same period (January – March, 2015) in Bangalore, compared to 7210 units in the first quarter of 2014. This, 15% more sales of real estate properties (both residential and commercial) were witnessed in the last 12 months.
If we talk about appreciation value, then the maximum increase was witnessed in Hosur Road, where real estate prices increased by 4.3%, compared to last year. Whitefield closely followed by appreciation of 3.7%, followed by Kanakpura Road, where 3.4% increase was witnessed.
Whitefield is now considered as one of the most expensive areas in Bangalore, as the real estate prices touched Rs 8100 per square feet. On the other hand, areas like Sarjapur and Hosur Road are the top preference for residential properties, as the cost per square feet is hovering around Rs 5000 in these areas. At the same time, due to metro projects, areas like JP Nagar & Kanakpura Road are experiencing major appreciation in values.
As the city is expanding at a break neck speed, key junction areas such as Yeshwantpur and Rajajinagar are witnessing major high end residential projects, which can be termed as ‘luxurious’ by current standards. Average unit will cost you between Rs 75 lakh to Rs 1.5 crore, and the average square feet price can negotiated between Rs 5500 – Rs 7500.
But Sadashivnagar beats them all. At an all time high price of Rs 30,000 per square feet, a residential unit can cost you between Rs 9 – 12 crore, as average of 3000 square feet is the build-up area in this part of the city. Several super high end, luxurious residential projects are coming up in Sadashivnagar.
Juggy Marwaha who is the MD- South, JLL India, has presented an interesting analysis of the real estate market of Bangalore, from an investor’s point of view. In case you are looking for real estate investment advice, then Juggy’s article on MoneyControl will certainly help you.
In what could be first major repercussion of concentrated efforts to push Net Neutrality in India, Flipkart has today officially announced that they have walked away from Airtel Zero deal.
In their official statement issued, they have admitted that their existence is owed to the free nature of Internet, and they can’t tamper with it.
Flipkart said, “We at Flipkart have always strongly believed in the concept of net neutrality, for we exist because of the Internet.”
Flipkart faced widespread criticism from netizens for considering tying up with Airtel Zero platform, which is widely considered to be a step towards tiered Internet and something that goes against the principles of Net Neutrality.
Netizens revolted against Flipkart and Airtel in a ferocious manner, for disrupting the freedom of Internet, and mass down-voting of their apps ensured on every platform. The app received so many 1-star rating in the last few days that prominent media publications decided to cover this as a news.
It seems Flipkart management hadn’t expected such huge, viral backlash for a decision to give free apps for all. It took some time for them understand the core basics of Net Neutrality, but, now they have made the perfect decision, which benefits all.
The official statement from Flipkart demonstrates two important facts:
They are leaving Airtel Zero immediately and suspending all discussions with them
They have openly come out to support Net Neutrality in India, have promised their help and assistance.
It would be interesting to observe what Airtel plans to do now, and especially Telecom Ministry considering that such discriminatory pricing of Internet is threatening to kill PM Modi’s Digital India vision as well.
Over to Airtel now, for they have to take a very strong decision now: decision to save Internet in India.
Here is the official statement issued by Flipkart:
We at Flipkart have always strongly believed in the concept of net neutrality, for we exist because of the Internet. Over the past few days, there has been a great amount of debate, both internally and externally, on the topic of zero rating, and we have a deeper understanding of the implications. Based on this, we have decided on the following:
– We will be walking away from the ongoing discussions with Airtel for their platform Airtel Zero
– We will be committing ourselves to the larger cause of Net Neutrality in India. We will be internally discussing over the next few days, the details of actions we will take to support the cause
– We will be working towards ensuring that the spirit of net neutrality is upheld and applied equally to all companies in India irrespective of the size or the service being offered and there is absolutely no discrimination whatsoever.
After one of the historic decisions made by RBI, differently abled persons can now get loans and credit from bank easily. As per a recent notification, they will be now included in the priority sector.
There is a category called Weaker Sections in the Priority Sector, and differently abled persons would be included under this category to make it easier for them to apply and receive bank loans.
As per the RBI notification, “It has been decided that priority sector loans to Persons with Disabilities will be eligible for classification under Weaker Sections category. These guidelines are effective from the date of this circular.”
What is Priority Sector Lending?
RBI has mandated that 10% of the bank’s loan distribution budget should be allocated to few specified sectors, termed as Priority Sector. Foreign banks with less than 20 branches in India are exempted from this rule.
This includes the following categories:
(ii) Micro and Small Enterprises
(v) Export Credit
This provision has been made to assist farmers, artisans, small scale entrepreneurs and self-employed persons to take loans at a faster rate, with less interest and less collateral. There is limit for every type of loans approved under Priority Sector lending such as Rs 10 lakh for education loan inside India and Rs 20 lakh for outside India; Rs 25 lakh home loan in metropolitan areas, and Rs 15 lakh for other cities and so on.
Under Weaker sections, the following are eligible for loans at special rates:
(a) Small and marginal farmers;
(b) Artisans, village and cottage industries where individual credit limits do not exceed `50,000;
(c) Beneficiaries of Swarnjayanti Gram SwarozgarYojana (SGSY), now National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM);
(d) Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes;
(e) Beneficiaries of Differential Rate of Interest (DRI) scheme;
(f) Beneficiaries under SwarnaJayantiShahariRozgarYojana (SJSRY);
(g) Beneficiaries under the Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers (SRMS);
(h) Loans to Self Help Groups;
(i) Loans to distressed farmers indebted to non-institutional lenders;
(j) Loans to distressed persons other than farmers not exceeding Rs 50,000 per borrower to prepay their debt to non-institutional lenders;
(k) Loans to individual women beneficiariesuptoRs 50,000 per borrower;
Henceforth, Differently abled persons would be included in this list so that their loan applications are treated on an urgent basis, and they receive loans faster.
The rate of interest for such loans has not been finalized, as it depends on the concerned bank which is approving the loan and the geographic location of the applicant.
India’s one of the most reputed search engines for courses and colleges: CollegeDunia.com has successfully raised Rs 1 Crore angel funding from investors led by Umang Kumar, who is the founder of renowned automobile information portal Gaadi.com.
As per reports coming in from varioussources, it has been revealed that the fresh funding would be used to enhance their technological platform, and to enable listing of more colleges and more courses into their portal.
Along with Umang Kumar, there are a bunch of other unnamed investors as well who have trusted CollegeDunia’s vision and mission.
Sahil Chalana, founder of CollegeDunia shared with VCCircle that their goal is to improve technology, operations and marketing of their portal, and make it more robust and fast. Their goal is to add 7000 to 8000 new colleges in their database, along with thousands of coaching institutes, polytechnic institutes and details of all major entrance exams held in the country.
In short, CollegeDunia aims to become the Zomato of the Education Industry.
As of now, they offer comprehensive and in-depth information of 700 colleges spread all over India. Students can get factually correct information about the fees structure, courses offered, details about entrance exams, career opportunities, admission criteria and details about hostels as well. In terms of information provided, there are very few such portals which can match CollegeDunia.
Right now, the portal attracts around 1 lakh unique visitors every month, and after this fresh round of funding, they are aiming to increase this number to 10 lakh in the next 6 months. The funding will also be used to expand their current team, which includes 30 employees in verticals such as content, technology, marketing and customer care.
As per Sahil, they will be hiring 40 more employees in the next 6 months.