Sherlock: Real vs Reel!

Imagination is the real thing they say, makes you who you always wanted to be, and that brought me to the question, how about becoming the most intelligent detective the world has ever seen! Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock’s world is where everything happens following an order! Every situation has a set of definite outcomes. It assumes that the people’s habits or activities are absolutely perfect and Sherlock is the unsolicited King. In reality, we have problems in choosing Pizza over Burger.

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Let’s take an example, Shall we? (That’s how he speaks, I suppose! 😛 ) in ‘The Blind Banker’, Sherlock identifies that the person is left-handed saying “The butter knife on the kitchen surface has butter on the right side of the blade because he used it with his left.”
In the real world, almost nothing is perfect! Even a left-handed person’s butter knife would have butter on both the sides, maybe some jam too, considering his delight for jam !! 😛

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In Sherlock’s world, we are constantly reminded of the fact that he is a high functioning Sociopath who doesn’t really care about human emotion,  is far away from its clutches and likes to live life dangerously duping himself in drugs as if they were candies. Trust me when I say this, we would die, yes die even if we consider taking in that much drugs out of shock, leave alone doing it.

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Sherlock Holmes in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ Sherlock at times seems to be a genuinely nasty bloke going head over heels going to a point where he is seen telling children that their grandfather is rotting in the ground, and even being dismissively rude towards Russell Tovey’s potential client, for instance. Him telling Kitty Reilly, the journalist in The Reichenbach Fall, that “you repel me” was more than a little over the top. (Well, She was selfish, ambitious and a little manipulative, but she repels him? A man who deals with criminals more or less every day?) . Just consider telling that to a person on his/her face and see the world burn.

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 Then again, comes the point where Sherlock is seen to be almost perfect at whatever he does and so does Moriarty, his nemesis, but really? In his infamous “Reichenbach fall” you want me to believe that you can fall off a building and then fly like a bird off to glory, that’s some fantasy ‘shizz’ going on there.

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Oh Oh Oh!! how can I not talk about The Mind Palace when I talk about Sherlock, that’s one thing which has perplexed everyone with it aura on how clear can one’s vision and thoughts be, let me break it to you,  no matter how cool it may sound, it’s next to impossible to get such a high dedicated  sense of mind mapping.

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Well, that is unless you are Chacha Chowdhary and your mind works faster than a computer. 😛

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I know this article is going to bring me in the bad books of all Sherlock fans and they might have even listed down various ways where I would end not in a condition I would like to be in, but then again, Anonymity is Bae and I am loving it. So I would want to end this saying Boo Yeah !!

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PS: I love him, just like anyone of you do and it would be a shame if we don’t get to see more of him. *Drools*

*Awaits for the next season with the Bunny Cap on*

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7 Inspirational TED Talks For College Students!

Inspiration finds a seat in the untouched, unheard and unimagined of places within each one of our lives. You just need a trigger, to witness their actuality, resourcefulness, and relatability. Life as you may see it has varied things to offer. You have answers to the most intricate of questions when you start to observe yourself and become more alert to your surroundings. College life is not only about framing your professional career. It’s more about shaping yourself as Who you really want to be!

Okay! Okay!  without doing much talking, I am just going to be in a seat beside you and ensure that theseTEDTalks inspire you the way,  they did to me.

7. A simple way to break a bad habit | Judson Brewer

It’s very easy to pave a way for addiction into your college lives, on the pretext of stress busting. Are you like- The test didn’t go well? Let’s have pizza! Oh! How could she break up with me? Need some Belgian chocolate ice-cream to soothe my burning heart. I can’t take the pressure anymore. Let me smoke it away! Before you realize, you are addicted to the notion of feeling good-by smoking or careless eating.  Psychiatrist Judson Brewer, in this video, explains how habits are mechanized by ‘Trigger, Behavior & Reward‘. He studied the relationship between mindfulness and addiction and discovered a simple but profound tactic that might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving. That’s being CURIOUS! Learn how you can free yourself from the shackles of addiction with this video.

6. How to speak so that people want to listen | Julian Treasure

You and I or anyone, want to be heard. Especially, when you want your opinions to be considered in a non judgemental way, the urge grows stronger. But has it happened to you, that what you said has been misinterpreted? Yes, it happens quite often and instead of realising where your words are falling short, you claim that No one understand you. With this talk you will realise what went wrong and how you can HAIL the positivity in your voice. In this video, the sound expert, Julian Treasure, demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy, he offers his vision for a sonorous world of listening and understanding.

5. Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model. |Cameron Russell

I remember how important it was for me to have a flair for fashion and stand out among the college folks. How I’d wake up hours before college, go on a mad diet, to look great everyday. It was because people’s opinionated appreciation and approval was my driving force. But after witnessing how Cameron Russell, a supermodel, isn’t how she is portrayed in her Vogue cover or ramp walks; how she was a little girl who had not got her first period in her first photo shoot; how it’s simpler things and not her shinier hair or thinner thighs that makes her happy; I realised it’s not about how I look but how I feel. You are all unique and beautiful. Do anything that would make you feel satiated and happy rather than seeking approval of others!

4. Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban

Hail the Procrastinators out there! You have a miraculously surprising power to create masterpieces just before the deadline. Your Rational Decision Maker somehow replaces the Instant Gratification Monkey from the wheel to cast you out safely from the storm of deadlines. In this hilariously relatable and intriguing talk, Tim Urban- Blogger at Wait But Why,  delves deep in the brains of procrastinators and shares his experience of how he was casual for his TEDTalk  until the time he had his face on the website for the same, staring right back at him. Only the Panic Monster pushes you to complete your work but that doesn’t always produce the best out of you. But with entrepreneurial ventures or something you wish to start, has no deadlines as there is no work done. Here nothing can wake the Panic Monster and so you need to realise what is worth your time and get going!

3. The Wheel Of Modern Education | Gautam Khetrapal

Standing at the College- Corporate juncture, did you ever feel that the skills that they teach you in college, doesn’t suffice for the job roles you get? Well, we are taught about obsolete technologies and we suffer as we do not update ourselves. In his eye-opening speech – Gautam Khetrapal, a member of MindValley, asks people to break the bondage of outdated education and devise their own curriculum. One should find their TRIBE, seek DEEP IMMERSION and formulate Self Education. If you are a coder, find your tribe(like minded people driven with similar goals and interests), immerse yourself with the pleasure of doing what you like and Educate yourself to hone your skills! If you are a writer, join the Writer’s communities, seek knowledge, find courses that will improve your writing skills and improve your pre-existing knowledge. That’s a key to success!

2. The power of introverts – Susan Cain

Introverts are the Secret Superstars, who are found in the cosiest of places creating intelligent of things! College being a HubSpot demanding a little extroversion, outwardness and more social, can be a really tough place for people seeking solitude. It’s time you deem this introversion as a boon and stop feeling out of place. You are contributing in your own good way and with Susan Cain’s passionate talk you will realise the power you behold! It’s time you stop proving yourself or to the world to fit in and rather embrace your peace-seeking self. Introverts prove to be great leaders and creative thinkers as they have the wield power from solitude and efficaciously turn it into things of importance and relevance.

1. Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan

Emotions are gripping and overwhelming. In this world of uncertainties, reality becomes virtual and virtual becomes real. Your every move is judged, your decisions are discussed and you are interpreted or misinterpreted throughout your life. Shah Rukh Khan needs no introduction. The Super Star shares his transforming story from a broke Indian freedom fighter’s Muslim son to the ‘Baadshah of Bollywood’. He asserts on how love is the true essence to make things happen and to connect with humanity! He talks about how your actions will be misjudged by gruesome onlookers and how you can stop these things from failing you. Use the power of love to break barriers and make this world a better place, thereby enlightening your true self!

College is a step encompassing just a meager 4.4% of your entire estimated span of 90 years(We hope you live to be 100!).  Every minute of it compounds to who you will become. These people share the best and worst of their experiences which we all have lived or will live in the future. I am sure you are feeling all the more enlightened and inspired now. Share with everyone you know, organize a TEDx Talk event in your college with TheCollegeFever.com Go evolve and make a change!!

7 Top Technology Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Use

Entrepreneurship is not just having an idea and giving it a shot. It’s about adding value to it and also be able to spread the word in the most comprehensive of manners. We share a ‘Juno’s Swans’ relationship with technology, inseparable! So why not mould the Valyrian steel into a sword?? With some taps on the keyboard you can surf through variety of tech tools that will not only make your life easy breezy but also guide you throughout the evolution of your business.

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But why worry when TheCollegeFever has jotted down 7 best tools that can give you and your business the extra edge.

1. Grammarly

Impeccable grammar, rich vocabulary and style are imperative for perfect content writing strategy, sending proposals to investors and formulated communication with customers. Do you haggle with your brain while thinking which preposition would fit in the particular sentence? Then leave your woes to Grammarly. It is a writing improvement application backed by machine learning algorithms which identify grammatical and stylistic errors, incorrect sentence structure and various other English language errors which otherwise only a professional proofreader can help you correct. Grammarly offers two versions i.e., paid and unpaid.The paid version comes with plagiarism detection as well as various other features for a certain price whereas the basic version offers limited features like spell check, syntax and punctuation editing.

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2. Amy

Amy is the latest chatbot created by x.ai to help entrepreneurs who are busy managing routine meetings, communicating with clients, workers and investors. It is a personal assistant which assists you in managing as well as saving your valuable time for remaining crucial tasks. The chatbot on accepting a meeting request will schedule time, place and rest of the aspects of your meeting through email or any other communication medium.This chatbot solution makes life simpler without going through the hassles of downloading any app or creating any account.The unpaid version offers five meetings per month whereas the paid version comes with unlimited meetings, quick access and separate team accounts.

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3. Crystal Knows

Get your personality outline drafted with Crystal Knows. It draws profile data from the internet by going through websites like LinkedIn, Salesforce, etc. Crystal provides access to this information and renders sales professionals with persona-specific email templates, established on the receiver’s persona. This kind of information will improve sales pros communication with customers, investors, workers and prospects. It can be integrated with email apps and web as well as desktop-based software apps too. It also gives sales phrase suggestions and templates, making it simple to use.

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4. Legal Robot

Need a  guide through the complicated and blurred cosmos of legal agreements? Based on Neuro-Linguistic Programming, this tool makes top-level legal standards devised from a massive amount of contracts which includes a wide spectrum of industry scenarios and cases. To make it easier for the layman to understand legal phrases and terminology, the tool changes the difficult legal language into simple and non-technical one. It also enhances readability as well as uniformity of the contracts and ensures the compliance of contracts with best models and practices.

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5. HubSpot Content Strategy Tool

Ran out of blog ideas or perplexed as to which kind of content aligns with your requirements? Head to HubSpot, which aids marketers with value added content strategies.It gives suggestions regarding which topic to pursue after analysing competitors and its significance. It also does competitor analysis itself and helps in developing successful content marketing campaigns.

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6. Curata

You cannot serve a Mexican Platter at a South Indian restaurant. So is the case with the ready content. Curata, assists marketers in finding and distributing outsourced content. The tool utilizes machine learning with NLP, to know about user content choices and discover more content which agrees with these preferences. After finding the content, the tool itself will compile all the content for quick sharing.

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7. Buffer for Business

No business can flourish unless they have a strong hold on the varied Social Media forums. But one needs to constantly keep themselves updated to ace the game. Buffer shoulders the responsibility of scheduling posts from the application to the business’ social media profile on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, App.net and Google+. The Buffer for business is an extension of the Buffer. Following are the extended features:

  • More specified analytics that allow comparisons between different metrics, such as between retweets clicks and posts and sorts and accumulates data according to the user’s preferences.
  • The Team Collaboration feature helps managers and contributors to exercise the requisite control over the accounts and can allow more members onboard.
  • Data Statistics and Analytics can be easily exported to any reports or documents.

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These tools are going to save you lot of efforts and time, which can be channelized into curating and strengthening your ideas. These tech tools provide a strong framework to your goals. But yeah, you gotta realise, that for materializing your dreams you gotta work equally hard. For technology supports you but cannot be you!

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#MeToo- The Revolution Of The Silent

Since sunday, the cry of #MeToo has been rallying across our social media feed. It’s no longer a viral campaign but a movement taking the internet on storm! The cry  resonates with each heart, ripe with the petrifying ordeal of sexual harassment and assault. More than half a million, women and some men, tagged their profile for being sexually assaulted, confirmed by Twitter.

How It Started!

The movement started in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the American film
producer, who is accused of bulldozing eminent actors for non-consensual sex. The star from the sitcom- ‘Who’s the boss’, Alyssa Milano’s tweet gained the movement its momentum, it needed.

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Milano’s tweet, instigated an onrush of famous women and many not so famous; and even men, who tweeted  their experience of such encounters with the #MeToo.

 

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The Origin- An Activist and a Victim!!

Milano’s call out to the victims was “so we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem”, actually started 10 years back with Activist Tarana Burke. Burke is the program director for Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity. Its goal is to empower young women of color. The seeds for this movement, were sown back in 1996, after an encounter with a young girl, afflicted by the atrocities, inflicted on by her stepdaddy. Burke couldn’t help her and so she sent her to another activist, who, according to her would help the girl better. However the eyes, screaming of the monstrous deeds, her developing body had faced, was unforgettable!

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Tarana Burke- The Activist in a Me Too t-shirt, sharing the story.

“The shock of being rejected, the pain of opening a wound only to have it abruptly forced closed again — it was all on her face,” Burke wrote.

That was the genesis of the movement — to help young women of color who had survived sexual abuse, assault and exploitation.

“On one side, it’s a bold declarative statement that ‘I’m not ashamed’ and ‘I’m not alone.’ On the other side, it’s a statement from survivor to survivor that says ‘I see you, I hear you, I understand you and I’m here for you or I get it,'” she told CNN.

Read the whole story on CNN, click here.

With over 12 Million comments, shares and posts on Facebook, more than 300,000 Instagram posts and 800,000 tweets; this movement is paving a way for everyone irrespective of gender, to have a voice. It’s promoting a ground of empathy and making one feel that you are not alone in this.

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Stand-up-comedian Malika Dua shared her #MeToo story

But what saddens me is the fact that the perpetrators are still out there, shaming and molesting another woman, man or the LGBTs, while you read this article. The ‘Nirbhaya case’, :The gurgaon rape case’ and the many unnamed, unrecorded and unjust cases, that vanish into the thin air; continue to torment every soul. It’s time to introspect where we are going wrong as a nation, a society, a family member, a bystander, or more importantly as humans.

“Why is our society so?
People sit with facade faces in a row,
They sigh and sympathize giving fake hopes.
Oh mother why did you allow me to be a part of this pathetic world?
With no true feelings and word!”

( An excerpt from my poem – The fear of being! , I wrote as a 16-year-old, shook by The Nirbhaya case)

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I feel the world at large is, perplexed and confused. On one hand we objectify women in superhit songs, teaching our sons- ” Zyada padh liya hai toh pankh nikal aae hai, mutthi me rakhna isey”. And on the other, considering the fairer sex, as ‘khuli tijori’, lashing them at the commands of the so called society; in order to protect them from the lustful eyes? The most disgusting irony is that we worship Maa Durga, Maa Laxmi and what are we doing about our ghar ki laxmi- betiyaan?No wonder, You are a strong woman, ready to fight, to carve your niche, to be an example. No matter what you are- a young woman, an adolescent, an old woman or a new-born; the fact that you are a woman, makes you a perpetual victim.

It’s time for a change! To propagate – ‘No Means No‘! And the change begins with each of us pledging to Say No to – elicit/ propagate/ participate/ be insensitive and initiate  any spark that would burn the very foundation of a safe, just and liberal society.

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The #HowIWillChange hashtag kicked off last night, with Sydney-based writer Benjamin Law calling for men to share how they will help tackle the culture of sexual harassment.

“Guys, it’s our turn,” he wrote on Twitter.

It was a welcoming stream, where men stepped out in support of the #MeToo movement, accounting zillion stories of assault and pain. Some used #IHearYou while some used #MenToo and some pledged to stop this all!

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The need of the hour, a dire need I’d say; a Revolution! An anonymously created spreadsheet got men from media circles,  shaking in their Vans, is being passed around, listing “Shitty Media Men” accused of everything from sending creepy direct messages to violent sexual assault. Finally the world seems to take up arms ( Social Media platform) against the hypocrites, so-called powerful men, to end their reign.

I feel gifted to be a woman and am proud of my naari shakti. To all  the brave women out there here’s a thank you from my side-

Coming out strong, with your harrowing encounters, is a brave thing to do. Your courage, will help many victims to voice out their similar experiences. It will give wings to the lost confidence, it will ignite the lost fire to live, in the hearts of those who felt their voices were crushed under the stings of patriarchy and strangled at the hands of the society, which shames the victims. I am thankful to you all, that i got the strength to discuss about my fears and experiences as a woman, through this article!

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!!Keep Fighting!!

6 Tips To Improve Your Math Skills

From 2 X 1= 2, to  Show that  ∑(1+2+…n) = n(n+1) / 2 . We all grew up! Math is like that constant Κ, omnipotent and eternal…! The more we try to evade Math, the more we need it. From calculating how much will be left to eat pani-puri, after brawling with the sabzi wale bhaiyaji, to formulating the new nuclear weapon; Math has empowered people from every facet and sect of life. We are not trying to make you the next Srinivasa Ramanujan or Pythagoras. But understanding and strategically approaching Math problems will help you through your various University entrance exams, and will also make you smarter while performing daily chores. On World Maths Day, let’s look at Math as a fun subject, adhering with the concept.

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Here are 6 tips to ensure that you do not get overwhelmed by Math!!

1. Chisel Your Left Brain

Our left brain is responsible for the veracity of our Math Skills. You need to empower it. Churn up the brain muscles by doing activities which involve logic and reasoning. Grab your daily newspaper, do some reading and move on to the Crossword and Sudoku column. Work on these puzzles and exercise your brain. This will enhance your logical reasoning and thus improve Math Skills.

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2. Play Math Games

What can be more fun than playing and learning at the same time? Travelling or waiting for your conveyance, make it productive by indulging in math games online. There are also many maths apps like Dragonbox Algebra 5+, Operation Math which will unleash your hidden math talents. Doing this regularly will improve your maths skills and it’s addictive fun.

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3. Math in Every Day Life

Probably you have mastered this art by now. For instance, If I drive at 60km per hour and the journey is usually two and a half hours, how far is Starbucks, anyway? How much would I pay for the Louis Vuitton dress after the 40% discount. What should be the run rate, that India needs to maintain for victory. Try to do the math in your head before hitting for the calculator. Challenge yourself by making the questions harder and until you are working them out on paper.

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4. The Bigger Picture

Maths is all about mugging up formulae! That’s what all people say, frustrated by the oddity.  I agree, but did you try to analyze the nuances of their origin. Don’t you feel that once you understand the concept of anything, it helps you retain better? Try to learn the principles behind formulas and see the difference.

  • Start doing some research. Why and how did Aryabhatta invent zero? How did Pythagoras decipher, the formula to find the length of the hypotenuse of a triangle?
  • Explore with that new principle–in the Pythagorean theorem example, try applying the theorem to other shapes than triangles. Can it be translated and applied to other shapes like rectangles, hexagons, squares, etc.? Why or why not?

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Understanding why a principle specifically applies to some instances and not others will help you better integrate and apply that principle as you go forward.

5. Math is Not a Spectator Sport!

You can’t just read math like English. No one beholds the power of the Robot- chitti. Math comes handy with practice and loads of it. Whether you are preparing for GMAT, GRE. CAT or any other exams. Try to get your hands on a variety of questions. Ditch that Calculator of yours as they are not allowed in exams. You have to be active, doing, solving, making connections, learning. It’s the only way to build skill and understanding. Be persistent and Practice, Practice, Practice!!

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6. Be Positive:

The perpetual cry – ‘I can’t get Math’, ‘Math – not my cup of tea’, will dampen all the efforts, you made until point 5. You need to be resilient and positive. Start with some easy maths you understand. It doesn’t matter what level you start with as long as you build skill, understanding, and confidence. You move forward through more difficult levels. Keep Fighting!

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Remember, while attempting a question try to understand what the problem says; your mind is now capable of realizing the skill set used for the particular problem; if there is a word problem try sketching out a figure and review the solution.  I hope this article helps you find a way through this intricately beautiful subject. Share your success story with us in the comments below!

7 Budget Bytes to Satiate Your Hunger PANGS!!

The semester’s on! The stage is set with assignments, lectures & the clubs, ready to scavenge all your time. Your college life is an emotional rollercoaster, from fluctuating friendships, crushing on the hottest girl/guy to sour heart-breaks! And when food is your soulmate, strengthening you to survive through all odds, when you are all famished and ready to evoke the inner Adam Richman. You have to settle for the mess ki daal or the maid’s mercy( if you are renting a flat), which makes you homesick. To cope with your hectic schedule you need a healthy diet and need to feel good about yourself. However it’s always easier to order a cheese burst pizza, Hamburgers, Fried chicken wings, isn’t it?

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Ever wondered that it’s not too late to conjure up your inner Sanjeev Kapoor or Vikas Khanna? Grab the spatula, the ladle, the knife, and grater; fill your hearts with the fervor to cook as I am going to share 7 easy breezy recipes, which are delicious, healthy, rejuvenating and hold the power to soothe that aching heart of yours!

Note- I am going to add an ‘Author’s Twist’ after every recipe to share my tips and take on the dish!

1. Multi-grain Vegetable Sandwich

Starting your day with a Multi-grain Vegetable Sandwich is a wise option. You are free to experiment and add any vegetables, subject to liking and availability! The Multigrain bread has high dietary fiber and helps in weight loss.

Indulge in this healthier & tastier version of the Vegetable Sandwiches with the actress Shilpa Shetty-

               

Author’s Twist – Always go for a whole wheat variant of multigrain bread as the market is flooded with the white and less healthy ones!

2. Indian Masala Omelette

This dish is super-duper easy, pocket-friendly and a great way to satiate your hungry stomachs after workouts. Eggs are an inexpensive yet rich source of protein, Vitamin B12, D, and minerals. You can also have it as a mid-evening snack to prevent yourself from going for Junk!

Make this simple yet enriching dish with MasterChef winner Shipra Khanna-

           

Author’s Twist – To make your eggs fluffed up, add a tablespoon of milk into the beaten eggs and taste the clouds!

3. Poha

Poha is one of the healthiest meal to kickstart your day with. With the beaten rice, a whole lot of vegetables, it is a complete meal in itself and will keep you full for a long time. The most interesting thing about this Indian breakfast is that it can be consumed by people, allergic to wheat. Rich in proteins, carbs, vitamins, and minerals; it is gluten-free and good for people on a diet.

Relive the Golden Khana Khazana Days with this recipe by MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor-

             

Author’s Twist – Avoid adding potato if you are on a diet. You can garnish it with a dash of crumbled paneer, rich in proteins.

4. Overnight Chocolate Oats

There couldn’t be a better way to serve oats. Chocolate and oats with the sweetness of ripe bananas, heaven! This is a no-cook recipe. It is super easy and customizable as you can add your favorite fruits and relish health! Oats are rich in fiber & omega-3. Bananas are rich in potassium and add the natural sweetness, cutting additional sugar intake.

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Author’s Twist – Drizzle some melted peanut butter over the cold Chocolate oats and dig in.

5. No Bake Mac-n-Cheese

Okay, this may not be the dish for health-freaks, but the most sorted out comfort food. I might sound like a cheese snob, but trust me cheese is rich in calcium, is a non-meat source of protein and good fats. Our body needs everything in moderation. So a cup of the gooey Mac-n-cheese is not gluttony!

Time to make this quick to make, 4 ingredients, No Bake Mac-n-cheese-

                   

Author’s Twist– For Eggetarians- Serve this bowl of goodness with a sunny-side up egg. Thank me later!!

6. Grilled Vegetable Salad

Fresh Green and Raw salads are not everyone’s favorite. Grilled Vegetable Salad is a great alternative and it’s yummy! The salad dressing can be experimented with. Olive oil, which is loaded with health benefits, can be used generously and adds that subtlety to the dish.

Let’s Grill those veggies with this recipe-

                     

Author’s Twist- If you do not have a microwave, use a grill pan or tava to grill the veggies.

7. Pancakes

The final addition to this list is my and everyone’s  favorite – Pancakes. Oh! Those fluffy little darlings are perfect for a Sunday morning. I won’t say it’s really healthy with the refined flour. But it comes with the goodness of eggs.

Here’s a recipe by Chef Chinu to make fluffy pancakes

                     

Author’s Twist- Avoid sugar and take a step and drizzle that glazing honey for sweetness. Serve with a spoon full of Nutella richness or a generous scoop of ice cream.

Okay! Okay! This is a sin. But why not reward yourself for going healthy, with this delicacy?

Here’s an article dedicated to all of those living away from their parents, those who can’t spare much time cooking. These recipes are about to elicit a ‘Ma Ma Mia‘, from your mouths. Say Bye bye to junk when you can wear the hat and create magic in a snap!

Actually, these dishes are budget friendly and are made out of the common ingredients present at home or come really handy for those living in PGs and dorms. All these dishes can be prepared without the use of a microwave and won’t take up much of your time.  ‘Health is Wealth.’ When healthily is tasty and not hard on the pocket, why not do a little cooking for yourself?

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Geofencing – The Biggest Marketing Trend That You Have No Idea About

 

Geo-fencing. Have you ever heard the term? Take a guess as to what it means. If your answer is along the lines of “a kind of martial sport” or “some new Jio feature launched by Ambani?”, This article is for you. Irrespective of who you are – a college student, or a local businessman, or anyone, Geo-fencing is something that everyone should know. In this age of digital and social media, with e-content driving the performance trends of most industries, no person in the supply chain – be it the marketer or the consumer should be ignorant about the latest advent in a world that thrives on digital manifestation and recognition. Coming back to the big question –

What is Geo-fencing?

Geofencing is the practice of using global positioning (GPS) or radio frequency identification (RFID) to define a digital geographic boundary which can be used for dissemination of data within that pre-defined territorial demarcation. Excuse us for the chatur-ish answer!  Long story short – it means you can define a geographical territory and send a message or any data to people falling only within that area.

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“So? How does it matter to me? What do I do with this information?” Have these questions popped up in your mind? Nice, because honestly, we’d be disappointed if you didn’t!

Why does it matter?

Geofencing, by its very elementary structure, opens up the avenue of target creation. As a layman, sample this – suppose you’re in a Whatsapp group, and someone comes up with a statement that you have a nasty comment to make on which you want to share with your best friend, but cannot make so in the group because of the fear of being judged by others. What would you do? Text your best friend on a personal chat, right? This way, data (your comment) reaches your target market (your best friend) without the risk of wastage (judgement by other people). In short, welcome to Geofencing.

By virtue of its ability to reach macro-levels of target penetration, geofencing has provided an exciting new means for marketers to reach out to their desired markets in the most efficient way. Marketers now have the ability to virtually reach out to their market in person, taking advantage of people’s growing digital affiliations by sending them messages using their favourite apps. Also, not just apps, but other methods such as billboards, set up only in particular areas to attract the target market, are also quite popular. Even though the above lines are just an introductory phase to the real world application of geofencing, you would have realized by now why it’s the next big thing in the marketing business. Now for the real thing –

Real-world applicability of geofencing

Imagine this – you enter a mall and are greeted with an SMS by McDonald’s about a new combo offer, or a new burger they might have introduced. You walk in and are immediately greeted with the ever-so-familiar yellow M sign. Your mind is already thinking about that offer listed in the SMS, and behold! Here it is in front you, your chance to try out that offer that McDonald’s has just tempted you for. You think about how hungry you’d get while shopping, and so, you tell yourself – “Ehh what’s the harm? Let’s try it out once”. And then you do.

For McDonald’s, it’s Mission: Accomplished.

Now here’s the part which makes geofencing interesting. Imagine if you were sitting at home, or at work, and had received that SMS. You would have thought to yourself – “Nice, but who will go all the way now? Maybe someday…” and shut goes the phone. The “someday” will almost never come unless someone is an absolute die-hard fan of McDonald’s. So that potential sale for McDonald’s will never realize. In this way, McDonald’s would have texted a thousand people but only got additional sales of say 100. The rest 900 is a wastage of resources for McDonald’s. Compare this with geofencing – where McDonald’s would only have to text the 300 people entering the mall and like you, a hundred, if not more, would be lured into sales. Thus, not only improving the sales but also reducing the wastage of 900 texts.

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Once again – Welcome to Geofencing.

Why geofencing?

So by now, we’re sure you’re thinking – ‘’Ok, this was 1 example. But it can be an aberration How is it a potent weapon otherwise?” For number-sucking geeks like you, we have the data that will prove geofencing is the Batman of the marketing world –

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Further,

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Source: ThriveAnalytics,  Hackernoon

It is clear that mobile data usage is at an all-time high, and that the figures are only burgeoning by the day. What’s more exciting, is that a tool as potent as this is being resorted to by barely 39% of all marketers. This gross under-utilization has thus created a take-as-you-come situation for new marketers. What’s more, is that it does not require much of investment. All you need is data gathering – phone numbers of people/social media preferences, etc as well as the services of a tech-guy who can help you install this geo-circumference.

Now that you’re in a position to say with confidence that you understand geofencing, let’s take this a notch up.

Ways  of using Geofencing technology

Conceptually, there is no such thing as “different types” of geofencing. The variety lies in how each marketer perceives and utilizes the concept for his benefit. Which can be in one of the following ways –

  • Geo-Aware Ads

This “type” works on the principle of tagging the potential buyer/consumer. It locates the person(s) on a real-time basis and provides them ads about the location they are in currently, depending on weather, local events, specialities of that location, etc. E.g. when you travel to a place where it might be raining, a local beverage store may send you ads and texts convincing you to consume their hot delights.

  • Geo-Fencing

In this, a marketer tags a fixed, physical location, and all people in the set vicinity of the location will be targeted with the required ad/message. The McDonalds example above is a case of geo-fencing.

  • Geo-Conquesting

This is where it goes all down and dirty! Here, a marketer tags the location of his rival(s), and every person entering the vicinity of the rival is targeted. E.g when you walk into a Maruti showroom, Hyundai may send you a message about cars of Hyundai that may be competing with Maruti, tempting you to compare and decrease the possibility of buying a Maruti product.

So now, you’ve heard all arguments, seem pretty impressed by the idea, but something is still lacking? We know it. You do not want to be the fool who tried something new and failed at it, do you? Fret not, some biggies have already taken the plunge, and are reaping the harvest of lip-smacking profits.

Geofencing – The success story

Following are some of the cases that have driven geofencing to its next-biggie status in the industry:

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DD wanted to boost sales of its unit located inside a rural gas station. Adopting geofencing, DD ran mobile display ads between 4 and 5 miles around the location. It also built a custom landing page with a coupon embedded and links for customers to be able to share the coupon with friends via social media. A navigation map was also linked, along with a reminder triggered upon reaching the location. The result? Over a 4 day period, DD registered 164 customers click to get the coupon in the target radius.

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Uber uses geofences at Los Angeles International airport so that when users arrive at the airport they are notified about the number of cars available to meet their needs. It proves that thinking about ways to let your customers know you have what they need, as also when they need it most, is a great way to use the geofencing capabilities of your business’ mobile app. You need to stay competitive, and a lesson from Uber’s proactive geofences can certainly put you ahead of your competitors.

3) BMW logoBMW has also employed geofencing into their mobile business plan—in a rather different manner than the rest. Where most companies are using geofencing as a tool for garnering consumer attention with flashy promotions, BMW’s use is a little more pragmatic. BMW incorporates geofencing in their BMW Trackstar and BMW Trackstar Advance services. After the activation of this service, your car’s position is pinpointed every 20 seconds. If the car is moved without the use of its keys, and the car moves out of a designated geofence, it will notify BMW who will then reach out to the car’s owner. This is a brilliant example of providing value-added services for customers (theft protection), thereby contributing to customer retention and free word-of-mouth publicity by satisfied consumers.

(For more case studies, visit thumbvista or biznessapps.)

There you go. A wiser man than before, a more-equipped marketer than your counterparts. With geofencing on the rise, the ride is about to get a lot more exciting! As a consumer, get ready to be treated like the King you deserve to be, get pampered like the child inside you has always yearned to be. As a marketer, correction, AWARE marketer, with the weapon of geofencing in your artillery, get ready to have those cash registers ringing and bank accounts swelling!