Facetime Conversations

Beyond the window of social networks, there is a mirror which I often see and smile. Not because it has started to show me my grey hairs, but for the reason that it reminds me of the time when meaningful conversations were often in person, or so called, real facetime. 🙂

Today, the Skypes, BBMs and emails of the world have inhibited avenues of meetups to a large extent. No wonder how much a tweetup or a photo-walk tries to dissolve this gap, it is an ever increasing phenomenon in the digital age.

A lot goes to the increase in traffic, the underlying urge to perform better and make money or the very desire of staying busy and looking out for simplicity in a life that’s otherwise chaotic out of no sane reason. Sigh.

With broadband and mobile penetration, things are only going to get worse with time.

However, are there still enough ways where one can have a good conversation without a face-time and yet expect a near similar experience? I immediately ponder about some of the most amazing people I met, conversed and made friends with – all on the web. Not just that, an online connect often works as a catalyst to an offline meeting.

At the same time, the abundance of communities which claim to have ‘like minded’ people lead to a large noise/ signal ratio. Beyond a limit, one needs to prune his ‘available for’ list. For each one, his own.

How do you manage your meaningful conversations? How important are offline meetings for you?

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Samsung Bloggers’ Meet –Technology@home

SamsungTech@home

Anything that has a blend of technology and sociology always seemed to fascinate me. Not for now, but ever since I modeled myself around the idea of “group studying” while in high school! The truth however was to to play, tweak and watch movies on computers, all in a very social fashion 😉

This post originates with a backdrop of today’s entertaining meet for bloggers by Samsung at Choko La, Khan Market, featuring confirmed geek, Kishore Bhargava and India’s leading interior designer Rekha Nambiar.

It was my first acquaintance with Kishore after having heard about him, countless number of times from my colleagues Honey and Gaurav. Undoubtedly, he is a humble person and a good speaker. It was an entertaining session with one of the best presentation aesthetics. I admired the way he put forth his bio on the slideshow, followed by a number of humorous and sensible stories. I am sure, him being a geek is just one side of what a person he is.

Kishore elaborated on how we consume media for entertainment. Typically the storage media over the access medium. WiFi is the word and seamless connectivity is the need of the hour. With most digital devices used for entertainment@home having ports like HDMI and USB along with WiFi in many cases, the idea is to build, organize and manage a single repository of media – be it music, movies or pictures and stream it across devices within the periphery of your home. In case you can understand what a static IP is, and can manage a fast enough Internet connection, you can have the privilege of running a media server too! Now that’s entertainment 2.0.

I seriously enjoyed the session!

What followed next at Samsung bloggers’ meet was a session by Rekha Nambiar who traversed us through the slides talking about how shall an ideal home be set up using technology, products and likewise. From the importance of proper lighting  to ergonomics, she kept a tab on all things that make a good home entertainment experience.

Joining me were around 20+ bloggers, Mr. Madhavan Narayanan and a handful of other guests. In an exciting contest, Hardik, the Xbox evangelist at Microsoft, who recently moved in to Delhi from Mumbai, and was trying to beat the cold, won a Samsung LCD TV! Congrats dude. I might drop in someday for a gig and I do not drink water post 6 pm. 😉

What all of us carried back was a T-shirt with our twitter handles and some good memories to share .:)

I admire the new concept for the bloggers’ meet where we had a blend of tech and otherwise. Not to mention Choko La served us a good assortment of food and drinks. Oh yes, with that I mean coffee 🙁

Kudos to Blogworks team including Rajesh, Amita, Manpreet, Rajika and other pretty girls whom I might have missed 🙂

I look forward to more such events in Delhi, not just by Samsung but by anyone who forms a part of Delhi and a larger set, India.

Image credit: Abhishek’s iPhone 😉

 

We, the Delhites!

Delhi

The case is about a group of people in this world who have been often termed as ‘Dilli Walahs”.

I would just pen the traits. Just for a read!

  1. You drink only on Monday , Wednesday , and Thursday to Sunday evenings. And try not drinking on Tuesday! And treating a friend means – Daaru Shaaru te kabbab shabbab.
  2. You hear women asking the vegetable vendor "Bhaiyaa dhaniya hari mirchi nahi diya!" [Even with Half a kilo Carrot – Dhania & Hari Mirch is expected free ] 😉
  3. A place to meet is Mocha, CCD, Barista, Hookah!
  4. You use the word "setting" or "jugad" at-least once a day.
  5. You have not visited either of – Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Lotus Temple . It is for tourists .
  6. You ride on the cycle rickshaw – haggle over the price but still pity rickshaw walla’s condition and give him what he asked.
  7. You always ask the vendor "Bhaiya yeh Gol-Guppe Aate ki hai ya Sooji ke?"
  8. You have been to a wedding at a Mehrauli farmhouse at least once.
  9. You understand all important words in Punjabi & punjabi "helping verbs" 😉
  10. You call the waiter in the restaurant "boss" or "Pappey" & tack on "yaar"/ "bhai" to almost every sentence.
  11. You know that Pappay Da Dhaba or Kakkay Da Hotel has better butter chicken than Taj. You’ve at least tried it once! And you see a BMW, a Porsche OR a Mercedes parked outside it!
  12. You describe practically every other person on the planet as "Vella".
  13. You see Middle Aged Aunties wearing Gucci shades and holding LV bags having Gol-Gappas in GK or Bhelpuri in South Ex along with Diet Coke !
  14. You call every stranger ‘Bhaiya’
  15. You refer to East Delhi as "Jamuna Paar".
  16. You refer to AIIMS as Medical.
  17. Pretty girls as Totta, Maal or Bamb (Punjabi for Bomb)
  18. Aashiq mizaz boys as Majnu di Aulad !
  19. You don’t buy tickets for a music concert or cricket match, but try to use political contacts  of -  “the deputy secretary of the chief secretary of the Minister of State for Khadi.”
  20. You overtake everyone from the wrong side and stare into his/her eyes while doing so.
  21. You have fought atleast once with neighbors over parking.
  22. You’ve hit 120 kmph at Nelson Mandela Marg and waited for midnight to do it.
  23. You have bribed a traffic policeman at-least once – every month.
  24. You use "contacts" (Jugaad) for everything, from getting movie tickets to restaurant bookings to playschool admissions.
  25. You call people from north east CHINKIS.
  26. You think EVERY South Indian comes from ‘ Madras ‘ and is Madrasi.
  27. You feel indicating which way you are going to turn your vehicle is an information security leak.
  28. You are a good driver coz you are correct in your Guess of what the driver in the front vehicle will do.
  29. The only time you went to the Chidiya Ghar (Zoo) was on a school picnic.
  30. You expect around 10 FM STATIONS in every city! Woohooo!

DESPITE all the good and bad, you still love Delhi and feel proud at the catchphrase – Dilli hai Dil Walon ki!

Image credits: Prato9x

 

Google Analytics University Program

I was invited for Google Analytics University program held at the Google office in Gurgaon, earlier this month.

The outline of the program was to introduce GA to the uninitiated and evangelize the partnership program. Adsense-Adwords integration, Webmaster tools and Website optimizer were added verticals to the discussion.

The entire agenda was made available in advance with the list of speakers. Jesse, who flew in directly from from Google, Mountain View had some great insights on GA and the use of analytics in general. He stated,

Not having goals with GA is like being a 35 year old man who doesn’t have a job and doesn’t know what to do with his life.

The event was pretty interesting with most of agency guys popping some kick ass questions and the Google team responding them to satisfaction.

Why this event?

The idea was to spread the word for the partnership program that GA runs to get more members on board. The other motive was to help people understand the importance of web analytics and GA’s stand in the market. The stress was on the fact that GA is free for use, both for individuals and enterprises.

At some point or the other, most of the web workers who work on domains, blogs and likewise have had used an analytics tool. The fact however is for how long? The desire of checking the website stats is often killed if one doesn’t get to see some high traffic on his/her website. However, the crux is to understand the loop holes and rectify them. Figuring out the ways to increase traffic and fix a website by optimizing it to the best is the key to get good traffic.

Some pictures we took at the event;

The ID card at GA universityFood@Google

Audience@GAUniversityInternet speed at Google office

 

Goodbye 2007!

This shall perhaps be the last post for the year 2007. I am leaving for a holiday to Silvassa in the first week of the new year! The duration of the trip would be 1 week! I have just made 2 new year resolutions. I would prefer not to put them here 😉 I would definitely describe them once I achieve a desired task asap.

Delhi is having sub-5 degree temperatures and its literally chilly outside. I just hope the new years party tomorrow rocks! I would miss someone this time unlike previous 2 years But that’s life. I can’t help it.

Leaving for Silvassa on 1st Jan. I would return before 9th. My Flickr album shall soon see a lot of pictures. Keep hitting!

I wish all of my friends, relatives, fans, and silent admirers a very happy and prosperous new year ahead. I’ll see you next year. May god bless you all. Amen! 🙂