Save The Cash : You Might want to Splurge on Upcoming Android Smartphones


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Smartphone buyers in India have a whole lot to look forward to as the phone companies are likely to release their next line-up of flagships and mid-range smartphones soon. Thin bezel design is the flavour of the season and we are going to see them getting slimmer in the future. More and more phonemakers are turning to AI (artificial intelligence) to make their cameras more intelligent. We also expect to see more smartphones to support Google’s AR Core platform.

Nokia 7 Plus

Unveiled first at the MWC 2018 in February, Nokia 7 Plus is expected to arrive in India this week. The company’s India head reportedly posted a teaser of a new smartphone on Twitter and it looks like Nokia 7 Plus. An upgraded version of last year’s Nokia 7, this is one of the first thin-bezel smartphones from HMD Global’s Nokia and offers a 6-inch display with a resolution of 2,160×1,080p and aspect ratio of 18:9. It is a mid-range smartphone and runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with 4GB RAM, has a 3,800mAh battery and offers Carl Zeiss branded dual cameras with 2x optical zoom.

Asus ZenFone 5Z

Asus flagship ZenFone 5Z is another powerhouse we are looking forward to this year. It was announced at MWC 2018 and is expected to show up in UK sometime in June at a starting price of €479 (approximately Rs38,121). Which means it is likely to show up in India sometime in June or July. ZenFone 5Z is a big-screen smartphone with an Apple iPhone X-like notch at the top on the front panel and glass back design. The phone offers a massive 6.2-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 2,246×1,080p and aspect ratio of 18:9 and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, yet weighs just 157g, making it one of the lightest smartphones with a 6-inch screen.

Huawei P20 Pro

Unveiled in Paris, France last week, Huawei’s upcoming flagship P 20 Pro is the first smartphone to offer triple lens camera system, which includes a 40-megapixel RGB sensor, a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom. It starts at €799 (approximately Rs64,044) which makes it the most expensive Huawei smartphone till date. The front panel looks a lot like the ZenFone 5Z—there is a notch-like strip, a top and thin bezel under the 6.1-inch OLED screen which has a resolution of 2,246×1,080p and aspect ratio of 18:9. The smartphone runs on Huawei’s top-of-the-line Kirin 970 octa-core which comes with an AI-backed NPU (neural processing unit) for camera.

OnePlus 6

OnePlus’s next flagship smartphone is likely to be called the OnePlus 6, according to a new teaser video released by the company on Twitter. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau had reportedly told GSM Arena that their next flagship will sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor and will be launched sometime in June 2018. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei announced last month that the OnePlus 6 will have a notch-like strip on the front. There have been rumours of woodgrain back on the OnePlus 6 and we can’t rule that out given the company’s penchant for experimenting with back panels. India is a major market and there is hardly a major time difference between the US and India launch of a OnePlus smartphone.

Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony’s latest flagship Xperia XZ2 was released worldwide last week, but it is yet to show up in India. The smartphone is already listed on Sony’s India website which indicates it is going to launch here soon. The Xperia XZ2 has a conventional design and offers a 5.7-inch screen but supports HDR, which means colours will look richer. It runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, can withstand splashes, and offers a single 19-megapixel camera with 4K HDR recording, a rarity in smartphone cameras.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s

The successor to Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, the new smartphone sports a similar bezel-less front panel and ceramic back. It was launched in China last week at a starting price of RMB 3,299 (approximately Rs34,185) for the base variant which offers 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The higher variants offer up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The key upgrades in the new smartphone includes Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, support for Google AR core platform which means it can run new AR apps and games. It is also going to be the first Xiaomi smartphone to run Android 8 out of the box. It supports all major GSM bands which means it is likely to be released in India.

Nokia 8 Sirocco

There is also some speculation about the release of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, the upgraded version of Nokia 8. We don’t if the smartphone is going to launch alongside the Nokia 7 Plus this week or will show up later. Nokia 8 runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor like the predecessor, but clubs it with 6GB RAM, has a glass back design, offers a slightly bigger 5.5-inch screen. Nokia has trimmed the bezels a little and left out the 3.5mm jack in Sirocco.

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Amazing Places In India To Visit In April


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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens

The long stretch of summer denotes the finish of winter and the start of summer. The temperature starts to take off and goes up to extraordinarily abnormal level in a few parts of India. The hoarse warmth makes everybody keep running for cover from the dust, heat, sweating etc. Be that as it may, India has some of the best places which can help you to beat the heat. These spots have spread the nation over, from the grand mountain tops in the north to the shorelines and little slopes in the south.

This is the time when you can explore the places which are cool during the month of April. Mentioned below are 5 hot spots you must visit if you want a getaway from the onset of heat.


This place isn’t known only for the renowned Jim Corbett National Park, but additionally the characteristically magnificent rich biodiversity and sprawling green enclosures as well. It is recognized for its thick forested land, green vegetation and novel natural life. India’s first national park and named after the incredible tiger hunter Jim Corbett, the Corbett National Park is a sanctuary for wildlife lovers. You can spot tigers (if you are lucky) and other animals such as sloth bears, langur monkeys, rhesus macaques, peacocks and a few sorts of deer.


Rishikesh has been a profound magnet as far back as The Beatles arrived at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Known as the “Yoga Capital of the World” Rishikesh offers a great range of yoga and meditation. As a matter of fact, Rishikesh isn’t all about spirituality but also rafting in the wilderness, explorer hang-out and entryway to the treks in the Himalayas. It is also an entryway to the Char Dham. In this scorching heat, this is the place you can relax, meditate, figure out how to play sitar, experience crystal recuperation and tune in to profoundly inspiring music while sipping on the ayurvedic tea.


With its excellent green enclosures, warm people and glaciated watercourses, Kashmir is a standout amongst the quietest and tranquil places on earth which pulls in visitors from over the globe. Undoubtedly referred to as the “Heaven on Earth”, the fame and attractiveness of this beautiful place have only increased colossally. The frosty climate, pleasant view and the scrumptious food – this place is a genuine gem. Foodies can appreciate the local cuisine in the midst of snow-clad mountains. The famous and must-try delicacies of this place include – Rogan Josh, Dum Olav, Aab Gosht and Yakhni.


Blessed with delightful lakes, sanctuaries and fascinating landscapes, Nainital is a Hill station encompassed by the pinnacles of Kumaon Hills and loaded with organic hot springs. This wonderful town is partitioned into two parts – Tallital and Mallital, which are detached from the drop-shaped Naini Lake. Tallital is on the southern side, while Mallital holds the northern upper scopes.It is otherwise named after Goddess Naina Devi and is called the “Lake district of Uttarakhand”.


If you need to lose all your senses in the realm of the colonial fascination, at that point Ooty is just the place for you. Enjoy the ride on the toy car. The relaxed countryside has a feeling of agelessness and is host to the lavish botanical flower beds, lakes, tea manors and waterfalls. Keep in mind to visit the Doddabetta Peak and Ooty Lake.

Let us know which of these will be your next holiday destination. Have fun!

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Akshaya Tritiya 2018 : Significance, History, Importance, Puja Timings



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Akshaya Tritiya, 2018 : Akshay Tritiya generally falls in late April or early May. Mostly it is celebrated on the 108th day of the year. This festival of immortality is equally revered by the Hindu and Jain community and is associated with various traditions and rituals.

The word “akshaya” means indestructible. In Bhagwad Gita (9.31), Lord Krishna had said that his devotees can never perish and will remain invincible. He ensured that the mahatmas, who were involved in loving and selfless devotional service to him, received special care and attention. He provided them with the virtue of fearlessness, known as abhaya, from all sorts of material entrapment and anxieties. Akshaya Tritiya’s festivities have a similar symbolism.

According to Bhagwad Gita (9.21), when the results of pious activities are exhausted, people return to this mortal planet again from Swargaloka (heaven). If they have done bad deeds, then they are pushed into the dark regions of hellish planets where they suffer incessantly.

This day, however, also carries Lord Vishnu’s blessings. Any pious deed performed on this day is carried forth by the doer and they can reap eternal benefits from it. Akshay Tritiya generally falls in late April or early May. Mostly it is celebrated on the 108th day of the year. This festival of immortality is equally revered by the Hindu and Jain community and is associated with various traditions and rituals.It is said that any initiative taken on this day awards the person with unending merits throughout their life. This year Akshaya Tritiya falls on April 18.

Did you know that there is another aspect of a Chandan Yatra that’s associated with Akshaya Tritiya. The festival of Chandan Yatra is celebrated in Vrindavan and Jagannath Puri, whereby the deities of Lord Krishna and his forms are decorated with huge amounts of sandalwood paste, completely covering his entire body in chandan.

History of Akshaya Tritiya

The celebration of every festival in Vedic religion is associated with a story mentioned in the scriptures. The pious day of Akshaya Tritiya, blessed by Lord Vishnu, is loaded with spiritual significance.

The starting of Treta Yuga

Every yuga has a starting day and an ending day. The second celestial cycle or Treta Yuga (having a span of 1,296,000 years) started on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya.

Commencement of compilation of the Mahabharata

Srila Vyasadeva started the great herculean task of compilation of the great epic Mahabharata with Lord Ganesha on this day.

The appearance day of Lord Parshuram

As per Skand Purana, Lord Parshuram, the son of Mahrishi Jamdagni and Mother Renuka appeared on this day.

The meeting of Lord Krishna and Sudama

It is said that on this day, Lord Krishna’s Brahmin friend Sri Sudama visited him in Dwarika and offered him a handful of chipped rice as an offering out of unconditional love.

Breaking of one year-long fast by Lord Rishabhdeva

According to Jain literature, it is said that Lord Rishabhdeva, the first Jain Tirthankara broke his one-year long fast on this day, which he had been observing by drinking only sugar cane juice.

Receiving of Akshaya Patra by the Pandavas

Lord Krishna gave the Pandavas, an Akshaya Patra or an imperishable vessel, during their period of exile. It provided them with a supply of an infinite amount of food.

The commencement of 21 days of Chandan Yatra

The devotees in Jagannath Puri and Vrindavan smear the idols’ faces with a huge amount of sandalwood paste. They do that in order to give them relief from the scorching heat of the summer. This is in accordance with the time that occurred with Srinathji of Nathdwara and his dear devotee, Sri Madhvendra Puri.

The opening of the doors of Lord Badrinath

On this day, doors of Lord Badrinath are opened and devotees go and worship him.

The lotus feet darshan of Sri Bankey Bihari in Vrindavan

Only on this day, there is Mangala Aarti in Sri Bankey Bihari Mandir of Vrindavana and people get a chance to have a darshan of his lotus feet.

Significance of Akshaya Tritya 2018

The day of Akshaya Tritiya holds great significance for the Hindus and Jains. They perform various rituals on this day to keep their mind and heart sacred. Following the advice of the shastras, some people observe fast on this day and worship Lord Krishna with 16 items of puja, called Shodashopchar Puja. People visit temples and offer items such as grains, wheat, rice, clothes, gold, gemstones, water, etc., in charity to the Brahmins and the poor and needy people. Many people organise a big community feast called bhandara and feed people.

It is also a custom to purchase some gold and other valuable items on this day as it is believed that purchasing gold will provide one with the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi and allow prosperity and wealth to flourish at home.

According to astrology, Akshaya Tritiya is considered as the day when the lines of destiny or fate change and, hence, people are advised to propitiate and venerate the deities so as to get their blessings. As per Muhurat Chintamani, the day of Akshaya Tritiya is considered as Swayam Siddha Muhurat. Any auspicious work can be done on this day without worrying about timings. Hence, a lot of weddings and other auspicious ceremonies take place on this day.

Puja Timings for Akshaya Tritiya

This year, the festival of Akshaya Tritiya is special, in terms of a 24-hour prevailing Sarvartha Siddhi Muhurtam. This has made this festival more auspicious and fruitful.

The timings for puja are from 5.56 am, to 12.20 pm.

The Auspicious Timings for Purchasing Gold are as follows :

Morning 5.57 am to 9.09 am
Morning 10.45 am to 12.21 pm
Afternoon 3.33 pm to 06.45 pm
Evening 8.08 pm to 12.20 am

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Here’s How Turmeric Can Help You Lose Weight!


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A compulsory spice in most North Indian kitchens, turmeric is a staple in every Indian household. It is used since ancient times due to the medicinal properties it has. The primary antioxidant present in turmeric is curcumin. Turmeric is said to help one deal with stomach issues, metabolic disorders, obesity and many more problems.

Though having huge quantities of turmeric is surely not a way to lose weight, but turmeric is said to reduce the inflammation associated with obesity. Thus, it can give your weight loss plan a boost.

Anti-inflammatory Property

Obesity leads to inflammation, which increases your risk of developing chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. Curcumin, which is an antioxidant, suppresses the inflammatory messaging in fat, pancreatic and muscle cells. This can help reduce high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and other metabolic conditions, says a study published in European Journal of Nutrition.

It’s easier for your body to focus on weight loss when it does not have to fight inflammation.

Turmeric is Anti-obesity

A 2009 study conducted on mice at the Tufts University, found that curcumin can actually suppress fat tissue growth. But similar research has not been done on humans. So it can’t be said with certainty if turmeric has the same effect on humans too.

Turmeric and Weight Loss Connection

Though turmeric suppresses the fat tissue growth and helps to reduce inflammation, it is no weight loss miracle. One should surely incorporate turmeric in their every meal. However, you also have to make sure you create a calorie deficit if you want to lose weight. The combination of right diet and exercise is what will help you lose weight in a healthy manner.

The number of extra calories you burn should be equal to the number of calories you are having less. So let’s say, if you consume 2000 calories in a day and want to burn 250 more calories than what you normally do. In that case, you must also consume 250 calories less than what you normally do. That is, you must consume 1750 (2000-250) calories every day.

Including Turmeric in Your Diet

Add turmeric to your vegetables, milk, smoothies and salads. Turmeric has no side effects until one is allergic to it, which is very rare. When taken as a supplement, it can interfere with certain medications, so do not forget to consult your doctor before you do so. If taken in high doses and for a long time, it can upset your stomach and cause ulcers. Diabetic people should especially take care as it can cause low blood sugar when taken with diabetes medication.


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Raising a Teenager? Here’s How You Can Be Their Best Friend


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Thanks to technology, it is difficult for today’s teenagers to imagine their life without mobile phones and Internet. They have much more exposure to everything than their previous generations. Parenting them could be a little tricky as this is the time when they want to explore the world all on their own and do not want anyone’s interference. But with right approach and attitude, you can be their best friend and guide. Here are some tips that will help you to become your kid’s friend and stay well-informed about all that is going on in their daily life.

Be transparent and practise what you preach

Parents, undoubtedly, are a child’s first teacher. Practising what you preach will definitely help to set the right examples for them. Be transparent and accept your faults and mistakes in front of them. They would grow up learning this trait for you and in fact, they would respect you for your honesty. Encourage a healthy environment in the house where every member of the family can confess their mistakes without the fear of being ridiculed, and this would in turn help your teenage kid to open up whenever he or she needs guidance.

Give them the freedom to explore

Setting rigid rules for everything and asking questions that sound more like an interrogation will make your child, especially teenagers, feel unreasonably dominated, and they might even turn rebellious. Give the young ones space to grow and explore things on their own. Express your concerns and ask questions in a friendly manner. It would make them receptive and understand you better.

Spend quality time together

Needless to say, spending quality time with your children will help you to build a friendly equation with them. Take them out for movies, short trips, museums, shopping, workshops, et al, and engage in activities like cooking, gardening, cycling, swimming etc. together. It would give you time to bond, hold meaningful conversations, explore common areas of interest and create beautiful memories that would last forever.

Listen to their problems and do NOT lecture them

Even if you disagree with their opinions or the way they handle a situation, do not reprimand or lecture them immediately. Listen to what they have to share and appreciate them for reaching out to you. Ask them the desirable outcome they are expecting from the situation and guide them accordingly. Do not force your decision on them, and try to show them the logical side of your advice. If they do not disagree, let them learn from their own mistake and encourage them to take better, informed decisions from the next time.

Build Trust

Build trust with your children from a young age so that they can share their deepest secrets and inhibitions with you without the fear of being judged or misunderstood, especially during teenage. In fact, trust is the foundation of any parents-children relationship and let them be confident that their parents would never spill their secrets to anyone.

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5 Women Reveal What Being Independent Means To Them



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Being strong and independent!

Women, today, are unstoppable. Whether it is the field of medicine, media, films, IT, arts, animation, politics or sports, women are establishing their foothold in almost every area that was once dominated by men. They are fighting against the stereotypes, exploring the unexplored, pushing their own limits, and figuring their own path to achieve independence in their own terms. We asked five women from different walks of life to define independence, and how it is a part of their daily life. Here are their insightful responses…

Being a proud homemaker

“I am a homemaker by choice and it does not mean I have no role in our family besides supervising the household chores. While my husband is busy earning to make ends meet, I make sure that the money that he earns is spent wisely. I am the one who ensures that our house is a ‘home’. Hence, being independent means being respected for the choices (including whether I want to work or not) I make in my life, and not being forced to do anything.”

​It’s about equal work, responsibilities and opportunities

“Independence is about breaking the age-old stereotypes, and chasing your dreams. It is about having equal work, responsibilities and opportunities irrespective of your gender, and being the best version of yourself. I travel solo, ride bikes, work in a male-dominated industry and do what brings me happiness. Being the master of her own life is true freedom for any woman. In fact, it would be a true achievement for us when we no longer need to dedicate a special day to celebrate the inspiring women in our life. Once we have gender equality in our society, there won’t be a need mark an occasion for our achievements!”

Being financially independent

“No matter how much my partner earns, I will never be dependent on him financially. I do not want to look up to him for my basic needs and in fact, I would like to help him financially if the need arises. Therefore, independence for me is managing my own finances because it gives me a sense of security and confidence that cannot be replaced by anything else”

Viewing the world with a different lens

“For me, independence means having my own perspective and outlook towards life. I do not want to make opinions or follow the traditional path (something like getting married in early twenties and having kids due to family pressure) simply because that is how things have been done since ages. I want to view the world with my own lens and make my own choices every single day.”

​It means to love myself before others

“I am a 31-year-old modern, professionally-successful woman. For me, independence is to choose to love myself before loving anyone else. It is about keeping my happiness in my own hands, and not compromising my needs over anyone else’s. In fact, loving others is about expanding the already existing deep love within me, and being a happy and content person in life.”

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Not Exams But Only Life Skills Can Help Children Become Independent!


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Parents nowadays leave no stone unturned in providing all facilities to children. From latest gadgets to surf the web to best publications to read, from the most luxurious meals to the choicest of clothes, parents want to raise their children in such a way that they grow up to become happy and functional adults.

However, it becomes a major problem and a source of rift when children fail to score high marks and top among the crowd. While parents fall into a dilemma of what more can they do to make their children score better marks, students have their share of problems as well. Lack of confidence and support, which breeds fear, are considered as the biggest hurdles to their performance. Further, it was noted that all these distractions that they faced summed up to one thing—parental pressure.

In order to find out possible solutions to the issue, we talked to a few principals of leading schools in the country. In light of why parents pressurize their children, Fr Jose Thekkel, T.O.R, Principal of Mt. Assisi School in Bhagalpur, Bihar, said, “Undue pressure on students exerted by overenthusiastic, overambitious parents has become the order of the day forgetting the stress that children go through.” Discerning the trend, he further stated that the reasons behind such pressure on children coming from parents could be the result of unrealistic quest for social status and unrealistic expectations that they come up with.

Mrs Jaspreet Kaur, Vice Principal of Bal Bhavan International School in Dwarka, New Delhi, clarified saying, “Education is very important in one’s life, but to be a self-sufficient adult, the child should learn some life skills, which is the need of the hour. Many of us take life skills for granted. But the fact is that only life skills can help children become independent.”

While it was difficult to identify a set cause of the issue, Fr Jose said “The problem lies in an obsession with uniformity and unwillingness to adapt and change. Parents need to keep in mind that every child is unique and unparalleled and it is his call to become a self-made person. It is parents’ duty to help their children to realise their originality and not to copy someone blindly.”

Being a mother herself, Mrs Kaur shared, “Parenting isn’t a smooth road and is nothing short of a challenging experience. Children listen, observe and imitate their parents. They should practise what they teach their children and avoid hypocrisy at all times when it comes to actually proving by their own actions.”

Consistency in establishing healthy dialogues with his teachers, friends and parents throughout the year is more important than scoring highest marks in examinations. This could give a hope to kids to gradually start sharing their thoughts and ideas freely with their parents.

In this era of competition, children must know that if there is somebody who will always be the pillar of support for them, it is their parents.

Here are a few things parents can do to inspire children to learn beyond the obvious:

Inspire children to take part in co-curricular activities

Don’t restrict them to just bookish knowledge. Not everything in life is scripted and a few things like togetherness or team work equally contribute to a child’s growth, which they learn through co-curricular activities.

They should learn to respect people

Respecting elders and being considerate is something we would want a kid to build as his etiquette. The same understanding must be groomed in a child’s mentality by showcasing it in our own actions.

Learn through observations

Parents should expose children to various situations and people, which will help build their confidence, self-esteem and boost their power to distinguish between the right and wrong to further build their integrity.

Relax and enjoy

Parents should strictly avoid scolding their children for silly mistakes they do. Imagine how beautiful a child’s life would be if a parent assures him or her that it’s okay to be wrong sometimes. Being young, children must enjoy their studies rather getting traumatised under pressure.

Invest in a hobby

Parents must encourage their children to go out and learn new things. In this age of fast information, it’s nice to have a hobby that helps a person to relax and enjoy life. Also, it opens doors to explore more opportunities for a better future.

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