Thursday, August 25, 2016

Delhi-based Startup Data Xgen rolls out Email addresses in Hindi characters with '.bharat' domain

Started with being an ISP provider on the Northern parts of India, failed venture with Satyam for covering a larger territories, numbers of tech startups including Xgen Plus, Spamjadoo and now Data Xgen, founder of all these startups Ajay Data is relentless and growing abound. This Delhi-based startup Data Xgen Technologies rolled out its latest paid service to provide email addresses in Hindi characters with '.bharat' domain, which is available in Devanagari script. These emails are supported by email service providers like Gmail and Microsoft, which the founder calls the Gmail of India.
Dr Ajay Data founder of startup Data Xgen
Dr Ajay Data founder of Data Xgen

“A few hundred IDs have been created till now on .bharat domain, which is available in Devanagari script. Anyone interested in Hindi script ID can visit our website and buy an email package,” Data Xgen Technologies founder Ajay Data said. Email sent from these addresses is supported by leading service providers such as Gmail and Microsoft.

“Besides communicating in Hindi, people can send emails from addresses created in Hindi script to Gmail, Outlook and some of the other services,” Mr. Data said.


To bring more people on Internet, government is pushing website and email addresses in Hindi or Devanagari scripts. The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) has asked domain or website name sellers to provide free .bharat (in Devanagari script) to everyone who buys a ".in" domain name.

When contacted, Google shared a blog post in which it said, "Language should never be a barrier when it comes to connecting with others and with this step forward, truly global email is now even closer to becoming a reality."

The blog mentioned that it has added 13 languages for Gmail services which includes Afrikaans, Chinese (Hong Kong), Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala, and Zulu.

Microsoft said that it continues to enhance capabilities and make it easy for users to use and adopt local languages using its technology and this includes domain names in local languages.

"The current versions of Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge and MS Outlook 2016 all support Indian languages including Hindi and internationalised email addresses," a Microsoft spokesperson said.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Breathtaking Niagara Falls by Pooja (The Indian Traveller)


From the mouth of an elephant (not literally)

If something forces you to stay back home, sip mini-spring water bottles, cancel your Saturday night plans and tell the world how you feel ... there is no looking back.
River of milk is what I used to call it. Or more like a chunk of cloud, which magically transcends into a huge flow of milk, which when kisses the earth manifests into salty waters... not like those you witness on beaches. but those which are much more blue, more saline, more stinky if I may say so, yet so much captivating you want to be there, like forever.
You are standing in the lines which take hours to reach the cruise, there is humidity in the scorching heat, you almost give up with the thought of dehydration or even worse, but yet you do not give up. Seems more like waiting in queue for a religious place where every devotee has one goal, to catch the sight of the holy deity, in our case the humongous beauty Niagara Falls.

Niagra Falls described by an Indian

Pic 1: Niagara Falls from the US side

A must take visitor pic at Niagra Falls


Pic 2: A must take visitor pic






Maid of the Mist


Pic 3: Maid of the Mist



That crackling sound the water makes, any water body, the waves of the beach, the soothing sound the river makes, the drops of the rivulet or even pouring of water in a cup, it has a sound, or as I may put it, a different kind of music in it. But the waves of Niagara beat it all, they would resonate in your mind every time you think about that beauty. It's like nature has adorned Niagara with a crown, we call a rainbow.
Talking about the first attraction, MAID OF THE MIST
Wear a colourful poncho, which makes for a uniform cum protection with drizzles greeting you from everywhere. Get onto the top deck of the cruise, and viola the journey begins. In no time, the US-Canada border becomes one, water: in its purest form knows no boundary. And there you see, the mystic, gigantic yet spectacular Niagara Falls, which are literally “scattered”, as 3 different waterfalls.
One at the Canada side, one at the US side and the one in between.
Each fall has its own beauty like you literally want to get into the interior of the falls and surround yourself in the white heaven. Hold on, you literally get to drench in a white world, which you are slowly taken forward to, as your cruise moves a little closer to the falls and blank, you are lost... unsure if you are holding the rod tight enough to not fall down, unsure if the people who were standing next to you are still around. But you do not care for a second and want that feeling to never go. which does, after around 10 seconds. And you are back to where you came from.


Niagara Falls from the Canada Side

Pic 4: Niagara Falls from the Canada Side





In case you still did not feel you’ve had enough, you can literally climb near the falls and enjoy a closer view with a beautiful picture (only if conditions apply).
At night, Niagara Falls has Illumination festival, where Niagara gets even more beautiful with the falls getting colourful and the evening having its won soothing, magical vibe.




Niagara Falls at Night (Illumination Festival)

Pic 5: Niagara Falls at Night (Illumination Festival)





And if this isn’t enough, you get to see the Canada skyline right from one of the corners near the Niagara Falls, what more can you ask for?


A spectacular view of the Canadian skyline

Pic 6: A spectacular view of the Canadian skyline.

CONTENT…is how I’ll summarise my experience at Niagara.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

These three songs from Berklee College of Music will reaffirm your faith in music

These three songs from Berklee College of Music will reaffirm your faith in music.

These songs performed by the students of Berklee College of Music wearing red and white Indian traditional attire will leave you with another reason, why you love this legendary composer/singer AR Rahman.

1. AR Rahman's Kun Faya Kun (Berklee Indian Ensemble Cover)




2. AR Rahman's Dil Se Re (Berklee Indian Ensemble Cover)




3. AR Rahman's Yeh jo Des Hai Tera (Berklee Indian Ensemble and Berklee World Strings)





Saturday, May 28, 2016

The best video you will watch today and this will definitely make you cry

They say you can never actually feel the pain of being not able to see this world, but those who are suffering from it.
Losing eyesight is one of the most traumatic & painful experience one can have in this life.
We don't even bother about innumerable memories we watch, see it happening and recollect what happened years ago. Ask them who has memories but not visual ones. No one but they can tell you the actual importance of memories.
Memories are an important part of our lives. Even more so for someone who was a part of them, yet missed out, because he couldn’t see. Of the 40 million visually-impaired people in the world, 15 million are from India. And, due to an acute shortage of transplantable corneas, they are often resigned to a life without sight. This is the true story of Amit: a young man who was about to undergo a corneal transplant and regain his vision after almost 15 years. With a little help from Google Photos, Amit was able to rediscover all those memories he'd been a part of, but missed out on seeing.

We're grateful to Amit’s family and the Nirmaya & Tej Kohli Foundation for allowing us to be part of Amit’s journey: Google

Another most beautiful ad you will see today.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

first Indian female gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics - Dipa Karmakar

Dipa Karmakar - An Indian Artistic Gymnast
Born - 9th August 1993, Agartala, Tripura, India.
Official Coach - Biswaswar Nandi
First female Indian gymnast ever to qualify for Olympics
First female Indian gymnast ever to qualify for Olympics
Update after Summer Olympics #Rio2016:

Dipa karmakar represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympics. With this Karmakar became the first Indian female gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics, and the first Indian gymnast to do so in 52 years. She attained 4th position in Women's Vault Gymnastics event of Rio Olympics 2016 with an overall score of 15.066. Karmakar is one of only five women who have successfully landed the Produnova, the most difficult vault currently performed in women's gymnastics.
Nickname: Dipa also known by Guddu or Tina among her friends.
Favorite Dish: Chicken, she also likes Hilsa(Fish)
2nd most memorable moments after Olympics performance: Commonwealth Games Medal in the year 2014.


Dipa Karmakar is the first female Indian gymnast ever to qualify for Olympics as she booked a berth for the Rio Games after a strong performance at the final qualifying and test event by garnering a total score of 52.698 points. Apart from being the first Indian woman, she will also be an Indian gymnast qualifying for the quadrennial extravaganza after 52 long years. Since the independence of the country, 11 Indian male gymnast have taken part in the Olympics (two in 1952, three in 1956 and six in 1964) but this will be the first for an Indian woman at the Olympics. Dipa has been listed as the 79th gymnast among individual qualifiers in the list of women's artistic gymnast who have qualified for the Rio Olympics. Her first vault, the much difficult Produnova, gave Dipa 15.066 points, the highest among the 14 competitors. But a poor show in the uneven bars took her points down as she collected 11.700, the second worse among the 14 participants. The Tripura girl secured 13.366 and 12.566 points in beam and floor exercises.

Dipa first got the recognition when she won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, held at Glasgow becoming the first Indian female gymnast to do so in the history of the games. She is also one of the five women that have successfully landed the very difficult Produnova vault in competition, also holding the highest score amongst all (15.100 ) in her attempt. She also won a bronze at the Asian Gymnastics Championships and finished fifth at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships both a first for her country. These achievements have established her as the most successful gymnast from India despite her young age.

The 22-year-old could not clinch an Olympic berth in the World Championships in November last as she finished outside the podium (fifth place).
She was earlier put as second reserve for the ongoing Olympic Test event in Rio but was informed last month that she had sneaked into the shortlist of participants.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

First Indian woman to ride Harley Davidson - Veenu Paliwal

First Indian woman to ride Harley Davidson - Veenu Paliwal
First Indian woman to ride Harley Davidson - Veenu Paliwal

Veenu Paliwal(1972 - 2016) from Jaipur, Rajasthan was well known for being the only woman biker in Jaipur and she was a common sight on the roads of Jaipur. She became the first Indian woman to ride a Harley Davidson bike at 180 Km/h. Apart from being a biker, she was an entrepreneur and own a tea shop in Jaipur named "Chai Bar"

The 44-year-old Jaipur resident was on a nationwide tour on her Harley Davidson motorcycle along with fellow biker Dipesh Tanwar, who was on another vehicle.
Paliwal died after her Harley Davidson motorcycle skidded into a culvert at a sharp turn near Gyaraspur, 100 km from state capital Bhopal in Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh. She was rushed to a primary health centre and then to the Vidisha district hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead. She is survived by her two children.

She is said to first rode the bike at a young age of 12. She was popularly known as HOG (Harley Owners Group) Rani, Paliwal was on a motorcycle trip from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Paliwal was making a documentary, 'Ye Hai India', on her cross-country journey, which ended horribly at an accident-prone spot. A panel of four doctors which conducted an autopsy on well-known woman biker Veenu Paliwal said she died due to a "blunt abdominal trauma rupturing liver", after her friend Dipesh Tanwar had alleged that wrong injection at a government facility caused her death.
First Indian woman biker of Harley Davidson - Veenu Paliwal
Veenu Paliwal on her Harley Davidson

Paliwal's last message on her Facebook page read, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." A legion of her shocked friends and admirers said that was her credo in life. Her family members are yet to come to terms with her death.
Bollywood actor John Abraham tweeted, 'My heart goes out to Veenu Paliwal. May her soul RIP. From a fellow biker. Respect." During an interview, she once noted that her inspiration was her father since childhood, who himself was an "avid biker". Although she was passionate about bikes but it was only after getting into college when she learned to ride motorcycles from her college friends. However, she herself did not own any motorcycle then.

Paliwal was married but soon after the marriage, her husband restricted Paliwal from riding bikes but to follow her passion Paliwal divorced her husband and lived with her two children.

Monday, April 11, 2016

The teller of the story, not the story itself - Harsha Bhogle

The teller of the story, not the story itself - Harsha Bhogle
Harsha Bhogle - Cricket Commentator

Harsha Bhogle (born 19 July 1961) is an Indian cricket commentator and journalist. He was born in a Marathi-speaking family in Hyderabad. Bhogle has recently become a freelance TV presenter.

Harsha Bhogle is the son of A. D. Bhogle, a professor of French, and Shalini Bhogle, a professor of psychology. He attended Hyderabad Public School and subsequently studied chemical engineering at Osmania University at Hyderabad. He did his post-graduate program PGDM at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. Post-graduation, he joined an advertising agency and worked there for two years, following which he completed another two-year stint at a sports management company.

Bhogle began his career as a commentator at the age of 19 with All India Radio while living in Hyderabad. In 1991–92, he became the first Indian commentator to be invited by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation during India's cricket series before the 1992 Cricket World Cup. He has since worked for ABC Radio Grandstand during India's Australian tours, and for eight years worked for the BBC as part of their commentary team in the 1996 and the 1999 Cricket World Cups.

Since 1995, he has been presenting live cricket from all around the world for ESPN STAR Sports and was part of the 'Few Good Men' commentary team that included Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, and Alan Wilkins along with Geoff Boycott and Navjot Singh Sidhu, for few seasons, and later, Ian Chappell and Sanjay Manjrekar.
Indian Cricket Commentator Harsha Bhogle
Indian Cricket Commentator Harsha Bhogle

He covered the 2011–'12 series in Australia solely for ABC Radio.
Harsha has been covering all Indian Premier League seasons since 2009.
He has hosted television programs such as Harsha Online, Harsha Unplugged and School Quiz Olympiad for ESPN and Star Sports.
Harsha had a Television program named after him, "Harsha ki khoj"/"Hunt of Harsha", that strived to find broadcasting talent in India.
Harsha expanded his online presence by hosting *Out of the Box with Harsha Bhogle on YouTube
Bhogle was voted the favorite TV cricket commentator by Cricinfo users based on a worldwide poll. Bhogle has also anchored BBC's travel serial Travel India and Business Today Acumen Business Quiz and Debate competitions.
Bhogle was the advisor to the Mumbai Indians for the 2008 IPL.

Bhogle has published and authored a number of books, including a biography of Mohammad Azharuddin and a collection of columns in The Indian Express, Out of the Box – Watching the Game We Love and is also a columnist for the Chennai-based "The Sportstar" a subsidiary of The Hindu group of Publications under the title "Hitting Hard" by Bhogle. (2009). Bhogle has presented the program TRAVEL INDIA WITH HARSHA BHOGLE on the Discovery channel and TLC.
In the 2011 World Cup held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, he anchored the pre and post match shows that featured Simon Hughes, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sunil Gavaskar, Tony Greig and Sourav Ganguly.

Bhogle's presence in electronic media can be seen through his Twitter account @bhogleharsha and his weekly article previously on ESPNcricinfo and now on starsports.com

Harsha currently hosts a weekly show called "This Week's Special" aired on Star Sports. The show takes the viewers back in time to make them relive the cricketing memories from the past. The first episode aired from 1st October 2015. In 10th April 2016, Harsha's IPL contract as a commentator terminated. The decision came as a surprise for the voice of Indian cricket since he had conducted the Season 9 draft auction, featured in the league’s promotional videos, was in the commentators’ 51-day-long duty roster, and even had his flight booked by the production house.Board officials said Bhogle had an angry exchange with a cricket official at the venue as he wanted him to open the door, and this reached the Nagpur-based BCCI president Shashank Manohar. Those in the know said this incident was the trigger that resulted in Bhogle losing out.
To which Harsha Bhogle reacted through his twitter & Facebook post, Read Below:
Facebook post:

I must confess I am a little uncomfortable with all the attention I have been getting recently. I am just a cricket...
Posted by Harsha Bhogle on Monday, April 11, 2016


He and his wife Anita Bhogle have written a book titled The Winning Way based on business knowledge drawn from the sporting world. This book is result of ten years of work and experience in sports based communication. He has also authored a biography of Mohammad Azharuddin. His collection of articles is published in a book called Out of the Box.
Harsha is married to Anita, his classmate in IIM-A, and the couple live in Mumbai with their sons Chinmay and Satchit. Harsha, along with his wife, Anita, runs a sport-based communication consultancy called Prosearch.

Who is Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati

Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati Maharaj (born 2 September 1924) is an Indian religious leader and freedom fighter.
He was jailed for participating in Quit India Movement and served two prison sentences in 1942. In 1973, he became the Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Badrinath and in 1982, he became the Shankaracharya of Dwarka peeth as well.
Swaroopanand Saraswati was born in Pothiram Upadhyay in 1924 at Dighori village of Seoni district, Madhya Pradesh. A disciple of Shankaracharya Brahmananda Saraswati of Jyotir Math (1941-1953) and of Shankaracharya Krishnabodha Ashrama of Jyotir Math (1953-1973), in 1950 his Guru Brahmananda made him a Dandi Sannyasi. Swami Swaroopanand became president of the Akhil Bharatiya Ram Rajya Parishad, established by Swami Karpatri. On Swami Krishnabodha Ashrama's demise in 1973 the title of Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Badrinath passed to Swami Swaroopanand. Later he also became the Shankaracharya of Dwarka peeth in 1982.
Shankracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati
Shankracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati

His thoughts &  Opinions on recent past activities:

  • April 2016 -  "Rapes will increase if  women enter Shani Temple, women should not have entered the sanctum sanctorum of the Shani Shingnapur temple as it will bring bad luck to them. Shani is a planet of sins. Worshipping him will lead to a rise in crime against women". The comment comes just days after the temple ended a centuries-old ban on women being allowed to offer prayers at the open-air platform where the idol is placed in the Shani Shingnapur shrine in Maharashtra. Temple officials and locals in the area had prevented women from entering the inner sanctum till the Bombay High Court ruled last week that their actions were illegal.
  • Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati has also held the worship of the "unworthy" Shirdi Sai Baba by his followers responsible for a drought-like situation in Maharashtra.
  • Swami Swaroopanand in January 2016 noted the pitiable condition of the River Ganga and stated that the proposed dams in Uttarakhand should not be constructed to ensure the free flow of the pure water from the sources of the River. Only the free flow is required for a clean Ganga.
  • On 30 June 2014, Swami Swaroopanand said that Article 370 should be removed from Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the abrogation of the Article will be beneficial for the people in the valley and that a demographic balance is necessary to end recurring strife in J&K.
  • Swami Swaroopanand in May 2015 welcomed the decision of the Maharashtra government to extend the ban on cow slaughter to bulls and bullocks in the state and opined that it would increase the production of milk which will in turn help feed children in the country.
  • Swami Swaroopanand in February 2016 questioned the claim of ISKCON to be a part of Sanatana Dharma and accused it of being a front for money-laundering, it being used to send money from India to the USA and other foreign countries. Money donated by Indians were being shunted to the USA. 
  • Swami Swaroopanand in May 2015 said, "Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertion to curb corruption, bribe taking is rampant in the country. This is because of degradation of moral values and ethics in society." 
  • Swami Swaroopanand in March 2016 said on the RSS, "RSS takes the name of the Hindus, but they have no commitment towards Hindutva. They are trying to deceive people by telling that they have come to protect the Hindus. This is more deadly. BJP rules this country now. Before this, it was Congress. But under both the governments, cow slaughter has been continuously happening. Then what is the difference between BJP and Congress? BJP initially said that they will build Ram Temple at Ayodhya and remove Article 370. Now they are saying that they will think about it." 
  • Swami Swaroopanand in January 2015 raised questions on the censor board, saying movies like ‘PK’ insult Hindu religion and Lord Shiva as well.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

know about Miss India world 2016 - Priyadarshini Chatterjee

The Grand Finale of the fbb Femina Miss India 2016 beauty pageant held at Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai and the event was a star-studded one with many Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan.
Priyadarshini Chatterjee crowned fbb Femina Miss India 2016
Priyadarshini Chatterjee crowned fbb Femina Miss India 2016

Priyadarshini Chatterjee from Guwahati, Assam, has won the Miss India pageant 2016 and was crowned the winner. Sushruthi Krishna was crowned the runner up of the most coveted beauty pageant of India, while Pankhuri Gidwani became the second runner up. Chatterjee will now represent India at the International platform of Miss World 2016, while Krishna will be eligible to take part in Miss International 2016, and Gidwani will take part in Miss Grand International beauty pageant 2016.
Priyadarshini Chatterjee Miss India world 2016
Priyadarshini Chatterjee Miss India world 2016

Sushruthi Krishna is from Mumbai while Gidwani hails from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. The top 5 finalists also included Navpreet Kaur and Roshmitha Harimurthy. The two girls might not have got the chance to wear the coveted crown, but they sure got to dance with India’s biggest Bollywood star, Shah Rukh Khan. All the top 5 finalists were asked the same question: ‘What are the qualities of a Miss India, and why do you think you should be crowned the next Miss India 2016? The winning answer, that of Priyadarshini Chatterjee was: ‘Miss India should be true to herself, she should have a personality to reflect who she is. My personality reflects that and that is why I should be the next Miss India.’
The jury included Sanjay Dutt, Yami Gautam, Arjun Kapoor, Kabir Khan, Amy Jackson, Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna, tennis player Sania Mirza, Ekta Kapoor, designers Manish Malhotra and Shane Peacock.
Chatterjee is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at Hindu College, Delhi and is an alumnus of Maria Paublic School, Guwahati. She is a freelance model, with interests in dance, theatre, travelling and trekking.
The show was hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and Manish Paul.
Priyadarshini Chatterjee Miss India world 2016
Priyadarshini Chatterjee Miss India world 2016

Interview session with Priyadarshini Chatterjee
City: Guwahati

School: Maria's Public School

College: Hindu College, Delhi University

Profession: Freelance Model/Student

Interests: Dancing, theatre, travelling, trekking

Favourite quote:
Ask, Believe, Receive - Rhonda Byrne. She talks about the law of attraction.

What gives you a high?
Travelling and meeting new people along with it good food is what I love the most.

One law you would like to break?
Travelling without visa because I love to travel. Would love to if given an opportunity to move around the world freely.

Best pick-up line you have ever heard...
Do you have high eligibility criteria for a "Hi".

Rate in order of priority, three qualities that every woman must possess!
Self worth, smartness and charming personality.

One achievement that will make you feel your life was a huge success?
Representing my country at an international level and making the people of my country proud.

The last movie that made you cry?
Three Meters Above Heaven

Rate in order of personal preference, three qualities that you admire in a man?
Genuineness, loyalty and respectful attitude towards women and society.

If you were to give one bit of advice to the youth today, what would that be?
To be a very positive person and not complain about whatever comes to us and be eager to make the society a better place to live in.

Your body to you means?
Something that reflects my personality in relation to how I take care of it and it also makes me feel happy. I am only grateful to God for giving me what I have.

Favourite actor?
Ryan Gosling, Deepika Padukone and Rachel McAdams

Favourite movies?
About Time, Gone Girl, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Love is?
Something which is a priority. We need love for survival and to take us a step ahead in all circumstances. It is the most beautiful emotion ever.

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