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    Education & Soft Power (Discussion)

    I was invited, as an alumni, to attend a round-table discussion on ‘Education & Soft Power with Academicians’, organized by DAV Group of Schools, Chennai in collaboration with Center for Soft Power, New Delhi. The speakers were – Prof. Gulab Mir Rahmany (Associate Professor, Political Sociology, Afghanistan) & Prof. Dilafruz Nasirkhodjaeva (Sr. Researcher, Economics, Uzbekistan). What is Soft Power? Soft Power is the influence exerted by one culture/country over another by methods other than violence, force, or coercion. Some good examples of India exerting soft power in the Asian region was given by Prof. Gulab from Afghanistan. Today, most of the youth in his country are influenced by Bollywood. So…

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    Chennai: Buy Paper/Jute Bags made by Ppl with Disabilities

    Incepted in 1989 with just 6 kids, Vasantham – a school & home for people with disabilities – now supports 123 children and adults. It is located at Mogappair East – behind the bus stop, adjacent to Anjaneyar Temple & opposite to Narayana School, Mogappair East. Vasantham is run by a good friend’s family who are also an alumni of DAV Mogappair Schools. We had a chance to visit this place last week and were impressed with the facilities and the good work done by them. In fact, this is the first time I saw someone hand weaving fabric! They have a small cute shop outside Vasantham building which is…

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    Arya-Sayyeshaa Wedding: Photo Slideshow Video

    Above-embedded is a photo slideshow video made by me using the wedding stills/photos released by Arya & Sayyeshaa in their respective twitter accounts. Arya is a popular Tamil movie actor who debuted in 2005. He has given a number of hits including Ullam Ketkume, Boss Engira Baskaran, Madrasapattinam, etc. Did you know that his actual name is Jamshad Cethirakath and that he was an assistant software engineer after graduating from Crescent Engineering College, Chennai? Did you know that Arya not only participated in the 300-KM Vätternrundan bicycle race, a recreational bicycle race held over two weekends at Sweeden, but also won a medal in that race? Sayyeshaa is a popular…

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    My Smartband BUZZES every 15 minutes I don’t move!

    So I bought a Smartband – Titan Fastrack Reflex Smartband that I am wearing on my wrist for most part of the day. It’s like a watch, but looks very modern and has a small digital display. Of course it shows the time, date, etc. But I bought it for another reason – it has a sedentary reminder alarm. That means, it buzzes every 15 minutes when I keep continuously sitting at the same place. Since my work is predominantly on the laptop, there are times when I sit down and work even for 1 or 1.5 hours continuously. As you can guess, it’s a bad idea. But nowadays, these…

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    Sri Vaari Party Hall @ Kolathur, Chennai

    Above embedded is the promo video made by me for Sri Vaari Party Hall, located at Kolathur, Chennai. Actually, this party hall belongs to a good friend and a fellow blogger Sarath Babu and his father. They invited us to the opening ceremony where we got a chance to click a few photos and videos. This is a 1700 sq. feet A/C Hall with a seating capacity of around 100-120 people. It is targeted smaller events like birthday party, engagement ceremony, seemantham, get-togethers, etc. It seems they are already getting requests for hosting small wedding receptions too! They have tie ups with event management/catering firms, which customers might want to…

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    Our New Mobile Phone with a STYLUS – LG Q Stylus :)

    Presenting to you our new mobile phone(s) with a Stylus – the LG Q Styuls Smartphone 🙂 Frankly, I was researching the best camera phones as we take a lot of selfies and other photos. This mobile was not in the list of camera phones I had shortlisted. However, when I was casually browsing for new phones, I found this model released by LG three months back that actually had a stylus in the economy-mid budget range. If you didn’t get the punch in the last para, read ahead. I was using Motorola and HTC phones with stylus for many years (I guess around 6-7 years). I was happy operating…

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    Minimal Silk Thread Chain

    via GIPHY Here is a Minimal Design-based Silk Thread Chain made by Ramya. Customers can choose any colour for the silk thread – a good option to match the jewellery with their dress. The special price mentioned above is for a short time, and of course for one chain. Other silk thread jewellery models are also available – have a look at this page. Destination Infinity

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    New WordPress Gutenberg Editor & Atomic Blocks Theme ROCK!!

    As you maybe knowing by now, I have a Video & Powerpoint Creation Website. I am using self-hosted version of WordPress in that site also.  Recently, WordPress released an update (5.0) where they changed the current TinyMCE editor to blocks-based Gutenberg editor. For my other website, wowsuper.net, I had used a premium theme with a theme-builder that enabled me to build my homepage using sections. But this update broke that theme-builder plugin, so I was looking for alternative themes – preferably one that was built for/supports Gutenberg editor.  WordPress themselves have released the Twenty Nineteen theme that integrates fully with Gutenberg. In fact, in the distraction-free version of the editor interface,…

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    Send Flyers & Receive RSVPs for Your Event

    Paperless Post Flyers makes it easy to send online flyers for your offline events like birthday party, holiday/festival gathering, professional/personal get-together, functions, etc. You can start from one of their ready made designs customise it with your content and media. The support and availability of GIFs in addition to images makes the flyer look really cool. Once you are done designing your flyer, you can enter the email addresses of the recipients to whom Paperless post will automatically send the event details and RSVP link. Or, you could just copy the event link and share it over social networks like Facebook, WhatsApp, etc. When people click on the link, they’d…