Must Have Android Apps on Your SmartPhone

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We cannot think of our days running without our lifetime partner (a virtual one), that is our smartphone. Even children today, have a smartphone and can easily deal with a complex technology. Although iOS has the best of things it is still Android phones that rule the market. So, if you have brought a new phone and still checking out which apps you need to download, here is a list of must-have apps that could be useful.

1. Antivirus security app

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When you own a smartphone, anti-virus is a must. Using the internet welcomes all kind of viruses that can cause serious damage to your device. I for one, cannot live my day without my phone in hands and I definitely don’t want it to fall ill on me.

2. Google Maps

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The Google maps have made it easier to get to our destination. Gone are the days when we had to ask for the address while traveling to a new place and then land in confusions. Instead, we are at that age where our phones or gadgets can guide us the destination perfectly. Now! Isn’t that is handy? Just do not forget to keep your mobile data on.

3. Photo modifying apps

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If you are someone like me who is interested in making your casually clicked pictures into a great image, you should have a photo modifying app. There are several of them on my mobile, such as the YouCam Makeup which lets you look great with face makeup when you are shot without, YouCam Perfect and PicsArt Studio are some to name that you must have.

4. Movies and TV streaming app

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We all do need entertainment and there are certain apps that let you stream TV shows and movies directly and you can watch them on the go. Netflix is one of my favorite but there are others like Hotstar, popcornFlix, Hulu, etc.

5. Fitness App

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Being fit and healthy is the most important thing in life. There are various apps that guide you on being healthy like keeping track of your exercise routine, cardio tracking, meditation with various scenarios, a guide to many food diets etc. Depending on your choice download the app that helps your routine.

6. Music Apps

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Although every mobile comes with an inbuilt application of music apps, there are still many other that lets you listen and stream a wide range of choices of music from their albums. If you are a music junkie, check out apps such as Wync Music, Spotify, Shazam, Jango etc. Find what works best for you and enjoy your day while you work.

7. Evernote

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Evernote a multifunctional tool is a must-have in everyone’s mobile. It helps in making lists, voice recording, to-do manager, web page clipper, note taker etc. It is an all round helping app that makes it an important app to have.

8. Pocket

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Everything is done online these days. People read articles and any other details over the internet on the go. You can save on bookmarks but not much is possible. Pocket, is one such an app that helps you to save web pages to read offline.

Are there any other apps that you think it’s important to have and is useful? Please, do not hesitate to pass the information and let us know about it. Do share your views in comments.

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For The New Beginnings

Happy New Year 2017!!!!

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So! Finally, we ended 2016 and put it in the bag of history. I understand that 2016 was not really a good year for many, as for me it was ok-ish.

However, when my phone was bombarded with various photo messages and GIF images of sparkling crackers and lights, I wondered why we celebrate a new year Jan 1st (apart from the religious reason) with so much of jubilation and pomp? Is 2017 going to be any different than 2016, 31st December or for that matter a few days/months before? I cannot really see any much changes at least in my life and all I know, no matter what life moves on, be it 2016, 17 or 18 etc. For new beginnings, we need not have to wait for a new day, new month or even new year. It just sounds like another resolution that we all know, we would never follow the minute we make it.

Perhaps, it is the promise of a new day, month or year is another opportunity to start a fresh, do it all again but in a different way, different methods and reach new goals, makes everyone to celebrate and welcome a new year. I hope that stands true to all of us.

Although, I began the very first hour of 2017, shouting on a kid who was our neighbor. Well, I could not help it when he kept shouting “happy new year” for the entire world to hear and burning crackers which disturbed the sleep of all of us at home(pet included). Do not get me wrong, am not so boring that I dislike partying and celebrating. Also, definitely not someone who wants to destroy a small child enthusiasm but seriously this kid kept on shouting endlessly at midnight.

I remember, someone telling me that a new year day should be started with a good laugh, love, smiling with much patience (which I lack) and with all the good things. I started 2017 with not so well, however, the day went on to be good. I hope the 365 ¼ days of 2017 will bring better things to me and to all of us.

So, here I am! Wishing you all for new beginnings, new opportunities, a chance to do it again and come out winning.

Cheers! To all of you and a “Very Happy New Year 2017″

Life of a Blogger

Writing a post every time and then share it on all my socializing networks and wait for likes and comments; I started to wonder is this how every blogger feels? Or am I the only craziest blogger who feels yuppie! For every like and a comment.

Although I and my friend started this blog more than two years before, we created the website and totally forgot about it. So we came back in 2015 and decided to take the blog forward. Started to write and hence we call ourselves as amateur writers or bloggers.

However, as I said, I started to wonder how do all other bloggers feel, or what challenges do they face in the blogging world?

The first thing I faced is the looks people gave or rather the unresponsive attitude towards blogging. A lot many people think blogging is a fun thing we do in our spare time and it’s like a kid scribbling or rambling some bullshit. Give a paper and a pen and ask them to write something that comes to their mind, most of those who thought blogging is a waste of time will fail miserably to write.

Blogging is not for everyone and not everyone can put their thoughts into words as easily as it looks.

Is there a real talent in a blogger? Oh! We are multi-talented and we wear all the hats and perform various jobs on our blog all alone. Like to know what hats we wear? Check out below.

Researcher

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As a blogger, we do not write any gibberish because we research our material before we publish our content. Even if it is a personal blog, we do consent with our spouse, kids, and families before putting things about them out there to be read by thousands of people. So that takes a lot of our time. It needs some patience that all cannot show.

Idea bank

Well, when I said am a blogger lot many wanted me to write on so many topics but none had an idea what to write or how to write. We bloggers, generate ideas for a topic that can attract people to read, enjoy and hold on until the end. That makes us worth a praise and our blogs is a good read if someone reads till the end. (I hope you are staying until the end of this article)

Writer

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Now, that is something we are proud of and call ourselves as a Writer. That is one hat we wear all the time. As a blogger, we are writers obviously and most understand that it is the only work we do when we own a blog. Of course, writing is the major part of owning a blog, but that is not the only thing. For example, we also play the marketing executive of our blog. Like I said posting our blogs everywhere and waiting for a response just like a telemarketer gives details to people and waits for positive callers in the next few days.

Self-editing

We do not write our blogs in our native languages because we need readers all over the world. So we have special editors for our blog, that is us. Bloggers also have to edit their post before they publish what they have written just so they don’t embarrass themselves later by posting unwanted things. The first draft is always to be read only by the writer himself. (Here is a secret – Most writers do not let you read their first draft because they don’t want you to read their embarrassing mistakes. Sigh!) So bloggers also the editors and what a tough task that is. Phew!

Design and visuals

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Having a blog and write some stuff is not all it takes. Bloggers need to design their blogs, put some nice pictures and make their blogs visible and be liked. Learning a tool here and there that helps in posting photos and other visual stuff to make blog posts attractive enough is another hat that most bloggers wear. There isn’t a blogger who doesn’t know how to toy with photos.

Technician

This is one hat that I am still trying to fit in because be technically sound about your domain and other stuff is extremely important. Bloggers learn a lot of these technicalities of the blogging world else there is always a chance for the Google Panda or the Penguin to come chasing making us vanish in thin air. Seriously, I never knew Pandas and Penguins are something to be scared off until I became a blogger. They looked so cute.

After wearing these many hats, people think that blogging is just waste of time or it’s like a personal diary? Well, in that case, they should rethink and change their opinions.

We bloggers blog, because we rock!

Thank you for reading till-

-The End

Simple Hacks That Makes Things in Life Easier

I have done more of reading than writing the past month and came across a post that said some kitchen hacks for the working mothers as they got less time. Seriously, I don’t know why, but something put me off with that line, as what does that mean? A stay at home mother has all the time in the world and need no hacks in the kitchen? Oh! How I wish I can run out of the kitchen as soon as possible and make time for various other stuff that keeps waiting for my attention. For the starters, my pet, who sits waiting under the table staring at me with his big Pug eyes wondering, when will I get free for him, that personal shopping list, which I am not sure what corner I have pushed it in because of lack of time, a friend who is no more a friend probably because I canceled too many luncheons because of no time, and the list goes on and on. But what I’ am trying to say is be it a stay at home mother or a working out of the house mother, woman or a man( some blessed men are really helpful in the household chores) equally will be happy to find some useful hacks that can be helpful in making things easier from their regular way of doing. Based on the title I did not read the article further, because it said kitchen hacks for working mother. Well, I am a mom who works endlessly at home, so probably I should find a different post. Then, I came up with this idea as why not make a list of hacks that is for everyone, you see, time is a constraint for every one of us. So here are some useful hacks and ideas that could be handy in our daily life.

(PS – I know, that author did not mean to hurt anyone feelings with his/her title, but hey we all feel differently)

1.Take a Picture of Business Card

Gone are the days when only high tycoons carried their business cards neatly printed with their name, work and home contact details. It’s the time where even I can get a card printed that says Sarojavasath a crazy blogger, and you can call me at *********2. Why not? So there is a possibility that you might meet many new people and they all give you their business or personal card. The best thing to do is take a picture of the card and save it in a folder created specifically for cards. This way it helps to find any contact details of anyone even when the card is lost.

2.Cook Book Holder

I know how interesting it will be, to try out a new dish from a cookbook in a custom and carefully planned kitchen which has all the things in the right place and easy to hold the book. But unfortunately, it’s not the case for most and many times we start wishing if there was a place where you can keep your cookbook in such a manner that makes it easy for you to view it while both your hands are busy preparing the dish. Here is a simple way to make it easier. Take out that pant hanger from your wardrobe and clip both the ends of your book and hang it in a place that makes it easy for you to see while you work the dish. Now, that makes things easier, isn’t it?

3.Charge Your Phone from TV

Going on a vacation? There are loads to pack and when the vacation is along with kids, then it’s assured a number of things that might need planning months before and so many bags to carry on the day of departure and yet most of the time we find ourselves have forgotten the one most needed is our phone charger once we land in the hotel and start searching the bags exactly when the phone breaths its last breath with a beep beep sound. In such a case you do not have to worry if you have a room with a TV. Most TV comes with a USB port and if you have a USB cable you can connect your phone to the TV and charge your mobile.

4.Do something unusual before locking doors or switching off stove

I always do this panicking dance of whether did I put the gas cylinder off when we leave for an outing or a long day trip, which of course causes tension to everyone. To avoid such doubtful feeling on your journey, do something unusual after locking doors or putting the gas off etc which might need remembering. For example jump like a frog entire living room to remember, because things like that stuck out in yours as well as others mind. Make a funny face or act like a Monkey after locking the doors. Well, that will definitely make you remember things and can be fun too.

5.Softening the butter

The much awaited party that you planned since many days has started and your guests are enjoying it and the dinner is about to be served, you realize, that you forgot to keep the butter cubes out of the fridge a little before and now it is as hard as a rock. No worries, you can make it soft without melting them into butter water. Take a glass tumbler and warm it with hot water or placing in the oven for a few seconds and cover the butter cubes with the inverted glass tumbler for few minutes. Within no time the butter will soften up and will be ready to serve.

6.Summarize your day to Sleep well

Before going to bed, take few minutes and make a note in your personal diary about all the things you did that day, and why you did and what or how you could do it better. Make points next to it as how to improve if the task needs improvement. You will be surprised as how well you can sleep after writing down than carrying all the things in your head and going to bed which will make you more restless. It’s like spilling out all the things and sleeping with a clear head.

PS – It also helps in developing good writing skills. 🙂

7.Lock your pants Zip

How annoying or awkward it feels that someone tells you that your pants fly is open and you realize the zipper has gone down again when you pulled it up just a while ago. Here is an easy way to lock the pants zip. Put a small key-chain ring to the zip and hang it to the button of the fastening of the pants once you pull the zip up. Now you do not have to worry about the zip going down unnoticed.

There are many such hacks that we use on daily basis and sharing it with each other is one way to make things easier. You must be using such easy methods just to make some extra time. Share your time-saving hacks in the comments and let the world know some easy methods as well.

Shopping Alone Can Be Fun Too

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Ever tried, going for shopping alone? I know there is a lot said and proved scientifically too that shopping with close friends or family can be therapeutic and a stress buster, but trust me shopping in your own company gives you a different kind of feeling and has many benefits too.

There are some, who hate shopping and prefer to buy everything online and save the time. Mostly I agree, but it so happens sometimes, the things we buy online, cannot be accurate in details of sizes and colors, we cannot analyze the material and feel of it. So actual shopping is different when compared to online shopping. Read on if you are one of those who do not mind taking a stroll on your day off. If you are someone who hate shopping, maybe here is something that can push you to step out for a while.

To relax, going on shopping is one of my favorites and one such day, I asked my husband to accompany me. What a mistake I made? Unless you got a man in your life who loves to shop and do not mind spending hours, which I doubt men are made that way. I’ am sure most women will understand why my day of shopping turned out to be such a disaster. I ended up buying a dress I never wore to this day and then I forgot to visit those shops which I had in mind and I actually did not shop for ME which is exactly what I wanted to do before leaving the house. Well, since then I decided to go on shopping all by myself once in a while even though I had no list of things to buy.

So here are some of my reasons as why shopping can be fun when it is done alone sometimes. Not that I don’t like to go out with friends or a family member. That is a different kind of an experience but enjoying your own company is something which you definitely need to try.

1.Shop on your own Schedule

I like to visit many shops, compare rates and then buy before I make a purchase. I know, it can be time-consuming and sometimes even boring for the person who might be accompanying me. But, it will not be a problem when you go alone. You are free to go whichever shop you want to and spend how much ever time you like of course unless the shopkeeper gets irritated. You know some shopkeepers hate to take every piece out of their shelves and you end up not liking any of them, oops! That can be such a waste of energy and time for all. Yet, you are free to look at your pace.

2. You get to buy for yourself

When you are accompanied by someone, it so happens your friend/family remembers exactly the same moment that he or she wanted to check out a new brand/product released in the market and now, is the time to check it out while you invited them for shopping. Which, actually you never wanted to check out, but you cannot say no because she/he agreed to join you in the first place when you invited. Is your mind screaming you would have been better off going on your own to shop something for yourself? I know, that exactly what I was talking about.

3. Buy what you like

It is really nice when we have someone to suggest what looks nice on us and what does not and if the color suits us or not. But many times we end up still putting our heart into one and buying another just because our partner in shopping said so. To avoid those aftermath shopping tears, it is best to go alone, buy what it feels best for you. Well, we after-all learn from our mistakes, if what you bought turns out to be not so good in the lights and surroundings of home.

4.The feeling of freedom

Shopping alone gives you a sense of freedom that makes you feel independent. Right from the start, going by yourself, making your own decision as which shop to visit and what item best suits you, everything makes up for an independent thinking. The feeling of being independent gives a kind of high feeling and makes you more fun to be around.

5.You Don’t have to shop anything

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Once I went shopping with a friend and I ended up not buying anything because the few number of shops I saw did not have what I wanted and the other few had what I was not looking for. So, what I did instead is just window shop. I just went around all the place and shops and came back home without a single shopping bag in hand. But, that did not sit well with my friend as she thought it was a waste of time. Where as for me it was relaxing. So I guess I will vote to go alone for shopping the next time and you should give it a try too.

That’s said, some of my reasons to shop alone once in a while, I hope most of you agree with me and if at all you decide to shop alone, do not forget to share your experiences in the comments section.