Friday, 30 August 2013

US Pricing and Availability Announced for Samsung Galaxy NX Camera

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Samsung USA has announced availability and pricing for the intriguing Samsung Galaxy NX Camera. The Android-powered compact system camera, which takes interchangeable lenses and boasts 3G/4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, will be available from October priced at $1,599.99 (body-only) or $1,699.99 (bundled with an 18-55mm lens).

Friday, 23 August 2013

Review for the book Keys by Santosh Joshi




Publisher                             : Santosh Joshi Foundation
ISBN                                  : 978-93-5126-531-3
Year of Publication              : 2013
No of Pages                        : 270
Cover                                  : Paperback
Language                             : English
Author                                 : Santosh Joshi
Type                                    : Non-Fiction Self Help
Price                                    :280
Rating                                  :4.5/5

This is an awesome book. You will never regret if you are planning to the book on Positive thinking or planning for reading a book on regret free life than i must say my first preference is to this book Keys by Santosh Joshi. The cover design of the book is very symbolic as it says open your door to live a regret free and positive life, also design is done be creative team of ThinkWhyNot. When Thinkwhynot mailed me if i want to write a review on this book, at that time i was not sure whether to select or not to select because i have read many books on self help, but i must say i have not taken any wrong decision, its a must read book.

This book Keys is divided into three parts i.e. HLP where H means Heal your past L means Live your present and P means Plan your future.  Before starting any chapter their are cartoons printed along with that a small sentence are written it, which are very symbolic it represents human tendency to think any situation in a particular manner. Now for first few chapter i.e. Heal your past the author Santosh Joshi says don’t stretch your past let it be, free yourself from your past just analyse it and make a proper decision for your future. Bygones are bygones which is written many times in first few chapters for healing your past. Their are many anecdotes written in this book which are very useful. Also their are many inspirational stories that one should re-read it. Santosh Joshi has given a new method which i liked the most which is if someone/something hurting you or the memories which hurts you most just write it down in a paper tear the paper burn it or flush it. Do this method whenever you feel low or when your past memory hurts you, it really helps i have done it myself. After Heal your past their is Live your present in which Santosh Joshi says past are past enjoy your present moment. Mistakes are a great teacher learn from your mistakes just analyze it, believe in your inner voice which will guide you throughout your life.  Their is a chapter for gratitude in live your present which i liked the most where santosh Joshi says having a feeling of gratitude makes us aware of the things we have in our life, gratitude is the direct route for happiness, also those who are practicing gratitude and humility attracts success in their life. Now for the last few chapters are for Plan your future. The author says visualize, which is the best tool to achieve your future goals. By visualizing your mind attracts those vibrations the more you think about something in a positive way the more are chances of that manifesting in your life. After every completion of chapters their are given powerful tools, if you re-refer it many times i must say your life will be changed in a positive way.  My suggestion to the readers that don’t put this book in a shelf you should re-read it many times give to your friends, gift to someone i assure you those who will read this book their perspective of life will be changed.      

                                                      The lines which i liked the most:

Make sure that people remember you for the right reasons. It is very difficult to build a good reputation as it takes a long time; however, it just takes a couple of seconds to spoil it. So always choose your words and actions carefully. Page no. 18
Remember, your thoughts in this moment are going to create your future. You are creating your future every moment.  Page no. 86
We become as we think. If we think of greatness, our life will turn towards greatness.Page no.133   
Happiness can never be achieved by material gains. To be really happy one has to look inside and not outside. Page no. 143
Working hard without a plan is similar to running on a treadmill. We end up at the same place. Page no. 197
Lack of faith in one’s self is the sole reason for all of today’s problems, illnesses, diseases, stresses, relationship issues and fears. Page no. 231
Swami Vivekananda beautifully said, “Talk to yourself at least once a day. Otherwise you may miss a meeting with an excellent person in this world.”  Page no. 246

Their are many short stories which are very inspirational but suggesting some which i liked the most:


  • ·         The clay Buddha on page no: 32
  • ·         The crystal vase on page no: 63
  • ·         The real story of Jadav Payeng on page no: 254
  • ·         The real story of Dasrath Manhi on page no: 255

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Samsung Galaxy NX

Samsung Galaxy NX Now in UK

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The Samsung Galaxy NX is now available to buy in the UK. The Galaxy NX is the world’s first 4G interchangeable lens ConnectedCompact System Camera (CSC) and is on sale at Jessops for £1299, with selected online and high street retailers to follow.
Samsung Electronics UK Press Release
SAMSUNG GALAXY NX NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY IN THE UK
London, UK – August 20, 2013 – Samsung Electronics UK today announced that customers in the UK are now able to purchase the Galaxy NX, the world’s first 4G interchangeable lens Connected Compact System Camera (CSC), from Jessops, with selected online and high street retailers to follow.
Featuring 3G/4G LTE technology, the Galaxy NX allows photographers to share professional quality images wherever they are and at any time. They can enjoy a range of intuitive features including Photo Suggest, offering location-based recommendations of popular photography spots, and Story Album, allowing them to view a timeline of their best shots and create digital photo books.
Kitted out with an array of interchangeable lenses, the 20.3MP APS-C Sensor produces bright and detailed images, even in lowest lit conditions, while the DRIMe IV Image Signal Processer delivers the speed and accuracy that today's photographers demand. Photography enthusiasts can take crisp, vibrant shots with the Galaxy NX’s Advanced Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) System, whilst the 1/6000 sec shutter speed and 8.6fps shooting means they can capture every second of the action.
Running on an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, the Galaxy NX can be personalised with a huge range of Android apps to help capture amazing photographs and video, edit images or add special effects to them. More than 30 Smart Mode options mean the optimum settings can be selected for the environment photographers are shooting in, whilst Multi Exposure merges two different shots together to produce one distinctive image and Animated Photo connects continuous shots of up to five seconds, creating a moving GIF file.
Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung UK & Ireland said: “We’re excited to introduce the Samsung Galaxy NX to the UK market, offering our customers the chance to experience a premium device that boasts best-in-class image quality with the ease-of-use and speed of 4G capabilities with Android. Perfect for taking incredible images and sharing them quickly, we hope the Galaxy NX will help our customers stay connected at all times, wherever they are."

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Review for the book Amreekan Desi Master of America by Atulya Mahajan




Publisher                          : Random House India   
ISBN                                 : 978-8-184-00395-6
Year of Publication          : 2013
No of Pages                     : 306
Cover                               : Paper Back                      
Language                         : English
Author                              : Atulya Mahajan
Type                                  : Fiction
Price                                 : INRI 199
Rating                               : 2.5/ 5

It’s a Hilarious book with many anecdotes to American Indians. I have picked this book because when this book was available from readers-cosmos i was just surfing the net, and i came to a video where Gul Panag was rendezvous with the author. She was asking why he cammed back to India, what are the future prospects of India etc. So after watching that video i thought this book will reach me to know how Indian Origins are having their life in America especially Students, and i must say after reading the book i am very much satisfied with this book. Recently i got to know that this book Amreekan Desi by Atulya Mahajan is in a best seller shelf in Mumbai airport. Also its a quick read you will not get bored reading this book. The flow is genuine and also Atulya Mahajan has written in a very simple language their is no harsh words. At some time i thought that author is inspired by Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States where protagonist do some unusual things like growing his beard, convincing her would be father in law etc. Its always a worth reading if the publishers are Random House India. Its a handful guide for the Indian students who want’s to go abroad for further studies and settle their.

The plot or Story

This is about two guys Akhil and Jaspreet (Jassi) who lands to USA for studies in FSU (Florida State University) to do their Masters in Science Degree after clearing GRE. Akhil has a dream in his life and wants to be a successful person, he studies, he learns to cook foods and also fall in love, while Jassi dreams of having fun with his life. Jassi wants to bang everyother Firangi girl encountered in his life by rating from 5 to 10.  Then their a love story between the protagonist Akhil with Nandita. The story further follows when their is strick no for marriage out of bangali community from Nandita’s family and Akhil convince nandita’s father in somewhat filmy Bolloywood style. Also their guidance and help from senior Indian students of FSU how to live in USA is very interesting and helpful. How do they cop up with their life the environment, the difficulty they face, expensesnes of the cities etc is described very sharply by Atulya Mahajan because he was once upon a time a student in USA. The only thing further i would like to say about this book is just grab it and read it you will like it.  


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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Review for the book Land of The Seven River A Brief History of India’s Geography by Sanjeev Sanyal


Publisher                             : Penguin
ISBN                                  : 978-0-143-42093-4
Year of Publication              : 2013
No of Pages                        : 322
Cover                                 : Paper Back                      
Language                            : English
Author                                : Sanjeev Sanyal
Type                                   : Non-Fiction History
Price                                   : INR 399
Rating                                  : 5/ 5

Sanjeev Sanyal  has written in an author’s note that he is not a historian or geographer and also has not taken any formal training on this field then also i must say because of his exploration to India’s rivers, mountains and cities, visiting ancient archaeological sites, crosses rivers in boat and immerse himself in old records and manuscripts has given a tremendous materials to the readers. Its a mind-blowing non-fiction book i have read on Indian Geography.  The land of the seven rivers is a curious journey through the different rivers of India, the Harappans, the Vedas, Ashoka, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, the various cities of India, the Mughals, the British, mapmakers, Partition of India, the rapid growth of Gurgoan, the call-centers etc . This book is about ancient trade routes cultural linkage the rise and fall of cities.
The book is a complete history of the formation of India, starting from pre-history and the formation of the Indian Subcontinent. It traces the breakaway from Gondwana - the supercontinent, introduces the theory of plate tectonics, and explains how India collided with Asia. How amazing sanjeev has written that Gondwana which was the super continent of which India was part – along with Africa, South America, Antarctica and Australia – millions of years ago which was drifting like an ice berg. The author has given brief history of four civilization. The  first was the Harappan or Indus-Saraswati civilisation in north-west India and parts of present-day Pakistan, which was at its peak between 2600 BC and 1900 BC. It had disappeared by 1400 BC, as the Saraswati river from which it drew its sustenance dried up.
The second civilisation, which belonged to the period between 1300 BC and 400 BC, was located in the Gangetic plains. Its main cities were Pataliputra (the imperial capital), Taxila (an intellectual hub near present-day Islamabad), the port of Tamralipti in the east (across the river from Kolkata), Kaushambi (near Allahabad), Varanasi, Rajgir  and Ujjain.
The third cycle of urbanisation was centred on Delhi, the most prominent city of this phase, which began with the sacking of Prithviraj Chauhan’s Delhi and ended six and a half centuries later with the sacking of Mughal Delhi in the wake of the failed revolt of 1857.
The fourth cycle which is currently in which we are all living which is well under way in Calcutta, Madras and Bombay.
By the first century AD, there was a flourishing maritime trade between India and the kingdoms to the west, as well as with Southeast Asian kingdoms. Ships sailing from West Asia to India brought Italian and Arabian wine to modern-day Bharuch in Gujarat, and India even ran a large trade surplus with the Graeco-Roman world. The resulting constant one-way flow of gold and silver coins at one stage even forced Roman Emperor Vespasian to discourage the import of Indian luxury goods and ban the export of gold to India. Clearly, the Indian love of gold, silver and imported alcohol is not new.
Sanjeev has particularly explores the mentions of lions and tigers in the hunting stories, in the royal emblems and in names adopted by certain communities. Another theme is history of cartography and the role it played in the history. In the last chapter it is well written that extraordinary transformation’ India is undergoing: of mobile phones and satellite televisions, of rising apartment blocks and the expanding map of highways, of economic boom and rapid changes.  
“Land of the Seven Rivers” by Sanjeev Sanyal is a fantastic attempt to talk to us simply about our heritage. Its a quick read and doesn't bore you. The only area I found the book lacking is, I expected more maps and pictorial representations also their should be world map in this book. I recommend this book to every Indian strongly. Even though i have given a detailed review of this book than also i think i have left many parts of this book so just grab this book and you will get a very good and detailed history of India.
The things which i liked most in this book:
  • ·         Chess was played in Harappan civilization also Shindur(Indian women put in their forehead) and Namaste is 4000 Years old tradition which are still followed in India.
  • ·         Ayurveda is the oldest medical treatment which was followed before Christ. Also modern plastic surgery is derived through Ayurveda at the time of Tipu Sultan.
  • ·         Indian’s are having 25-30% of world Gold.
  • ·         Rust free Iron pillar in Delhi build by successor of Chandragupt Maurya.
  • ·         The Indian mathematician Aryabhatta was the first person who told that earth was Spherical and that it rotated on an axis and also circumference of earth and the ratio of pi all this thousand of years before Copernicus and Galileo.
  • ·         The meaning of Gayatri Mantra in very simple way given by Sanjeev Sanyal : As you light up the Heavens and the Earth, O Radiant Sun, So light up my Mind and Soul


  
About the author:


Sanjeev Sanyal is an Indian Ecnomist, an alumni of Delhi University and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholor. He is currently Deutshe Bank's global strategist. The Indian Renaissance, Economist, environmentalist and urban theorist.