Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Zest Drive - Car Review!

The Zest Drive

Recently I got a chance to 'Zest' drive the new Zest car, I mean Test drive the Zest. The Zest is a compact sedan from the Tata Motors. It looks decent and the exteriors look elegant. A lot has to be said about the interiors. It provides adequate space unlike other Tata offerings. The dashboard is compact and amazing. The Infotainment system is something which grabbed my attention. I will come to that  part a bit later. I rate this car as a comeback by Tata motors and this could pose as a big threat to other compact sedans currently in market as it offers much more attractive features. It is being said that Zest can give a tough fight to its other competitors. Zest offers a Revetron 1.2 L turbocharged MPFi Petrol Engine which is powerful. It provides a maximum torque upto 90 PS which is  good for any car. It comes in 3 multi drive modes which includes - City, ports and Eco. This modes can be selected by  the click of a button located near the gear box. The gearbox is smooth and easy.  The Sports mode is simply amazing. In this mode you could witness a sharp sound similar to that of the F1 cars. It could be said that these different modes can be used in different conditions. Zest sails smoothly on the road just like a boat sailing over the ocean. Its extremely smooth and the turns are sharp. In short, its a good performer. Zest also offers 1.3 L Quadrajet engine with  Ftronic AMT Diesel version car which is the 1st  AMT in diesel. It provides the convenience of Automatic along with shift assisted manual gears. The diesel version is similar to the petrol version. It provides good mileage too. It’s a bonus! A general practice should be followed  while driving Automatic transmission cars that the left foot should seldom be used. Most of us are used to driving manual cars and hence there is high chance that we may press the brakes thinking it to be the clutch. Zest follows its 3 pillars - DesignNext, DrivenNext and ConnectNext. 

This  basically deals with the design of the car. Some of its features are the new signature grille, power bulge, strong shoulder lines, read sling shot, layers, driver centric dashboard , projector head lamps, day light running lights, LED tail lamps and chunky alloy wheels. All these adds to the cars look which indeeds make it look stylish

This implies the central kernel of the Zest, the driving force which includes Revetron 1.2T turbocharged engine, multi drive modes,AMT Diesel, Hard baked steel,rear passenger protection, Dual path suspension etc. It also offers  a high class AC.

This is basically the infotainment system of the car. The touchscreen music system is developed by Harman which provides a variety of options.It offers smart phone integrations. Through bluetooth pairing , you could actually  access most of your phone functionalities on your car. You could call  someone, also  let the system read your SMS'es. It has a voice recognition system which is  designed to accept Indian accents.  The system works on voice commands which could be used for some functionalities such as AC temperature control, fan speed control, phone accessibility, Play songs by selecting artists, album or song names or tune into a FM channel.The volume increases by speeding the car. It has a very good touch screen. Its said that it could also provide provision for adding applications.

I personally loved it. Tata Motor’s efforts have finally paid off.  Over 2 years of hardwork will surely bring in some good news for them through the Zest.  The rear of the car is beautiful and Tata has got its winner in Zest. Zest has got some fabulous features and I bet that this could be a game changer for Tata Motors. I am keeping my eyes on this car. This car has impressed me!

The Solitary Writer is a blog which started as a hobby.Here you will find stories, poems, satirical posts, humour, photography and almost everything. This blog is the alter ego of a Technical guy who loves to be called as the Solitary Writer. Others call him Ste. He works as a Senior Quality Analyst in a leading Organisation and loves to break the codes and he likes to  do things differently. Did you like this post? Get The Solitary Writers updates via Facebook or Twitter, better yet, subscribe to it via RSS Feed. It’s easy, and free!Also you can discuss in the Forum. Comments are just another way to let me know how you feel.Don't forget to comment

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Experiencing Zest!

 Note - This is a blog post written for Tata Zest, Blogadda.com

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One fine day as I was fidgeting with my iPad, I got a mail from Blogadda regarding the Zest Up your life Contest. Those were the difficult days of life where I had plunged deep into the ocean called work. Days passed and we all know that even time flies. Yes, they did! Now that I have been known as a regular defaulter, I tried not to be a defaulter  this time. After managing time from the tricky schedules and overcoming the timelines and deadlines, I  finally submitted the contest entry on the last day of the contest.  The very next day  my gorgeous blogger friend Ankita Singhal pinged me on  Whatsapp and congratulated me. I was stuck in the Saki Naka traffic and I was wondering why would she congratulate me just  like that! It was then she mentioned the news that I was one of the winner of the blogadda contest. Events quickly unfolded and sooner I found myself in Goa.

Keenly awaiting the Zest Moment
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 The  Zest moment had just arrived and we were ready to get 'zestified' at Goa. We  were briefed about  the events  through emails. What next?  Sooner, I bumped into another blogger named Keyur who eventually turned out to my good friend. Having boarded the Goa bound Jet, I was curiously waiting for the jet to land at the Goa Airport. Yes, it did reach 10 minutes before the scheduled time. Pilots! You're incredible! We were transported to the hotel via a bus. I met few other bloggers at the airport and then few at the Hotel. We reached 'The Zuri' hotel  at 3 PM. We were greeted by the smiling faces of the blogadda team members. Hari, Ankita, Anand and Preeti - you guys were awesome! A beautiful lady  with  a smiling face applied a red tikka on every bloggers forehead. This is a traditional way of welcoming people in India especially the outsiders who visit India.

All set to consume Social media - Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn, Twitter

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 So,till  this time you could experience partial Zest. So it was time to get Zesty! #ZestUpYourLife moment  had arrived as we stepped inside the Zuri! We were allotted rooms and I was put up in room number 165 with another stylish  travel blogger from Pune. The paper bag contained details about the agenda for the different activities that would take place over the weekend. After a quick power nap, I woke up to a warm greeting. "Hey hi!" I heard a voice. It was my room mate for the day. It was blogger Siddharth Joshi from Pune, a medical device designer by profession and a passionate travel blogger. Sharp at 5 PM,  we both left for the Unicorn Hall where most of the activities were supposed to take place. I was thrilled to see so many bloggers at a single place. It seemed like a blog festival  where bloggers from different platforms, niche  and places had arrived to grace the event.

Sun Set at the Varca beach

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I happened to meet my blogger friend  Sushmita from Delhi. It was actually a pleasant surprise to meet her especially after knowing her for almost 6 years. Ankita from Blogadda finally started the event and briefed about the entire activities that would take place over the weekend. I also happened to meet the ever smiling Harish from  the blogadda team whose smile invokes positivity.  After high tea was served, few of us decided to explore the Zuri and the beach nearby. We meandered all over the resort and tried to explore it as much as we could. Sid Joshi, Keyur, Deepak - a popular Travel blogger from Mumbai and me left for the beach. I felt blessed to be accompanied by two most popular photography bloggers  around me - Sid and Deepak.  Sushmita  joined us later. The main event started at around 7.30 PM where the greats of Tata motors and the masters behind the Tata Zest car gave an overview of their product. Oh! How could one forget the gorgeous  Miss Malini! She was the host for the evening.  We were shown few AV's regarding the making of the Tata Zest. Tata Motors Officials Sandeep, Minal, Anand and Rajdeep spoke about their product and most of the features they spoke were really impressive. Rajdeep resembled Steve Jobs. There was a  Tata  Zest Miniature Design version of the car placed  behind along with a Video game. Engineers and Designers from the Zest team were seated behind.  The Zest factor had increased a bit.

Santosh, Sandeep& Rajdeep from Tata Motors and Keyur
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 I had a  chance to interact with Sandeep and Rajdeep about  the car. It proved out to be a fruitful discussion where I got to know many insightful stuffs about the automobile industry in general. Miraj from the Tata team explained us the 'ConnectNext' concept of the Zest Car. The infotainment system is amazing.  All these while I forgot to mention one guy who is also known as the fastest man  in India. It was Narain Karthikeyan who spoke about the Tata  offering. We all clicked a selfie with him, a group selfie! We then  head for the dinner. A sumptuous meal awaited us.  One thing I should  mention  here is the Food! The food was good! It rhymes! ;)Nothing could beat the food. Zest reloaded!

Ladies listening to the fastest man of India

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Most of the bloggers clicked  pictures with Narain Karthikeyan while few were involved in discussions with fellow bloggers. Few of them spoke to the Tata officials just like I did. What kind of event would it be without alcohol?! Yes, there were alcohols too, even breezers and Real Fruit juices for the non alcoholics! It was fun to meet and interact with fellow bloggers whose blogs you have been reading since your young days. I remember reading and commenting on Shilpa Garg's blog during my younger days and that day I met her in person.I used to read the Indian Home Maker's blog too  and that day I had an opportunity to tell her that her blog posts were fabulous and she was a great source of inspiration.  I got an opportunity to interact with most of the bloggers from almost all backgrounds. I spoke to Ritu Lalit, a blogger turned Author. I met Santosh who knew me as TSW or the Solitary Writer. All these things already made me feel Zesty!

Santosh, Sid, Ste, Deepak and Keyur
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The night sky was young as we returned back to our respective rooms. My roomie Sid Joshi wanted to explore the swimming pool which was outside our room. But unfortunately it wasn't allowed. 6 AM. We woke up and started packing our bags after getting refreshed. Sid was busy capturing the early morning scenes outside the room. It was nice knowing him and I found him nice too. I rediscovered blogging once again and this reminded me of my good old days and today I miss each one of them. We left for breakfast at the Waterfalls Cafe. A rich breakfast awaited us with lots of varieties. Such a Zesty early morning!
Yum Yum! From Sid's Camera

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After returning back from breakfast, Miss Malini briefed us about the morning activities. I was placed in group P1 along with  blogger Deepak and blogger Rekha Kakkar. At this point, I realized that  it was time to get Zesty in the Zest car. As we walked along the sloppy roads, I could witness a series of Zest cars parked one after the other. The officials were standing besides it. We sat on it and starting exploring the Car.  I had no driving licenses so I had to sit behind and watch my team mates drive the car. They both drove the car turn by turn at every Pitt stop. It was a  perfect Zest Moment as we drove through the solitary roads  where other vehicles were played a cameo. We were riding the Zesty drive of our life!

Bloggers Deepak and Rekha Kakkar

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Rekha and Deepak were driving the car and I was busy scanning the QR codes given to us at every Pitt stops. I clicked pictures of the mesmerizing scenaries. At every turn there were was a person with a board indicating the directions to facilitate us. Sooner we shuffled and got into the AMT Diesel Car. Uday from Tata Motors had warned us that the AMT diesel car could be a tough guy as it has no clutch and people with Manual car driving experience often mistaken the brakes to be the clutch and find themselves in a tricky situations. Yes, the AMT Diesel car was indeed tricky. We got a dose of it too! It was indeed an amazing experience. Such a Zesty drive!

Guy with 'Turn Left' board

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We were asked to blog about our experience and here I am blogging about it. I should admit that at this point of time I had a regret of not having a driving license. My first action item when I reach Mumbai would be to attend the Driving test on  the coming Friday and get my  driving License.  It was an amazing experience and it was fun once again interacting with few familiar faces and many new bloggers. And not to forget that I had a Autograph taken from Narain Karthikeyan, the fastest man of India. I hope to preserve it for a long period of time. So, it was 'Zestabulous', 'Zestifying','Zestendous', 'Zestiful' experience ( Thanks to Sandeep of the Tata Motors, one of them was coined by him and the remaining by me). I loved being a part of this event as a blogger. All the best to the Zest Team!

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A special thanks to the Blogadda team. The event was well organized. I am glad that even I was a part of this successful event. Thank you Harish and Ankita from the Blogadda Team. You guys Rock!

The Solitary Writer is a blog which started as a hobby.Here you will find stories, poems, satirical posts, humour, photography and almost everything. This blog is the alter ego of a Technical guy who loves to be called as the Solitary Writer. Others call him Ste. He works as a Senior Quality Analyst in a leading Organisation and loves to break the codes and he likes to  do things differently. Did you like this post? Get The Solitary Writers updates via Facebook or Twitter, better yet, subscribe to it via RSS Feed. It’s easy, and free!Also you can discuss in the Forum. Comments are just another way to let me know how you feel.Don't forget to comment.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Jazz Up the Zest in your Life!

This post is a part of the #ZestUpYourLife activity in association with TATA Zest and BlogAdda.com

 From our school days we have been learning that man is a social animal. Be it from the era of the Neanderthal man or  of the Home Erectus, we all love interacting with people. There are few people with whom we gel well. We share our personal stories with them. Eventually we turn out to be good  friends. That's obvious! That's how man was created by the heavenly master. That adds the zest in life for most of us - interacting, mingling and socializing. Eventually the social circle grows stronger. But its observed that these days man has become a technology slave. Well, he gets paid for running behind technology, that's his bread and butter! Invention of internet and mobile devices has made life even more miserable for most of us. He eventually gets isolated in between! In this rat race, he loses himself. He starts his day afresh but what he gets when he returns back to his nest is nothing but fatigue and tiredness. The social circle starts depleting and eventually all the zest factor in his life is drained out. That's not how life is supposed to be. There should be  a certain factor in life that would boost you and add to that zest factor! Isn't motivating and energizing yourself the biggest zest factor for most of us? Well, ideally it should be.

In this blog post I will share few things that adds to the zest factor in my life.By factor, I mean something which makes me happy. Something that makes me feel myself.

1. Driving Aimlessly on an unknown road
Driving could be seen as an art. After acquiring formal training from my driving school trainer, I still couldn't clear my test. I could clear it only after practicing it again and again. I am not the kind who easily gets disheartened because of failures. I tried hard and next time I passed the test with flying colors. The Police inspector appreciated me and patted on my back. I had learned this art of driving and eventually mastered it. Its my love for driving that energizes me. They say a journey is the best when you don't  know the destination. Travel along the unknown roads of your city. Traverse the outline of your city map with great enthusiasm. Thats what I love to do - driving! Take your car early morning when the city sleeps. Travel distances all alone. Enjoy the scenic beauty of your city and lose yourself in compete solitude. Travel  late night when most of them retire to sleep. I usually stroll  along the wonderful curves of the Marine drives with my sedan! Do join me, we could discuss our travel adventures! Driving makes me feel happy and adds zest to my life.

Source - Google Images. Long Drive at the Marine Drives, Mumbai

2. Company of Kids
Children are gods best creation. Childhood is that phase where most of us  experienced  an amazing life. Imagine demanding toys and gifts and you getting it immediately. Thanks to our doting parents who would never say no to any of our never ending demands. Unfortunately not every child in our country is blessed with lovely parents who would fulfill their wishes and dreams. I play a secret Santa to many of those underprivileged  kids. I am associated with  many NGO's in Mumbai who work for the welfare and benefit of such impoverished children. I spend my weekends with them most of the time and help them in whatever way I could.I buy them books,toys and play with them. I love teaching those kids.  It brings back the amazing kid in me. It adds  zest in life! Watching the kids play would make your day beautiful. The company of those smiling young faces could brighten up anyone's day. Sometimes I also invite them at my place for an afternoon lunch. I could proudly say that I have listened to my heart and done every bit I could for those poor helpless children. You could do too! This Zesty experience is something which I would always want to cherish.

Source - Google Images. That's Mr. Shahid Kapoor with kids in needs. :)

3. Pampering myself.
Well this doesn't indicates that I am a self obsessed person or a narcissist. Well these terms are vague when it comes to me. You need to motivate yourself. Reward yourself and pat on your own back. Sometimes you need to derive happiness by self motivating yourself. Aforementioned, failures may dishearten you but its the will power and the never say never attitude that would take you to zenith. Its this attitude that differentiates you from the others. Pampering yourself is not  a sin! It will boost your morale and help you in exploring yourself. This sometimes enlightens my life. I do it! It makes me feel good. When I am down  and give up, I rise up to the challenge and say to myself that 'You can do it, Ste!' and yes I do it. Like King Bruce sought inspiration from a spider, you could inspire yourself!  Like me, even you could add zest to your life by pampering yourself! No, its not bad. In fact you should! Think! It adds zest to my life.

Source - Google Images

4. Surprising people
I always love surprises and love to surprise others. Its that special feeling that you obtain by surprising someone. It could be anyone - your family, friends, teachers, bosses,peers or even a random stranger. It will invoke a positive energy within you and the person whom you wish to surprise. May be a  toffee or a letter with kind words mentioning about the person would mean a lot to them. It will add zest to your life as well as their life! I have been constantly recharging my friends mobile phone during their birthday. They don't know its me but they do feel happy and special that someone has done something  for them and I feel bliss especially when they narrate that to me. I do that secretly and usually  hide my identity. I love playing a secret Santa in people's life! Trust me I have gifted random strangers too! I love to make people smile because their smile makes me smile and thus adds zest to my life.

Source - Google Images

5. Sketching
Trust me this should ideally top the Zest list of mine. I do lots of things like reading, writing, painting, blogging, teaching, cooking etc but sketching completes me. Its that feeling which makes me happy. I am completely transported to a different world when I sit on my couch with HB, 2HB, H, 2 B, 3B,4 B,6B ,8B and Charcoal - Bold,Neutral and Heavy pencils with me. These  pencils constitute my sketching kit. I love them. Sometimes when I am low and down, I sit alone in my bedroom with my canvas and start sketching. This build doesn't implies that I am some famous sketching artist. I am imperfect in lots of way but I strive to
attain perfection  by trying hard again and again.I  take a magazine, spot for some beautiful photos and start sketching it. My eventual goal is to make my sketch look exactly similar to the one in the magazine. But it's failure most of the time! But I am determined to do it someday. By the way what do I get by doing this? Well, it adds zest in my life!

Made by me! :)

Apart from these 5 there are many things that adds the zest in my life. One of them is listening to motivational songs that would inspire me. I love songs that touch my heart and soul. One of them is "Oovvoru Pookalumein Solgirethe" song from the Tamil movie Autograph.  You should listen to it. I bet you would like it and filled with positive energy and hopes.

So these were the things that adds zest to my life!

The Solitary Writer is a blog which started as a hobby.Here you will find stories, poems, satirical posts, humour, photography and almost everything. This blog is the alter ego of a Technical guy who loves to be called as the Solitary Writer. Others call him Ste. He works as a Senior Quality Analyst in a leading Organisation and loves to break the codes and he likes to  do things differently. Did you like this post? Get The Solitary Writers updates via Facebook or Twitter, better yet, subscribe to it via RSS Feed. It’s easy, and free!Also you can discuss in the Forum. Comments are just another way to let me know how you feel.Don't forget to comment.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Forgotten hero!

 This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

The world changed upside down within no time. I jostled against the tide of time. Now nothing is left in this journey of life just that everything now seems bland to me. I am racing against time struggling and fighting. No one could ever understand my plight. I had lost everything - money, happiness and love.  The great economic recession transformed me into a pauper and  I lost all my happiness. My beloved darling Emily left me all alone. Emily, my only love whom I discovered through a social networking site kicked me out of her life. I couldn't believe that I am on the street within no time.  They say everyone is born with a purpose. Today, I fail to realize the purpose of my life. I walk along the deserted streets of Marine drive. Its 3.15 AM. The entire city of dreams was snoring to glory and I was all alone walking down the lane. Tears rolled down my cheeks as I decided to take a stroll at the beautiful side of the city for the last time. I wanted to plunge deep into the ocean of life and freed myself from all kinds of melancholy. 

I walked slowly, taking one step at a time. I stood there firm for a minute and sat on the seat. A cold breeze brushed my hair and it was a complete state of joy, a transient feeling amid my frustrations. I stood facing the sea and started walking towards it. I could feel the cold waves kissing my feet every time I stepped ahead seawards. 

"So, going to commit suicide, huh?" I heard a voice from behind.
I remained stunned and for a while I realized that I was the only one present at that place.
I stood there contemplating for a while. There was a deafening silence for a minute.  I didn't hear any voice for a while.
"Generally how long do you take to reply?"  I had the same voice again.
I cleared my throat and said, "Who are you?"
"Well, I am the forgotten hero!" the person said.
"At least prove me you are a person." I said.
"I failed to prove myself and that’s why few people left me," the voice continued, "Not few ,I mean many."

"We both have similar stories." I quickly replied.
"Just that I am all alone like you. But my condition is better than yours. I got few loyal people who followed me during my early days of life." I heard a laughter sound.
I smiled at him. At least it was good to know that he had someone in his life unlike me. "That's good!" I said.
"So, why are you so sad? You never used to be sad when Emily was around, no?" the voice said.

"Well, things have moved on," I said and asked," Hey, how you know Emily?"
"I know many things about you."
"You scare me," I said and continued, "Please tell me who are you?"
I now started sweating profusely amid the cold breeze. "Dude, look at you sweating at this hour. You used to be a fun loving guy during 2004 when we met!" the voice said.
"What? We even met?!"  I replied.

"Yes, we did. You used to visit me every day and in fact the first time we met I had sent you an invitation to meet me. Dude, you forgot me so soon. Haw!" the voice said.
“You lost your first mobile phone to get an invite from me. Don't you remember?” the voice added.
"I introduced you to Parul, Priyanka, Eshita, Zainab, Tina, Lorita, Neha and many more girls. You met all of them through me. And you even met Emily through me," the voice said.
I was perplexed now. Those were the good old teen days where I chanced upon every single girl who had a beautiful picture on their profile and some people called that act as 'Orkutiya'.

"You are scaring me now. Don't get on my nerves dude?" I said.
"Why did you leave me? Why did you forsake me, dude?" the voice asked me.
"For god sake, tell me who are you?" I asked.
I was tired of my life and decided to finish everything that life had offered me. I never wanted a second chance for I knew that all my attempts to move on in life would eventually turn futile.
"You ran behind walls. I gave you the real platform to express your love but you ran behind walls and scribbled on it."
"I taught you how to like people but you preferred clicking a like button instead. I taught you to talk beyond walls but you decided a timeline for everything." The voice now turned aggressive.

"I introduced you to different communities in my network and even made you owner of few of my communities. Don't you remember  you even used to boast about how it feels to be a community owner?" the voice added.
"I gave you the freedom of expression, speech and space. But you preferred saying things in less than 140 characters and started following a stupid blue color birdie which took the world by storm." the voice continued.

"I am super vexed by your actions. I have craved for your presence. Every single minute I miss you and the million others who follow the wall culture of scribbling on walls instead of talking."  The voice turned aggressive once again. 

"Even people who never touched books during their life time started facing books. I am not like that book, wall or that stupid little birdie. I made people appreciate you through something called testimonials," the voice continued,” Do those jerks allow you to do this?"  I could hear a voice something similar to Batman wheezing.
"For heaven sake, tell me who you are?" I said," I beg you please. I assure you that we can be friends again." I said with a smile and started searching for the person behind me.
"It's late now. They have fixed the date, dude. Stop acting!" the voice said.
"What date?"I curiously asked.

"30th September, 2014." the voice said and appeared in front of me.
Tears rolled down my cheeks.  "Orkut!" I screeched loudly. I started sobbing. I couldn't control my tears.
"I love you, Orkut!" I said. He smiled at me and said,"I know that, dude!"
We both hugged each other tightly."I will miss you, Orkut!" I said.
"Pagle, abh rulayega kya!" Orkut said. "Now, I am only there for 1 month or so. So better relive your teen days before I go obsolete. And don't forget to download all the testimonials that the chicks wrote for you." Orkut said, winking at me. 

"I love you Orkut. You gave me all the happiness and I owe everything to you."
"God to hear that! Live your life once again! This life is precious. Enjoy it." Orkut said and within seconds it vanished.
"Ork...ku....tttttt!" I screamed at the top of my voice.
I sat on the slab and opened my mobile browser. I typed www.orkut.co.in.


The Solitary Writer is a blog which started as a hobby.Here you will find stories, poems, satirical posts, humour, photography and almost everything. This blog is the alter ego of a Technical guy who loves to be called as the Solitary Writer. Others call him Ste. He works as a Senior Quality Analyst in a leading Organisation and loves to break the codes and he likes to  do things differently. Did you like this post? Get The Solitary Writers updates via Facebook or Twitter, better yet, subscribe to it via RSS Feed. It’s easy, and free!Also you can discuss in the Forum. Comments are just another way to let me know how you feel.Don't forget to comment.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Quintet of Radiance Award!

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No one actually knows who started the concept of awarding fellow bloggers in blog-sphere. It used to rain awards for my blog  during those days. I used to love it during the early years of blogging especially the glorious 2007's and 08's when I was new to blogging and fellow bloggers show their affection for your blogs by bestowing you with certain kind of awards. Some bloggers prefer to flaunt the logo's on their blog while some chose to remain silent. Those days used to be fun. Today after ages a wise blogger has decided to shower the Quintet of Radiance award upon the Solitary Writer. Thanks to my dearest Juhi of ShitZooo.  I take this opportunity to  thank Juhi and of course I will accept this award. But before that I would like to say few words about Juhi. Juhi is a talented young blogger who often reminds me of  the young Solitary Writer. She writes good blog posts. I should admit that I have not  been a regular reader of her blogs but whenever I get a chance I do visit her blog as a silent reader. Do not kill me for this, Juhi!  And you know how much I hate commenting  ;)  I want to tell you today that - you are a fabulous blogger and you have a long way to go if you have this passion for writing intact.! Guys - Watch out for this talented girl in blog-world.

Things to be done after Accepting the Quintet of Radiance Award -
1. Display the logo on your blog post
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you
3. Using the alphabets, describe yourself
4. Nominate  at least a few bloggers

I think I have already completed points 1 and 2, so moving ahead to the description bit.

A - Affectionate
B - Bhola
C - Caring
D - Darling
E - Efficient
F - Funny
G - Great
H - Heart Stealer
 I - Inventive
 J - Jammy
K - Katchy
L - Lovable
M - Mine
N - Nix's Best friend!
O - Outstanding
P - Perfect
Q - Qte
R - Respect Filled
S - Simple
T - Talkative
U - Understanding
V - Vicious - not
W - Wild
X - Xtra good
Y  - Youthful
z - Zimbly the best!

Okay, now that's not written by me. It was written by one of my friend called Nikita to describe me as a part of an Orkut Testimonial. I was recently saving my Orkut Testimonials and came across this. 
Now, its my turn to describe me  using the alphabets

A - Ambitious
B - Brilliant
C - Creative
D - Daring
E - Entertaining
F - Funny
G - Genius :D
H - Headstrong
I - InGenious(Ty) ( my twitter name :D Now Follow me on Twitter :D Ok?)
J - Jack of all trades
K - King of good times ;) ( Not a great fan of Kingfisher )
L - Loquacious
M - Mad
N - Nerdy ( Some times)
O - Oracle Certified Engineer :D
P - Painter
Q - Quiet at times
R - Rational
S - Sarcasm King
T - Taciturn
U - Understanding
V - Violent
W - Witty
X - Xenophillic. I love outsiders :P If you know what I mean
Y - Yawns when bored
Z - Zesty

Now its nomination time. I nominate the following fabulous bloggers.
Vaisakhi  Mishra

Ankit Jain
Aayesha Hakim
Tina Basu
Renu Sethi
Ekta Khetan 
Sarah Malik
Jyotsna Bhatia

PS - I generally do not do award posts these days. I am glad that I wrote this post which actually made me nostalgic.

Also , bloggers do note that you would feel that I may not have commented on your blog or even visited your blog, but you should know that I have been reading your work as a silent reader as I generally do not have time to comment and express my thoughts. So its once in a blue moon that I write comments and let the bloggers know my views about their article. Hope it makes sense ;) 

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Hey Brother!

Hey Brother,

Looking at the sky, 
I searched for the stars but found none,
You showed me the moon,
I cried, screeched and suffered in pain,
But you shared all my sorrows,
I expressed my grief in form of tears,
And you offered me a helping hand,
On the  rocky roads wherever you tread,
I followed you right behind,
You, my guru,mentor and my guide,
I saw a chivalrous knight in you,
Lessons of life that you'd taught me,
Moulded me into a strong being,
You honored all my decisions,
Thank you brother,I  love you!

Your Lil brother.

PS - I don't have an elder brother. But sometimes I wish I had one... :)