Sashin Shah, Bhavik Veera, President (JAY-HO) Sashin Deepak Shah from is a native of Kutch, Gujarat currently residing at Matunga, Mumbai. Sashin is a post graduate in Event Management and is an Event Management professional since 2004. Married to Prerana Shah also a native of Kutch, Gujarat, and has a 5 years old daughter. Currently Sashin owns a wedding Planning Company called Vivaah Planners and an Event Management Company named The E-Factory. The idea behind JAY-HO is to unite Jain Youth and create a platform for their talents and present to it to the world. UTH-N-YNG was generated as an idea for all the Jain Youth to be aware about not only about Jainism & Jain Current Happenings but also to get an overview of what is happening around the world. With sections like Technology, Food & Lifestyle, Travel, Finance & Tutorials UTH-NYNG will be a one-stop-shop for all the info required for the youth. A.T.M (Artistic Talent Management) was specially designed by Sashin as he is from the field of Event Management and gets many chances to present new talent to the world may it be for Singing, Dancing, Acting, Art & Crafts or Speech. “My idea is to get the Jain community to such a level where every ones knows a Shah, Gala, Mehta or Jain as much as they know any Kapoor, Khan, Chopra or Kumar” says Sashin Shah. “Hope we are able to fulfill our dreams for a better future”
President (JAY-HO) Bhavik Vinod Veera, a choreographer by passion has done MBA in Marketing and owns a dance company named Spunk Dance Company. Bhavik is a native of Kutch, Gujarat and is currently residing in Panvel, Navi Mumbai. Being passionate about dance, Bhavik likes to bring creativity and emotions through his dances. His idea behind JAY-HO is to unite Jain Youth and give platform to the hidden talents of Jain Youth and take them to the higher level. As he always says, “STAY TUNED.STAY UNITED” UTH-N-YNG magazine is created especially for all Jain Youth not only giving information of what’s happening around but also giving them opportunity to express their views and ideas and helping them to create better future. A.T.M – Bhavik says, it is an initiative taken by his friend and colleague Sashin Shah and he liked the idea behind it. As a choreographer, he too likes to present new talent from dance field. He says, “Anyone can become Michael Jackson or Shah Rukh Khan or Ranbir Kapoor or Katrina Kaif, but end of the day it’s only you who carries your own personality”. JAY-HO!
MAHAVIR BHAGWAN Continuation
The Embodiment of Love Leaving Asthik-gram Mahavir proceeded in the direction of Shvetambika town. The trail to this town passed through a dense and desolate forest. When some shepherds saw Mahavir entering the forest they shouted, "O Monk, stay put for a minute. This is a dangerous trail. There is a black serpent with venomous gaze on this trail. His hissing and gaze burn plant and trees. Even flying birds and standing humans drop dead. Please leave this trail and take a different route." Mahavir heard this fear filled call of the shepherds. With a serene smile he raised a hand as a gesture of assurance. With firm steps Mahavir went near the snake-hole. All around human and animal skeletons could be seen. There was not a single green leaf as far as the eye could see. Close to the snake-hole was a delepidated temple. Mahavir stood in the shade of this temple and started his meditation. After some time the giant black serpent came out of its hole hissing fiercely. It had seen a human being after a long time. The man was standing firm and fearless with closed eyes. The serpent was surprised. It looked at Mahavir with its venomous red eyes. Like flames from a ball of fire, its poisonous eyes emitted waves of venom. It hissed awesomely. But all this had no effect whatsoever on Mahavir. The serpent was astonished, "Till today every man I came across has been consumed by my first venomous hiss and this man stands still, absolutely unmoved." The serpent glanced at the sun and once again focused its gaze at Mahavir and hissed at him with renewed anger, but in vain. It slithered from the line of the expected fall of the body and than with all its force sank its fangs in Mahavirâ€™s toe and injected all its venom. It drew back and waited expectantly again in vain. The angry serpent, vexed further by its failure stung Mahavir twice again. All its three attacks were wasted. Mahavir stood undisturbed. The serpent was astonished to see milk oozing out instead of blood from the spots where it has stung on Mahavirâ€™s toe .
Bhagavan Mahavir was standing unmoved. His face was glowing and on his lips was a charming smile, like a blooming rose. His eyes reflected the inner compassion. The serpent continued to stare with surprise. Confused by its failure it was lost in its thoughts. Involved in his spiritual pursuits, Mahavir uttered din his deep and tranquil voice, " O Chandakaushik ! Open your inner eyes. Be calm and remember your past life. do not inject venom of anger in your life. Rise above the deadly poison of anger. Mahavir opened his ambrosia filled eyes. When the serpent met his gaze, it felt as if a wave of peace and tranquillity had engulfed its inner self. It appeared that its venom was slowly vanishing. It was lost in deep thoughts. Its dormant memory started unfolding and it acquired Jatismaran Jnan. Incidents from its past two births surfaced in its memory. It realized that it had suffered excruciating pain and degradation due to extreme anger and acute attachment during those births. The heat of repentance melted its vices. Its spirit embraced enlightenment and mind became tranquil. It touched the pious feet of Bhagavan Mahavir and resolved, "O Lord ! Now I will not look at any one at all throughout my life. I will not eat anything. I will not drink also. I will just put my mouth in the hole and lie still in the shadow of your feet. I will now at one for all my sins committed during the last three births and improve my future." Knowing that the serpent had become harmless, throngs of people started arriving from nearby villages. They worshipped the serpent-god by offering milk and sweets. But the serpent was lying, keeping its hood in the hole, in meditation without even a trace of movement . Swarms of ants were attracted by the sweets. They started stinging the serpent. But the serpent tolerated these afflictions with equanimity. It silently took the last vow (fast unto death). It tolerated the agony of hunger, thirst and the stings of ants. Its body became almost perforated, but it did not react at all. After fifteen days it died and was reborn as a god in the Sahasrar dimension.
Quashing of the Flames Once, leaving Shravasti, Shraman Vardhaman was going to Haliddug village. On the way he saw a large banyan tree. finding it suitable, he went under it and started his night meditation. It was winter and a cold wind was blowing. Gaushalak was also following him. As Gaushalak could not tolerate the piercing wind, he shifted to the other side of the tree. After some time some wayfarers also stopped under the tree. They collected dry wood and started a fire to cook food. They spent the night there and kept the fire burning. The fire slowly spread and reached the spot where Mahavir was standing. Gaushalak shouted a warning. But Mahavir had no Early in the morning they broke camp and went away. The fire was left burning. Slowly it spread and engulfed the surrounding dry twigs and leaves gathered under the tree. The wind was blowing in the direction of meditating Mahavir. The fire slowly spread and reached the spot where Mahavir was standing. Gaushalak shouted a warning. But Mahavir had no awareness besides that for his soul. He was unmoved by the heat of the approaching flames. He was busy quashing the ultimate fire, the fire of rebirth. The flames reached him and scorched his feet. Even this acute pain did not reach the depth of his tranquillity. After some time the fire subsided on its own. Torture by Kalahasti Leaving Chorak village Mahavir arrived at the out skirts of Kalambuka village. This village was ruled by two brother, Megh and Kalahasti. Although they were landlords and chieftains. they were still involved in unlawful activities like looting the neighboring kingdom. Tying them with ropes, he tortured them inhumanely. When he still could extract no information from them be ordered them, to be taken to his elder brother, Megh, for further torture and interrogation. Shackled like criminals, They were produced before Megh, who felt as if he was looking at a known face. He suddenly recalled that once he had seen prince Vardhaman at the court of king Siddharth. This shackled spy seemed to have an uncanny resemblance with the prince. He came closer and recognized that the person in bondage was none else but prince Vardhaman who had become a Shraman. He fell at the feet of Mahavir and, with tears of repentance in his eyes he begged to be forgiven. When released Mahavir resumed his journey.
Among the Aborigines It was the fifth year of practices of Bhagavan Mahavir. He moved into the Radh (or Ladh) country. This area was also known as Vajra Bhumi or Shubhra Bhumi and was inhabited by scant and scattered population of rustic aborigines. Gaushalak also followed Mahavir wherever he went. The people of this area did not know anything about ascetics and their ways. They stared in astonishment when they saw a naked person standing like a statue at godforsaken places. When they did not get any response or even reaction on shouting at him, they would get irritated and hit him with sticks, lances, bones and stones. Some on his body. Shraman Mahavir equally tolerated all these tortures and continued his advance toward purity. He wandered from one place to another and once in a while came across small villages. Not so very often he would enter a village to beg food and mostly got dry and stale food. However, most of the time he went without any food. People would curiously stare at him and wild dogs would pounce on him and bite. For their crude entertainment, the aborigines would pick up Mahavir and throw him on the ground. Mahavir spent almost five months in that area during his first visit. Once again, during the ninth year of his practices, Mahavir returned to this area for about six months.
TODDLERâ€™S MOTHER BACK TO JOB
Getting back to work after having a baby is never easy, Apart from finding a reliable baby creche, long working hours can also leave your baby pining for your attention. That's when working part time becomes a viable option. Women these days are increasingly opting for part-time jobs that not just pay well but also help them maintain a good work-life balance. Here are some of the most popular part-time jobs for women in India. Tiffin services: If you like to cook, consider starting your own tiffin service. Keep in mind that your food should be light, healthy and wholesome so that people can eat it on an everyday basis. What's more, you must take into account different kinds of clients and decide your meals accordingly - vegetarians, diabetics et al. Finally, you must make sure to deliver your tiffins on time. Playschool Starting your own playschool at home can earn you a lot of money without long working hours but you will need to have some kind of formal training in Montessori teaching. Also a large room in your home is an absolute must-have to ensure the kids are kept out of trouble. You might also need to hire help to assist you. Hours involved: 3 to 5 hours a day Expected earnings: Rs. 40,000 upward
Freelance writing/ Blogging Lots of research, a flair for writing and the ability to meet deadlines is what you need for this job. Having some kind of media background also really pays, if you are considering a part-time writing job. Submit your writing samples to various publications (online/ print) and get ready to become a freelance writer. Maintain a blog sideby-side, you never know when it will take off, inviting advertisers and making you rich! Hours involved: 8 to 10 hours a week Expected earnings: Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 50,000 per month Hobby classes Everyone today wants to try their hand at something new. From painting to cooking and sewing to dancing, people are always willing to learn a new art. If you have the patience to teach, you can make a ton of money. Again, you will need a room in your home where you can run your hobby class. Hours involved: 3 to 5 hours a day Expected earnings: Rs. 40,000 upward Photography A very lucrative part-time job, there is a great demand for talented photographers these days. People simply love to document every moment of their lives and they are willing to pay for it. Take a short photography course to master the basics and then give a few free services to friends to spread the word. Eg: Do a friend's engagement shoot or shoot some cool baby photos of your niece. Once work gets around, there's no looking back. Hours involved: Depends on projects Expected earnings: Rs. 5,000 to Rs.25,000 per project
Make up & Beauty The obsession with looking beautiful is on the rise, and so is the demand for beauticians. A crash course in hairstyling and make up would be worth every penny you spend on it. Practise a little on friends and family and you'll be all set to start your own venture. What's more, you can pick and choose projects as per your convenience. Once you establish yourself, it would be good to have a niche like party/ wedding make up may be. Hours involved: Depends on projects Expected earnings: Rs. 5000 per project Multi-level marketing A lot of women have used multilevel marketing to support themselves financially. There are a bunch of make up, household care and healthcare brands that you can be attached to. All you have need is the gift of the gab and a large enough network of friends and acquaintances. Hours involved: 5 to 6 hours a week Expected earnings: Rs. 15,000 upward
Tuition With the trend of working moms on the increase, these women find it difficult to see to their children's homework. That's where you come in with your services. Of course, running tuition classes often means sacrificing your evenings as children go to school during the day. So be prepared for that before you get into business. Hours involved: 4 to 5 hours a day Expected earnings: Rs. 30,000 upward
PERSONALISED CD COVER Right then, I’m going to use a print-out from the free template download in order to show you how all the folding works. You will see that this place setting is for the fictitious marriage of Adam (me) and Kylie (Minogue), and of course a certain blog queen herself has been invited along to celebrate our big day.
I have used brown parcel paper – I love it and it is so cheap, especially if you buy it by the roll. I cut a sheet of A4 from the roll at an angle to get the lines of the paper running diagonally… 1. Blank side up, place the centre of the cd hole over the centre point of the shorter side of the paper. 2. Fold the top and bottom in so that the cd is fitted snugly in the centre.
3. Carefully fold the cd over toward the centre (make sure the cd doesn’t move too much!) Fold the other side in so it’s snug against the exposed edge of the cd. 4. Unfold again. (dead simple this stage) 5. Fold the corners inline with the folds you did in stage 2. 6. Tuck the folded edge in between the cd and the paper. 7. Hey presto! 1 down… 124 to go (based on a wedding with 125 guests). 8.
The Finished Article. As you can see below, the text all lines up on the front and back to show off your wedding branding, the place setting name, and of course the playlist. If you are using our template you may have to tweak the positions of the text boxes a bit as all printers are a little different. Top tip hold down cmd on a mac or (I think) ctrl on a pc when moving text boxes around in Word – you have much more precision over your movements if you do this.
DARLING LETS DARJEELING !
Until the early part of the eighteenth century, Darjeeling was under the king of Sikkim. Later Gorkhas invaded the region and annexed the area, which they eventually lost to British. The British used the place to escape the heat and found the strategic importance of the area. They, hence, developed the area as a hill station and teagrowing area. Darjeeling is well known for its tea industry and eco-tourism. Darjeeling is thought to be derived from the word Dorjeeling, which literally means 'the place of Dorjee' the majestic thunderbolt. Some believe that the thunderbolt belongs to the Lamaist religion and some believe that it belongs to Lord Indra. Timber, tea, and tourism underpin the economy of Darjeeling. The tea plantations were originally developed by the British. Oranges and cardamom are also available in plenty. Traditional arts and crafts of Tibet and Sikkim are the products available for shopping. Traditional Tibetan and Sikkimese food as well as other Indian cuisines are available. Rain can be expected any time in a year. Summer and spring are the two seasons most popular with the visitors. Darjeeling is a famous destination for Bollywood and Bengali film shooting. The most popular and ubiquitous mode of transport is a four-wheel drive. Land rovers, especially, are the choice of tourists. They can easily serpentine through the steep and sometimes narrow roads of the hill. Several local festivals are celebrated throughout the year. The festivals are colorful and the visitor should ensure that they are in Darjeeling to take part in the celebrations of one of these festivals. Here are the top 10 attractions of Darjeeling: i. Tiger Hill: Tiger Hill is a viewpoint that offers a heart-rending view of the Kanchenjunga. One can even spot the distant Everest from this point. But the biggest reason why tourists flock to this site is to marvel at the enamoring sight of the rising sun.
ii. The Mall: The Mall is a busy street where shoppers, vendors and buyers gather together. One can enjoy the scenic view of the mountains from here. A pony ride must also be in your list of things of do. iii. War Memorial: If you are interested in the local history, then do take a trip down the War Memorial. It has been built in the honor of patriots and martyrs who perished in wars in the post-independence India. iv. Ghoom Monastery: If you are looking for some mental relaxation, then instead of spending your day lazing at your Darjeeling hotels, you must plan a trip to the famed Ghoom Monastery. It is the most popular Tibetan monastery in this part of the country and is naturally a very soothing and sedate place. v. Zoological Park: Darjeeling's Zoo is a big attraction amongst tourists especially amongst families, since the little kids love to spend a few hours amidst the tigers & leopards. Since, the place houses some endangered species like the panda, it would be a good experience for men & women of all age. vi. Lloyds Botanical Garden: If you always wanted to be a botanist and couldn't get the chance, then at the Lloyds Botanical Garden, you get that chance to feast your eyes on some beautiful plants and to study the intriguing flowers in details. It is surely a great place for both children and grown-ups. Besides, it is a place full of natural greenery and tranquility which is so elusive in the plains of 21st century. vii. Rangeet Valley Ropeway: The staffs at your hotels in Darjeeling would be able to guide you in this matter. But in brief, Rangeet Valley is an area short distance away from the main town. Here, you can enjoy a cable car ride or a ropeway which would take you several feet up in the air. Thus, you can savor and relish the natural beauty of the mountains through a sky-high view.
viii. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute: It has some historic value because of its association with Norway and Hillary. It is also a place where you can give a try to rock climbing.
ix. Tea Gardens: Tea Gardens are scintillating, green and spread over huge acres. It is best to come over to this part during the sunny afternoon. x. Senchal Lake: It is a beautiful lake where you can rejuvenate and unwind. It is not a must-visit but if you have time at your hand, then do make a hop.
HOW TO REACH Kolkata to Darjeeling Delhi to Darjeeling Nagpur to Darjeeling Ahmedabad to Darjeeling Pune to Darjeeling
624 km 1441 km 1481 km 2170 km 2284 km
NEAREST STATIONS New Jalpaiguri(NJP) Kishanganj (KNE) Dhupguri (DQG) KatiharJn (KIR) Malda Town (MLDT) Bhagalpur (BGP)
62 km 144 km 147 km 235 km 305 km 531 km
NEAREST AIRPORT The nearest airport is Bagdogra near Siliguri, which is at a distance of 93 km from Darjeeling. The taxi fare from the airport to Darjeeling is about Rs 1,200. This airport is connected to Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati. International travelers can get connecting flights from Kolkata or Delhi. Both are well connected with many cities in India and abroad.
SPINACH AND RICOTTA TRIANGLES
These mini vegetarian snacks are quick and very easy-to-prepare finger foods. The combination of spinach and ricotta cheese is just mind-blowing. Tickle your taste buds by trying these super-delicious triangles at home. This recipe, shared by Ponmathi Srilekha from Lekha Foods, will surely make you ask for more. Serves: 8 Preparation Time: 1 hour 20 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes Ingredients: • 1 kilograms spinach, washed and trimmed, or 500 grams frozen spinach • 500 grams Ricotta cheese • 500 ml plain low-fat yoghurt • 4 tablespoons snipped chives • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg • Salt • Freshly grounded black pepper • 500 grams filo pastry • 100 ml vegetable oil • Watercress sprigs, to garnish Method: 1. Cook the spinach in very little boiling salted water for about seven minutes, until just tender. If you use frozen spinach, cook it according to the instructions given on the packet. Drain thoroughly, chop finely and leave to cool. 2. Combine the Ricotta with the yoghurt, chives and the nutmeg. Season it with salt and pepper. Add the spinach and mix well. 3. Preheat the oven to moderate temperature. Place the filo pastry on a damp board and cut into four-inch squares, cutting through sheets at once. Cover with a damp cloth to the pastry moist. 4. Take one square of pastry and brush it with oil. Take two teaspoon of the spinach and cheese mixture in the middle of the square and fold over diagonally to make it a triangle. 5. Continue with the pastry squares and spinach mixture, until you have enough. 6. Arrange it on lightly oiled baking sheets and brush it with oil. 7. Bake it in the oven for 12 minutes, until they are brown. 8. Cool it and garnish it with watercress.
SUMMER VEGETABLE CRPES
We tend to isolate crepes for desserts, even though they make great healthy weeknight dinner too! Filled with colourful veggies, ricotta cheese, green beans, zucchini this dish is a good carb food. Not only its health quotient but the crunchy taste and juicy flavour will make these vegetable crepes a hit as a side dish in the summer. Ingredients • 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream • 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives, divided, plus more for garnish • 3 tablespoons low-fat milk • 2 teaspoons lemon juice • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • 2 cups chopped zucchini • 1 1/4 cups chopped green beans • 1 cup fresh corn kernels, (from 1 large ear; see Tip) • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper • 4 9-inch “ready-to-use” crêpes, or you can also make them at home Method Stir sour cream, 1/4 cup chives, milk, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl until combined. Set aside. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, green beans and corn and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Reduce heat to low; stir in ricotta, Monterey Jack, the remaining 1/4 cup chives, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook, stirring gently, until the cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. To roll crêpes, place one on a piece of parchment or wax paper (or leave it on the piece of plastic separating the crêpes in the package). Spoon one-fourth of the vegetable-cheese mixture (about 3/4 cup) down the center of the crêpe. Use the paper (or plastic) to help you gently roll the crêpe around the filling. Place the crêpe seam-side down on a dinner plate. Repeat with the remaining crêpes and filling. Serve each crêpe topped with 2 tablespoons of the reserved sauce and more chives, if desired. Nutrition Per serving: 302 calories; 17 g fat ( 8 g sat , 6 g mono ); 46 mg cholesterol; 25 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 3 g fiber; 687 mg sodium; 485 mg potassium. Nutrition Bonus: Calcium & Vitamin C (35% daily value), Vitamin A (20% daily value).
Finally, my mom’s learnt to send a text or she misses the physical keyboard - Sounds familiar? Whether your mom is tech savvy or not, you can always introduce and help her indulge in some modern technology. And what better than “Mother's Day” to get started with it. So, we have 5 tech gift ideas to help you find a gift that perfectly snuggles into that gift box. Tablet Gift your mom the most trending piece of technology – a tablet. These days, you can get a decent tablet for almost every budget starting at Rs 4,000 and ranging up to Rs 40,000. An average 7-incher tablet offers large enough viewing experience and will let her listen to music, watch movies and even lay her fingers on some cool apps. Talking about apps, she can check out everything from cooking to gardening, using the device. One such cool gifting option is the iPad mini, especially the white-silver hued one. It sports a 7.9-inch LED backlit display, and is fuelled by iOS 6 and A5 chip. The tablet comes with a 5 megapixel iSight camera and up to 10 hours of battery life. The iPad mini is priced at Rs 21,900. If your budget is slightly lower, then the Android Jelly Bean-enabled Nexus 7 can be grabbed for Rs 16,000. The Nexus 7 features a 7inch HD display and is powered by a quad-core processor. It brings access to the tens of thousands of Android apps and other services. If you are looking for a cheaper device than here's our list of tabletsunder Rs 10,000. Those looking for a tablet above 7-inches can click here to check out large screen tablet options under Rs 20,000.
handled with a remote control. The photo frame can be used as a digital table clock, and also comes with a built-in calendar. Sporting an 8-inch display, the photo frame can hold 250 images with built-in memory, which can be further expanded via card slots and USB port. It is available online for a price of around Rs 5000. Another option could be the Kodak EasyShare P750 7-inch digital picture frame featuring a 7-inch display. Slightly expensive at around Rs 7000, the P750 comes with 2GB of built-in memory to store ample photos, and a set of decent functions. Online vouchers If you want your mom to pick a gift of her choice, then simply gift her online shopping vouchers. She can browse through various product categories from the comfort of her couch. With the growing e-commerce trend, it is the right time to teach your mom to indulge in some online shopping. You can get online vouchers that can be redeemed at various online stores. If your mom still frets buying products online, then there are several vouchers that can easily redeemed at offline retailers. Vouchersmate is one such site that offers coupons for various retailers and eateries. The shopping site also has a section on display for specially crafted Mothers Day gifts. Popular e-shopping sites like Flipkart offer gift vouchers which your mom can redeem by buying goods of her choice. GiftcardsIndia is yet another option that offers vouchers that can be redeemed at several stores. For further online discounts, check out sites that offer coupons and deals here.
A silvery white iPad mini
Gift her online gift vouchers (Image Credit: Getty Images)
Digital photo frame Photo frames have been great gifts for years now. Instead of gifting a frame that can hold just one photo, how about gifting your mom a digital photo frame bundled with years of cherished memories. In fact, we think digital photo frames are one of the ideal gifts for family members. A very good and affordable option is the Sony DPF-D810 digital photo frame that can be conveniently
Smartphone Let this Mother's Day be a reason to introduce your mommy to the world of smartphones. If she has been using a smartphone, then it is the time to upgrade to a new, better one. If you want to gift your mom her first smartphone ever, then the Micromax Canvas HD seems like a cool option for starters. Priced at around Rs 14,000, the
Canvas HD comes with a superior set of features. Clickhere to check out our detailed review. If you are looking for an affordable option then check our lists of smartphones priced under Rs 10,000 and under Rs 15,000. The latest high-end smartphone options could be the Galaxy S3 or the iPhone 5. Teach her to take maximum advantage of the smartphone such as using the camera, listening to music, using apps like pedometer and more. Hybrid/Convertible PC If you have a complete tech savvy or professional working mom, then give her a trendy hybrid/convertible notebook. A high-end laptoptablet combo could be a cool gift if you have a heap of crisp green to spend. The Stylistic Q702, a Windows 8 Pro-based hybrid, sports an 11.6-inch LED backlit HD display and the detachable keyboard offers comfort while typing. The device has all the key ingredients required to dish out a perfect convertible tablet-laptop, and one will have to shell out a whooping Rs 69,000 to buy it. Another trendy and extremely stylish looking hybrid is the Ideapad Yoga 11 priced around Rs 61,000. It has a similar 11.6-inch HD display and a host of features that make it a solid device. Click here to read the complete review of the Ideapad Yoga 11. Those looking for an extremely high-end hybrid can also check out the Acer Aspire S7 MS2363.
Lenovo Yoga 11 That's quite a list to pamper your mom this Mother's day. Do you plan to gift your mom a tech gift?
(e) Increases competition within the market and this brings higher efficiencies (f) Helps in increasing exports; (g) Increases tax revenues
FDI GOOD OR BAD ?
What is the full form of FDI : The full form of FDI Direct Investment.
What is the meaning of FDI ? The Foreign Direct Investment means “cross border investment made by a resident in one economy in an enterprise in another economy, with the objective of establishing a lasting interest in the investee economy. FDI is also described as “investment into the business of a country by a company in another country”. Mostly the investment is into production by either buying a company in the target country or by expanding operations of an existing business in that country”. Such investments can take place for many reasons, including to take advantage of cheaper wages, special investment privileges (e.g. tax exemptions) offered by the country. Why Countries Seek FDI ? (a) Domestic capital is inadequate for purpose of economic growth; (b) Foreign capital is usually essential, at least as a temporary measure, during the period when the capital market is in the process of development; (c) Foreign capital usually brings it with other scarce productive factors like technical know how, business expertise and knowledge What are the major benefits of FDI : (a) Improves forex position of the country; (b) Employment generation and increase in production ; (c) Help in capital formation by bringing fresh capital; (d) Helps in transfer of new technologies, management skills, intellectual property
Why FDI is Opposed by Local People or Disadvantages of FDI : (a) Domestic companies fear that they may lose their ownership to overseas company (b) Small enterprises fear that they may not be able to compete with world class large companies and may ultimately be edged out of business; (c) Large giants of the world try to monopolise and take over the highly profitable sectors; (d) Such foreign companies invest more in machinery and intellectual property than in wages of the local people; (e) Government has less control over the functioning of such companies as they usually work as wholly owned subsidiary of an overseas company; What is the procedure for receiving Foreign Direct Investment in an Indian company? An Indian company may receive Foreign Direct Investment under the two routes as given under: i. Automatic Route FDI is allowed under the automatic route without prior approval either of the Government or the Reserve Bank of India in all activities/sectors as specified in the consolidated FDI Policy, issued by the Government of India from time to time. ii. Government Route FDI in activities not covered under the automatic route requires prior approval of the Government which are considered by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance. What is Scope of FDI in India? Why World is looking towards India for Foreign Direct Investments : India is the 3rd largest economy of the world in terms of purchasing power parity and thus looks attractive to the world for FDI. Even Government of India, has been trying hard to do away with the FDI caps for majority of the
sectors, but there are still critical areas like retailing and insurance where there is lot of opposition from local Indians / Indian companies. Some of the major economic sectors where India can attract investment are as follows:• Telecommunications • Apparels • Information Technology • Pharma • Auto parts • Jewelry • Chemicals In last few years, certainly foreign investments have shown upward trends but the strict FDI policies have put hurdles in the growth in this sector. India is however set to become one of the major recipients of FDI in the Asia-Pacific region because of the economic reforms for increasing foreign investment and the deregulation of this important sector. India has technical expertise and skilled managers and a growing middle class market of more than 300 million and this represents an attractive market.
(a) Foreign Investment Promotion Board (popularly known as FIPB) : The Board is responsible for expeditious clearance of FDI proposals and review of the implementation of cleared proposals. It also undertakeinvestment promotion activities and issue and review general and sectoral policy guidelines; (b) Secretariat for Industrial Assistance (SIA) : It acts as a gateway to industrial investment in India and assists the entrepreneurs and investors in setting up projects. SIA also liaison with other government bodies to ensure necessary clearances; (c) Foreign Investment Implementation Authority (FIIA) : The authority works for quick implementation of FDI approvals and resolution of operational difficultieis faced by foreign investors; (d) Investment Commission (e) Project Approval Board (f) Reserve Bank of India
Name the sectors where FDI is NOT allowed in India, both under the Automatic Route as well as under the Government Route?
What are the instruments for receiving Foreign Direct Investment in an Indian company?
FDI is prohibited under the Government Route as well as the Automatic Route in the following sectors: i) Atomic Energy ii) Lottery Business iii) Gambling and Betting iv) Business of Chit Fund v) Nidhi Company vi) Agricultural (excluding Floriculture, Horticulture, Development of seeds, Animal Husbandry, Pisciculture and cultivation of vegetables, mushrooms, etc. under controlled conditions and services related to agro and allied sectors) and Plantations activities (other than Tea Plantations) vii) Housing and Real Estate business (except development of townships, construction of residential/commercial premises, roads or bridges to the extent specified in notification viii) Trading in Transferable Development Rights (TDRs). ix) Manufacture of cigars , cheroots, cigarillos and cigarettes , of tobacco or of tobacco substitutes. Name the authorities Dealing With Foreign Investment:
Foreign investment is reckoned as FDI only if the investment is made in equity shares , fully and mandatorily convertible preference shares and fully and mandatorily convertible debentures with the pricing being decided upfront as a figure or based on the formula that is decided upfront. Any foreign investment into an instrument issued by an Indian company which: gives an option to the investor to convert or not to convert it into equity or does not involve upfront pricing of the instruments a date would be reckoned as ECB and would have to comply with the ECB guidelines. The FDI policy provides that the price/ conversion formula of convertible capital instruments should be determined upfront at the time of issue of the instruments. The price at the time of conversion should not in any case be lower than the fair value worked out, at the time of issuance of such instruments, in accordance with the extant FEMA regulations [the DCF method of valuation for the unlisted companies and valuation in terms of SEBI (ICDR) Regulations, for the listed companies].
"THE MARKET WOULD WANT ME TO DO A DDLJ" - AAMIR KHAN
At the Express Adda held in Mumbai, actor Aamir Khan spoke about Bollywood's star system, making socially relevant cinema and why he cried on TV The latest edition of Express Adda, presented by Reid & Taylor in association with IIFL and Olive Bar & Kitchen, held in Mumbai's Bandra last week, witnessed Bollywood's super successful and uber accomplished actor, producer and director Aamir Khan reveal the many sides of his personality. During a conversation with a select audience, moderated by Shekhar Gupta, Editor-inChief, The Express Group, and Priyanka Sinha Jha, Editor, Screen, Khan spoke about the fear of failure that drives him, why his eyes welled up in each episode of his television chat show, Satyamev Jayate, and said he isn't actually averse to attending award ceremonies. Excerpts: Actor, producer & activist The responsibility of a creative person is not just to entertain or engage the audience, but also to bring grace to society, build the social fabric and inculcate values in people. A creative person whether in painting, poetry, acting or dance brings all this to society. He makes people ponder over issues and makes them more sensitive towards them.
The Fear of failure I love my work very much and every time I take on an endeavour, I have to live with the fear of it going wrong or failing. But this fear keeps me alert; it keeps me going. And I don't allow it to change my bold decisions. It's a thin line. Fear can be useful but too much of it can upset the apple cart. Kiran, the influence Kiran (Rao, wife) has contributed a huge deal to me - to my personality and to my very fabric. I am much more relaxed ever since she has come into my life. But she hasn't affected my choice of films. Often she hasn't liked what I've selected, but changes her mind once she watches the film. For instance, she didn't like the script of Rang De Basanti, although she liked the film later. Disconnect with the masses For 3 Idiots, we wanted to start promotions in Mughalsarai (Uttar Pradesh) as maximum number of trains pass through it. But we got to know that the local population in many parts of India is not watching our films. They are not interested in Hindi films because those don't match their taste. They have moved on to other kinds of cinema, such as Bhojpuri cinema. Our country is vast, with many kinds of people. Media criticism When we were doing Satyamev Jayate, we expected that the media would be very supportive because we were doing what the media has been doing for years - reporting about social issues and problems.
We also expected people from the administration and political class to be wary of us. But exactly the opposite happened. My point is that we were building on what media has done. The 'marketing guru' tag I have believed that the creative team making a film should also take financial responsibility for it. It's my job to make sure people investing in my film get their money back and earn something out of it. That doesn't mean I am compromising on my choice of work. But I am not the marketing guru that I am made out to be. If you are excited about telling a story, you'll grab everyone's attention. For me, reaching out to people is marketing. What I need to do for that comes organically. Tears on camera In Satyamev Jayate, people saw me for the first time as myself. All the people who know me can say that it is normal for me to cry. And often, while crying, I wipe my tears and continue with the discussion. On television, I try to control it but there have been instances where we had to stop shooting because I just would not stop crying. Socially relevant cinema I choose a movie if I fall in love with it. If I look at it from a logical or marketing point of view, then it's a very unwise thing to do because I am making a film on a learning disability with a child as the lead actor. But once I have decided that a film has to be made, no matter what, I try to make it economically viable. When people talk about the film, it sells tickets and becomes commercial. Bollywood's dynamics Film industries across the world are star-driven because it's a business of such heavy investment. The reality is that the market moves towards safer options. The market would want me to do a Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge but every time I do a Taare Zameen Par or Lagaan, the market looks at me with suspicion. I am a star, but even I've had to fight the suspicion about almost every film I've done.
Effort to change the system During the fight between producers, distributors and exhibitors, I didn't agree with their system that the first week would fetch the makers 52 per cent, and then 45 per cent and 30 per cent in the subsequent weeks. If a small film releases, the word that it is good goes out only by the second week, by when the profit percentage is lower. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak started to make money in its fourth week and we were making only 25 per cent. This system is against the grain of nurturing new talent. Instead of five big stars, we should have 20. We have to encourage young talent. There are two changes in the industry I would want to see. The profit-sharing system on a week-to-week basis should be done away with. Secondly, we need to value writers and pay them more. On joining politics I would never want to endorse a political party, certainly not on a professional level. I would not take money and endorse a political party. If at all I do endorse one, it would be because I genuinely believe that a particular party is going to make a big difference and contribute to our society. Formal education not a must Most of my education has been informal. I don't have a graduate degree. Education is very important but not necessarily in the formal sense of the word. However, gathering knowledge and experience, and getting that understanding is very important. The business of Awards I may not have attended the big televised awards ceremonies in the last 18-20 years, but I have attended and accepted other awards. For instance, I accepted an award from the Dinanath Mangeshkar Foundation and also the Gollapudi Srinivas Award in Chennai. A young man, Gollapudi Srinivas, was making his first film and died on the ninth day of the shoot. His family initiated this award to encourage first-time directors. I won it for Taare Zameen Par and K Balachander was the chief guest. I felt very special on that day. I went to the Oscars because I value the Academy Awards. My interest was not to be told by the Academy that I made a great film - that is something my audience has already told me by then. Once a film gets nominated for an Oscar, an entirely new audience gets to see it.
Rumors are rife that AURANGZEB is the present-day version of Yash Chopra's immensely likable TRISHUL. With modifications of course, to suit the presentday sensibilities. Much earlier, when YRF unveiled the promo of the film, the comparisons with Chandra Barot's DON had gathered momentum. So what's the truth? Well, AURANGZEB does bring back memories of TRISHUL as well as DON, but the premise, setting and execution are poles apart. AURANGZEB, a crime drama, focuses on the land mafia and the enmity between two authoritative factions: Police and mafia. The film marks the big screen debut of Atul Sabharwal, who directed a crime show [POWDER] for Yash Raj's television unit. The director knows the technicalities right, but he falters -- and falters big time -- in narrating a gripping story in a concise format. Resultantly, the film tests the patience of the spectator in the second hour and the impact of several brilliant moments gets washed away in the process. A family of policemen... A family of gangsters... Under the guise of a respected citizen, Yashwardhan [Jackie Shroff], runs a parallel world, a world where he is the Emperor. To bring down a criminal, the law will have to now think like a criminal! When Vishal [Arjun Kapoor] is planted in Yashwardhan's world in place of Ajay [Arjun Kapoor], the lawmakers [Rishi Kapoor and Prithviraj] roll the dice and a sequence of events unravel something much more than what Vishal bargained for, as he finds himself in a predicament that puts him to test!
proceeds. Two, the drama seems never-ending and with too many characters and too many things happening in the movie, what comes across is a hodgepodge. Even the culmination fails to give you a high. Adding to the woes is its lethargic pacing! To give the credit where it's due, Atul handles the dramatic moments adroitly, but the effort to cram too many characters and episodes in the screenplay hits the second hour of the film hard. Dialogue, so crucial in a film that has drama as its core selling point, is punch-packed at times, but commonplace otherwise. There's no scope for music here and the absence of a popular score too is a deterrent. The film is well shot, with the DoP [N. Karthik Ganesh] filming the outdoors with flourish. Rishi Kapoor is the lifeline of the enterprise. He charms his way into the spectator's minds with a spectacular performance. It's a delight to watch Jackie Shroff and Amrita Singh, a popular pair of the 1980s, after a hiatus in dominant parts. Jackie excels in his role, although he is sidelined subsequently. Amrita is super in a role that demands a scheming and manipulating woman. Arjun Kapoor, who impressed critics and moviegoers alike in his debut film, gets to portray dual roles. The wild child is reminiscent of the part he portrayed in ISHAQZAADE, but the second role is sober and subdued. The youngster attempts to balance the dissimilar parts deftly, but falters in emotional moments. Newcomer Sasheh Agha gets to depict several bold scenes in her debut film and the newcomer seems quite comfortable and confident doing those.
AURANGZEB catches your eye initially. There are numerous characters in this cat and mouse saga and the storytelling, although slow-paced, keeps the spectator glued to the proceedings. Atul, who has also penned the screenplay, focuses on drama more than action/violence and the back story of the prominent characters as well as the menacing games they indulge in results in an invigorating first hour. Atul makes sure he packages the narrative well with moments that, although predictable at times, stay with you.
Prithviraj, who debuted on the Hindi screen with AIYYAA, gets a meatier part this time, but the challenge lies in convincing the spectator that he looks his part of a North Indian. It's evident that the talented actor has polished his diction and speaks his lines effortlessly. Otherwise too, his performance is effectual. Deepti Naval is wasted. Ditto for Anupam Kher. Tanvi Azmi is efficient. Swara Bhaskar is limited to a few scenes. Sikander Berry doesn't get much scope.
Like most Hindi movies, AURANGZEB suffers from the curse of the second hour syndrome, for the film languishes and fumbles soon after the intermission. There are too many issues, frankly. First and foremost, the drama loses sheen as it
On the whole, AURANGZEB has a great premise, but great plots don't, generally, translate into great films. This one's way too lengthy and mediocre [second hour] to leave any kind of an impression whatsoever. Disappointing!
Taurus - Start something big, make something happen or change for the better this week , or you're at the mercy of the Fates. There are always circumstances beyond our control. Our responses and our actions are our own doing. LLC 24,25,26 do as Job finally did "be still and know that I am with you".
Scorpio - Sometimes, people need to know what's going on with you. Let someone be gracious. You may find common ground or form a friendship over shared experience. Your actions, words and even sentiments are made public through June. Focus attention on projects and accomplishments. HC 24 ,25,26.
Gemini - Start clearing out and tying up loose ends. You are entering the final phase of some chapter of life. Think back to what you committed your energy to 2 to 2 Ă‚Â˝ years ago. No blame or shame if you haven't done your best. Through June you have the chance to leave a lasting impression before you move to the next level.
Sagittarius - Policies someone else set or decisions made without you affect you personally now. Let your response be better than their reaction. A period of adjustment begins and lasts through June. Adaptation is what survival is all about. Making the best of any situation is what success is all about.
Cancer - Use the extra energy or enthusiasm to do something a little better than usual. Keep communications friendly and open. You don't have to blab all to everyone, but this isn't the time for secrets either. A little help from our friends or shared laughter forges lasting relationships. Be thankful. Be humbled. Leo - HC 17 ,18,19 gives you energy, not necessarily common sense. Big change brings out the best or worse in people. Sometimes, we overindulge to distract or try to fill a void. Be guided by your heart and head. If you've got a goal that doesn't match your heartfelt desires, now's the time to change direction. Virgo - Knee-jerk reactions or sweeping reforms affect you. Don't allow yourself to be swept away in a tidal wave of emotion. Seize opportunity that others overlook. A kind word or a thoughtful gesture goes far. HC 20,21,22 burn the midnight oil and get twice as much accomplished than usual. Libra - Rule breakers are never appreciated by the rule makers. Rule followers can be even more annoyed by someone who doesn't color inside the lines. The trick is to knowing the rules should serve us, the community or society at large. HC 22,23,24 helps you take a broader, long term view of things. At some time we all have been a breaker, maker or follower .
Capricorn - Forget everything you think you have to do to make sure you are eating right and getting enough rest. A period of ease and things falling into place starts this week. After the storm when the rainbow appears, it's natural to take time to admire its beauty. Make time to appreciate what is right in front of you. Aquarius - LLC 17 ,18,19 don't take anything personally. People can be rude or even cruel without meaning to be. And people lie for all kinds of reasons. Still, double check every statement, receipt and bit of information. Be gracious while insisting on the correction. People start expecting more from you. Be ready. Pisces - The events of or what was set up in May and September 2012 are played out one more time. Let go of what you can't hold or have outgrown. LLC 20,21,22 eat right, get enough rest and be ready for tomorrow. See the new society you can actively participate. No matter the stimulus, think about the response. Aries - Finalize your goals by committing them on paper. Put the finishing touches by having a 2 year plan detailed. Yes, there will be changes and adjustments made, but without one you won't go as far or as fast. LLC 22 ,23,24 eat right and get enough rest. No one can think straight when our reserves are depleted.
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