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Book Review : License To Live by Priya Kumar

This is not just a book review.

The first book that I read of Priya Kumar is “I Am Another You”. That was a book that I bought when I was not a book reader, had no knowledge about books, didn’t ask anyone for any suggestions on which book to buy. I just went to the store, looked around and bought it. Fate, may be. It is a Life changing book for me. I read the book at the time when I really needed it. Since then, I have great respect for Priya Kumar and I owe her something definitely. Today, I completed reading “License To Live”, an inspirational thriller by Priya Kumar. In-spite of me not really in a needy position to read an inspirational book, I think it helped me a lot in discovering myself.

The story telling art of Priya Kumar is just awesome. With the story that she is narrating, it makes you want to look into yourself, understand yourself. And as the story moves forward you know more and more about yourself. It just doesn’t stop. While the author is on a learning mission, you learn with her. The biggest reason I recommend you to read this book is to discover yourself in a way you would have never imagined.

The final learning that I would take away from the book is very simple, let go the dark past, hold onto the past you would want to cherish, your future is in your hands and no one else, take responsibility of the present and stop the blame game. On reading this you would say that this is what most inspirational books say, this is what we all already know, but you really don’t understand the deeper meaning of the whole learning until you actually complete the mission. If you really wish to understand the deeper meaning, discover the real you, start fresh, it is a book you should not miss. In-spite of me giving the gist of the book out here, it will not at all lessen the enjoyment and learning factor of the book.

P.S.: I had a smile on my face throughout while writing this post.

Rating: 5/5

Buy it here: HomeShop18

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Apple, after iPhone 5

The much anticipated, the much hyped iPhone 5 is here, and it indeed is better than the iPhone 4S. But, did it meet the expectations? Is it good enough for Apple itself to improve on it’s market share? Is it good enough to beat the increasingly popular Android and not to forget the OS that’s coming back to life from the dead with an all new approach, Windows?

This post is on the basis of an assumption that the new iPhone 5 turns out to be exactly as explained, even the ear buds are awesome, no unexpected flaws like the one we found in iPhone 4, remember? Just if there is a flaw, especially something major, it could be really bad news for Apple. This is the last thing Apple would want now.

The new iPhone 5 comes as an upgrade from the iPhone 4S, with a larger display, a faster processor, a thinner and lighter build, an upgraded OS, LTE support & the new earbuds. As far as the lightening connector is concerned, not sure if it’s an upgrade, it’s more of a replacement of the earlier connector. Everything mentioned above, except for the LTE support, the new earbuds and the new connector was an inevitable upgrade. LTE support and the new earbuds were actually long pending upgrades. They were amongst the list of expectations since quite some time, just like NFC Support yet is.

Let’s come to what we expected and is missing in iPhone 5. Well, a further larger display may be 4.5 inches or so, NFC Support definitely, micro-USB support, a 12MP Camera upgrade, and more openness, more rights given to the user over the handset, and not to forget the wireless charging that Nokia’s come up with in it’s new Lumia 920. Looking at the expected and missing features, the list is big enough.

Considering it’s opponents, HTC, Samsung, Sony for Android OS and Nokia, Samsung, for Windows Phone 8, all of them have a flagship model that is a better and a cheaper handset, atleast specification wise than the iPhone 5. With the iPhone 5, Apple no more seems like a company that’s willing to try something new, revolutionize the market. The expectation for iPhone 5  was a handset that could beat the lot, make people using Android and Windows Phone come to Apple, take away their market share. That’s really not going to happen. It has nothing new to offer to the Android User Base. Windows is for those willing to try something new and different. Apple iPhone 5 is for only Apple loyalists. It doesn’t seem likely to appeal to others. As far as market share is concerned it would only lead to the downfall of Apple, and the rise of Android and Windows Phones.

List of “Must Have” Android Apps! (Part 3)

The header “Must Have” Apps should be changed to “Awesome Apps” or something like that. But hey, if they are awesome, they are “Must Have” Apps.  So after quite sometime I have a few more Apps to add to the “Must Have” list.

  • Go Launcher EX

Most Android users are aware that there is no better home screen/launcher app better than HTC Sense. Me being a HTC Desire S user, recommend you to try this Launcher. It is simple to use, Very light weight and feature rich. It has some pre-loaded transition effects (3D) for every action that you do, and yes, in-spite of all these effects it manages to use your battery power to the minimal. Loads of customization’s possible, loads of themes available and most of them for Free. It supports widgets for every app I have come across, only some in-built HTC Sense widgets didn’t work.

Download Here –> Go Launcher EX

     

  • PlayerPro Music Player

I would say there is a thin line between the two Music Players, the one mentioned earlier, “PowerAmp” and this one “PlayerPro”. PowerAmp comes with inbuilt Equalizer, while here we have to add a free DSP Plug-in to it. But I somehow feel its a little more powerful than the in-built one of PowerAmp. Also, PlayerPro does a better job when it comes to searching for Album Art and lyrics of a song. The Lock Screen widget of the player is also a little better as it supports Swipe input to change tracks. Try the 7-Day Trial and then buy it.

Download Here –> PlayerPro Music Player Trial

     

  • Astrid Task/Todo List

I have done a lot of trials on many  Todo Apps, some paid one’s too. But this is the best one so far. It is simple, light weight and effective. inspite of being so simple, it yet looks elegant. Feature wise, it has almost everything you want. syncs with Astrid.com, Producteev.com, and Gtasks too. The way this App gives reminders is something very different and what I love. It makes completing your tasks, even creating them fun. Reminders are given by asking you “Are You Free? You have so and so task lined up for you”. It brings a smile on your face. Supports repetitive tasks, creating Lists with just a few clicks. It supports plug-ins to enhance a few features. All of it is Free, except for some plug-ins.

Download Here –> Astrid Task/Todo List

     

  • Camera ZOOM FX

This is a Camera replacement and a photo enhancer all in one. It is a Must Have in-spite of it being a paid one because it’s worth every penny. Gives you the ability to add some photo effects to your picture while clicking itself. Let’s you have control over your Autofocus(if your phone has the ability to). Add’s features like Time Lapse(similar to self timer), Stable Shot(which clicks only when it can get a stable shot), Night Mode, Burst Mode, control over your Flash. Voice based shoot is one feature I loved. Say Click or shoot to click a picture. Nice. Isn’t it? You can add more hundreds of frames and effects to your full size pics, i.e. in full camera resolution. All of these composites, props, frames can be downloaded as plug-ins for Free. It is a Camera Replacement and a Must Have.

Download Here –> Camera ZOOM FX

     

  • AppBrain App Market

I would recommend this app only for the recommendation this app gives. It syncs with your phone, saves your list of installed apps and based on your present list, recommends you to new apps to download. Works well and I have found some decent apps from with the help of AppBrain. you can manage your apps from this one app itself, i.e. send them to SD Card, Uninstalling them, Update them all at once. You can also browse through various apps (some that are not available on Google Android Market) with well managed categories. It’s Free.

Download Here –>  AppBrain App Market

     

  • Doodle Grub – Twisted Snake

This is a game. And if you loved the age old Snake that started with Nokia’s, you are bound to fall in love with this game. You control the snake using the accelerometer of your phone, eat up the apples and grow, let your head be away from those horny creatures and use them to cut your tail. Make high scores and share them on Twitter/Facebook. Try and climb up the leaderboard. Ok. Enough said. Try this game and see for yourself.

Download Here –> Doodle Grub – Twisted Snake

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