Thursday, 23 November 2017

Online shopping

By @Rishi_Babbar | 23 November 2017 

There is no doubt that newer technologies are transforming the way we buy and sell things nowadays. Although this is a growing trend, especially in developing nations where only a few people have access to online shopping.

There is still a large number of people in such countries which don’t trust the internet banking and have doubts regarding the same. But those are the mostly the aged ones who are not acquainted with technology. The younger population is quite used to buying products online; they like it rather. In a country like India, web players namely Flipkart, PaytmMall, Snapdeal, Ebay, amazon, etc. are making a great impact on the consumers with all their advertisements and discounts over the mobile applications.

In my opinions, there are some products which can easily be bought over the internet, while sitting at home but, at the same time there are certain things which cannot be or should not be. Say items like books, optical discs, stationery or any such item may be bought online as they are cheap and the probability of defect is the least. We can also book rail, air, movie tickets and recharge our mobiles, bills and DTH online, that’s easy. Then things like furniture, utensils, electronic gadgets and appliances, etc. must be bought by physically visiting the shop as they are costlier and one can inspect them before purchasing; I meant the package seal because generally shopkeepers won’t allow the sealed pack to be opened before one has paid for it. I have noticed some cardboard boxes of electronic items that were tampered with from the bottom side. In case of malls we can see the product in display and feel it before purchase, which is more convenient. There is this thing happened with me where I ordered online a wireless charging pad for my Windows Phone and it stopped working after 3 days; then I complained to them but they are not responding (Online shopping portal name hidden). Same is the case with raw fruits and vegetables, grains and milk, etc. May be in the future, things on the internet may become very transparent and smooth and we may be able to get almost everything online. But at the same time interaction with the shopkeeper is essential too. It gives a sense of friendliness with the seller. Internet does not allow us to physically touch the product which we are going to buy but a physical shop does. Some traditional methods cannot be replaced.

Therefore, like two sides of the coin we may sometimes opt for online shopping and if the mood persists, go to the physical shop. Malls have rather become an interesting place to hang out with friends and family. You see the charm of these titanic air-conditioned shopping centres cannot be replaced with a web browser or a mobile application and at same time a busy office goer can buy products while she or he is commuting.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Food-food everywhere…

By @Rishi_Babbar | 22 November 2017    

(Before you read this text let me tell you my definition of "FOOD" : Some selected plants and herbs are the only food for those among us who want to be called a human being. Anything that can think, walk and has intelligence is not food for us. If those creatures were food, they would come to the butcher by their own will and request him to take their life. It is sinful to forcefully shed blood for our stomach, therefore I support "Vegetarianism". #GoVegan)

In today’s busy life, when people are so engrossed in the so-called ‘competition’ of earning material wealth, that they have forgotten the most important part of their lives and for which they are earning ‘money.’ Having a good nutritious meal has become a big question mark on the face of the daily 
office goers.

Many people have insufficient time to cook food at home or by themselves, so they resort to buying readymade food from the retailers and or restaurants. Although few restaurants may be preparing recipes with utmost care and cleanliness, but not all. It is a well-known fact that most packaged food or fast food as we call it nowadays, is of less nutritious value and can be harmful for health in the long run. Many food outlets use the microwave ovens to re-heat the food just before the delivery is made to the customer. This again damages the food’s nutrient quotient because it is altered at the molecular level. All the tasty delights like pizzas, burgers, noodles, etc. have high content of refined flour which gets stuck in the intestine and becomes the cause of constipation and other horrific diseases that follow this event of blocking intestinal cilia. One more thing to be noticed is that many people don’t chew the food properly and just swallow it because they are in a ‘hurry’. This further deteriorates their digestion process. Not only this, the readymade food costs more than the home cooked one over a period of time as there are many factors involved like packaging and delivery, etc.

On the other hand food prepared at home is better than the readymade one in a variety of ways. Firstly we take utmost care in cleaning the raw food, grams, pulses, rice, etc. Then with all our attention we make the recipe a properly balanced one, in terms of amount of salt, spices, fat and wheat flour used; which is not always the case with the packaged food. They are too salty, spicy, roasted you see. They are meant to attract more customers with their gloss and yumminess. Secondly preparing meal at home becomes interesting irrespective of the company of our family members or being home alone. One can relish and enjoy cooking her or his favourite recipe as required. And have it fresh, hot and in a balanced manner. Also the food prepared at home is cost efficient and feasible, when compared to the packaged one. We have the freedom to prepare whatever we feel and how much we want.

So summing it up, we have seen that the home cooked food is far superior that the readymade fast food and is healthier, neat, clean and cheap. But we may have the packaged food only in some rare case, once in a while; but not always. We must restrict it to a certain limit only because prevention is better than cure.


Monday, 13 November 2017

The New Language…

By @Rishi_Babbar | 13 November 2017  

Filling up one’s natural hard disk with anything new is not an easy task, especially when a person is required to retain the gained information for longer time. Some people learn via books, some through a teacher and others go online to view videos and recorded sessions or simulated environments.

For learning a new language for instance, one may have to perform multiple things. Let us now examine the best methods to learn a new language. Learning a new language can be difficult or easy depending upon the learning methodology adopted by the eager student. She/he should put to use the new language in her/his mind in everyday life. After going through the basic language skills like learning the alphabets, words and grammar of it the student must apply using the words in real life. He must try to inculcate the words learnt in her/his daily dealings.

At no point of time can there be only one best way to learn a thing so varied like a new language. An avid student of the language will have to amalgamate her/his newly learnt skills in day-to-day life. For example, trying to speak the vegetable names, fruits and other eatables; body parts, names for the things of daily use like clothing, vehicle parts, animals, seasons, etc. to name a few.

Also, one needs people surrounding the learner to speak the same language the student is learning, because if the learner doesn’t interact with others, she/he may not be able to “think” in that language. And it is a necessary part of the process of learning a new language; to “think” in the new language.

Lastly, I conclude by saying that to learn a new language it is good to have a language teacher and try to read lot of books. There are no shortcuts for anything that must be obtained through hard work. In order to be perfect, learner has to fulfil the four aspects of a language, i.e., write, speak, read and listen. But if the learner doesn’t imbibe the features of the newly learnt language in his daily life, she/he may not be able to use the language fluently, efficiently and without hesitation.