Why Vote and how should we inspire our youth to vote?

I have been very vocal about Voting Rights and India’s General Elections in 2014 – whether or not to vote is a choice and there is no way you should force voters to vote. But many do not vote because they do not feel so, and reasons could vary from long queues at polling booths to non-trustworthy candidate to a missing Election Card. I have not voted for anyone till date, and my reasons are the last two.

However, I would still go on and rant about bad roads and unhygienic places, to lack of tickets in a train to shady business going around. Many I spoke to would come back to me and say, well “when you never put your vote, you do not have rights to crib about things“. My response to them has been – “you did vote, that didn’t change much, right”?

Personally, it is important to me to have a very strong leader to look up to. In today’s world, we hardly are able to see one and if we see them, worry if the power would change them. The point is, we would want a leader who would run the constituency with as much honesty as possible.

“When you never put your vote, you do not have rights to crib about things”. My response to them has been – “You did vote, that didn’t change much, right”?

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How can you make copying from your blog difficult?

Well, this was one of the questions posted on the IndiBlogger forum, and something that I paid keen interested to. IndiBlogger forum was slowly moving away from the Sourav Pandey plagiarism case when this thread appeared.

It is a well-known fact that many a times, you find your content has been ripped off by plagiarist and claimed to be theirs. I faced that with my Tata Nano April Fool scoop a couple of years ago. I hunted down the sites using Google Search and Google Image Search, sent out emails / comments to Admins of the site to get my due credit. Some obliged, some did not.

Among the ones who did not were what we now call them Feed Aggregators. These websites chew your feed and put them on their site. The loss is the Ad revenues they get from showing off adverts and Google punishment on us for copying content.
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Stop Plagiarism in every form

This poem is dedicated to everyone of the IndiBloggers and those whose blog posts / art works have been copied because of someone who was exposed recently on Indiblogger Blog.

Let the emotions flow,
After hitting the heafty blow,
A theif who ruts out anger,
And now aware of the Danger,
Everyone is up in arms,
For he has lost his charm,
Go in deep and read the shit,
Let us kick his goddamn bullshit!!

All form of Plagiarism is a crime. I have been personally subjected to it and have tried my best to protect my interests. It is, the same for every blogger/artist in any form of life. IndiBlogger has taken a step to expose one such blogger and all that we expected was an apology to all of his fans and readers and return of the prize money.

After threatening for a legal action and cooking up ‘fictional’ stories of an unknown, deleted blog not searchable via Google on the IndiBlogger Blog, sculpting on his Facebook page blog and group page about fictional allegations best described only by him and a lot of flaming and usage of foul language from his fake ids on the IndiBlogger forum. I think its time that we stand united against Plagiarism of every kind, and by ANYONE.

Whats Fashion today? Brand or Quality

I never had any thing that I should be dressed up to the occasion. For me it was always that I should stand out in my own way by not displaying, but with my attitude. But when it comes to quality dressing, I prefer brands. For me, Fashion isn’t everything, but quality is. There are many instances where people have walked up to me and said, this is not going good on you or is this your best, because you look so bad.

People have affections towards a few brands and they mostly end up buying same brands. Hardly they show willingness. For some, its the brand name, for some its the quality. But there is definitely a different set of people who buy things just based on the fashion. And these days, people also tend to buy things online. As such there are so many online shops, I came across one that has a unique business model. (Thanks to IndiBlogger’s contest.)

brandmile
brandmile

brandmile is a members only exclusive private shopping club in India. With advantages of Insider prices on international brands, you can buy things up to 70% off retail prices, thats cheap! The membership is free but by invitation only. To get a free invitation you can click on the link below. It took me half a minute to subscribe to their membership.  The firm also organizes exclusive sales events for its members.

What makes this site special is that they offer Rs. 1100 every time your friends join and shop on the site. What it means is that you get more money to spend and even more value for the time you spend shopping.

Get a free invitation to brandmile for more fashion tips and online, member only shopping here.

Website Review

The product list is amazing and the website is very user friendly. It is clutter free and shopping wont certainly be a messy affair. The usage of graphics looks so sophisticated that I should say that I like its design the most. Truly gives it a-cult-above feeling, not like the eBay and other mass shopping site. Dressed in black and gold, the design itself speaks luxury. I felt with this site getting more popular, we will see more luxury brands coming up.

The Check out function too is very smooth where they also check whether your pin code with their logistics parters for delivery, while you are busy checking out. You can either pay on delivery or by online payment with your Credit / Debit Card and Net Banking account. The payment is processed with CCAvenues, a very trusted and India’s leading checkout processing company so its very secure to transact.

This article is written as a nomination entry to brandmile “bad fashion days” contest and has been selected for the Rs. 500 gift Voucher at Brandmile. Thanks to IndiBlogger and Brandmile. 🙂 though I would have liked it more to have won the 16GB iPad that went to the winner.

IndiBlogger Mumbai Meet

The IndiBlogger meet is finally happening in Mumbai. Its been ages since I had proposed this meet to Renie but due to some reasons it never saw the light of the day. But now we have!

The IndiBlogger meet is for bloggers who are part of IndiBlogger, or otherwise to come together and collaborate, find new information, socialize and much more. Its the event where you get to meet the team behind IndiBlogger and your other fellow bloggers from Mumbai whom you might not meet regularly.

Sunday August 15, 2010 – 2:00 PM, Mumbai

To register for this event, please sign up here.