Minister Of State for Shipping cuts the first steel plate for 1200 pax passenger vessels in CSL

Shri Pon Radhakrishnan, Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways cut the first steel plate of Ship No. 23 and Shri N K Premachandran, Honourable Member of Parliament cut the first steel plate of Ship No. 24, the two 1200 Passenger cum 1000 Tonne Cargo Ships contracted to be built for the Andaman & Nicobar Administration.

The Plate cutting ceremony was held on 13 June 2017 at 0900 hrs.

The plate cutting ceremony is the start of physical construction process of ships. 

These vessels are designed and built as passenger vessels with electric propulsion system suitable for carrying 1200 passengers and 1000 T cargo for all weather operation on the main land to A&N Island route in India and to be designed for operation as Class III special trade passenger ship engaged on international voyage.  These vessels are provided with ‘Safe Return to Port’ – SRtP notation, which provided redundancy for the vessel to reach the nearest designated port, even in case of an exigency.

The basic design of these vessels are by a Kochi based ship design firm M/s SEDS who have teamed up with reputed designers ‘Knud E Hansen’of Denmark.  The vessels have been model tested in MARIN, Netherlands. 

CSL is currently building twopassenger cum cargo ships for the island territory, with 500 passengers and 150 Tonne cargo capacity,which are progressing satisfactorily. 

ShriMadhu S Nair, C&MD CSL, in his welcome speech thanked the Ministry for the role it played in arriving at a contract for building these vessels by including this under Make in India Scheme. 

ShriPonRadhakrishnan in his speech reiterated the commitment of the Ministry of Shipping towards the major expansion programmes undertaken in CSL.

The Minister also had an interaction with the trade unions and associations of CSL.  During the interaction, the unions voiced their concerns against the IPO proposal of CSL citing that it is the first step towards privatization of the yard.  The unions also brought out their concerns regarding lack of sufficient orders for the shipyard.  The Honourable Minister categorically assured the unions during the discussion as also during the speech that CSL will not be privatized.  The ensuring IPO is in line with the policy of the Government of India and also to raise capital for the expansion plans of CSL.

Shri N K Premachandran, Honourable M.P., representing the Shipyard Employees Union,  also spoke on the occasion wherein he appreciated the efforts of the Central Government in awarding the contract to build first of its kind passenger ships to CSL.

Directors, senior officers, supervisors and workmen of CSL participated.Representatives from the A&N Administration, Shipping Corporation of India, Indian Register of Shipping, Lloyds Register, the classification societies and design partners attended the function.

Advocate N Satheesh, Shipyard Employees Federation, Mr John Varghese, Shipyard Employees Organisation, Shri Rajeev T S, Shipyard Employees Sangh, Shri Johnson V C, Shipyard Supervisory Staff Association and Shri Pradeep of Shipyard Officers Association also attended.

During the last financial year, CSL has completed construction of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels built for the Indian Coast Guard – the last one of the series, the 20th vessel was delivered in December, three months ahead of schedule. CSL has also delivered the Deck Cargo/Jacket Launch Barge to M/s National Petroleum Construction Company, Abu Dhabi during the present fiscal.  

Apart from the construction of the prestigious Indigenous Aircraft Carrier for the Indian Navy, CSL is also currently building a Technology Demonstration vessel for the Government of India.

Celebrating the Blood Donors #SharingLife

Celebrating the Blood Donors #SharingLife

Donating blood is not only a noble act but also a necessary one. Blood that matches the receiver’s blood group and which is safe to be used is difficult to find easily in hours of emergency. To promote this noble cause we celebrate 14th June as World Blood Donors Day.

On this day we express our gratitude towards the individuals who donate their blood with the hope of saving a precious life. To further support this cause a new app, named 
Life is also available on the Google Play Store. This app helps you locate donors and recipients in nearby places easily in hours of need. 

Donating blood does not only let you save a life, but also lets you share your life with someone in need. It is an act of passing on something precious to someone who needs it more. So, let us all pledge to donate towards saving precious lives, and contribute towards making the world a better place.


Book Review - Principles Of Success Made Easy

Title - Principles Of Success Made Easy
Author - Roopleen
Genre - Self Help
Publisher -Macmillan Publishers India Ltd
ISBN - 978-0230-322691

A simple but an effective book which will lead you to the path of success. It does not tell you anything different. It all talks about how you can effectively project yourself and lead yourself towards the path of success.

There are so many simple thins which we take it for granted which in turn effects us in more than one way or the other. When these things are controlled, the end result is brilliant.

Author, who is an ophthalmologist has used relevant examples from the real people including Amitabh Bachchan, J K Rowling, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Hawking apart from he sayings by some of the world's renowned leaders.

Points were emphasised through bullets which also makes it an interesting read and gives you a feel that you are going through some management book. The book has 14 chapters with each discussing about different characteristics including Confidence, Visualisation, Hard Work, Perseverance, Discipline, Handling the stress etc., and it is clearly recommended even by the author to read one chapter a time to grasp the contents in full. When you read them at all one stretch, it becomes a chaos. So, enjoy the book. Read them one chapter at a time. Take some time to try implementing it before going to the next chapter to see it works.

Do not compromise on few but at the same time be confident ensuring that you are neither under confident nor over confident. Be yourself. Read. Grasp. Implement. 

The book is available on Amazon.

Book Review - Karma : World's First Instaread

Title - Karma
Author - Kevin Missal
Genre - Horror(Fiction)
Publisher - Kalamos Literary Services
ISBN - 978-9384315627

I was amazed when I got this book. It was surely the World's first Insta Read. A short yet very crisp story that would keep you guessing till the end. When I finished reading it, I was still unsure - just like how it would end in a Hollywood Movie keeping the viewers guessing as to who the real culprit is/was.

Sharman Malik was happily married to Urvi but their life gets shattered by 3 of their neighbours which surprisingly Sharman was not aware of. His wife gets brutally raped and murdered only to return back after 8 years to avenge her death.

What did she do? How did she avenge her death is the story. Beautifully written with perfect synchronisation of events which gave a thrilling read despite the fact that it was a real short story. Read it to find out who the culprit was....

The book is available on Amazon.

PR - Coffee Culture gets a bumper opening in the Pink City

Food lovers of the pink city get a tinge of black and blue.  Coffee Culture opened its gates in the royal city of Rajasthan with a bang. A huge crowd awaited the opening of the outlet. The latest addition in Malaviya Nagar, Jaipur was inaugurated by Health Minister Mr. Kalicharan Saraf followed by opening for it’s first 300 customers with special offers. The event continued till evening with guests being entertained by LIVE BAND & DJ performing its mixes and other fun filled activities carried out by the anchor.

Coffee Culture connects with local culture wherever it opens – here too they have lived upto the expectation by giving the city of palace – a quirky palace elements. The Restaufe is imperially designed keeping in mind the royal heritage of the city. The look and feel has a quintessence of the Jaipur culture. It is designed on the theme of ‘Industrial palace’ with a large lounge which gives a magnificent feel as one enters. The ambience and the team of the Restaufe treats one with royalty. Coffee Culture Jaipur seats 125 with different levels of space – café area, mezzanine seating to disconnect & have coffees and conversations at peace - & a party hall of upto 50 pax capacity for multipurpose use like Kitty Parties, Birthday Parties, Get Togethers, Business Meetings, Etc. Its 4000 sqft double height space with exposed bricks & palatial feel with plush loungers. There is a wide variety of delicacies where one can binge on without guilt.

Here as they say unculture yourself, let yourself dive into this royal culture and binge on some Hot Favourite - Maggi Sizzler or Paneer Bhurji Thin Crust Pizza or Their Legendary Mexican Burgers and immerse yourself in sinful chocolate shakes or their yummy Nuttela Crisp Rolls. Get ready to experience their wide-ranging menu which is a mix of Mexican, Italian and American food with Local Twist and for coffee lovers there is a wide range of coffee varieties. A must try is Go Go Go Shots!!!

“Every Coffee Culture comes with a story & The idea is to come up with something which has a local connect with the city. Jaipur being “city of palace”,  we decided to follow the Palatial theme. Hence we came up with this fusion idea of an industrial palace to create a connect with our target audience. At Coffee Culture Jaipur one can do work and play both. From having formal meetings to just hanging out with friends and family it’s apt for every occasion.” said Gaurave Naarang, Founder Coffee Culture.

About Coffee Culture
“Coffee Culture" is the brain child of Director Mr Gaurave Naarang & he has nurtured the brand with his passion and vision. An idea of developing a Coffee brand with a unique café experience came in year 2003. It took almost a year of work to come up with his first outlet of "Coffee Culture" in Surat and it was warmly welcomed by the city. Coffee Culture as we call it is a ristorante lounge. It is more of a lifestyle & community centre. Coffee Culture is known for its lounge setup with huge offering of Delectable/Fusion Cuisines. From hot coffees to sizzling food, its lively ambience is the most loved place for youth in daytime and families during evenings.  None of the outlets are similar to each other apart from branding. Coffee Culture cafes are community cafes always connect the look & feel of the store with local attributes or culture of the place. Like Vadodara being an art city it is an art gallery café wherein artists of any sorts can display their stuff on sales.  In the city of Palaces – Jaipur, there is an ambiance of Palace with Industrial feel. The vision of Coffee Culture is to have 100+ outlets by the end of year 2020 with a strong national presence. It has won the “Emerging Café Chain of the year Award 2017.”
The main motto of the brand is to give more then expected to its customers.

About Gaurave Naarang
Gaurave Naarang is a multifaceted entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages industry and a 13 years of experience of owned Café Chain – Coffee Culture, RestaurantConsultant[Office1]      to around 25 plus startups & Owned Luxury Catering Business by the name of Kitchen Kulture.  Gaurave Naarang is an expert Restaurant Startup Consultant. Right from Ideation to Adultery whatever it takes to start a great restaurant we do it! Unlike other consultants we don’t give just Manpower Consultancy Or Kitchen Consultancy – We believe in covering all the verticals of a startup and ensuring great conceptual restaurants based on varied formats. We ensure deepest details in identifying the right location, understanding the target audience, creating distinctive concepts, creating the right financial projections as per the concept & clients budget, monitoring & advice on the brand design strategy & campaigns, monitoring & advising on the interior design concepts, helping in creating right kitchen & workflow as per the cuisine & chefs requisition, hiring right chef, help in hiring the team, menu creation, food trials, menu engineering & then menu finalization, Team Training, Mock Runs, Grand Launch, Mentoring the Restaurant Owner & The Team to finally operate the restaurant to its highest standards.
They have a solution to all your needs to enter into this lucrative industry and doing a complete set up. In a nutshell, their program includes all consulting time from concept to launch.

Creating Awesome Restaurants, From Pin to Piano, they take up Restaurant Set Ups from the idea to the plate. Some of the Restaurants set up are:
Coffee Culture The Ristorante Lounge - (Own Cafe Lounge Chain)
Global Local - Pure Veg Progressive Cuisine Restaurant
World Platter - Pure Veg World Cuisine Restaurant,
Go China - Chinese Quick Service Restaurant,
YOYO Bakery - Premium Frozen Yogurt & Patisserie

Why Digital Media?

Digital Media is the most sought after medium these days. I would say, it started evolving with the advent of social networking platforms. Though they were there for sometime with the creation of World Wide Web(WWW) by Tim Berners Lee, it became real popular after the advent of Facebook and Twitter.

Earlier digital media was expensive since internet itself was expensive with slow speeds and one needs to pay even for the connection - I am talking about the dial-up days where we not only ended up paying for telephone bills per minute but also for the dial-up connection billed as per minutes/hours.

Big companies like AOL, Yahoo thrived those days with their valuation hitting few billions of dollars but they failed to innovate any further. This had seen their valuation falling down drastically after a decade since more innovative methods of advertising took its forte. Google which had a humble beginning calculated perfectly that the future depends on digital marketing and technology and invested heavily. Well, it does continue to invest even now. It was initially offered to another well known brand for a possible take over willingly by the founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page but was rubbished by the other brand. The rest is history. Google is now the biggest brand in the World.

The social networking sites changed the story altogether. Even though Orkut was the first to create a break through, since it was static, it did not flourish. On the other hand, Mark Zuckeberg came out with a revolutionary Facebook which has evolved from time to time and with the acquisition of WhatsApp, Instagram and few other platforms, Facebook has grown manifold which has steered its Founder to the Top 5 richest person on Earth.

Twitter is another platform where the brands leverage their presence by conducting campaigns from time to time. Digital Media has transformed the idea of advertising since it reaches the masses 24/7 at a fraction of a cost when compared to traditional way of advertising which includes Paper and Media. They have their own limitations though which cannot be denied but at the same time, it is becoming an effective platform from time to time.

We have software these days to effectively predict Impressions, Reach, Likes, Comments, Shares and Interactions which would give us a greater insight on the effectiveness of a campaign. It also gives us the freedom to spend - which means a person even with limited resources and funds can reach out to the masses on the other part of the world through "Targeted Marketing".

Digital Marketing also gives us the insights in a crisp format at the time we need rather than to wait for the entire campaign to get over. As mentioned, this is not completely fool proof due to the presence of some irrational elements who would want to use it for their enrichment through various unprofessional ways but is a safe bet for sure.

How would I not include Blogging here? Bloggers of various niche are most revered these days since they are deployed by major brands for a better reach out. These bloggers are classified under various niche which includes Technology, Food, Gadgets, Auto, Travel, Lifestyle, Parenting among others. Blogging platforms like Blogger, Wordpress help the bloggers by monetising their blogs through Google Adwords.

Digital Marketing has been embraced by many youngsters for their livelihood with many universities offering courses and certifications on the same. The presence of very many digital marketing agencies is also a testimonial to the fact that the concept is about to stay for a longer period.

On a personal note and experience, I have seen how the Digital Marketing has helped few brands and in specific - www.newspatrolling,com which is a news aggregator website which had a humble beginning but now boasts a Alexa Rank of 25,000 with some 146 sites linking back to it. The site gives a comprehensive coverage on various genre including Sports, Business, Politics - National & International, Coverage of Events etc. With an estimated reach of more than 700,000 through its channel partners,  the website has tied up with many other news brands for the distribution of its news. Do give it a look and add it to your favourites to get an up to date information on all the news.

Book Review - Oh My Goddess!

Title - Oh My Goddess!
Author - Rohan Govenkar
Genre - Fiction
Publisher - BruteGorilla
ISBN - 978-93-85699-14-6

A nice plot which would make you engrossed with it from the beginning till the end. We would have used Oh My God(OMG) every now and then but for a change, this story is about Oh My Goddess!

I liked this way the story was conceived. It is an unusual story set up in an unusual way with some great twists. Trust me, you will never find as to who is the real culprit till the end and if you did, you are a genius.

The plot begins like this - Naveen completes his studies and in order to fulfil the favour extended to him for getting educated, he joins hands with Altaf Bhai who in turn had a connection with underworld don Sudhakar Shetty and joins Zaveri International Ltd where he meets his college days crush - Jessica and learns that she is none other than his boss's daughter.

On the other hand, Jackie and Kalpesh were into making some YouTube videos and wanted to make some quick bucks out of it. They did make some money but not as good as to support their living. They come up with a novel idea where they were sure about making a real big money and hires couple of artists.

Since they did video on real life incidents, they decided to get it shot in the Serenity Villa in Goa. It is at this place where Naveen and Jessica gets shifted after being kidnapped. Who kidnapped them and what happens in the story line which is coupled with some good twists involving cops and other characters.

The story has an unexpected ending but I presume it is good for the story because it is not the usual story you would have read earlier....

The book is available on Amazon.

Book Review - Demons In My Mind

Title - Demons In My Mind
Author - Aashish Gupta
Genre - Fiction
Publisher - NotionPress
ISBN - 978-1-946714-98-5

A beautiful story book that comprises of three different stories being merged into a single novel. A commendable work by the author, I must say. The uniqueness lies in the confluence of these three stories to form a single one which is beyond the imagination.

It all begins with a head of the village Dakshesh who was suffering from cancer wanted to meet "The Three Monks" who were revered among the villagers for their mystical powers. Since the whereabouts of them were not known as it was legendary story heard about them for generations, they weren't sure whether Dakshesh would manage to spot them but still heeded to his request and takes him to the place.

Dakshesh manages to see them but the Three Monks says that they were not GOD's as perceived and that they had their own dark past. They also warned him that he may not want to listen to their stories because there is no turning back.

The were none other than Rizwan, Murli and Joseph who had a different background and story that included murder, rape and love. Each were portrayed so very well by the author with some amazing poems and at places, the story goes iin the form of a conversation which were also effectively written making anyone who reads the story gets engrossed on them without feeling any boredom.

I have read so many stories of different genre but I can surely say this book is one of its kind with a unique story line which certainly needs appreciation and support.

The book is available on Amazon.

Make learning fun with QtPi

Learning earlier has been one tremendous job. During the early Vedic period, Gurukul system of learning existed where the students irrespective of their family economic status or background would be sent to the Gurukul they get to learn their lessons on various subjects from the master.

They use to stay there for years till the studies got over. The system had it own advantages and disadvantages. When it got evolved, we had modern system of education where hostel facilities were created. It had all the comforts of the home making the students feel motivated when it came to learning.

When we look at the methods of learning, leaving aside the above, we had palm leaves to start with where the writings were inscribed on it. Then came the usage of quill. When paper got invented, it replaced the traditional methods and since this system had a long lasting nature of holding the records, it made learning easy.

Let us leave aside the above also now. We would now change our focus into ways of learning and see as to how it evolved. We have had lot of different learning systems across the globe like sign language which was the initial method of communication that was used in learning as well. Then came writing when language was invented. To make it even more interesting, we had audio visual way of learning. This has made learning really interesting since this made the life of students easier and interesting. Projectors were being deployed in the classroom these days in few schools and educational institutions.

As the education has evolved, we have come across lot of interesting and innovative ways of teaching. One such concept is QtPi. Being founded by industry veterans from renowned companies like Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle and Tech Mahindra who has spent years on research and devised a unique learning composition that aims at eliminating fatigue caused by theoretical training which is now been made interesting with exciting practicals.

The solution was arrived by using Top-Down approach with kids in the mind of the founders which made them built everything from the scratch. When you think just like the person you wanted to be or put it in other words "stand in my shoes to understand", the concept became more appealing and relevant.

The courses offered here are custom made to get the best out of the kids and it is also developed to identify the interest of the kids in design,electronics, software enabling them to hone their interest right from the childhood. What makes it even more appealing is the select few kids would also be featured in the future educational videos.

With human imagination that has the unlimited potential, QtPi thrives at building innovative and yet kids friendly robotic kits which consists of Arduino based main board, Sensors, actuators, building blocks and mobile app.

This would help the kid to virtually build infinite type of robots.

Sounds interesting? Do check it out yourself at for more information. You may follow them on their social media pages too -> &

Book Review - Black Coffee

Title - Black Coffee
Author - Priyanka Nawalgaria
Genre - Fiction
Publisher - Half Baked Beans
ISBN - 978-938-431-5726

When I read this story, it kind of reminded me the real life story of a prominent model whose real life story reflected something similar to this. Having said that, if I had not read that book earlier, I would have been really angry on the protagonist of the story - Tamanna Modi Sarthak.

It is easy to come to a conclusion as a man but when you put yourself in the shoes of a woman, especially when she is your spouse, you would understand the difficulties they are going through. It is not the sex that they are interested in all the time but other worldly desires which can be narrowed down to Love and Affection.

Tamanna who was in love with Raj as a kid was forced to marry Sarthak due to her family circumstances. Raj never showed true love to her though he liked her very much. Tamanna fell for him but nevertheless got married to Sarthak and was leading a peaceful life until she bumped into Raj one day. She also in the due course met couple of other men named Aadil and Nikhil which brought whirlpool in her peaceful life.

What she did is beyond the imagination but before she could be blamed, think about the circumstances that has forced her to take such  a decision. A story that is well written with a strong message that never take things granted in your life.

The book is available on Amazon.

Wisdom is everywhere

Wisdom is Universal. We seek it through various means and methods. Some search for it by reading books and literature. Others seek it through traveling from place to place, or by visiting a place of worship. Do they succeed in finding it? Not everyone does, but the very few who manage to come to realize that there is nothing greater.

I came across a unique video about Wisdom and I was totally awestruck.

The video is an encapsulation of what Wisdom is by Dr Ru Rui, Abbot of Pushou Monastery. It was filmed at Mt. Wutai, which is considered one of the 4 holy Buddhist mountains of China. Each of the monks and scholars from these four mountains has their separate set of tenets on Buddhism which, I should add, really was news to me.

The Monastery site is focused on Wisdom. The videography was unique, containing a very realistic take of the events, which would cause anyone watching this video believe that they had been there personally.

Another marked point about Mt. Wutai is that it houses hundreds of women seeking Wisdom, the reason being that they’d come torealize how empty yet infinite life is. Some part of the video where Master Ru Rui speaks is captured in Chinese, but do not fret,  it doesn’t detract from any crucial elements of the storyline.

According to Master Ru Rui, Wisdom comes from making good use of one's mind, insomuch as to seek emptiness and infinity in all that one does; furthermore, that it does not include nor give importance to material wealth and accomplishments, which are considered to be earthly by nature.

The essence of the meaning is Wisdom = Focus of the Mind

Master Ming Hai, Abbot of Bailin Temple perceives Wisdom as that which “transcends nationality, religion and culture”. To end on this note was a real inspiration since it talks about making mistakes that need to be rectified, that which cannot be discussed through simple talk, but instead should  be found from within.

How does this Wisdom affect us in our day-to-day lives?

The message from this short video is clear. Wisdom is spread everywhere and should be realized from within. Nothing can compensate for it or replace it, since it is unique and can only be acquired through self-realization.

This message helps one to realize the importance of Wisdom, while at the same time leveraging easy ways to obtain it, which in turn will help him or her to overcome the limitations one faces throughout life. The message of the video is that Wisdom needs to be spread far and wide, since it is the need of the hour which can ultimately help to avoid jealousy, one of the root causes of all miseries.

You may watch this exemplary video by clicking the following link ->

Book Review - The Inimitable Chaos Of Life

Title - The Inimitable Chaos Of Life
Author - Dr Maliny Mohan
Genre - Fiction (Short Stories)
Publisher - Story Mirror
ISBN - 978-93-86305-46-6

A book well written by the author. StoryMirror has been doing a great job in finding the hidden talents from across India and its founder Mr Devendra Jaiswal, despite of having a Corporate background has quit his high paying job and took up this profession with passion and I must say that he has done a fantastic job so far in giving a platform which is real big without any expectations. His idea is unique and simple. Find new talents continuously and keep them motivated. Few of my friends had their books published via StoryMirror and they have been doing really well.

Coming to the book now - It is a collection of 13 unique stories - each having its own set of emotions associated with it and has been conveyed in a subtle way but yet in an appealing manner. It talks about love, betrayal, emotions, victory, sacrifice to name a few.

Few stories even made me shed tears which shows how unique and appealing the stories are. All these stories are connected to the journey of life which no one can escape and has to pass through. I wouldn't be going into the stories here since this isn't a novel where few lines can be written about it. These are short stories and even few lines may end up exposing the whole story. Hence I would not be giving any spoilers here.

Why should you buy this book?

As mentioned above,the stories are unique, appealing and can connect with the readers easily. Go for it, today.

Review - Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pic Credit - IMDb

Pirates of the Carribean - the movie which has held the fort strong ever since the first part was released has yet again proved why it is one of the highest grosser of all time.  The movie is a classic without any doubt. I saw the movie on the same day it was released in a multiplex.

Johny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow was as cool as ever. The irony is whatever he does turn to his advantage. Wish it happened to all of us in the real life and to him as well :-)

Having said that, the introduction scene of Jack was really awesome where he is found sleeping inside a treasure chest of a bank during its opening ceremony with one of the lady. The entire building gets shifted by his men along with the chest and in the end, the chest alone remains with all the money and valuables spread over the city.

At once, his own members revolt against him saying that they did not consider him as their captain since the "Black Pearl" is no more. On the other hand, the protagonist - Blacksmith Will Turner meets his father in the "Flying Dutchman" where he was captured as a soul due to a curse and he promises to get his dad relieved from the curse. He gets threatened by Salazar - who plies in a ship with dead souls who wanted to avenge Jack Sparrow for causing this.

Did Salazar avenge his death?

Did Jack Sparrow got back his crew?

Did the Blacksmith Will Turner helped his dad?

All these were captured in a very subtle manner in this movie so excellently. The VFX effects were at its usual best and is best enjoyed when being viewed on 3-D.

The lover of the protagonist was not as appealing as Keira Knightley. To my surprise, Keira makes a guest appearance in the end.

A movie which is still capable of giving the pure entertainment.

Review - The Mummy

The Mummy - much awaited movie has been released in few countries already and is getting released in India tomorrow - 9/6/17. I had an opportunity to view the "Preview Show" in a multiplex. Though there are two versions available, this multiplex screened only the 3-D Version. There is no complaints about that because the picture very much warranted the 3-D effects.

Coming to the movie. It wouldn't disappoint you for sure but having said that, it may not make you say wow because the very first movie is still the best,according to me. However, I do not believe in comparison and since this story is set in a different place altogether unlike the ancient Egypt, I would say that the movie has doe a complete justification to the story line.

I wouldn't talk about the story in this blog because it is already out there on various websites and I also do not believe in revealing the story line making it a spoiler. Tom Cruise has yet again proved as to why he is a Superstar. Picturisation,3- and VFX effects were too good. I was also expecting the usual sandstorm and the movie did not fail to live up to my expectations.

The story line is good where an evil woman arises from the mummified tomb. 

What led to this? 
Who was responsible?
Why was she mummified in the first place?

These are the things which you need to find out by watching the movie and I would surely recommend a 3-D version. I would also suggest not to take your kids especially when they are less than 10 years for sure as here are few scenes which might disturb them as I found it scary(not for me though)and it may scare few elders too ;-)

Alex Kurtzman has delivered a decent movie. For Tom Cruise fans, this is a good entertainer.

PR - Guard against WannaCry ransomware

A recent ransomware attack, known as WannaCry, is affecting a large number of businesses and organizations worldwide. Targeting unpatched Microsoft Windows operating systems, the malware exploits a flaw in Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) or Windows Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol to lock users out of their systems until ransoms are paid.

An immediate action recommended is to apply the Microsoft MS17-010 patch on the unpatched Microsoft systems to close off the vulnerability.

If you are a Zyxel ZyWALL firewall user and are using the Anti-Virus and Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) services, there’s more you can do:

  • Use Anti-Virus to detect and block the malware:
Gateway Anti-Virus catches malware at its first point of entry, preventing it from spreading across the internal network. Make sure your Anti-Virus signature is running on version or above, and install the daily signature updates to protect yourselves from any of its variants.

  • Turn on your IDP service to prevent abnormal behaviors:
When someone attempts to make use of the Microsoft MS17-010 exploit to start the attack, the IDP service is in place to prevent it from happening.

If your USG/ZyWALL device is running on firmware version ZLD 4.25, make sure your IDP signature is updated to version or above.

For those with USG/ZyWALL firmware ZLD 4.20 or earlier, please update to IDP signature version for the most up-to-date protection.

Fighting malware is a never-ending battle. Find out more tips here to defend your data from ransomware attacks.

Please contact your local service representatives if you require further information or assistance.

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