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Author Interview - Shaheen Chishti - British Indian Author, World peace Advocate & Thought Leader

 


1.    What motivates you to write?

I was born in Ajmer, Rajasthan, and saw at close quarters how women’s lives were in traditional Hindu and Muslim cultures, having interacted with many families and seen many villages. I came across many women’s issues, which moved me. I then moved to England at a young age and saw the socially liberated society where they were making efforts to move up the chain, so to speak. That being said, I noticed that both sides were suffering in different ways and came to realize that society has been unfair to our mothers, sisters, daughters, and partners for centuries. This set my mind up to write a book highlighting the issues faced by women from various cultures and arguing for the advancement of women in all societies.

2. How did you feel after publishing your books?

It made me immensely happy. It has exceeded my expectations and I feel like I can really make a big difference to humanity.

 

3. What are some of your favorite novels and authors?

My favorite books are ‘A Passage to India’ by E.M. Forster, ‘Passage to Africa’ by George Alagiah and Siddhartha. With regard to authors, I am fond of Shakespeare but have also particularly enjoyed works by the likes of Rabindranath Tagore, Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Dickens.

 

4. Is there a specific reason for naming your novel?

The title makes me think of all these grandmothers together and deciding to do something important for their granddaughters. It is a simple way of conveying that these women set out to make something positive happen and put in hard work, planning, and effort. They had a vision, and they were going to make it succeed.

 

5. Where do you write from? Do you go to some specific place, like beachside or the hills? 

Generally, I write at home – either in my garden shed or at the dinner table when no one is around.

 

6. What inspired you to write the books (in general)? Any tales to tell…

I would hope that my daughters and future granddaughters get to live in a society that fully respects women; a society in which they would not have to face the same injustices and lead their lives in fear of what could happen to them just because of their gender. We have certainly made progress as a society but there is still such a long way to go to ensure that all our granddaughters live without fear of men and are not held back to reach their full potential.

I wanted to help young women find their voices and power, and to make the most for themselves – not for their society. So many young women now are the living legacies of strong women who came before them, able to live their lives and enjoy their freedoms and identities because of the sacrifices made by their grandmothers. So many grandmothers went to their graves without telling their stories, for fear of the repercussion and consequences upon their families. Some understandably lacked courage, others lacked opportunity. But now they can be unburdened.

7. What was your biggest learning experience throughout the writing process?

I learned so much about how women and girls bear the brunt of suffering and abuse – especially in times of war, famine, and poverty. It was a real eye-opener in many ways. It is something that we know but until you read the extent of it, you don’t really believe it. Furthermore, we always associate this type of abuse with soldiers or the enemy, but in many cases, it was fathers, brothers, and friends inflicting this mistreatment. It makes it so easy to dismiss these women as casualties of war, but they are preyed upon by men who want to make themselves feel better about their bad situations.

 

8. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in as a writer?

I approached my publisher at the right time. Fred and Nimble Books have been really instrumental in helping me with this project – in a way, it gave me the confidence I needed.

 

9. Any best piece of writing advice that you would like to share with new or struggling writers? 

It took one and a half years to write the book – mostly on the weekends, as I work full time. It was not easy to care for a young family and write a book at the same time, but it was time well spent – even if my book helps change just one life.

Perseverance is key! You cannot expect to write a book in a week, writer’s block is a very real phenomenon.

I think it is completely natural to face a block – whether writing or working. We all face creative blocks when some days are harder than others, but just being honest about it is healthy. Creativity cannot be ‘on-demand, sometimes it just needs to simmer for a while. Leaving things for a while and coming back to them or working on something else can often be inspirational. 

 

Think about who you are writing for and why you are writing, that can help focus the narrative in a better direction.

 

10. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?

I like running, hiking, listen to music, and traveling across the world. My favorite countries for this are Brazil and the Maldives.

London remains the most magical city in the world for me: I love walking in the parks, exploring the cafés and just being around the people.

 

11. Any future books that you would like to discuss now?

Yes, I have another book planned and am extremely excited to share more details when the time is right!

12. What other profession excites you the most?

I really enjoy numbers, so anything that involves numerate skills. Banking or anything Maths-related.

 

13. Any special mention about your reader (be it with reviews/feedback or anything else)

Thank you so much for taking the time to engage with the stories of these incredible women – Helga, Kamla, and Lynette. Each of these women represents the millions of women that witnessed the Holocaust, the Bengali Famine and the Notting Hill Riots- and it is through their pain and sacrifice that we enjoy the liberties we have today. It is up to us to ensure that these historic atrocities are not repeated. Through knowing their stories and not allowing future generations to forget, we can avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.

 

14. Do you write the story at a stretch or do you take your time to complete it? If you take a longer time, wouldn’t you be forgetting the story? How do you tackle it?

I write in short spells two hours each or few hours each week. It also depends on my mood.

 

15. Traditional or Self-Publishing? Why?

Traditional Publishing as long as you have the right publisher and team behind you. They have been immense support for me, as I navigate the literary world.

 

16. How is the response so far for the book?

Really positive: my daughters love it and that makes me very proud. Family, friends, and business contacts have also given me wonderful feedback. It is truly humbling.

The book is available on Amazon

You can connect with him through his website


Listicle_Best Chipsets powering user experience in 2021?

Listicle_Best Chipsets powering user experience in 2021?

 Best Chipsets powering user experience in 2021?



Every popular smartphone has an even more powerful built-in chipset that can accomplish a wide range of functions based on its programming. One of the most crucial components of any mobile device is undoubtedly its CPU. The CPU performance affects the speed, power efficiency, gaming power, and overall user experience of the phone.


A fast processor mobile phone will bring up all your preferred applications at a glance and will help accomplish your work quickly. However, a phone with a lower processor would lead to a poor user experience and can also create problems like phone overheating, lagging, and poor battery life. The chipset also plays an important part in the performance of the game, as the GPU is embedded in the chip itself.

 

MediaTek Helio G35

The MediaTek Helio G35 enables mainstream gaming smartphones with the benefits of Hyper Engine technology, providing smooth performance, enhanced power efficiency, and reliable, low-latency connections. MediaTek HyperEngine provides intelligent resource management that ensures sustained performance and longer gameplay. Inside the MediaTek Helio G35 is a fast octa-core Arm Cortex-A53 CPU with peak speeds of 2.3GHz. Its GPU, an IMG PowerVR GE8320, operates up to a speedy 680MHz and supports sharp, high-resolution FullHD+ (20:9) displays. Using a power-efficient 12nm FinFET production process, the G35 delivers superb power efficiency, even in long gaming sessions. The MediaTek Helio G35 can support up to 25MP cameras at 30fps and enables dual camera photography that’s backed by a hardware depth engine for high-quality Depth of Field (Bokeh) effects in stunning portrait photos.




UNISOC T610

UNISOC T610 promises users superior performance and a faster mobile application processing experience. The chipset adopts a 12nm process that features two 1.8 GHz Arm Cortex-A75 CPUs and six 1.8 GHz Arm Cortex-A55 CPUs while the GPU uses the 614.4MHz Mali G52. It supports high-end 4-shots for ultra-wide angle, wide-angle, and telephoto three-channel to achieve accurate image restoration with no switching delay. T610 also supports applications such as wide color gamut management, screen brightness adaptive, smart resolution, blue light suppression, and so on that results in more robust multimedia performance. Its new 3A synchronization technology ensures that there is no brightness jump on the screen while the sensor is in the process of switching. UNISOC T610 boosts the single-core performance by 45% compared to other competing products and the multi-core performance by over 25%. The new 8-core architecture 4G mobile platform uses the flagship DynamIQ design based on the fifth-generation Vivimagic image engine solution for significant performance enhancements. With excellent support from their memory verification laboratory, the UNISOC T610 supports a wide variety of memory particles available on the market while supporting a much more comprehensive memory frequency range up to 1600 MHz.

 

QUALCOMM SNAPDRAGON 665

Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Mobile Platform provides highly intelligent experiences for great mobile gaming, brilliant camera capabilities, and remarkable, security-rich performance. Snapdragon 665 extends 3rd-generation Qualcomm AI Engine to improve mobile features: better camera performance, better security performance, and better gaming performance. A Qualcomm Spectra 165 image signal processor allows for remarkable, high-quality shots in almost any setting. Triple camera support allows you to take close-ups, wide, and ultra-wide shots with the same image, with up to 48 megapixels. Snapdragon 665 supports energy-efficient, long-lasting battery life with rapid charging via Qualcomm  Quick Charge 3.0 technology and efficient, powerful processing via the Qualcomm Kryo 260 CPU.


Press Release : Mini-grids led Water Treatment Units can add up to USD 600 million annually to the Indian economy

Press Release : Mini-grids led Water Treatment Units can add up to USD 600 million annually to the Indian economy

 Mini-grids led Water Treatment Units can add up to USD 600 million annually to the Indian economy


~ Less than 50% of the Indian population have access to potable water

~ Waterborne diseases have an impact of approximately USD 600 million per year on the Indian economy

~ WTU not only ensures access to potable water to the rural communities but also enables them to undertake other income-generating activities

 

27th July, New Delhi: As part of Smart Power India’s on-ground interventions, it became apparent that a large chunk of the rural population lacks proper access to and is consecutively unaware of the importance of potable water. This is an opportunity for Energy Service Company Outsourcing (ESCOs) to play a greater role in educating the masses towards the benefits of purified water and driving customer uptake. In states like UP, Bihar, and Jharkhand, SPI has been working with ESCOs for the past six years to ensure rural communities receive potable water for consumption.

 

Less than 50% of the Indian population has access to safe drinking water. According to a 2018 report by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI) and the ministry of health and family welfare, water contamination claims around 2,400 lives due to waterborne diseases a year, crippling the economy with an estimate of USD 600 million. It is also learned that women in rural parts of India spend up to 700 hours each year fetching drinking water.

 

Water Treatment Units (WTU) provide an opportunity for better access to potable water to the rural masses, not only by improving the quality of life for people but also by improving health outcomes. Thus, freeing up time to undertake other income-generating activities instead of using that time to procure water. Additionally, WTUs themselves provide a sustained livelihood option as well to the local community.

 

Jaideep Mukherjee, CEO, Smart Power India, shares, “Health infrastructure is an issue in the remotest corners of the nation. Hence, it becomes even more important to ensure that these communities get access to potable water. Establishing water treatment units not only ensure good health and increased contribution to the economy by the rural community, but it also opens avenues for sustainable livelihood options”

 

Running WTUs are energy-intensive and require a reliable supply of electricity from the main grid network. Despite the fact that India is 100% electrified, the power supply is often inconsistent – especially in parts of rural India. These are areas where mini-grid developers step in to fill this gap by providing a clean and consistent supply of energy.

 

Mr.Mukherjee adds, “WTUs that run on electricity from mini-grids are beneficial to mini-grid developers as they prove to be a considerable load on the grid, with an average monthly energy consumption of 14% of the total mini-grid load. WTUs also ensure that mini-grids are being utilized as per their respective potential, ensuring their financial sustainability. Also, WTUs are relatively easy to set up across geographies, and require minimal operational support.”

 

About Smart Power India (SPI)

SPI, a subsidiary of the Rockefeller Foundation was established in 2015 to develop and scale sustainable models to accelerate electricity access and spur economic development amongst the rural underserved communities. It is committed to create knowledge and accountability in the public domain through robust evidence-based research and provide field and analytical support to the Government, the private sector, implementers, and other donors in their pursuits for rural electricity access.  SPI develops and disseminates relevant knowledge in the rural electricity access and services space with an aim to promote research and innovation and partners with policymakers, practitioners, and academic institutions to come up with actionable insights and innovative strategies. While SPI’s work covers the spectrum of supply and demand-side issues of rural electricity, its focus is the last-mile customer. SPI exchanges knowledge by promoting and facilitating platforms for networking, knowledge sharing, and collaborative research, networking, knowledge-sharing and collaborative research


Press Release | Honda 2Wheelers India Inaugurates BigWing in Chandigarh

 



Honda 2Wheelers India Inaugurates BigWing in Chandigarh

 

·   Differentiated immersive experience for premium motorcycle customers

·   Delights riding enthusiast with an exclusive range of premium motorcycles (300cc – 500cc)

·   Exclusive one-stop sales & service centre for Honda big bikes

 

Chandigarh, July 26, 2021: Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) today elevated the #GoRidin spirit with the inauguration of premium big bike business vertical - the Honda BigWing in Chandigarh (Address: GF-2, Ground Floor, City Emporium Mall, Plot No 143-A, Industrial Area, Phase 1, Chandigarh, 160101)

Speaking on the inauguration of BigWing in Chandigarh, Mr Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said “ Our focus is on the expansion of Honda BigWing (Honda’s exclusive premium motorcycle network) to deliver a truly differentiated immersive experience closer to customer. Today, we are delighted to inaugurate BigWing in Chandigarh. Through this new premium outlet, we aim to take Honda’s fun motorcycles closer to customers in Chandigarh and bring to them our mid-size range of premium motorcycles.”

 

Noteworthy, the differentiated Silver Wings expanded from its first Gurgaon showroom inaugurated in ending of FY’20 to now over 50 BigWing dealerships across both BigWing Topline (for entire premium motorcycle range from 300cc to 1800cc) and BigWing (exclusively for mid-size motorcycle segment) retail formats throughout the country.

 

Diverse Product Portfolio

Honda’s premium motorcycle retail format is led by the BigWing Topline in top metros and BigWing in other demand centres. While the marquee Honda BigWing Topline will house Honda’s complete premium motorcycles range starting from H’ness-CB350CB350RSCB500XCBR650RCB650RCBR1000RR-R FirebladeCBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, adventure tourer Africa Twin Adventure Sports and flagship model Gold Wing Tour, the BigWing will be delighting mid-size motorcycle fans of Honda.

 

Premium Experience

Adorned with the black & white monochromatic theme, BigWing showcases the displayed vehicles in their full glory. Resolving customer’s product related queries or accessories are the well-trained knowledgeable professionals at BigWing. Easing the journey from search to purchase, the dedicated website (www.HondaBigWing.in) is available for all detailed information. The online booking option on the website ensures a quick, seamless and transparent booking experience for customers at their fingertips. Capturing real-time customer feedback, Honda BigWing is also actively available across all social media platforms. Doubling the joy of riding and amplify new opportunities for customers a dedicated corner with a versatile range of accessories and riding gear is also available.

 

Reach us at:

 

Honda BigWing Chandigarh East

 

Showroom: Unit No GF-2, Ground Floor, City Emporium Mall, Plot No 143-A, Industrial Area, Phase 1, Chandigarh, 160101

Workshop: Plot no 370 Industrial Area Phase 1 Chandigarh,160101



Press Release - G SQUARE BETS BIG ON PLOTTED DEVELOPMENT

 


G SQUARE BETS BIG ON PLOTTED DEVELOPMENT

 

§  Premium Villa Plots in the most sought after a prime location in ECR - Neelankarai, 10 Mins from Adyar at half its price.

§  Well demarcated plots of 2,508 sq. ft. to 4,088 sq. ft., starting at INR 1.7 Crs /-

 

Chennai, July 22, 2021: G SQUARE, South India’s largest land aggregator, today announced the launch of G SQUARE Sunnyvale, a gated community of 7 approved RERA residential plots at Sunrise Avenue, Neelankarai, ECR.

 

The company intends to promote fully developed and self-contained plots meeting international quality and standards, at prime ‘on road’ locations in and around Chennai and Coimbatore.

 

Set in a green, peaceful ambience with manicured landscapes, G SQUARE Sunnyvale is an amalgamation of freedom to create one’s unique dream home. This residential gated community will comprise well-demarcated plots of 2,508 sq. ft. to 4,088 sq. ft.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Mr N. Eshwar, Chief Executive Officer, G SQUARE said, “G Square Sunnyvale is the only approved plotted villa community project available in Neelankarai. For people looking to buy their own lands in locations like Adyar and Besant Nagar, this comes at half the cost of the same. The property is located just 5 mins from Thiruvanmiyur with easy connectivity.

 

G SQUARE Sunnyvale comes with blacktop internal roads, adequate street lights. This RERA registered property is ready to construct a gated villa community with CMDA approvals and comes with clear titles.

 

G SQUARE Sunnyvale boasts of a cosy, upscale neighbourhood that has some of the best schools, colleges and hospitals in the city. Also with departmental stores, shopping hubs, pharmacies and restaurants in close proximity, the location truly provides for a life of convenience. The place is well connected and easily accessible from and to any part of Chennai. With the beach at walking distance and landmarks like Prarthana Drive-in and VGP Golden Beach close by, there is no dearth of entertainment around G SQUARE Sunnyvale.

 

The plots are CMDA approved, RERA registered and come with clear titles. Prices start at INR 1.7Cr/-.

For more information visit www.gsquarehousing.com

 

RERA No: TN/29/Layout/0230/2021 | www.tn.rera.gov.in

 

About G SQUARE

 

G SQUARE is South India's largest and a highly experienced land aggregator with acres of land parcels. With the company’s keen sense of focus and an eye for detail, it is able to identify lands at the right time and offer it to buyers (individuals and organisations) in a hassle-free manner. G SQUARE takes pride in having an absolutely clean slate by analysing every aspect and compliance. The company has delivered over 1,000 acres of land so far and have a prestigious clientele, including major players like Murugappa Group, JK Tyres, IndiaBulls, CEAT, ELGi etc. G SQUARE is now committed to provide plots in the perfect location, of perfect size, at the perfect price with perfect legal documentation. The company’s aim is to ensure that buyers experience plot perfection.