Wednesday, November 21, 2012



“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.”                                                                                                Common Folk Saying

The term ‘Baby’ stands for anything in its infancy. You have baby dogs, baby carrots, baby pigeons……. and of course baby humans. In the English language, a baby human is called an infant and is typically applicable to young children between the ages of 1 to 12 months. But the word ‘Baby’ connotates cuddliness, warmth, hugs and kisses, talking in two-letter words, fun and frolic, etc.

            More often than not, the last three to four months of pregnancy sees would-be  mothers knitting for the expected baby. The first item of clothing is the baby sweater. Sizing invariably proves wrong once the baby is born, but the protective nature of motherhood has already set in. Thereafter, only the best warm clothing available-within one’s means-is bought. The baby deserves the best of sweaters, leggings, inners, outerwear, etc.
            Only seamstresses can make proper baby clothes. That means 99.9% of baby clothes is bought from the market. Baby clothing is a niche segment of the apparel market and major players are Mothercare, Benettons and Pumpkinpatch in the upper segment, Walmart, Kmart and Target in the lower to mid0range segments. At the end of the day, your baby is a part of you and it is not really significant as to which brand of baby clothing you bought.
            Of the two genders, it is far easier to buy clothing for the weaker sex. Girl’s clothes are easier to find, have a wider range and are easier to refit. Walk into a store of repute and look around for the exact clothing item you have in mind. The range of infant dresses is unbelievably wide, more so for baby girl dresses, as are the numbers on the price tag attached innocuously to a small corner of that dress. Who cares? You are a baby only once!

As Don Herald quips, “Babies are such a nice way to start people.”


Types of Funeral Services


    I strove with none, for none was worth my strife.
    Nature I loved, and, next to nature, Art;
    I warm'd both hands before the fire of Life;
    It sinks, and I am ready to depart.
                                                         Walter Savage Landor, 1846
            The ONE thing that is certain in life is that death awaits you at some point in your existence. Considered a tragedy, relatives, friends, acquaintances and well wishers visit, call or write to those bereaved, offering their condolences, except in Ireland, where death is followed immediately by a wake, a social rite where the same retinue, viz., relatives, friends, acquaintances and well wishers celebrate the occasion with music, liquor and gaiety, with the intention of getting drunk.
            Ireland apart, death is always a solemn occasion, with grief writ large on the countenance of the bereaved. Post-death procedures vary markedly in a global context, but in the US, death is a somber event ending with either a burial or cremation. Burials can be expensive, upwards of ten thousand dollars, but cheaper options do exist.
            For people on a limited budget, a Graveside Service for a direct burial is a viable option. It is funeral service with no formal religious ceremony except for that performed directly at the grave site. Special low cost packages are available for those who choose to have a formal funeral first, followed by a Graveside Service at the place of burial.
            A Cemetery Mausoleum is another option of burial for those who wish to pay respect to their loved ones without purchasing a cemetery plot or burial vault, which can leave a significant dent in your finances, crossing $100,000. The public mausoleum form of burial is shared by a large variety of families, cutting down cost considerably, thereby providing an inexpensive alternative to privately owned mausoleums and traditional grave burials. The Cemetery Mausoleum, a popular choice of mausoleum, is easily accessible for all types of families.
            You can opt for a cremation instead, a trend that is gaining popularity by the day. State Governments stipulate certain mandates for a Cremation Society with respect to standards of care. Families must be guaranteed that the cremains they receive are actually of their deceased member. This is why a Cremation Society cremates only one person at a time. Moreover, only humans be cremated.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Recharging Mobile Phones Online

Recharging Mobile Phones Online

After an accident in 1996, I was left with a broken neck permanently twisted to the right. I had to support it with my right hand and up to just a lustrum ago, I used to feel acutely embarrassed walking down a road in public. I felt that people were staring at me and sniggering. Today, I’m only another Daffodil for Wordsworth, ‘tossing my head in sprightly dance’. Every second person on the street has his head twisted and a hand to his neck. The difference is that he/she is talking on a mobile telephone!
            A mobile or cell phone essentially connects you to a cellular network operated by a mobile phone company, which, in turn, connects you to any other phone, be it mobile or a fixed landline telephone. You pay the network your cell phone is hooked up with for this facility, with total cost dependent on your usage. You can buy talk time in advance(Prepaid), or pay for it at the end of a billing cycle(Postpaid).
            India's mobile network is the second largest in the world and boasts of the lowest call tariffs globally, indicative of a plethora of networks and cut throat competition amongst them. Prominent players in the market include the Reliance, Uninor, Idea, Vodaphone networks, among others.

            Every mobile phone works on a rechargeable battery and a subscriber identification module (SIM) card, which represents a unique cell phone. Today, you can recharge a fading battery online. Take Reliance Online Recharge, as an example. If you are using a smartphone, log onto the Internet, locate Reliance and recharge your battery by paying through your Credit Card for prepaid connections. Alternatively, select talk time and have it billed to you as part of your billing cycle. If you do not have a smartphone, the procedure is slightly different in that you will have to use a computer that is internet enabled.

            Uninor is a recent entrant in the mobile market in India. Part of the Norwegian Telenor Group, one of the world’s largest mobile telecom companies, its headquarters are located close to Oslo. Uninor started its mobile services on 3 December 2009, in 21 of the 22 circles in India. acquiring a 67.25% equity stake in Unitech Wireless India, with requisite government approvals and licenses to provide mobile services pan-India. It was possible then to get your mobile going using Uninor recharge. As of now, it is awaiting clarifications following cancellation of Unitech Wireless India’s license.

            Idea Cellular Services, from the Aditya Birla Group, usually referred to as Idea, rode on a tidal wave of success of its ‘What an idea, sir ji’ ad on TV. Idea mobile network operators are based in Mumbai, India. The company was the first to offer flexible tariff plans for prepaid customers. Idea Cellular won the GSM Association Award for ‘Best Billing and Customer Care Solution’ for 2 consecutive years. Idea's subscriber base crossed the 100 million mark in total mobile connections in India by end 2011. A sine qua non in today’s mobile smart-phone world, the Idea online recharge facility is freely available pan India.