Review of Jio Lyf Water 2

No doubt Reliance Jio has been a game changer in the mobile Internet space. A year from the launch of Jio, my mobile internet expense has reduced by 1/5th. Now I have excess data on all my SIM cards. Airtel has started giving a carry forwards balance and I have about 15GB carried forward so far.

All my friends had warned me about Reliance. People just don’t trust Reliance as a company. I reasoned that since Mukesh Ambani has invested so much, this time around things would be much better.

But now I am thinking that maybe my friends were right. My jio lyf water 2 phone battery got swollen and as a consequence the screen has come off. It’s been a couple of months that I am using it like this. When I finally found time to go to the service center, the person said, the battery has a warranty of only 6 months. What was frustrating that they don’t have batteries in stock. So now I cannot use this phone as the battery drains off in an hour.

Of course I don’t expect this to work like an iPhone, but still 9500/- is a good amount of money for a phone and they should be giving us better phones. This is how jio has let me down.


Review of the book A feast for Vultures: The hidden Business of Democracy in India.

This one one of the book, I finished at a single go. Though the author is journalist the content is easy to read and I trust the editor has taken a lot of efforts to make it easy to read.

Coming back to this book. If you want to know how the system (the state) works, this book is essential primer. The books starts with a classic rural village and the trials of a village activist to get a road to his village. You would know a lot about Indian villages after reading this first chapter. Did you know over 56% of rural Indian population in India still don’t have electricity. Unbelievable

The central chapter talks extensively about the airline industry which was born out of liberalisation. Remember East west Airlines? The owner was gunned down one evening outside his office. Also the meteoric rise of Naresh Goyal the billionaire behind Jet airways. #Imho the chapters on the airlines is the best part of this entirely fabulous book.

It talks about how the Judiciary has over 3 crores pending cases, which might take 320 years to dispose off. This is crazy isn’t it?

The books then heads over to central India into the business of mining and coal blocks. It talks about Jindal and Vedanta and a bit about the rich billionaires owners behind these corporations. It has all the details but the scope of the books is not to delve deep, but to give an overview of how corporate power works in India.

To sum it up.

It’s a quick read, you can finish it over a weekend or a couple of weekends. The book ends on a positive note. Read the book to find out.

Btw the way the author Josy Joseph is one of those great journalist. He has done some extensive investigative journalism on Adarsh and Common wealth games scam.

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Are you on the side of Good Billionaire or Bad Billionaire ?

The top 8 richest people of the world have net worth of the 50% of the population of the earth, That is about 3.5 Billion people.

As per Economist Ruchir Sharma who wrote the Book “Breakout Nations”. There are good billionaires and bad billionaires. He says the number of good billionaire should be always more that the number of bad billionaires.

Good News

Everybody is worrying about Economic inequality. Economist Jeremy Rifkin says marginal cost of production could come down to zero. This means most of the legacy business would become defunct and lead to more egalitarian society.

Manage your energy not your time.

Time management is passé. The new productivity mantra is about managing your energy and time takes care of itself. If you observe, most critical task don’t take more than 30 minutes. But yes, preparation, planning, de-cluttering , organising are time killers.
If you have the strength of body and mind, you can do a lot in a day. The mind tires the body and vice-versa. You have to make sure, you give energy to your body and your mind.

I have realised giving energy to your body with food could be counter productive. Don’t you feel down right tired after a meal which is oily and greasy? Food remains the most effortless and pleasurable way to boost your energy levels. When our energy levels drops low, our blood sugar levels drop signalling the brain to suggest to us, we need to eat. We all don’t have a planned diet which can give us the critical energy.

Here are some ways you can increase your energy levels, without indulging in a heavy meal.

1) Do a short warm up –

I always do a warm up yoga. This boosts my energy levels and I am able to get my metabolism going to digest a meal. This means I don’t fall a sleep after a meal and remain alert.

2) Some breathing exercises

Breathing is a great way to increase your metabolism, calm your mind. In only a minute of focussing on your breathing we begin to recover our energy.

3) Standing Desk –

I have realised, standing and working on my MacBook is tiring. But I am more alert because of the pain. So I try to finish my tasks as soon as possible.

4) Taking short naps –

I have trouble sleeping. Most days I don’t get good sleep. Somedays I have to lie down in the afternoon or even as early as 11 am for 15 minutes, to get my energy levels up.

5) Reading

Reading is like a reset switch for your mind. If you are mentally fatigued. This is a great technique to get the mental juices flowing to nourish your mind.

There are other things which are dependent on external resource to help to boost your energy levels for e.g..

1) Counselling –

Talking to a competent authority about your problems.

2) A personal trainer

If you have some one who can guide you through a series of physical exercise to aleivate your pains. This could be wonderful.

3) Massage Therapy

Our Body craves for touch. Its the like the food for our stomach. Great way to boost energy levels.

Let me know, if you have any personal hacks to manage your energy levels.