What Would I Like To Be Remembered For?

Have you ever thought of leaving a mark in the world? After such a long time, I saw something that really touched and intrigued me – Seagrams 100 Pipers‘ commercial. This made me introspect about what I should be remembered for? The inner voice echoed the sentiments conveyed in the commercial viz. ‘Be Remembered For Good’. The goodness you bring out in others, the goodness you want to spread through your writing, the smiles you can spread on the faces of others with your stories and characters. That motivated me to give wings to my new character Alfie (from my upcoming novel – Alfie The Elf) who is a 14-year-old midget and is one of the closest characters I have given life to.


To give you a heads up about the book and character of Alfie, let me tell you he does not have a great life. He is an orphan and he is a midget due to which he gets ridiculed and taunted every day by everyone around him, and after few failed attempts to increase his height, he writes to Santa to fulfill his wish. When his wish is not fulfilled by Santa on a Christmas Day, he goes out in search of Santa along with his two friends Bullet – a pug and Pedro – an Owl to demand a reason for not fulfilling his wish. On his journey, he meets a lot many mythical creatures like the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, a Snowman and an evil wizard hell-bent on becoming the master of the Universe. Through his innocence and lovely demeanor he is able to spread joy to everyone he meets in the journey.

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Source: blog.celoxis.com

It made me think if Alfie as a character brings joy to so many characters he meets in my story, why not extend that to real life kids too who are like him – orphan and underprivileged. Therefore, I decided to come up with a Trust named – Alfie For Kids where I will be donating the entire proceeds from the sale of Alfie series which could be used for the benefit of educating and upkeep of underprivileged kids.

When I look back and see, great authors like Enid Blyton, Jane Austin or near home Ruskin Bond and R K Narayan. These great legends are remembered for their characters viz. The Famous Five kids, Rusty, Swami, Elizabeth Bennet or Mr. Darcy, etc. Like them and every other author and storyteller in this world, even I want to be remembered for my stories and characters. However, now I want to go beyond and do something for the world. Something that my character Alfie and his friends in the story believes in doing. So this Christmas season when my new book gets released and Alfie comes knocking at your door, welcome him to your life and give him your love and appreciate him for the cause he stands for. As, with every sale of the book, he will get more power and magic to fulfill the wishes of any underprivileged kid in this world. This will not only help Alfie and the kids but will also give me a reason to smile as somewhere in time, I might be remembered for the good cause I was associated with through my character Alfie.

PS: Let me share the video that inspired me to ‘Be Remembered For Good’

7 Top Professional Certification Courses To Pursue in 2016!


Getting certified is a surefire way to advance your career. These days most of the professionals have realized the same and earning one ensures one’s credibility as a professional to carry out their assigned jobs efficiently.

To put it in a nutshell, a certification holder upholds knowledge, experience, skill sets as well as the ability to shoulder specific job responsibilities. Although some professions require a professional to be certified, in others it simply augments the career graph of a professional.

When you have taken up a professional certification course, it guarantees you;

  1. To get a competitive edge over your non-certified peers or colleagues
  2. Better job opportunities and career advancement
  3. Get rewarded with higher wages and better perks

In every industry sector, employers seek certified professionals who are not only well equipped with the right skill sets but also who can take their organization to the next level. Let me put down seven top credentials that are sought after by employers in 2016.

1) Project Management Professional – (PMP®)

Offered by PMI, Project Management Professional (PMP®) is one of the most recognized and revered credentials in project management across the world. In around 175+ countries in the world, you will find a million PMP certified professionals. This certification tests a candidate in five prime areas relating to a project lifecycle viz; initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, and closing.

To pursue PMP certification one has to complete around 35 hours of training apart from having not less than 7500 hours of project management experience.

2) Information Technology Infrastructure Library – (ITIL®)

The ITIL® owned and maintained by the UK Office of Government Commerce, is a globally recognized IT service management certification. The ITIL® Foundation certification is considered as the entry level qualification in the field of IT Service Management.

The ITIL® Foundation certified professional will be able to guide an organization in implementing the best practices in IT Service Management and also in using IT as a tool for a business change and growth. The ITIL® Foundation certification course emphasizes on adapting a common framework of IT Service Management practices that will help deliver value to a business. It also focuses on Quality Management approach and standards apart from following a practical approach to IT Service Management.

Operations managers, service delivery professionals, quality analysts, and production support engineers will find the course ideal. However, the ITIL® Foundation certification course can be taken up by anyone working in the IT service industry, like IT professionals who want to move ahead in the IT Service Management sector.

ITIL certified professional is most sought after because the training is not based on a specific technology, it is applicable to any IT organization. So an ITIL® Foundation certified professional will find suitable job opportunities in any IT organization. Moreover, according to the salary survey conducted by Global Knowledge and Penton, ITIL® Foundation certification is listed among the 15 top-paying certifications in 2014.

3) Big Data Analytics

Big Data Analytics refers to the process of collecting, organizing and analyzing large sets of data to discover patterns and other useful information. Not only will Big Data Analytics help you to understand the information contained within the data, but it will also help identify the data that is most important to the business and future business decisions. Big data analysts basically want the knowledge that comes from analyzing the data.

A certified Big Data Analyst has a greater scope as almost every organization are increasingly looking to find actionable insights into their data. Many big data projects originate from the need to answer specific business questions. With the right big data analytics platforms in place, an enterprise can boost sales, increase efficiency, and improve operations, customer service, and risk management.

It is ideal for Java developers, Architects, Big Data professionals, anyone who is looking forward towards building a career in Big Data and Analytics. Top companies like Microsoft, Software AG, IBM, Oracle, HP, SAP, EMC2 and Dell have invested a huge $15 billion on data management and analytics, thereby increasing the number of opportunities for Big Data certified professionals. Research shows that certified analysts earn $117,000 in comparison to their non-certified peers.

4) Certified Scrum Master – (CSM®)

CSM® is a certification that is related to project management focusing primarily on software development. It focuses on handling changes in IT Projects with a Project Management approach. It is used when the customer suggests some changes during the process of project development.

5) Six Sigma Green Belt

One of the most popular strategies in any business organization, Six Sigma Green Belt is widely implemented across various industry sectors for improving quality and processes. This is one certification that will never go out of business and help you scale greater heights.

6) The Open Group Architecture Framework – TOGAF®

If you are an Enterprise Architect then one of the hottest skills you need to acquire this year is TOGAF®, as there is a growing demand for TOGAF® certified architects all over. If you look at it, TOGAF Certification is considered as an achievement as TOGAF certified Enterprise Architects are earning a whopping $124,000 compared to their non-certified peers and are most sought-after by Fortune 500 companies. Credible research from ITJobsWatch shows a steep increase in the average maximum salary for TOGAF professionals from 74,105 euros to 93,817 euros in the UK market. So, in short, being a certified TOGAF® Enterprise Architect ensures better job prospects and helps you stay ahead in the competition.

7) Sales training and certification 

If you’re looking for a lightweight sales training or perhaps you’re a sales leader looking for an online training to pass along to your team, look into HubSpot Academy‘s sales training and certification. It’s three hours of on-demand video content with a 60 question exam to follow. It details how to create a sales process that’s tailored to the buyer’s journey. Mark Roberge is the instructor and also a professor at Harvard Business School — it’s worth checking out.


Urban Clap A Fraudster!

Dear #UrbanClap you sent your technician to repair my refrigerator and without checking the compressor your technician cut the pipes which voided my warranty for the compressor. The company charged me Rs.2400/- for your technician’s mistake for gas filling which would have been free if the warranty was not voided. When I call you up, asking you to pay the money (as you have put it up on your website about damage insurance worth Rs.5000/-) your representative tells me that you will only pay Rs.500/-. How justified is it and why do you mislead poor customers like me with your PROMISE tab…?

Screenshot from Urban Clap website about Rs.5000/- worth damages being covered.

Furlenco & TVF Join Hands To Deliver The Most Hilarious Infomercial!


Furlenco, India’s first and largest online furniture rental company revealed the first look of its infomercial  — Truth or Dare with Dad — in association with web series pioneer, TVF (The Viral Fever), a popular digital content platform, at Pune’s Hard Rock Café on 15th April 2016. The furniture rental giant also announced its expansion plans in the city amidst a mixed audience including media, first few customers of Furlenco from Pune, TVF Team, Furlenco exec team, Members from Lightbox Venture Capital team and many more.

Truth or Dare with Dad is a hilarious sketch between father and son…and friend, as they go through a grueling fun game of Truth or Dare.  Starring everyone’s favorite from the TVF team, Jitendra Kumar (lovingly known as Jeetu!) enjoy the infomercial as Jeetu teaches his Dad the game and learns many a new thing along the way!

Truth or Dare with Dad is written by Chandan Kumar and directed by Raghav Subbu from Team TVF.

Based out of Bangalore, Furlenco was established in the year 2012, followed by its Mumbai launch in October 2015 with the purpose of elevating the living standards of urban aspirers who often end up compromising on their need for a good-looking home due to lack of desirable and convenient solutions. Furlenco gives them access to premium and aspirational products which can be used for as long as it is required, without investing heavily in buying it. After beautifying 5000+ homes in Bangalore and Mumbai in the past one year, Furlenco made its grand entry into the Pune market riding on a campaign with Uber on 1st April. The Pune operations will coincide with launch of three new offerings  including a Chill Zone, Bachelor’s Pad and Sleepover. Customers can place their orders online at Furlenco and get free doorstep delivery and installations within a week. They can also swap furniture annually based on their needs.

Commenting on the launch, Ajith Mohan Karimpana, Founder and CEO of Furlenco said, “TVF is an immensely popular youth-centric digital content platform in our country, which boasts of more than 15,00,000 viewers. The idea of launching an infomercial with TVF came from a simple thought of introducing Furlenco to the youth of this city as well as all the other metropolitan cities, who are also our target group. We aim to make aspirations of Pune’s aspirers more accessible by providing premium designer furniture on rent. They can now Have Everything and Buy Nothing.”

Having pioneered the web series genre in India and created two very successful web series Permanent Roommates and Pitchers,  Arunabh Kumar, Founder & Creative Experiment Officer, The Viral Fever (TVF) says, “Furlenco has made lives of young working professionals simpler without burning a hole in their pockets. As the fan base of TVF is primarily the youth – this collaboration was really exciting for us.”

Added TVF’s Jitendra Kumar who stars in the infomercial and who was present at the teaser launch, “It’s a great concept and I must thank Furlenco for giving an opportunity to anyone and everyone to rent beautiful and aspirational pieces of furniture nicely put in as an experience. Now I do not get a cold feet, thinking of purchasing furniture as disposing them used to be a bigger challenge. With Furlenco I do not have to get tied down to my furniture and with the free swap facility I can get a beautiful looking home every year.”

The infomercial launch event was followed by cocktails and dinner.

From the living room to bedroom and dining, Furlenco makes furnishing a house quick, easy and affordable. Carefully designed & curated, Furlenco’s premium furniture packages come with exquisite soft furnishing, home decor and accessories on a monthly subscription fee. This Pune launch is a part of Furlenco’s nationwide expansion, which it will follow by setting up its operations across every tier 1 city in India. By reaching out to every urban Indian on the move, Furlenco envisions to create a successful global name in the rental furniture service category and provide a seamless rental experience to all its customers.

About Furlenco:
Furlenco, India’s first and largest online home furniture rental company makes furnishing a home quick, easy and affordable, a novel concept unheard of so far. Furlenco’s design process is user-inspired, allowing them to offer furniture that truly enhances customer’s lives. Apart from quick deliveries and free set-up, Furlenco also pairs every unit of furniture with matching home décor and soft furnishing, allowing you to furnish your entire home in one click.

The point to be noted here is that the infomercial within 3 days of it’s launch on TVF Play and YouTube connected largely with the youth and is one of the highest viewed and trending videos on YouTube today. Watch the infomercial below;

Furlenco, India’s largest home furniture rental company is now in Pune!

Imagine living in a great-looking house every corner reflects your personality. What if you could be a bookworm today, and a lazy couch potato on a movie marathon tomorrow? What if you could work from home like a boss or just stay in a cozy bed all day long? What if?

Couch Potato

It’s not wishful thinking anymore. Furlenco, India’s largest home furniture rental company is now in Pune with its unique range of furniture packages designed to transform your living experience.

Work From Home

From living room, to bedroom and dining – Furlenco has made furnishing a house quick, easy and affordable. Carefully designed & curated in-house, Furlenco’s premium furniture packages come with exquisite soft furnishing, home decor and accessories on a monthly subscription fee. What’s more? The service includes free doorstep delivery and installation, making it extremely convenient and hassle-free to furnish your home. All this within one week of an order being placed. You can swap/return furniture whenever you want.

Reading Nook

After beautifying 5000+ homes in Bangalore and Mumbai, Furlenco is now all set to bring the good life to Pune. Check out furlenco.com/pune and rent the good life!