It feels so good when you join efforts with the change makers to do the good work and the vibe reaches the masses. SillySense is proud to be associated with one of the oldest Hindi newspaper in India, Dainik Jagran. The national daily is the largest read and the second largest newspaper in India.
The Hindi newspaper recently completed 75 years of its existence and SillySense did a PR outreach for the same.
The newspaper has grown with Indian democracy and has raised voice against all pressing issues for the betterment of the society.
The newspaper is largely circulated in these areas – Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi NCR, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir (Jammu) and Mumbai. Dainik Jagran the flagship brand of Jagran Prakashan Ltd (JPL) has marked an era of awakening since its inception in the year 1942.
SillySense, congratulates and celebrate 75 years of Dainik Jagran.
Ganeshotsav is celebrated with enthusiasm and excitement across India especially in Maharashtra. The 10 days festivities begins with establishing Lord Ganesha’s Idol at home and ends with its Viserjan. Vodafone wanted to partake in the celebration this year by centring it on its core value of innovation and sustainable living.
In last few years, there has been an increased awareness about water pollution caused by visarjan which are made out of Plaster of Paris (PoP). It takes several months to totally dissolve Ganesh Idols made up of PoP into water.
Vodafone wanted to address the issue in its own unique way, hence the concept of Eco-ponds. #GoodinGoodbyes
Vodafone aim is always to transform societies through its product and services and contribute to more sustainable living. Through this initiative Vodafone wanted uphold the religious sentiments of the people and help them conclude the festivities on a good note. The colors used in decoration of idols contain harmful chemicals containing mercury, lead which leaks into water as idol dissolves. It kills aquatic plants and marine life, damaging ecosystem under water.
The initiative would help Vodafone to be identified as a dependable brand. It would be critical for building strong emotional connect with the people for long-term customer loyalty.
The Eco-pond is technology driven and uses (IOT) device which helps track the water level in it once the Ganpati idol is immersed. The concerned family/Housing society/Organizing Committee also get a SMS alert.
Vodafone team partnered with NCL and the latter provided them with a solution of ammonium carbonate that dissolves the idol and leaves the sludge, which can be later filtered and re-used to make chalks and other products. The brand teams studied on how much chemical solution would be needed to immerse Ganpati idols. The weighing machine also helps the NCL and Vodafone ascertain on how much chemical solution is needed to dissolve the idols once they are immersed in the pond. Once the pond is full, it is replaced with other pond and the first one would be cleaned and re-used.
On the other hand, the brand has also set an Aarti stand as people perform puja before immersing the idol in the water. So, once they keep the idol on the Aarti stand, it will weigh the idol and then calculate on how much solution is needed to dissolve the total number of idols in the pond.
8 Vodafone stores are dedicated to carry out the activity. Vodafone stores located at JM Road, Hirabaug, Wakdewadi, Aundh, Karve Road, NIBM Road, Kalyaninagar and Kharadi are equipped with Vodafone Eco-Ponds .
Further to this, devotees can also dial 7391000000 to locate all the Vodafone Eco-Ponds.
Apr 27 2017
For those little fashionistas in us, there is some great news. The 8th season of India Runaway Week is happening in Delhi and starting from April 28, 2017. Make your weekend plans because no matter how big the India Runway Week gets, there you will always find fresh new names and lot more fresh swag. And yes, of course, the old designers that we can’t stop going gaga over will continue this season too.
This year theme: Weavers at Centre Stage on 8th season of India Runaway week.Date- 28th- 30th April 2017Venue- Thyagraj Stadium, New Delhi.
The weavers of India are its biggest assets. Indian hand woven fabrics are popular all over the world and they have been known since time immemorial. India was exporting textiles to most parts of the civilized world in ancient times but throughout history and in the current situation, there is evidence that shows that weavers have always been a victim of a staunch hierarchical system. Being at the bottom of the system they fall prey to the extreme forms of exploitation.
To raise voice for weavers and generating livelihood for hundreds of such rural artisans there are some identified organizations who promise to take an effective step. These organizations made a significant contribution to the lives of the artisans especially women who are working with it. They are geared up to help and improve weaver’s economic as well as social status.
Indian Federation for fashion Development has joined hand with four of these organizations i.e Rangsutra, SoCHE, Banka Silk, and Gestures by Kriti who will present the work of artisans at current season of India Runway Week Summer 2017 ramp which is starting from 28th of April to 30th of April 2017. These identified organizations strive to bring the traditions of India to customers all around the world with its unique creations and products. It not only helps its artisans become wage earners but also spreads awareness about the traditional crafts of the region, thus helping preserve a rich part of India’s national cultural heritage.
“The purpose of this show is to raise the current conditions of the weavers and to propose the importance of such organizations and social security to the custodians of this ageless art.” Said by Fashion director, Kiran Kheva, India Runway Week
Rangsutra is a craft company of thousand artisans from remote regions of India – the desert regions of Rajasthan and plains of Eastern Uttar Pradesh whereas SoCHE is reviving this languishing and less popular hand embroidery practiced by women around the border areas of Barmer. Banka Silk on other hand is imparting the required skills to the weaver’s community of Banka, connecting them with the markets and helps create an Eco-system wherein the weaver’s community can become self-sustainable. And lastly Gestures by Kriti is a livelihood support and outreach initiative that began in 1999, to promote ethical, sustainable and socially conscious thinking & buying of ‘community made’ products.
Apr 19 2017
Vivo, the title sponsor of Twenty20 Indian Premier League since last year, launches its V5 Plus limited edition Matte Black smartphone to celebrate 10 years of IPL. VIVO and IPL aim at achieving the highest of standards through this product that has already created ripples in the market, thanks to its already attractive features. It is exclusively made to glorify the spirit of cricket in India. As we all know that Cricket in India is not just seen as a sport but is observed as a deity and celebrated as a festival. In a country like ours, a phone that is wholeheartedly made to celebrate and honour our favourite sport, also honouring our enthusiasm is sure to win hearts.
The matte black V5 Plus smart phone sports the VIVOIPL logo as the token celebration of ten years of the pure craziness of IPL spirit. This, apart from other attractive features, is sure to attract a lot of attention from the cricket crazy world. It is a joint effort of VIVO and IPL to give the best possible experience to the cricket crazy audience. The phone has attracted a lot of attention for its high-quality music and the first ever dual front facing camera give the perfect selfie experience. This makes it the best selfie-taking phone among all the others. It has a primary front camera of 20 MP and a secondary camera of 8 MP. Apart from having all other features and filters that the other phones have, it is known for the Bokeh feature. The two front-facing lenses make it possible to click a high quality and sharp focussed selfie with a blurred background. The focus and blurriness could be adjusted by simply changing the aperture. It is user-friendly and makes sure to click the best ever selfie.
The phone looks sleek and light but it is definitely not to be confused with being fragile, as it is equipped with a gorilla glass by Corning that makes it strong and keeps it safe from any damage. It is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa- core CPU, which allows it to execute instructions making the multi-tasking efficient and easier. It uses the best available 4G LTE network for faster and easier communication. The 3055 mAh battery ensures its long battery backup. It runs on Funtouch OS 3.0 Operating system based on Android 6.0. It is built in 4G LTE network for high-speed wireless communication.
The wait for the cricket fans is over. They can reach out to Flipkart, any of the Vivo stores, or any modern trade outlets around the country. The matte black V5 plus limited edition smartphone will be available from April 10th onwards for Rs. 25,990, which definitely is a great deal for this amazing premium smartphone.
Feb 25 2017
Whats app status update. Yay ya nay?
Why o why whats app what has happened to you?
So the Twitterati has enjoyed a full day of making jokes about how Mark Zuckerburg is going after snapchat. Clearly, the mass is not happy with this new what’s app status update.
Why do we have so many social media platforms? Because we love the variety and wish to keep few things away from few people. It is popularly said that Snapchat is for teens. Instagram is for adults and what’s app is for parents.
When snapchat stories first came out, people (teens or the happening 20s) went out crazy. Putting everything on their snapchat stories and for the rest of the world, fortunately, it was a blessing. Now the bulk of food pictures, coffee shots, peppy inspiring messages, running records, currently playing music and gyming show-offs were moved from mainstream social media to a much secretive and fragile platform which scraps off everything in 24 hours. Not a bad hangover of superficial awesome life !!
Then came the Instagram stories. First, it was criticised in the way that Instagram is copying features as it is from snapchat. Then eventually (just in few days, *surprise*) everyone settled in and the party continues on Instagram but yes a check in here and there on snapchat was fun.
The reasons were obvious:
a) People already have worked hard to gain followers on snapchat. (Gaining snapchat followers is the toughest, there we said it.)
b) Snapchat camera and filters, face swap options were great. On the other hand, Instagram allows it’s users to upload pictures and videos in their stories.In all laziness it worked well with snapchat users. They kept their snapchat live and upload the stories again on Instagram. They also upload them on twitter and enjoy the stardom.
c) Maintaining Instagram profile is easier. Post videos, boomerang fun clips, selfies, vanity filters, stories, geo-tagging in stories, tagging friends in stories, the number of followers, contact information, one link in the bio, Direct messaging, hashtags and geotags …. all in one place.
Facebook’s fb live video feature was well received by the users. These fb live videos were the most profitable in terms of organic traffic, at the times when facebook is working on paid marketing.
Whats app is mainly used for the instant communication, group messaging (and marketing groups), sending current location, calling overseas, and spamming with unfiltered forwards. Isn’t it enough? Whats app status update was not demanded.
We at sillysense believe that whats app is a very strong and quick medium for independent communications. Bringing stories to whats app is like launching internet’s latest fad-wala- junkyard at a new place. We give it big thumbs down and really hoping it doesn’t get big. There should be a calm place, no?
Let us know your views on whats app status update.
Dec 05 2016
Fondly called as KutKut among his friends, That Random Guy aka @SoundHumor is hilarious in his tweets. One visit at his twitter feed and you can relocate your missing smile. He can make you buy pain and humour together in a single tweet. That is his power to play with words. For long this random guy has kept his real identity hidden under too many names, well his talents and work are justifying it – he is a graphic designer, a twitter celeb (always online, tweeting every random thing), a blogger, a poet and a programmer.
Let’s meet Tanul Mittal from Ghaziabad. That Random Guy of only 19, who has his both hands full.
Q. How ‘ThatRandomGuy’ becomes so popular on twitter?
Am I popular? I don’t know but yeah I tweet and write what I feel. So I think good interaction with people made me THAT RANDOM GUY. Like I could be anyone I don’t know myself!
Q. Oh, you already are a blogger, graphic designer and a twitter celeb. What’s so random about , That Random Guy?Spill random things that nobody knows.
Okay 5 things that no one knows about me…
I love having ice creams no matter what my mood is. I enjoy a lot with friends but I know what my ambitions are. I am a LEO sure that means nothing. I love to CODE on a serious note. I am afraid what I dream I really get scared sometimes, that’s why insomniac too.
Q. Who is your humour inspiration?
My thoughts and I would especially like to thank my parents who stood by me all the time and gave me a slap whenever I said something. That’s what I tweet I guess. Basically, I just tweet what I like and people love them. Humour is something which RVCJ admins don’t have. *shots fired*
Q. You are 7K strong on twitter, do you throw tantrums at home?
Haha yes sometimes I do and my Mum ends up saying “Chal like my new facebook pic and check out my WhatsApp DP”.
Q. How do you treat your 7K twitter following?
Well, to be honest, I receive a lot of messages daily on twitter regarding my blog, I try to reply them all. I interact with them freely. They are love.
Q. We know you have a very engaging following at Facebook too, how do you define your social media presence?
Thank you, I am quick to tweet at peak timings or catch hold of the trendy topics in time. Content is king. People will like your content and they will start following you and remember you.
One incident I would like to share, there is a guy he named himself That sweet guy and he said to me that, “I love your tweets I used your tweets in some bad situations and copied your poems as I have to send it to my girlfriend and friends.” Saved me from many situations. So yeah there are really people who like me and ask me daily how was my day or so.
Q. Oh, this is indeed a great help for maintaining love and harmony in the society. Tell our readers about your blog.
I created this WordPress blog to write my hidden soul and my feelings. I write to express not to be judged or criticised. My writings are impromptu, nothing is planned. My blogs are fully stuffed with my emotions and thoughts at that particular moment of writing. I proudly live in a country full of diversities. I love my motherland and I proudly say “BHARAT MATA KI JAI”. I am not a popular author, haven’t written any book yet but grateful that I got featured on many websites.
Q Who inspired you to start graphic designing?
After my 12th I decided not to be another struggling engineer and thus chose graphic designing. Learning and pursuing this career path I met few awesome people and my girl. People who inspire me are Aksharpathak and SHE. They inspire me to design more. Talking about inspiration Aksharpathak’s Tweetard is my favourite project.
Q. Where our readers can catch a glimpse of your creatives?
I have worked with Bode Animations (Flipkart Creative Team), ScoopWhoop (long before) So yes you can see my designing there, Or follow me on https://www.behance.net/tanulmittal . I usually post updates on my facebook, instagram.
Q. Which one is more gratifying to you – writing or designing?
Both. Writing, I write my feelings. Designing is what I do for the living and to feed my creative mind.
Q. How has twitter helped you in your professional path?
Twitter connected me to many professionals and like-minded people. I care about my followers, I listen to them. Their responses guide me. I love Mayank Mittal (@humor_donor) and take his suggestion very seriously. In my opinion, his tweets are awesome.
Q. One soundhumor another humor_donor, both Mittals, are you both by any chance connected?
Q. Tell us about your loyal followers.
I would genuinely like to thank them. <3 For so much support and reading and sharing what I do.
Q. Your most challenging project till date?
Well, I am building an AI. Even if I am not available People can chat with me. (up to some extent) with the help of facebook API and coding.
Q. This sounds amazing! Talking about your talents, tell us who made you write poems?
My feelings, She <3 made me write poems which I just cannot explain in real.
Thank you Tanul for this sweet interview.
Tell us who is the next you want to meet?
Nov 28 2016
The New Exotic Gourmet Chips in India – TERRA Chips
Bring on some exotic vegetable snacks on your coffee table and say hello to good tasty snack this winters.
America’s exotic Non GMO chips are now available in India (only on few online stores, that exotic!) and oh boy, the packaging will make anyone go mad. Terra Chips, real vegetable chips comes in a package of 141 gn ( 5 OZ). It is so glamorous that you will end up snapping hundreds of pictures before actually opening it. Well, the punch line ‘An exotic experience awaits you’ makes the whole experience more tempting.
We at SillySense, had the pleasure to enjoy them with friends over a mini celebration. You can have a look at the Terra Chips generous box that arrived to us. This mighty black box contains three massive chips packets of vegetables that you could ever imagine.
The box has:
1. TERRA ORIGINAL Sea Salt
2. TERRA BLUES Sea Salt
3. TERRA MEDITERRANEAN Herbs and Hint of lemon.
Let the exotic, tasty and adventurous journey of vegetable chips begin.
TERRA Chips are truly an explosion of various things. If you look closely at the pictures of individual packets you will see beautiful colour snacks. The stuff inside is actually that vibrant and full of colour. You can very well imagine our amusement of having orange, red and bluish purple chips served in front of us.
Apart from the taste, texture is the next thing that will give these packaged snacks the boost of having the real vegetables. The taste of herbs and lemon will gratify your taste senses. The whole experience of opening the packets, serving vibrant coloured chips and savouring them is quite an adventure.
TERRA vegetable chips combine the delicious flavours of Yuca, Parsnip, Batata, Taro, Sweet Potato, Naturally Blue Potato, and Ruby Dipped Vegetables. The most exotic flavour everyone at sillysense liked was sweet potato chips. They were far more dense with nutrients than standard potato chips. Talking about regular staple potato chips we have in India, TERRA Chips is pure luxury.
You can order these chips from various online stores like – Amazon, Big Basket, Nature’s Basket, Foodhall and TERRA Chips official website.
The tasty snack is packed with 160 calories per 30 grams of chips. For more information check their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/terrachipsindia/
Would love to see your pictures of having these coloured chips on your plate.
Oct 16 2016
What makes a woman, a woman?
‘A woman is a human who is generous, full of compassion, affection; possess grace with lots of patience. She has a strong will power.’
How a man can’t be defined with these characteristics?
‘Well yes, but woman is associated with everything that is love.’
But still, why you call someone a woman?
‘Man and a woman have different anatomies. A Woman is called a woman because she creates new life. She gives birth.’
What if she can’t?
(poker face, don’t know the answer)
If she can’t give a birth, she is not a woman?
(still searching for the answer)
This week, I put people around me in a situation where they responded in the way, you just read.
A Woman, or a female of the species, is someone who carries a child in her womb and gives birth. Man or a male who gives sperm for the reproduction process. What if a man or a woman for any given reason is not capable to reproduce?
Infertility is considered as a taboo. It is as hurting for a man as for a woman. When we are living in a society where it’s a habit of encroaching somebody’s personal problem and brutally trolling them in public that it actually becomes a curse for them, one can imagine how abusive it can go for women.
Women who are infertile are considered inauspicious and not allowed to perform certain rituals. Many times they are not welcomed at celebrations and festivities in families, in the fear that their presence will bring bad luck to the host family. Why are infertile men not treated this way? Why no one stops socializing and chuck them out of the society as any infertile woman is subjected to? This is a bizarre thing to not invite a woman who can’t have a baby (and in many cases who doesn’t want to have a baby at that phase of her life) to a baby shower ceremony. A female doesn’t get pregnant or lose her ability to get pregnant by touch or presence of some person in the room or the house!
The focus here is not to compare as who is treated how, the pain they are going through is same, whether being a man or a woman. It’s a personal issue; problem arises when others start making it a big deal and go on to label the woman as ‘Banjh’
It’s a personal issue; problem arises when others start making it a big deal and go on to label the woman as ‘Banjh’
Infertility is a disease
A human body has many systems that make it function and work properly. Digestive system, Circulatory System, Endocrine system, Exocrine system, Immune system, Skeleton system, Nervous system, Urinary system, Respiratory system and Reproduction system. If any system does not work the way it is meant to be, we call it as a disability or a disease.
We take care of blind people, physically handicap, people who are going through depression and various other ailments. Unfortunately, people who have medical problems with their reproduction system are chucked out from the society instead of helping them. I look for a logical reason and found none.
If a person who is not able to speak, hear or see things due to their disability is not put down as ‘bringing disgrace’ to their family, then how a woman who is not fertile can be cornered like that. Till the time we educate our own society against this prejudice, that infertility is a disease, not a curse, we inadvertently add misery to a woman’s (and in some cases a man’s) life. These women have already lost their mental peace, confidence, some relationships and a huge amount of money in treatments, isn’t it enough?
I look for a logical reason and found none.
A woman’s nightmare
I met this lady who has just turned 38, some days back. She is married for 6 years and is now in dilemma. She wants to have a baby but at the same time is no rush for now. Her husband is quite okay with this, in fact, they together took this decision. They do not want a baby till last year because of their professional struggle and financial crunch. Now they are trying but not that desperate. Her doubt is, as her biological clock is ticking and if she is not able to conceive, her husband may leave her and marry someone else.
Theirs is a love marriage. During this sensitive discussion, while she was opening up and sharing her fears and dilemmas, I was thinking it’s all in her head and nothing of this intensity is going to happen. Now, my rational mind backed this thought. They both have not met any doctor. They do not know the issue if there is any and with whom. It might be not their right alignment with the time to have a baby.
It was difficult to sleep that night. Her question kept bothering me ‘my husband may leave me, to marry someone else.’ They were not trying earlier because of both of their financial insecurity. If they need a treatment and they delayed it for some reason, how is it her fault? Why she will be shown out the doors?
How a woman becomes ‘not a good wife’ if she can’t deliver a baby?
I understand when one decide to end the marriage on grounds of infidelity, compatibility, lack of love, cruelty etc. What I don’t understand is after so many years of marriage one decides to divorce the partner because they cannot produce a baby. How can a relationship break over not having a child? Does she stop loving and supporting her husband? Does she stops taking responsibilities of a wife and daughter in law? Does she stops being the kind of sane person she used to be? Does she become inhuman? She remains the same. She can be going through depression, partly because she is upset with herself, partly because of the treatment of the society. All she needs is a support not isolation.
Solutions and Scars
Our medical sciences have advanced so much and now there are many treatments that a woman can undertake to be able to have a baby (other than suggested fasts and rituals by the society). All these methods are extremely painful and horribly expensive. One can take years and years to respond to them and results are not always guaranteed. Both husband and wife get drained themselves and deplete all their savings in the hope. They are already going through a lot. We as a society should take the responsibility of not taunting them all this while #InfertilityIsNotATaboo .It is plain simple medical problem and the couple is already taking treatment for that.
If nothing works, adoption is also a solution. What more beautiful can be, to be parents to someone who needs them. Unfortunately, adoption is also scrutinized by some in society. They go one labeling the woman as ‘banjh’ and abusive titles for the child.
Adoption is a personal choice. A woman may not want to give birth, it’s her choice. In any situation, her motherly feelings are not lost. She will play with kids, love them the same way. Motherhood is experiencing or raising a child. Infertility has nothing to do with behavior, likes, dislikes and emotions. She is still a woman if she can’t give birth.
So I finally ask again
What makes a woman, a woman?
This blog is to #SpreadAwareness about Infertility through Infertility Dost, India’s first website that facilitates couples to brave infertility with support and knowledge. You can find other links on Write Tribe
Sep 28 2016
We at sillysense.com are always thriving to introduce you with new and interesting businesses, artists and communities around. This time we are here to make you put the coolest whatsapp status in the town, like a pro. Say hello to whatsstatus.com
Whatsapp is the most popular application on our smart phones. It was launched as an instant messaging app but due to its popularity and ease of use it is arguably the best social media network today. The moment you share your whatsapp number with someone, the first thing they notice after your profile picture is your status.
If you are one of those, whose status is ‘Available / Busy / At School / At work/ Battery about to die’ and most notably ‘can’t talk, whatsapp only’ then you should be totally jumping onto Whatsapp Status and find one personalized yet appropriate status for yourself, right now.
Considering the youth spends almost all day communicating on whatsapp, it becomes a cool way for them to update their contacts with their whatsapp status. Some like to change status with every hour during the day. Watching a match or fighting with bae, or putting up slay status messages, people do it all.
Coming up with cool, witty, creative and crazy whatstapp status can be difficult at all the times. In order to keep the fun going with the never ending stock of fresh status messages, you should check out whatsstatus,com
You can find:
a) New whatsapp status daily
b) Unique statuses, without the vibe of ‘this message is fresh in the market, spread it like fire’
c) Status messages from 60 different categories to choose from.
d) Real emotions or jokes shared by real people.
Whatsstatus.com is the largest pool of whatsapp status messages on internet and it is said that they add hundreds of unique status across 60 categories daily.
Apart from regular Love, Friendship, Broken Heart, jokes or motivational categories, whatsstatus.com offers some more interesting categories that many can relate and personalize like
Food whatsapp statuses on whatsstatus.com
“People are use to be alcoholic and I am addicted to eat……..”
Birthday whatsapp statuses on whatsstatus.com
“Eat birthday cake..with no counting of calories and no calculation of age”
Angry whatsapp statuses on whatsstatus.com
“Yes, you are caddish and wag, but I am an affable person though not a timid one. So just wait for my revenge. Ok!”
Exam whatsapp statuses on whatsstatus.com
“I get super power during the last five minutes of any exam!”
Girls whatsapp statuses on whatsstatus.com
“My beauty is not to fascinate you, If my heart says ‘Yes I am beautiful’, I don’t need another consent….”
There are many more categories that you should check out.
By the way, what’s your whatsapp status?