Which is the best city in India to settle and why?

Gandhinagar: Why you should move here?

Answer by Ajeet Panigrahi:

Well before I answer this question, I would like to say that I lived in many different cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata , Chennai, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Patna, Pathankot, Kochi, Nashik, Lonavala, Nicobar, Bhubaneshwar, etc.

But the city I liked the most and one of the city where anyone can live a peaceful and uninterrupted life goes like this:

1. The city is Planned, in a damn good way. It was planned by HK Mewada and Prakash M Apte, who worked as trainees under Legendary Architect Le Corbusier, the architect who designed Chandigarh. The plan somewhat looks like this.


(Image source:  Page on indiatravelite.com )

2. Some one said about Greenery. This is the Greenest City in Asia with 54% forest cover of its total area. For instance, a normal city has 150 Trees per 100 persons, but this city has more than 400 trees per 100 which is very high.

​( Image Source: www.swastikrealbiz.com)

3. Has a market place in every 1 Sq. Km where one can find all the basic daily needs.
4. Has got garden in every sector where people spend time with families.
Few of the Gardens are so well made that they do attract lots of people from outside.

​( Image Source: www.omnilexica.com)

5. The normal view of a road is like this. Its not a Highway, but only a Sector Road.


​( Image Source: epaper.timesofindia.com)

6. Temples! There is Akshar Dham, Gandhi Mandir, and many small temples in each sector.


​(Image Source: www.travelguru.com)

7. Has got very less traffic. A busy day somewhat looks like this.


​( Image source: Xossip)

8. Pollution, naah, I couldn’t find any.

9. And the best part are the people. Gujjus are the best and one of the least violent people in entire country. Ther are always Maja Ma Che.

10.Mahatma Mandir..
Don’t be surprised, its not airport..


​(Image source: swapnasrushtiwaterpark.com)

11.These kind of pedestrians


​And you can roam anywhere anytime without fears.!!!pretty safe.
(Image Source : katiraconstruction.com)

12.Celebrations (Navratri)


​(Image Source: www.gandhinagarportal.com)

13. Water show


(Image source: www.swaminarayan.org)​

14. IT Parks (TCS Builiding) Many such buildings are coming up. Also to mention the first smartcity of India, GIFT City is also coming up.


​( Image Source: www.snehalshaharchitect.com )

15. This is how intersections/circles look like. There are many like these in Gandhinagar. They are just like mini parks built in between the roads.

(Image source: Google Images)

16. And to all the Non Vegetarians out there, resist this if you can. For your information, that is completely vegetarian. (I am saying it being a non vegetarian).

(Image source: Google Images)

There are many more things I can say but need to leave office.
And Yes the city is GANDHINAGAR, Capital of Gujarat.

Some things which I couldn’t add due to time constraints, added by Mithil Leua.
Edit 1: Sources added.
Edit 2: Some details of Interchanges and Food added.

Which is the best city in India to settle and why?

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Which is the smartest Indian movie ever made?

Answer by Chetan Sameer:

I was so embarrassed when a film that so much deserved to be prefixed if at all the words greatest and smartest Indian movie were used didn’t find a slot in this page. And yes im talking about a Telugu film, “Mayabazaar”(1957). Before you differ, i would be pleased if you consider my view point.


Mayabazaar is a Mythological epic fantasy film directed by kadiri venkata reddy. It’s based on a fictional tale based on Mahabharata. It was the first multilingual indian film, also released in tamil and malayalam apart from telugu. The film boasts of stellar star  cast and crew, NT Rama Rao,Akkineni Nageswar rao,Sv ranga rao and the adorable savitri. These people were undoubtedly greatest actors in the history of telugu films. The film was made at whooping budget of Rs2,00,000INR and was the costliest indian film of that era.

  • And now comes the interesting part, the film was shot at a period when forget about computer graphics, a normal computer was a rarity in India. In such a scenario the film had terrific shots and artwork. During the rehearsals, Venkata Reddy noted the time each actor took to deliver his or her dialogues using a stop watch and calculated the length of each scene (including the song situations) thus arriving at the usage of negative film to the required length.
  • D. S. Ambu Rao, who was Bartley’s assistant, said that the film was shot strictly by the screenplay and light set by Bartley(legendry anglo indian cinematographer). For a particular song which was shot at ennore near chennai on a broad day light , the cinematographer with his expertise created a moonlight illusion with tricky camera angles, which awed the film fraternity.
  • Apart from the principal technicians and actors, a crew of 400 studio workers including light men, carpenters, painters and others worked on the film during its production stage.While erecting the set of Dwaraka, 300 miniature houses were created in about 50 x 60 electrified feet space, with no houses being made to look alike. All of them were erected under the supervision of the art director, Madhavpetti Gokhale and Kaladhar.
  • It took four days of filming to get the right effect for the “laddoo gobbling” shots of Ghatotkacha in the song sequence, “Vivaha Bhojanambu”.In the scene where Ghatotkacha, in the guise of Sasirekha, uses his foot to stamp Lakshmana Kumara’s foot, the expression was Savitri’s, while the foot used for stamping was that of the film’s choreographer Pasumarthi Krishnamurthy’s. He pasted false hair on his foot to give it the look of that of a demon’s.

(Originally in black and white, digitally colourised in 2007.)

Look at the shots below and try to figure out on how they managed to           do it without camera graphics in the year 1957.[These are .gif Images, im unsure if all browsers can play them]

​The shots above are only one of the many examples to be found in the film.whats surprising is that, till date few camera angles used in mayabazaar are still shrouded in mystery!!!

The first Movie to Conceptualize Laptop, Video Calling decades before they came into existence.

Everyone lauds the star trek series for predicting the future showing of ipads and video calling 2decades before they arrived.However it was Maayabazaar film that first showcased these gadgets for nearly a 50years before they were 1st released.


lord krishna(NTR) shows  abimanyu on a laptop like prototype with a skype like live video chat.

Legacy

  • At the international film festival held in india and indonesia during the year 1957, mayabazaar was presented only to receive world wide applause for its technical extravaganza and scintillating plot apart from boasting off the valor  of Indian mythology. Soon after, this film has been  made a case study at most of the worlds prestigious film universities.                                                                                            when was the last time an indian film drew world’s attention for its technical brilliance???
  • 56years later, in the year 2013 when CNN IBN conducted an extensive online voting on “Greatest indian Film ever” , Mayabazaar bagged the maximum votes.That’s quite a record, isn’t it??

I Always considered Mayabazaar as an Indian film rather than a telugu/south film. During an era when there was no youtube for tutorials, no proper communication channels for guidance from outside world, dont u think , Mayabazaar stands  out as the Smartest and greatest movie of all time??? ,,,I leave it to your discretion.

Which is the smartest Indian movie ever made?

What are the most common mistakes first-time entrepreneurs make?

[ I found this nice answer on quora. Very informative. I am also entrepreneur, and i would like to be in touch with others, so i have added contact form at the end of this post. if you feel, please drop me some lines via that form.

-Gaurav Chauhan]

 

Answer by Yash Kotak:

I started my first company Lumos right after graduating from IIT Gandhinagar. Dreamy eyed noobs that we were, we made tons of mistakes.

I’ll mention the top 5 mistakes we made that led to our failure. But first the story to give you some background:

July 2014

In July, we started building smart internet connected switches that learn from user behavior and automate all the electronic appliances in a home.

We felt that it’s a pity that our search results and news feed are personalized to us but our homes, where we spend most of our time, are not.

We had a vision that our switches will learn and personalize the electronic appliances in a home to its owner. We decided to name the company Lumos.(Yes, I am a big Harry Potter Fan!)

We took some pre-seed investment from an angel investor and headed off to our alma mater IIT Gandhinagar to get incubated. We converted a lab into our office space and the Lumos saga started!

The Lumos Team at Work!

We built like crazy. That’s the thing about us engineers; if you give us something interesting to build, we will forget everything else and just build. Our first prototype, which automated lights, was ready in 45 days.

The second prototype, which could automate lights, fans, ACs and water heaters was out in another month. This is really fast according to hardware standards.

November 2014

In mid-November, we got a product designer on board to design the final product. In December, we were already in talks with investors to raise the next round of funding.

Our First PCB (That did not work 😛 )

We were on track to have a market-ready hardware product in less than one year. We were pleased with ourselves. The investors were pleased with us. Life was a bed of roses.

December 2014

Until it was not. We had underestimated the work that goes into making a market-ready hardware product. We had overestimated the demand and utility of our product.

Hardware products sell at 4x–5x the component costs. How did we not know this?!

We were wildly wrong about the price at which we thought our product would sell. And when all this realization came together, shit got real.

January 2015-April 2015

We were forced into a deathly spiral of pivots that almost killed the company. We made bigger mistakes. We left IoT as a sector. We lost a cofounder on the way. The pivots are a long story. I’ll save it for another day.

Now that you have some background, here are the top 5 mistakes we made in Lumos and what we learnt from them.


Mistake 1: We were neither experts nor target users of the product that we were building.

We had never used the existing home automation products in our homes. We were not experts in the IoT sector. When you have new at something, you give yourself the famous Dunning Kruger Pass on your decisions.

“The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than is accurate.”

And we did give ourselves the Dunning Kruger pass. Had we been users of existing smart switches, we would have known that the incremental value that our product was offering was quite low. Had we been experts in IoT, we would have known how to price hardware and the difficulties in building it.

By avoiding this mistake, you can avoid a lot of other mistakes which happen as a result of this one.

Learning: Work on something where you are either an expert or a top user. If not, become an expert/top user.

Homejoy founder Adora Cheung herself worked as a professional cleaner to understand the business.

Mistake 2: We did not do the due diligence on the idea before we started building the product.

We did not understand the market and competition well enough. We also did not figure out the persona of our customer. And whether that customer was looking for the value that we were providing.

We did not question whether we would be able to provide that value in that first place.(Machine Learning cannot read the human mind. Not yet!).

It is always possible to validate or disvalidate a lot of assumptions about the product, market and competition without building the full-fledged product.

One way we could have done it was by selling existing products to our potential customers.

Learning: I learnt this very useful method in an accelerator. Make a thorough list of hinge-breaking assumptions for your market, product and competition. Hinge breaking assumptions are those that can make or break your company.

Rank them according to probability of the assumption being wrong and subsequent risk to company. Start validating from the top while building as less as possible.

Mistake 3: We let sunk cost bias affect our decisions about pivoting.

It was not that we were clueless about the problems in our product. We had doubts in our minds. In a startup, you almost always have doubts. But we had built so much. We were in love with our product. And we were not ready to ask the difficult questions.

Is it okay to be doubtful about your product? Is it okay to voice your doubts and bring the team morale down?

Or make your cofounders feel that you are not as committed to the idea and the vision as they are?

It helps to be transparent about your doubts with co-founders in the long run.

It would have saved us a couple of months and some money.

Learning: It is absolutely necessary for founders to be committed to the vision of the company. However, there are multiple ways to achieve a vision. Don’t fall in love with one way. Accept the possibility that you might have to start things over from scratch.

Build a culture of transparency in your company. Encourage dissent among cofounders and deal with it objectively.

Mistake 4: We were trying to do everything for everybody.

We were making switches that could automate your lights, fans, ACs and water heaters. We would have tried to automate your TV, Fridge, Oven and Car as well had it been feasible to do so.

We were pitching power savings as well as luxury. This made the product and the pitch very complicated.

Learning: As a startup, you are constrained in resources. So it is always better to identify and solve one problem very well instead of solving n problems in a so-so way.

Nest solved the heating problem. Dropcam and Canary solved the security problem. Try to be a drug for your customer instead of being a vitamin.

Mistake 5: We underestimated hardware.

Building a successful startup is hard. Building a hardware startup is 10 times harder.

Pebble, with all its Kickstarter success, is still in troubled waters.

Building a prototype is the easiest part of building a hardware startup. The real challenge comes in product design, production engineering, manufacturing, distribution and marketing/sales. And you need to have friends in China.

Also, hardware product validation and iteration cycles are much longer than software ones. Getting funding is relatively difficult; VCs ask for traction(~$1M on Kickstarter/Indiegogo last I heard)because of the inherent risk in a hardware startup.

Managing cash flows is hard because you have to pay your vendors months before you get paid from your customers.

Source: The Lean Hardware Startup: Investing in Hardware Startups

Considering all this, we were not the right team to build a hardware company.

Learning: Understand what you are getting into if you are starting a hardware company and plan accordingly. Get experienced people on your team or get into a hardware accelerator like HAXLR8R.

Today.

Eventually, we ended up leaving hardware and IoT and decided to build something that solves a problem that we had experienced.

Since Gandhinagar(where Lumos was located) does not have many startups, interacting and sharing experiences with other entrepreneurs was always a big problem for us.

Also, we had to subscribe to a lot of blogs (crowded inbox) just to stay updated with top content on Entrepreneurship.

We decided to build FundaMine to solve this problem.

FundaMine is a community for professionals to stay updated and interact with others in their profession.

Currently, FundaMine has communities(mines) on Entrepreneurship, Product Management, Android Dev and IoT. Do check it out!

Drop me a line at yashpkotak@gmail.com if you have any comments or want to discuss anything in detail. I can also be reached at @YashPKotak. If you are in Bangalore, we can also catch up for a cup of coffee!

What are the most common mistakes first-time entrepreneurs make?

 

How to get paid application for free, legally from Google Play Store?

Here i will tell you How to get paid application for free, legally from Google Play Store?

From http://www.androidpolice.com/

What can be awesome than free?

What can be more interested than free?

Lets check out FREE APP OF THE WEEK n play store?

We are used to get some free app which were free otherwise from amazon app store. FREE thing is oldest and working marketing idea to get more customers. When you offer something for free, people feel that let`s check out. After all it is free. So on one mighty day at Google headquarter some one thought the same and here we are. Google play store offers free app of the week. You can download a paid application for free.

Now what you have to do is go to play store app, find the FAMILY FUN image and tap on it.

From https://i2.wp.com/www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/nexus2cee_FreeApp1.pngOnce you tap on NEW FAMILY FUN, you are redirected to family section where you find another image saying free app of the week.

From https://i1.wp.com/www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/nexus2cee_FreeApp2.png

Tap on free app of the week and you are good to go. Remember you have to install via taping FREE APP OF THE WEEK. if you manually search and install the same app, you will be charged. Be careful.

Source: http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/06/12/google-play-offers-its-first-free-app-of-the-week-a-pbs-app-tucked-away-in-the-family-section/

Which StackOverflow questions are worth to read, even without any reason?

Answer by Rohit Jain:

Oh dear.. There are hell lot of them. I usually mark such questions as favourite. So, I’m going to pour selected questions from my favourites list here. I hope you’d love to go through them:

General Programming Questions:

Java Related Questions:

Git Related Questions:

JavaScript Related Questions:

Python Related Questions:

C++ Related Questions:

And here comes the beauty – Regex Related Questions (hold your breath):

To end with, here’s something you should bookmark right-away, so you can read whenever you’re feeling low, to enlighten you:

Will keep on adding if I come across some interesting questions.

Which StackOverflow questions are worth to read, even without any reason?