Well I am a big Android fan boy , most of the posts in my blog are related to Android. It was last year when I decided to buy low budget Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 520 to try out Windows Phone. As the days went by my experience with Windows Phone was not up-to the mark (As an Android user will always feel). Recently my Lumia 520 received Windows 8.1 OS update.This update is quite impressive and brought some of the required features which was missing in Windows Phone 8.Here I will take you through couple of new features that Windows Phone 8.1 brings supported by Lumia 520.

1.Action Centre and Notifications:With this 8.1 update Microsoft brought most awaited feature i.e. Action Centre which allows    users to get the Notifications related to calls , SMS , WhatsApp , E-Mails , IM Notifications.

Actions Centre also gives quick access to Wifi Setting , Blue Tooth , Flight Mode  and Auto Rotation lock options. This actions are also customizable.

From Home Screen you can easily access Action Centre with easy swipe down gesture which similar to Android or iOS feature.

For every specific apps you can turn on or off notifications, you can also choose whether to see banner alerts at the top of the screen or not.

2. New Word Flow Key Board:  Well in Android we can easily download and install custom Key Boards like Swype , SwiftKey

KeyBoard. I always thought that a combination of Swype (where the user enters words by sliding a finger or stylus from the first letter of a word to its last letter)  and SwiftKey Board (that delivers the best next-word prediction, smarter autocorrect) would be the best.

In Windows Phone you will not get the choice of downloading custom keyboards but with Windows Phone 8.1 update the inbuilt keyboard is quite powerful , which I believe has both the features of Swype and SwiftKey. I am quite impressed with Word Flow Keyboard’s next word prediction and it almost every time gives you the correct prediction of next word.

Microsoft claims that the Word Flow Keyboard is one of the ‘most intuitive smartphone keyboards’ and learns from users writing style and the WordFlow key board supports 16 languages.

3. FM Radio: In Windows Phone 8.1 update Microsoft updated the FM Radio app , now the app is longer present under the Music App & it can be accessed as a standalone app. Microsoft also added switch to speaker settings by which you can listen to the Radio through speakers also.

FM Radio

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Calendar Week View with Weather App













4. Screenshot Capture Option: Now you have to press Volume Up + Power Button to capture screenshot.

5. Calender App Updated: In Built Calender App has been updated/redesigned (with Google and other calender support) and now it has impressive features and views.The App shows a week view, along with a weather widget which has been integrated into the Calendar app. It will show at the top & app also allows you to select day/month/week/year view.


6. Themes, Home Screen Back ground & Tiles:  With this update now you change the background image of the start screen , You can change the size & number of titles available in your start screen.

The other great customization feature is the option to set up custom backgrounds for the lock screen. Small, but totally needed feature to make Windows Phone truly personal.


Theme Settings

Skype Integration













7. Skype Integration: With WP 8.1 update the new Skype app for Windows Phone 8.1 comes with dialler integration that allows a user to switch a regular call to a Skype video call with a click of a button.


Couple of  other Key updates in Windows Phone 8.1:

Battery Saver App


  • Battery Saver App to monitor which apps consumes how much battery.It also has app exclusion list.
  • Though in Lumia 520 Cortana app is not available but according Microsoft this is the next big thing.This App is similar to Android’s Google Now or iPhone’s Siri.This App is powered by Bing.
  • Comes with Internet Explorer 11 with improved features for browsing.
  • Contact List sorting with those with Phone Numbers , Call Duration feature.
  • Separate volume controls for ringtones/notifications and music/media.
  • Built in VPN support.
  • New Re-design for Store.
  • Facebook app comes with OS, updates independently, hooks into OS.
  • Redesign for Camera App with Burst Mode.


One thing that I love about Windows phone that after any OS – Update your phone remains the same with all the old data , contact , apps which is not like Android OS update where the phone goes through a complete formatting.




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The Alma Mater & Reunion

On September 30, 2013, in Aritra Sen, Experience, Life, by Aritra Sen

Image Courtesy: Sukanta Sir

Well some of my school friends Love to use the abbreviating form of our school name but I will not and say it loud & with great pride-Tarai Tara Pada Adarsha Vidyalaya because I love my school days and ‘those were the best days of my life’.May be that is why suddenly on September 22nd Morning , I had this idea of having a school reunion.It was in the pick of my thoughts that I contacted my couple of friends for confirmation & created a Facebook Event.Now-a-days nothing is better than circulating an idea & get response easily in Social Media.So far the response has been good from members & around 40 people accepted the invitation.We are hoping for further more entries.

In school, we all the students read in a spirit of togetherness. We forget their joys and sorrows. We read together, play together and sit together.So many transformation we came across in our school life starting half pants being converted to full pants & for ladies they officially stars wearing Sarees :) My School days has been quite enjoyable & this is mainly because of the friends I was lucky to have.They have been still part of my life.In our school from class 11 & 12 we do come across a huge paradigm shift here here our educations becomes co-education & School days that time has been the most joyful moments of existence, filled with many mysteries to solve and many fights to resolve.I will believe we all still remember our Excursion.I will not talk about other memorable incidents & events of our school as now we have 12th October to talk & cherish all this.

It is always nostalgic to think of the past life especially our school days.No one in this world is happy but when we friends sit together & talks about our school days & few of the incidents – it always brings a great delight & joy in us.Lots of memories we cherish about our school life.

Join us in our school Reunion in our School itself to re-live those days when with so many others things we also learnt Sleeping without being caught,Texting without looking & Team Work on tests.Lets show this team work once again & make this reunion a successful one.I believe we have lots memories & incidents to share about our school life on that day & most importantly we all will have the chance to meet our good old school friends.Now we have another reason to make this Durga Puja a bit more memorable.

Event Details ->

Date: 12th October,2013

Place: Tarai Tara Pada Adarsha Vidyalaya

Timing: 12 to 4 PM.

Facebook Event Page:   TTAB 2005 Passout Batch School Reunion

Do share your share your thoughts, comments & suggestions below.



Android Apps-You must have

On June 5, 2012, in Android, Experience, Tech off, by Aritra Sen

My last post about Android was How to root HTC Wildfire 2.2.1 and Install Cyanogenmod and I am so happy to see the response for this post.Glad to see that so many people have successfully rooted wildfire and now enjoying the power of Cyanogenmod using the guide.

Recently few of my friends started using Android phone and I believe this post would help them to gather information about useful Android apps and to get the most out of Android.

So I am sharing couple Android I use daily and productively(I am not including the pre installed applications that comes with stock rom and custom rom applications). Direct download links(From Google Play) are provided with Application name.

1. Advance Task Killer and Smart RAM Booster :  Though Android is working on improving the battery life with newer versions of Android OS but till 2.3 lesser battery life is an worry. These two apps can improve your phone’s battery life significantly with it’s background task killing capabilities.You need to enable automatic task killing in settings like for Advance task killer – set the auto killing frequency to  ‘when screen off ‘. Smart RAM Booster helps to speed up your phone, Do enable Auto Boost in the application settings.

2.1 click clear: Helps you to clear the Cache memory to speed up the phone operations and also cleans up the Residual files from SD card.

3.QuickPic: If your phone’s default photo viewer or gallery operations are taking huge time then use this application for faster photo browsing.

4. Camera 360: My phone doesn’t support Instagram photo sharing app , So I was  searching for a different photo enhancing and photo sharing application and I got this amazing camera app. Click the photo from this applications and then enhance the quality with different effects available(I love LOMO and RANDOM effects).

P.S: If your phone supports Instagram then use it.

5.TouchPal Contacts: You can easily replace your phone’s default dialer with this applications for Fast contact search and also shows the registered location of phone number/operator name when someone calls you.

6. MightyText: Easily one of my most favorite Android application(helps me to tackle with my laziness while browsing :-p) .After installing this application in phone, install the chrome add in in your computer.Helps to receive and send sms from my chorme browser while I am browsing in my computer.This app also gives you call alerts right into your browser.

7. DoubleTwistPlayer and Mx Player : DoubleTwist is good alternative for your default music player and Mx Player plays almost all the video formats with the extra add ons.

8. WhatsApp: Well you can only get addicted to this application after you use.Becoming the most famous and easiest mode of text communication, from which you can also share contacts and other attachments.

9.Evernote:  Evernote lets you take notes(Like Addresses), capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely accessible from web, Computer and phone.

10.Swype: A must have applications for the WhatsApp and SSM addicts for faster typing.

11.TweetDeck ,Facebook ,FacebookMessanger ,Foursquare Social Networking applications.I use TweetDeck to simultaneously post in Twitter and Facebook.

12. Dropbox with DropSync: Dropbox with DropSync gives you the power true two way data synchronization for your phone with your computer.

13.Trillian: An excellent multi platform chat client , You can log into Gtalk, Facebook , YM etc at one go.

14.Wapedia: For faster searching of Wikipedia contents.

15.OperaMini Browser: The best alternative for your default browser that comes with Stock ROM.

16.IndRail: The best application to get information about Indian Railway(s) such as current PNR Status, Seat Availability, Fare Enquiry, Train Routes, and information of any train.

17.ThinkFree Office Mobile: Create, view, edit Microsoft office components and you can also view PDF files through this application.

18.CamScanner: Through this application you can scan multiple page documents and can upload any could storage like Dropbox.

In future If I come across more useful Android applications I will be adding in this list.

You can also share your applications by commenting below.

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Note: This is a Guest Post by a very good friend of mine Alapan Ghosal last night he sent me this post.I am just posting this on the behalf of him.Here it goes:

Sachin’s 100th 100.Last year for an Indian cricket fan has been frustrating by part & dismal for the rest of it.
We have been pounded & grounded into submission by a couple of teams we have had thoughts of beating,if not easily then by some perspiration but the ugly truth has been clubbed repeatedly & painfully over our heads over the whole of last year.
Now we stand duly chastised & humbled,by the virtue of our teams performance While in midst of this travesty lies the mysteries of Sachin’s 100th 100.
Why couldn’t he get it over a period of 365 days??
Why couldn’t he pound the Aussies & the poms??
why did he get out repeatedly making silly mistakes or Why did the balls get better of him…..
Probably if he would have had the 100th against either Aussies or the poms we would have had consoled ourselves that our hero defied the opposition & his teammate’s mediocrity & rose above it.But as things stand we have been stripped of even this consolation.
Our hero has been repeatedly struggled to put bat on ball & found ways to get out the last of which involved trying to flick Malinga of his pads from closer to middle than leg.He started both the tours with decent form & got a few middling scores with amazing regularity & just when the stage seemed to be set for him,got out.
I don’t know why he got out & I don’t particularly care much.
But I would like the Sachin of old to make a comeback where nothing seemed impossible.Where he could make me smile exclaim & sigh over a coverdrive where he could right all the wrongs of the day.I would like him to treat every bowler as Henry Olonga(remember Sharjah 97 I think you can)

I would like him to pummel every opponent.I would like him to be my childhood hero again….
I would like him to be best batsman on current form ever & always….
I would like him to be grim determined & victorious….
When even hardened pros like Mcgrath & Warne had to clap when he made them look foolish….
I would like him to be the guy for whom bunking classes & a punishment didn’t matter much for a student….
I would like him to chase all the dreams that have  remained unfulfilled among billions of us….
Yes I admit, I would like the boy from Sharadashram Vidyamandir to appear as good for each & everyone of us and today he finally managed to scale the statistical impossibility a century of centuries….
Where he scored practically flawless 114 runs from 147 deliveries,but it didnt give me much satisfaction,where he slowed down after 80,where he struggled to get gaps,where he was made to perspire by a pedestrian attack,where inspite of being best batsman on show,He cost us 20 runs.
Before he makes a final bow & before a curtain drops over innocence.I would like my hero to comeback once again just for a last glimpse the men who made everyday worth it.Three of the golden age have already gone taking a part of my childhood with them.Men of tremendous dignity honour & commitment who made cricket worth watching.Men whom you & I miss everyday but I wud like to see him at his very best just once before he goes.I would like him to punish a full length delivery by drilling it straight past the bowler.I would like him to be God of all batsmen who ever came & of all those who are yet to come.Just before he goes off into the sunset, just once,I wud like him to be my childhood hero yet again.


Image Courtesy: Cricketnext.in.com

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I tried to do it in windows 7 and it was not working for me.May work for you in windows 7 but I recommend to use windows xp operating system while rooting.

Download the below required softwares:


RevolutionaryCyanogenMod homescreen

ROM downgrader




Through out the procedure keep USB debugging enabled.

Step 1:
First you need check what hboot version you have in your wildfire, turn off the device, when rebooting hold the power and volume down button together.If you are in Froyo and Hboot version is 1.01.002 then first you need to downgrade your hboot version to 1.01.0001

This is the step to downgrade hboot:

a)Uninstall HTC Sync and install HTC driver(available in buzz downgrader folder)Extract buzz downgrader in a newly created folder.

b)Run adb.exe (phone need to be connected in ‘charge only’) and then run step1.bat as administrator wait for completion.

c)Phone need to be mounted as Disk drive,make sure memory card is inserted in the phone.Run gold card.exe as administrator.Click on the ‘Get CID’ button button and wait for completion.Copy the “Reversing CID” not the normal cid.Click on the “Gold card generating link” a web page will come give email address and paste the “Reversing CID” into the SD serial box and they will send you the .img file.Download the .img attachment.

Get back to the Gold card tool load the the goldcard.img click refresh to select your phone’s mirco SD card.Now press “Patch MMC” if errors are there then try again otherwise your Micro SD is compatible.

d)After completion close the gold card tool and and put your phone back to ‘charge only’ mood.

e)Now run step2.bat as an administrator.If error are there then try again otherwise try again.

Now check the Hboot version whether it is 1.01.002 or not.If it is 1.01.001 then you are done with step1 else you have missed something and try again.


a) After downloading revolutionary a web page will come fill in the details by selecting your phone model and giving phone serial no.If you give the details correctly you will get a unique beta key.Copy this key.

b)Launch revolutionary.exe and when asked for type the beta key you obtained from last step.  Wait for the completion and when asked for question type “y”.

c)Wait for completion in this time phone will reboot couple times.When done with this procedure turn off your phone reboot phone by holding the power button and the volume down button together.if you see the word revolutionary highlited in pink then you are successfully done with step2.

To know what Revolutionary does refer this Link


Make sure you have uninstalled HTC Sync and HTC driver before this doing the Step 3.

a)Download USB drivers and extract them on desktop. Turn off your phone and boot into HBOOT by holding the VOLUME DOWN + POWER button. Connect your phone to your PC and it will show “drivers installing” .When prompted , install the drivers by going to device manager and browsing to the folder where you extracted the drivers. Once installed, disconnect and reboot your phone normally.Once done you will see your phone recognized as “Android bootloader interface“.

b)Now we will downgrade your phone from Froyo(2.2.1) to Eclair(2.1).Download the RUU ROM downgrader(Link given in the starting).Set your your phone to charge only and double RUU rom.exe.Follow the on screen instructions and then let it install.After completion your phone will reboot to 2.1.The HBOOT version would be now 0.80.0002.Disconnect your phone

c)Download unrevoked (Link given in the starting) Run it and connect your phone.After this rooting will start and wait for  completion. Now Clockworkmod recovery would be installed on your phone.Reboot your phone-volume up/down button is for navigation and power button takes you back to the menu.Once rebooted you would be able to see superuserapp in your wildfire and your phone is now rooted.

Installing Cyanogenmod 7:

Download the latest version of Cyanogenmod (Link given in the starting) and get the information about latest developments here in Cyanogenmod Wiki

1)Transfer the downloaded zip file into your phone’s SD card.

2)Reboot your phone into ClockworkMod Recovery(booting by holding the VOLUME DOWN + POWER button and clicking on recovery)

  • select option data/factory setting.
  • select wipe cache partition.
  • select install from memory card.
  • select choose zip from sd card.
  • select the particular zip file and let it install.
  • select choose zip from from sd card.choose the zip file and let it install.Once the installation has finished, get back to the main menu by clicking the POWER button and select the Reboot system now option.

Now your should boot into Cyanogenmod.Enjoy custom ROM.


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Google+ All you need to know

On July 6, 2011, in Aritra Sen, Google+, Tech off, Twitter, by Aritra Sen

The search engine giant Google after three fails attempts like first creating Waves with Orkut in India and Brazil only,Second Buzzing in with a fail attempt of Google Wave and Third initiative to create Social Wave in Gmail with BUZZ has finally come up a good enough simple product Google+.Google presenting it as an answer to the Social media market giant Facebook and may be its one last try to become Social Media giant from a search engine giant.

As Google has temporally suspended the invitation process due to ‘insane’ demand,I am feeling alone in Google+ and thought about writing this post and letting you all know about the features of Google+ as long as you are not getting the Google+.

Here are the few features you will have in Google+:

Google+ Circles: Circles are like Twitter List or Facebook friend-list.But it’s far easier to use than Twitter List or Friend list of Facebook.It’s attractive and clean drag and drop feature to select people and drop in Circles makes it easier to deal with.Circles in a way helps you to share your updates according to the people you want to share and also helps you to filter you timeline i.e Stream.While updating your status you can select the Circle with which you want to share your Status updates/photos/videos or you make the Status Update public through which all the circles can see your updates


Google + Stream: Google+ having a Facebook like Timeline,good thing about Stream is you can filter your Stream in accordance with the Circles you have created.By selecting one particular circle you would only see updates from the users belonging to that particular circle only.By selecting the Incoming section you will get to updates from group of people not belonging to any circles.

Google+ Sparks:Now a days we mainly consider Twitter from social media as a big source of news.Well Google has done a great job to let you track your interests from Google+,you can search,select and add your interests here to get the recommended links here.

After adding your interests later you click on the sparks and it will redirect to a page which will exclusively feed you news and links according to what you have selected.

Google+ Profile: Your Google+ profile is nothing but your old Google profile with linked profiles and with a new feature +1.Well they say +1 is the new like button.The +1 section shows the links which you recommend by clicking the +1 button during your browsing.Now most of the sites,blogs have started incorporating the +1 button.+1 button also comes up during Google search.Your Picasa albums also can be shared in your Google+ profile.

Google+ Profile navigation bar

Google+ Hangout: It’s specially a Google+ web oriented killer feature.You can start a hangout and can have a  group video chat with 10 people at one go.For this you just need to download the plugin for Video chat.

instant upload

Google+ huddle and Instant uploads: These two features are mainly mobile application oriented.Through huddle you can chat with a group of people or with individual people on the go.Google will send you push notifications to your mobile when you will receive text in huddle.

Google+ mobile application is available in Android market.Instant Upload in mobile application uploads photos/videos you take with your phone to a private album on Google+, where it’s easy for you to share them later from your phone or the web.There is a section in photos tab of web version to select photos from your phone.

Google+ Tagging: You can tag your friends in status updates or in comment section by putting + sign then the name the person you want to tag.

Here are few features of Google+ which Facebook needs to incorporate:

1.There are no 420 letters limit in Google+ like Facebook.You can write as much as you want to write.

2.For the typo masters like me there is a option Edit this post.To correct your typos after posting your update you can edit the post and make the required corrections.You don’t need to delete the post to make changes.

Edit this Post

3.In Google+ you have the power to approve/disapprove photo tags when somebody tags you in photos,this is the much needed feature which is missing in Facebook.You can also select default circles/people whose tags would be automatically approved.

Photo Tagging

Few things I personally miss in Google+ is custom URLs for user profile like we have for our Twitter/Facebook accounts,Google apps are not integrated to Google+.Apart from these Google+ so far looks so good but yes its too early to comment and judge the future of Google+.Do leave your comments about Google+ here.

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Facebook and our Life

On January 14, 2011, in Life, Tech off, by Aritra Sen

I think we all know about the rumor from a tabloid about Facebook is closing on 15th march.The tabloid ( weeklyworldnews ) said that “Facebook has gotten out of control and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life,” the tabloid also said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a press conference outside his office, “I need to put an end to all the madness.” Yes most of us were relieved when Facebook declared it as a rumor.This picture below shows how Facebook is deeply attached with our life and how badly people are addicted to it.
Obsessed with Facebook
Via: Online Schools

Isn’t this an interesting reading ?Yes It is.Well there are so many things right about me in these stats like  I daily check my Facebook,I check Facebook right when I wake up,I check Facebook on my my smart phone before getting of bed,Facebook is one of the source of new for me.What about you?

Just for your info this social networking giant is now worth at $50 billion :o  and now you can access Facebook by only typing fb.com.


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My WishList for Social Media

On July 29, 2010, in Tech off, Twitter, by Aritra Sen

Here are the few fine tunes I would like to see in Social sites.

1.First of all my recent fav foursquare,Well we do CHECKIN in foursquare.But I would also like to have CHECKOUT option in foursquare.So that we can keep track when a person is checking out from that particular place.

2.Few modification in Twitter:new style RT like in TweetDeck,they are integrating the new style RT in the mention column likewise if Twitter scrap the “Your Tweets,Retweeted” section from Retweet and integrate to @mention section then can easily keep track of the RTs that we are getting(by only checking the mention section).

3.As Twitter incorporated the new style RT button to web,it would be better if they also include the old style RT button to the web.Because for me most of the time I use old style RT.

4.Few things we don’t have as an Indian User:

a)In US foursquare mayors get special discount in the respective restaurants.Yet to come in India.

b)Geo Tagging still not available for Indian Twitter web users.

c)Local trending topic still not available for India(Available for countries like: Brazil,Canada,Ireland,Mexico,UK,US)

5.Do you know one good example of one way travel? Its facebook text service in recent times.Facebook text delivering the notifications alright in mobile but we are not allowed to post through text.Its a very important service for me because may I am not having GPRS all the time.

6.Well for Orkut,As I seldom visit Okrut,so apart from Scrap notifications in mail I would like to have facebook type of notifications in Orkut so that I don’t have to miss anything.As we simply can’t ignore orkut totally as most of our friends are in Orkut.

Do you have any other Wishes then please share with me in the comments.Would love to read your opinions.


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It’s a new day

On April 3, 2010, in Aritra Sen, Denken, Experience, Life, by Aritra Sen

Yes writing a blog post after a long period and from a new place.This is my first blog post from the city of joy-Kolkata.Hope that I will get time or will be able to make more time for me to write blog posts.Yes it is all about managing your time schedule,I do believe that no person in this world is so busy that he/she can’t be regular in blogs or he/she can’t date or hangout with friends.Its all about your wish and your eagerness.

I have joined a company,its my first job,trying to settle down in a new place.I am missing my home,my birth place,the pleasant weather of Siliguri, my friends and those hang outs with them in YMA,my all day long chatting and tweeting habits,my favorite TV shows and live cricket matches and the most I am badly missing my parents.But this is life you need to move on.Things which I am liking about me that I am getting along with new people very well which was lacking in me in last few years.I am lucky to have few friends here who hate to stay home in weekends :P .

Just came know this so true quote today

Those who have not yet accepted their own imperfections are the first ones to judge and criticize the faults of others.

Yes I am accepting my fault that I used to judge people too much that’s why I failed to get along with new people.Really my dear friend stop judging people,this life is too small to judge people near you.If you keep judging the person near you when you will gel with that person?so stop judging people and get along.You don’t have the rights to judge others and so do I.

Hope this “City Of Joy” has lot to offer me.I have only one life and I am trying to live it king size. :)

Thank you.

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One of those days

On March 1, 2010, in Aritra Sen, Denken, Experience, India, Life, by Aritra Sen

Token of friendship

I am writing about yesterday and yes it was one of those when you fill touched,surprised,amazed by the fact a friend is there and that friend really remembered you and wished you in the auspicious occasion.Well I am not good with words and expressing my feelings as I am more a technical person (Girls reading this post don’t you worry I am a full on romantic person :P ) but jokes apart,yesterday it was Holi (the festival of colors here in India) I have not played it but a friend really made my Holi special by remembering me and also by a token of friendship.

Well a friend of mine used to say that someone is your true friend when you met that person after ages and then you both just get along and without dragging on the fact that why you both were not in contact/not blaming and asking the other person why you were not maintaining the contact by any means.To me a person gonna be you true friend if at your first met or in your first phone call with him/her you get along very easily and started playing pranks  without any hell lot of introductory speeches.

and who said that you can’t get good and real friends in virtual online world?2009(and also the starting of this year) was a year of getting very good friends for me .Came to know some(not much but yes few) amazing people through Twitter and Facebook and yes they are now my close friends in real life too.

If you read About me in this blog you will come to know I have very few friends and they always played a major role in my life.I know my good old friends are with me and but I also do hope that my few new friends which I got they would be also with me and they would get me whenever they need me.

Wishing you all Happy and Safe Holi.

Thanks for being my friend :)

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