Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Tuesday, 25 May 2021
May 2020 was the month where I didn't have any project and I was being sent back on the repatriation flight and to my luck, I didn't get the project and I have to be away for more than 10 months on my own savings. There was no new income for such a long time during this pandemic and there was no insurance, no house and other benefits available to me to stay in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was my great luck that one of us in the family kept working and took care of all our daily food and other basic necessities.
During the whole month of May 2021, I went on to increase my knowledge on all the latest technologies as well as post a lot of self-written blog posts posting a lot of photographs as well as product reviews.
1. Product Reviews
Love is Not the Solution @SANParksKNP @SANParks #SA #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
Flowers Are Divinity Smiling On You @SANBI_ZA #Lowveld #SA #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
Flower and a Yellow Bug #SterkfonteinDam #SA #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
#TheLifesWayReviews - BETAAL @NetflixIndia #WebSeries #Horror #Thriller
#TheLifesWayReviews Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Season 1 @PrimeVideoIN #JackRyan #Thriller
#TheLifesWayReviews Panchayat @PrimeVideoIN #PanchayatOnPrime #Comedy #Drama
#TheLifesWayReviews Criminal Justice @DisneyPlusHS #HotstarSpecials #Crime
#TheLifesWayReviews Paatal Lok @PrimeVideoIN #PaatalLok #Crime #Thriller
#TheLifesWayReviews ASUR #YourDarkSide @VootSelect #AsurOnVoot #Crime
#TheLifesWayReviews SPECIAL OPS @DisneyPlusHS #HotstarSpecials #Thriller
#TheLifesWayReviews HUNDRED Season 1 @DisneyPlusHS #HotstarSpecials #Comedy
Weekend Fun @FourwaysFarmers Market #Joburg #SA #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
Fun Continues @FourwaysFarmers Market #Joburg #SA #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
Hiking Inside #GiantsCastle #GameReserve #Drakensberg #SA #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
Sterkspruit Waterfalls #GiantsCastle #GameReserve #Drakensberg #SA #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
Cheetah Near #LowerSabie Rest Camp @SANParksKNP @SANParks #SA #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
Cheetah Walking in @SANParksKNP @SANParks #SA #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
Warthog in @SANParksKNP @SANParks #SA #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
Wild Dog in @SANParksKNP @SANParks #SA #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
#CapeTown from #SignalHill in the Night #SA #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
Berlin Falls in #Graskop #SouthAfrica #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
Lisbon Falls in #Graskop #SouthAfrica #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
The View from God's Window #Graskop #SA #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
Flowers at God's Window #Graskop #SA #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
Air Show @Rand_Show #Joburg #SA #PhotoYatra #TheLifesWayCaptures
Nelson Mandela #theCaptureSite #Howick #SouthAfrica #TheLifesWayCaptures
Monday, 24 May 2021
- Love it: Three-day battery life giving you the freedom to do even more on one charge
- Trust it: Three years monthly security updates, ioXt Cyber Security certified, data centre in Finland
- Keep it: Built to last with two years of Android TM OS upgrades that will keep your phone feeling box-fresh for longer
Sunday, 16 May 2021
The Last Hour is the latest web series launched on Amazon Prime Video Platform on 14-May-2021 and I watched the same yesterday night in a single go. The location is something you will definitely like as it's some time whose name is not shown but you can see some posters with Gangtok written on the same. The 8 episode long series stars Sanjay Kapoor, Raima Sen, Shahana Goswami (Rock On fame), Karma Tapaka, Shaylee Krishen, Robin Tamang and some more characters. The introduction titles are really nice and showcase a lot of beautiful mountains getting covered in clouds and the valley of trees creating mysterious and terrifying effects with the background music that keeps you glued to the screen of your tablets, smartphone or even TV.
Sanjay Kapoor plays a Senior Cop who has been transferred to the North East region to solve some of the cases of murder and rape. He comes across a young Shaman played by Karma Tapaka who glues the whole series together. I am still not sure why he practices Archery in the jungle where there is not even a single arrow fired during any of the fight sequences later in the episodes. It's just a lot of mysterious drama that has been created around him as a person. He could even see the dead Raima Sen who plays the wife of Sanjay Kapoor died in a car accident. Shaylee plays the daughter of Sanjay Kapoor who eventually falls in love with Karma and Karma is also attracted towards her. She looks really beautiful and there is a chemistry developing between the local cop Lipika played by Shahana and Arup.
Karma's character Dev is able to talk to the dead within the first hour of their death and can tell who killed them or so which Sanjay's character Arup decides to use for catching up on all the criminals despite all the police and security forces available to them. Till the end of the series, they are not able to get hold of the criminals and then the series takes a turn which keeps you guessing as to what has happened and will there be a second season. The 8 episodes are a little bit boring as he goes and tells the guys who killed them and this goes on in all the episodes. One time just to showcase the strength of Arup as a senior cop, he solves the case without Dev telling him who is the murderer. There has been no showcase of why the policeman was corrupt in the first episode or maybe I must have missed the plot.
This web series is a lot between the life, afterlife and reversal of time to recheck the series of events in past as well as future. Some of the characters can see the future, some can see the past, some can see the ghosts and some are just plain humans like me trying to understand what the director and story writer is trying to tell us and show us. Sanjay Kapoor's way of holding the gun doesn't seem like a policeman - he should have taken some lessons from Priyanka Chopra of Quantino fame or his own brother Anil Kapoor of 24 fame. If you remember the movie Baar Baar Dekho, you will feel the pain of watching this one with the story moving forward and backwards again and again. The police are just doing the work after reaching the spot later after the murder is completed and not able to catch just 2 guys who are all behind this drama played by Robin named Yama Nadu. There must be mysterious tales around Shamans in the northeast which the director tries to bring to the notice of people. Yama Nadu can see into the future of people and starts charging money as a fortune-teller. Dev has the power to see the last hour of any person dead which Yama Nadu wants so that he can change it and can also become immortal or at least change his death.
This web series is not fully developed and the expectations due to the trailer are not fulfilled at all. It's not like ASUR and doesn't even have great execution. They could have compressed the story to 6 or fewer episodes and kept it mysterious with some great ending. A lot of time is spent in the afterlife version of yellow background with a boat coming to take the soul to the next birth or so with no conclusions. This is something you should watch at your own risk though the acting is good by Sanjay, Karma, Shahana and Kaylee. In the end, you will just think as to what the director wanted to showcase and why the police could not catch Yama Nadu? RATING 2/5
April 2020 is the month where I got to know that I have been released from the project and in the last 6 years of my life in South Africa, I have never been on the bench and this was the first time I will go into a route where my deputation will be ended. The project was going to be difficult to find during this corona time and it took me more than 10 months to come back and find a project in South Africa. All the benefits were stopped from house rent, insurance and other allowances and I was on savings for all these months. The Indian salary I was getting was less than the home rent I was paying here in South Africa. But nonetheless, it gave me an understanding that you need to start increasing your salary and you should make full use of your knowledge and cash it in the market. The savings are required to be more than a year of expenses rather than the 3 months as told by Wealth managers. That works in general conditions, but when you are in a global pandemic situation, you need to have cash in hand rather than investments which all must have fallen during this pandemic and won't fetch you the principal amount too.
The Life's Way crossed 3 Million Pageviews on 16-May-2021 in 2281 Blogposts.
1. OmniProtect Sanitizing Spray Partnering To Donate 4000lt to 4 Communities #SprayItForward - https://www.thelifesway.com/2020/04/omniprotect-sanitizing-spray-partnering.html - OmniProtect sent me some 24 cases of their sanitizing spray which not only helped me during this whole lockdown in South Africa but also gave them away on my daughters birthday in return gift to all the kids invited too. I have bought some other sanitisers but this one is still serving us well with some cans still to go in 2021. Thanks to OmniProtect for the same.
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March 2020 was the time when the Covid-19 has hit the world all around and the whole world came to a standstill with lockdown in place. People were buying toilet papers and sanitisers in bulk and collecting a lot of cigarettes and alcohol as you don't know what you will need and how long the lockdown will last too.
|Taken using the Google Pixel 4 camera of my brother who came from the USA to meet us in Dubai|
Friday, 14 May 2021
LUPIN caught my attention due to the Louvre museum and the theft happening around the same and I was missing the Money Heist so thought of watching the same. They also showed Monalisa painting on the show in one of the scenes inside the Louvre. I also saw that this was only 5 episodes long so thought it will be finished soon but little did I know that the story won't end in the first 5 episodes and I will have to wait for 11th June 2021 for the second season to watch the next 5 episodes. Also came to know that the third season is also in the making considering its huge success after the first season came out in the French Language first in Jan 2021.
You will definitely fall in the love with the main lead character played by Omar Sy and the story from the famous novels Master Thief named Arsene Lupin which is a character created by Maurice Leblanc. The novel even was compared with the Sherlock Holmes trying to find Lupin in one of their novels is what I could gather from the material available on the internet. I am definitely going to go through the English version of the books. For the time being, I am reading the Complete Adventures of Feluda by Satyajit Ray which is printed by Penguin Books.
The whole series is shot from flashbacks to the present moments and keeps you glued to your seats. The characters are nicely developed during the first 5 episodes and it all starts with the guy trying to find the real reason behind his father's death who was framed for the theft of an expensive diamond necklace. The main lead is Assane Diop which has his unique way of living his life despite all the bad happening around him. He tries to master the book on Arsene Lupin gifted to him by his father on his birthday just before his death. He secretly imbibes all the characteristics, behaviour and thinking pattern of the master thief from all the books written on him. He starts living his life as a gentleman and develops a charismatic personality and is being helped to gain the right education from a secret person providing for all his expenses to go to a good school after being an orphan. Meanwhile, it's shown that he does a lot of robberies as a con man fooling the whole people around Paris and making a living out of the same. Then came a time after the initial 25 years, when he starts to plan for an act of revenge as he is able to decode the last letter from his father where he gets a confirmation that his death is a forced murder rather than a suicide. The story starts building up from there and the first episode keeps you glued as there is a theft involved while some parts of the other episodes throw some light on his childhood and other parts of life to date.
I really loved watching the whole series but the first episode is much more fast-paced as the diamond necklace is stolen once again as compared to the later parts of the episodes where the whole process is explained and then again the story starts picking up speed from time to time as the main protagonist picks up several clues about his late father and similarly slows down too as the main character always stays in control and one step ahead of the police and other parties i.e. Pellegrini family who is behind the death. This keeps on happening until the final episode where he is taken aback as his son gets kidnapped and the viewers are left wanting for more action and mystery to be disclosed. Definitely worth your time on a weekend or if you want to wait till 11th June 2021, you can binge-watch the whole 10 episodes then on Netflix South Africa. Till that time - keep reading and stay safe! RATING 4.5/5
February is a month where you start posting and making some of the ideas implemented for the best of your blog and other social media platforms. This was the month when Covid-19 was spreading around in the world and soon all the launch events will be cancelled. I was already missing the Samsung Launch event as during that day I was in Dubai and I was invited to the same after a gap of many years and the people who attended the same start getting the Galaxy Buds+ as a gift and I totally missed getting the same which I really regretted about.
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