Posted by: sawan | October 16, 2009

President Obama’s Diwali Message

This is great.  The big man has passed on his Diwali and New Year greetings to everyone.

Truly a gentleman!



And on that note: A Happy Diwali and Prosperous New Year to all from Sawan (Me), Jilna (My Wife), Dinesh (Dad), Suraj (Brother), Heena (Brother’s Wife) Jitu (Dad-in-law), Priti (Mum-in-law), Mishna (Jilna’s sister), Ba (Dad-in-law’s mum), Bapuji (Dad-in-Law’s dad) and Nanima (Mum-in-law’s mum), and from all those who have touched our lives and passed on…


Posted by: sawan | February 16, 2009

We’ve moved in case you didn’t know…

Hey there guys and gals!


Just in case you didn’t know, we’ve moved our blog offices.  We’re now based at

Check us out there.  We have a cool new look, cool new features, and much more to come!!

See you there!


Posted by: sawan | November 19, 2008

India was…. Wow!!

Hey all!

I came back from India a week ago and just found time to update you all about what fun I had out there!!

This was the first time that I went to India and I was a little bit anxious about it but I knew I had to go with an open mind.

Before I left so many people had told me that as soon as you get there and get off the plane, the first thing you will notice is the smell. I have to tell you that from the first time I got there till when I left, the smell did not affect me at all…

So it was myself and Jilna who flew together and we met Jilna’s sister Mishna who was out there ahead of us.  We got a taxi to the hotel (as we had bags with us) dropped our stuff in the room and then headed out.  We got to the roadside and it was manic!  There were cars, and buses, and rickshaws and bicycles and people everywhere! For some reason it looked like chaos but when you look closer at the system there really is a pattern about how it works and how the interactions are.

Jilna asked me how we want to go into town and I knew instantly… Rickshaw!

It was sucha  brilliant experience!  The breeze, the openess, the ride… it was too good!  For the whole journey I was just looking out of the rickshaw and taking in all the sites.  It is an experience that I think everyone should have!  And it’s cheap!  Much cheaper than a taxi or a cool cab or anything.

I did try to take a picture but as you can imagine it was really shaky and I couldn’t get a steady shot.  I’ll have a look at the other pictures I took to see if I have one in there and I’ll post it later.

We went shopping (because we were getting all new clothes and indian suits, etc) and that was an experience in itself!  It’s not like here in the UK.  Over there they will open everything for you, making sure you see all their stock, and there’s no problem if you don’t buy much.  They don’t mind.  They know that if they show you 100 pieces, chances are you will buy at least 2.

And the system they have there is brilliant.  They have one salesman dedicated to you to show you all the pieces and 2 or 3 support staff.  For example when we went to buy some sarees, there was one person showing us the sarees and opening them up and if we say we don’t like them he’d put them to the side and there would be a support staff folding them back up and putting them back later.  Or the support staff would take out the sarees from the shelves so that the salesman would be focused on us.  In that sense, the customer service over there is far better than in the UK.

Well this has been one of many wonderful experiences in India.  Another post will be going up in a couple of days from now with more info.  Pretty soon you’ll know about my whole holiday!

All the best for now!

Posted by: sawan | August 31, 2008

Are you creating buzz?

Hi there!

Around the end of August last year, I created a post about creating world wide buzz. Did you get a chance to read it?

If you’d like to read it again then have a quick look at the post through this link:

If you have then how have you been getting on with it?

I’d love for you to share some stories with me and I’d love to hear how you got on after using the material.

And if you’d like to test out some of the theories then head on over to

Let me tell you, if you’ve never thought about creating buzz for your site or even getting traffic and interest in your products and business then this is one resource you NEED to have a look at.

Guaranteed that traffic is the biggest resource that a business can have and the way to get traffic is to gain interest one way or another.

Have a look at and if you have any problems then just drop me a line and give me a shout.

I’m always here to help.

Have fun creating buzz!!

Posted by: sawan | August 25, 2008

Save the world from your office!

Since December ’07 I’ve been working in an office environment and it’s just crazy how much wastage of equipment you see, not just in your offices, but in the surrounding offices as well!

All this wastage isn’t good for the environment as more usage of products means more items produced which means more natural resources are used.

If we all just saved a little here and there and made ourselves aware of what was happening then we surely could save a certain part of the rainforests. As well as helping us in our present time, it will help our future generations to come as well.

You hear a lot about recycling and the likes these days and I think that’s great. Just think how much better it would be if we didn’t use that many resources in the first place?

Here’s my little tip which we’ve set up in our office as well. It’s three simple words… Are you ready…?

Double… Sided… Printing.

Yup. That’s all it is. Double sided printing.

Here are some of the positives:

– You use less paper meaning:

+ You use less postage because the weight is lower due to less paper in the envelope (thus saving you MORE money)
+ You spend less time getting up to go and fill paper in the printer.
+ You order less, saving on resources and time which can be invested elsewhere
+ It’s FREE to do!

There are lots more positives to printing double-sided. The main thing is to get people in the office motivated and excited about this. Most people may not even know that it’s possible! If you make people aware, you’re one step closer!

If you’re not the computer engineer for the office or you’re unsure about how to set this up, let me know or contact your IT helpdesk. For large offices with multiple locations, you may need the IT helpdesk to install some extra drivers.

Good luck! Any questions, just drop me a message!

Posted by: sawan | July 11, 2008

Crisis Boat Party – 16th August

Hi there all!

Wow! I can’t believe it. My third post in 3 days. 🙂

I’ve got to tell you though… I have a bit of a dilemma.  You see, we booked these boat tickets a while back and I didn’t realise that one of my good friend’s weddings is on that day and it will be the whole day…

Let me tell you a bit about this boat party because I was really excited to go to it but of course the wedding does come first.

The boat party is being held by an organisation called Crisis.  Crisis is a voluntary organisation which deals in helping the homeless around the country.

Here’s an excerpt from their website:

“Crisis is a national charity that fights homelessness and empowers people to fulfil their potential and transform their lives.
Crisis defines its wider constituency as single homeless people. The focus of our work is on hidden homeless people who may be living in hostels and bed and breakfasts, or sleeping on friends and family’s floors. Crisis estimates that there are 400,000 hidden homeless people – but most do not feature in government statistics.”

I found out about Crisis through my local community organisation Young Jains where we would attend Crisis Open Christmas; a week or so of volunteers helping out at large warehouses kitted out as homeless shelters where people could come and grab a bite to eat, get some sleep under shelter, brush up on computer skills, get their CV sorted, get checked by a dentist or doctor or optician, grab some new clothes, and much more.

My experience of a Crisis Open Christmas was very enlightening and it showed how much work people really put into helping their fellow human.

Now here’s the dilemma that I have.  I know I’m going to miss out on this boat party, but I would not want the tickets to go to waste. I would rather pass them on to someone who would love to go to the event.

At the boat party there will be drinks, finger food, live music, a DJ and a great crowd.

You can read up more on it here:

I would highly recommend this event and checking out the page as it really looks amazing.

We had bought these tickets for around £15 so for anyone that is interested please drop me a comment and let me know how best we can pass these tickets across to you.

It will certainly be an amazing night out!!

Posted by: sawan | July 10, 2008

Windows Live Writer

Hey guys and girls!!

After months and months of wanting and longing I’ve finally done it… I finally got myself a laptop!

It’s really cool. A big 17″ screen, cool graphics card, Dolby Virtual Speakers, AMD Dual core processor…  And much much more.

It came with Windows Vista and although I’ve heard some negatives about it, it’s quite nice to use. (Although at times can be a bit slow).

It’s great because now I can move around the house with it, connect to my computer upstairs with Remote Desktop Connection, and I can now be at Jilna’s place and not worry about doing my work because I can do it on my laptop.  (This is great because I can now be with her and get my work done as well.)

I’ve found this very cool item on here as well which is “Windows Live Writer”.  You can enter your login details into it and can blog straight from your desktop meaning you can create a post offline which looks like what it’s meant to when you upload it, and you can just upload it next time you are online.

There are a lot of features a click away as well.  You can easily create tables, insert pictures, videos, tags, and hyperlinks.  And you can access your dashboard and manage your comments.

Here is a picture of what it looks like. (A print screen taken from my computer right now.


If you can’t see the image clearly or because it is too small, then just drop me an email and I’ll be more than happy to send you across the larger image.  Alternatively you can right click and do “Save As” to save it to your computer and then enlarge it manually.

If you have Windows Vista, and you’re an avid blogger, or even if you want to start blogging, I would highly recommend using this program.  I’ve only been using it for a short while and I really want to study the in depth features of it so it’s a definite hit on my list.

In terms of creating a blog… More on that in the next post. 🙂

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Posted by: sawan | July 9, 2008

Time does fly…

Wow!  Doesn’t time fly?  I was just looking at when I sent my last blog and it was all the way back in May!

Well I’ve definitely been busy with my work and family life.

Jilna and I have set a wedding date as well so there’s a lot of planning to do for that!

In between that there’s stuff to do in the house, socialising with friends, socialising with my family, socialising with Jilna’s family, attending weddings and events….  Soooo much!

But I wouldn’t change this life.  It’s fun. it’s enjoyable.  It’s me.

With all the events happening it’s difficult to organise when you’re doing what with whom.  And if you have a partner it becomes really difficult to remember (especially if you have the memory of a fish like myself) what is happening when.

Here’s my quick and simple trick for partners with busy lives.  Now listen carefully…

Google Calendars.

You can sign up for a free Google account and one of the features is the Google Calendar.  You can share you can share your calendar with anyone else, like your partner, and they can share theirs with yours.  It shows up in different colours so if you have multiple calendars for different people (not different partners) then it’s easier to differentiate between the two.

If you are sharing with a friend, and you want to keep things private, then you can do with the “Private” function  on the appointments.

Amongst other features is the shared documents which let’s you share documents across with friends or work colleagues.

The best thing is that you can access Google Mail from anywhere across the world very easily.  So you don’t have to always carry your personal laptop about.

Check out for more information or just drop me a line if you want.

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Posted by: sawan | May 17, 2008

HTC Touch vs. iPhone

Recently, I’ve been wanting to get a new phone and I’ve been debating between the HTC Touch Dual and the Apple iPhone.

Both have their positives and negatives and I “think” I’ve made a decision about which one I want.

Let me take you through my decision…

My current phone which is the Orange SPV E650, although an amazing phone, has it’s faults and negatives.

The phone has many positives such as the slide out keypad, Wi-Fi, Media Player, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Bluetooth, an AMAZING camera, and many more features. HOWEVER, Every so often, the phone would crash, or I wouldn’t feel it vibrate when someone called.  This did get a bit annoying as it meant Jilna wasn’t able to get in touch with me as much as either one of us would have liked.  The phone would need to be switched off or the battery taken out whenever the phone crashed.  I’ve already changed the phone once with a replacement, but it seems to be doing it again so I thought it was time to get a new phone.

I’ve always wanted both the iPhone and the HTC Touch Dual, and so I decided to compare them both.

One of the better comparison sites I used was

The HTC Touch Dual boasts many features:
– Touch screen feature with interactive menus
– Bluetooth
– Slide down keypad
– Similar interactivity to the iPhone

The iPhone has lots of features such as:
– Extreme interactivity
– Different menus
– Larger screen
– Text message trails
– Wi-Fi
– Much more…

After looking at them both, and analysing the price difference in contracts (being on Orange at the moment, and the iPhone being on O2), I decided the phone for me…

It HAD to be the Apple iPhone.

So I called up Orange to find out when my contract ended so that I could get into a new one and they said my contract ends… 6th November. 😦

So now I have to wait til NOVEMBER to get a new phone, but I always have something to look forward to. 🙂

For those deciding to get a new phone i’d highly recommend all three phones mentioned here.

Let me know of any decent phones you’ve come across or used.

Posted by: sawan | January 4, 2008

Eccinachea – The Wonder Herb

Ok ok…   So maybe it can’t cure EVERYTHING buit it comes pretty darn close!

I swear by Ecchinachea when I have a cold or the symptoms.  And as soon as I see more than 2 people sneezing or coughing, I reach for my bottle of Ecchinachea.

It’s great because it really boosts your immune system so helps fight off viruses or colds, and it’s widely available from chemists.

Ok…. it might not be the BEST tasting thing… But you really do get used to it. And you take it 2 to 3 times a day when you’re coming down with something, or you know there is something going round, and you’ll feel better in no time.

Let me know how it works out for you.

Also, a great fluid to have when you have a cold or a virus is honey & lemon.

Read more about it at Sol’s blog!

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