Happy Diwali !!

Diwali is one festival that is celebrated with much enthusiasm by every Indian. An Indian Christmas if you may. It is that time of the year when we all get together, have fun, pray, burst crackers and wish each other happiness and prosperity for the future.

Like every year, we celebrated Diwali at Ideafarms with much zeal and enthusiasm. The celebrations started a week in advance and we started sharing Diwali greetings to wish everybody.

On Diwali eve, everyone at work was in a festive mood and dressed up in traditional India attire (well most of us).

You could feel the excitement in the air, the whole office was decorated to reflect the mood that Diwali brings to us every year …

…for those of you who are wondering this design/pattern made with powered color is called rangoli.

We organized a havan at Ideafarms, a religious ceremony where we prayed to God to bless us with good-will and prosperity.

And now with high spirits and a festive hangover we all wish u a very Happy Diwali :) .

There was a post-diwali party too. For which we don’t have any pictures. Everyone was too busy eating you see 😉

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Ideas of the week 14th-Oct-2011

This week’s post for the Ideas of the week featuring ideas that might change our world.

1. An app that gives you recommendations on local places to visit based on photos
Travel+Mobile App

Biz Stone’s Trazzler gives recommendations on places to visit within driving distance based on a photo questionnaire, more

 

 

 

2. ‘Hangout Academy’ Brings Learning to Google+
Education+Social Networking

After the birth of Google+, educators began dreaming up ways it wouldchange the education space. College professors are using the “Hangout” video chat software to host office hours, students are collaborating in virtual study groups, and soon, curious folks who aren’t in school may be able to take classes on the social network. more

 

3. Your Photos As Stories: Tracks Goes After The ‘Experience Graph’ With New iOS App
Pictures+Memories

In May, a startup named Tracks debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC offering a photo sharing app that enables users to turn their images into stories. more

 

 

 

4. Why you should doodle
Creativity

Sunni Brown at TED talks about why you should doodle at workplace. more

 

 

 

5.Tech Innovations That Could Change the Developing World

Tech Innovation+Developing World

Across the developing world, new technologies are helping to distribute resources for education, connectivity and health far and wide. more

 

 

 

This week’s post compiled by Nitish Sharma

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United Colors of Ideafarms

No don’t adjust the color settings of your monitor…

 

We usually look quite normal. Look we even took a picture to document as proof.

 

The festival of colors is celebrated with much gusto around the world by all Indians, and we Ideafarmers are definitely not the ones to be left behind. We look forward to it each year. Afterall, what better occasion than this to leave your co-workers looking black and blue 😉

 

Infact, such was the eagerness that for a change, the scrumptious spread laid next to the pile of gulaal (powdered color) was ignored and we decided to attack each other first.

 

It’s a little difficult to describe what happened next because there was just a cloud of colors flying around. When the haze settled, the result was the very colorful bunch of human beings you see in the following pictures. (No, none of these pictures have been photoshopped.)

 

While some gave in easily,…

 

… some tried to threaten with a dirty look …

 

… and yet some tried to hide behind each other …

 

None of which worked of course :D.

 

… and we all came out of it grinning …

 

… well almost all of us 😉 [Camera shy?]

Amidst all the chaos and strangely scary looking people we all had a lot of fun throwing color at each other and messing up the whole office. It was a grand celebration!

 

 

 

And now that the color of our faces matches the color of our walls, we wish a very Happy Holi to all.

 

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Tennis on Table

“A healthy mind lives in healthy body.”

We too believe in that and that’s the reason why Ideafarms organized a table tennis match at Siri Fort complex for its employees …

apart from the most obvious reason of having fun and yes we had loads of fun.

Every one was supposed to be in sports wear but… well every theory has some exceptions ;-) .

 

Even before the event started everyone was in the mood, everyone warming up and thinking like they are themselves Wang Hao …

 

We were pretty excited about it as such events give us a break from our daily routine and also a chance to interact with our colleagues outside the office.

 

All the fixtures were already decided and its was a knock out competition … with men and women competing separately.

During the starting rounds you could clearly tell who would win and also sometimes by how many points ;  even though it was table tennis most of us treated it as lawn tennis and the ball seldom touched the table :P .

 

As the competition progressed the matches started getting more intense and got us all excited …

 

and as for those who lost in the early rounds … they started their own league championship .

When we were down to our final rounds, that’s when the competition in its real sense became entertaining.

 

Tip : don’t play after eating or you might feel sleepy.

As for the results

Women’s Table Tennis Fixture :

1st prize : Mita Majumdar

2nd prize : Manpreet Rai

Unfortunately  the men’s table tennis event never came to a conclusion due to a muscle pull with one of the finalist(Sunil Malhotra) but since it was finals we decided that they deserve their prize.

Men’s Table Tennis Fixture :

1st prize : Rajiv Malhotra

2nd prize : Sunil Malhotra

All said and done one important lesson that we learned is to work out on daily basis or events like this can leave your body aching.