As Motorola President Rick Osterloh rightly said, smartphone should not be a luxury, it should be a choice for everyone. As a mom who runs my own business, my work never really ends. And apart from parenting and running a business, I have a plethora of hobbies which I nurture like photography, reading and so on. I need an extremely dependable phone at this moment and I choose Moto E to become my perfect partner.

I look at the phone from different angles and here is what I have to say:

From the IT engineer point of view:
1. Moto E runs Android 5.0 lollipop OS, the latest version of Android.
2. Full day 24 hours battery backup.
3. It has the sensor hub and dual accelerometer.
4. More flexible sharing of data with friends and family.
5. Faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.

From the Businesswoman point of view:
1. I can be more organised. I can create, view and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations. I can also read PDFs.
2. My work-related reports, balance sheets, invoices, can all be edited and sent from the phone.
3. I can click the product photographs, edit and instantly upload onto my blog, add them to my portfolio and send them to my customers.
4. I can do my banking transactions smoothly.

From a Mommy point of view:
1. I can set the reminders and make use of the much improved notifications.
2. Motorola Assist's sleep mode can be used when I am spending quality time with family.
3. Play soothing music while napping my baby.
4. Play some fun animals sounds or vehicles apps when the baby is fussy and make him smile.
5. When tired, watch favourite TV shows online.

From a Photographer point of view:
1. Quick capture feature is the one I would be most benefited by as there are many moments everyday where I want to grab the phone and click the picture in a second. Now I can capture my baby's moods and first moments easily.
2. It also has Clear Pixel technology that collects more light and snaps pictures faster.
3. I can now take selfies easily with front facing camera.
4. And I love the twist your wrist feature to switch between two cameras.

And what attracts me the most is the look, curved and smooth. Not just the typical black or white color but various shades, and please note, more feminine colors included, turquoise, raspberry, ummm yummy! The phone will now look stylish everyday with interchangeable Motorola bands and grip shells. The colorful grip shell can be added for protection from scratches and spills.

When I was going through the features my eyes rolled up at one of them, dual sim! I mean what? Dual sim? Isn't it a dream come true for a juggler like me to attend personal and business related calls from the same device?! Now I don't need to handle two phone devices on and off and but just get all my work done with one phone device.

I am stunned by this beautiful picture, this is exactly how my work table looks everyday, I could so easily connect with it.

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Waiting to get my hands on the new Moto E and explore all that's possible in the world and at the end of the day, feel good, more nourished and fulfilled.

Visit http://www.startwithmotoe.com/ and feel amazed! Let’s #ChooseToStart!

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A little togetherness brings so much optimism -just like Housing.com which brings families and loved ones together.


Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet, they say.

I feel lucky to have a brother. He is younger to me, so I treat him like my baby. He is the most important part of childhood memories. We'd fight, argue, beat up each other and be friends again after some time. Though he is younger to me, but definitely more matured, focused and what I appreciate the most is his positive approach towards life. Works as a Senior Consultant in a Multi National Company and pure gentleman that he is! When I started my business, he was there to guide and support me. He helped me working on the basics, made Profit & Loss, Balance sheets etc. for me, gave me guidance for going about registration and so on. Its amazing that I always feel assured that a finance expert is by my side.

We have long conversations often on phone, as we stay cities apart. The day I fondly remember spending with him was in our hometown, Goa. It was summer. Parents had been outstation to attend a wedding. We decided to chill out. Morning was spent watching our favourite TV shows together and enjoying the Brunch I cooked. Late afternoon we decided to go to another city on his bike. I was as always super excited for the bike ride.

When in Goa, it has to be the beach. We decided to go to Miramar. The Goan sands are so inviting. After spending some good time playing in the water, it was time to eat chaat, at our favourite Bhaiyyaji's stall. One paani puri plate is never enough.



Later we went for a theater show in Kala Academy which is next to the Miramar beach.



It was followed by awesome Thai dinner at Pan Asian Bowl and dessert at Carasid.




We walked along the beach pathway, cruises and fisher boats added a jazz to the night.


And the bike ride back to home at night was amazing. We talked about our friends, colleagues, cousins and much more.

Family time is the most important time. It is the time to create memories of togetherness and cherish them all through the life. After getting married I shifted to a new city. I get very less time to spend with my brother, but we make sure whenever we meet, we are the priority on each other's list.

Having brother is truly a blessing. When I feel low, his words make me strong. I know I just can't do without him. I know I will always have a friend in my brother to lean on, to count on. Reminds me of one of my favurite Bollywood dance numbers...Tum hi bandhu, sakha tumhi...

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This post is written for #StartANewLife campaign of Housing.com. Housing encourages to embrace #Change if we intend to move forward, living better, and give ourselves the chance to be the best we can possibly be.

We were a family of four, I had a job in IT, a lovely and comfort life. I got married at 24, to a man of my dreams, shifted to a new city, a new job, life only got more beautiful...

But in 2013, birth of my child was the turning point in my life and the biggest change I faced till date. The transformation from a career which took up most of my waking hours to being a person responsible for everything of another tiny person, a part of your own- it was tougher than I had imagined. 

Like many parents, the arrival of a newborn came with the sudden realization that I have no clue about what is going on. I quit my career to be a full-time homemaker. I got busy with daily jobs, trying to work on a proper sleep schedule for him but at the back of my mind I always wondered how and when could I get back to my work. I was missing the sense of accomplishment and being social.

I had made a decision to start something of my own and from home, as I was sure that my baby would be my first priority. It was definitely a challenge to simultaneously start doing something that made me happy. Faced some tough challenges at the beginning. I started noting down my small business ideas, figured out what made me happy.

And all this turned into turned into reality a few months back, when I started 'Shreya Design Studio', a new business venture to realize my creative vision. It comprises of 2 main wings, 'Web Wing' and 'Handmade Wing'.

Under the 'Web Wing', I design websites and do branding for businesses.

Under 'Handmade Wing', I do party decorations, invitation cards, greeting cards, paper quilled decoratives, paper embellishments, themed packaging, MDF decoratives, beads and terracotta jewellery and much more. You ask for it, and I'll have something for you. All my products are 100% handmade. I totally believe that handmade product is more than just a product as it made with is love, care and thought. It brings out the creativity and uniqueness in me to design and develop beautifully crafted exclusive hand-made products.

A love for craft that thrills and inspires me every day to keep developing something new each day, and thereby respond to the changing consumer taste. I work out of home, I converted our third bedroom into a studio and my office.




My first major project was Shaunak's 1st birthday party- totally handmade, where everything, starting from conceptualization, party invitations, the superhit welcome board, party decorations and return gifts were my creations. The party was featured in India's leading parenting magazines Mother & Baby, Parent and Child, world famous party portals like CatchMyParty and award winning blogs like TheMomViews.



Working from home is more difficult for a reason that it needs a lot of discipline. Few principles that I follow:
First, believe in yourself. 
Keep family and loved ones on priority. 
Be disciplined. 
Develop required skills for the business to grow.
And most important, do not feel guilty if one or two tasks in a day are left undone.

Had someone told me I would an entrepreneur two years back I would have had laughed at it. But I am a proud budding entrepreneur now (Mompreneur, as I love to be called) and have learnt to welcome the changes in life, cause they only make one better!