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Sonos Arc has arrived – with the new Dolby Atmos

The high-end wireless sound system has introduced a new sound-bar, Sonos Arc at $799 with an addition of Dolby Atmos, but this is not it. Sonos has also updated its Play:5 speakers, which are now named as “Five”.

The mission statement of Sonos says “Fill every home with music by creating the ultimate in-home music experience“, but Jugnu misread it – misunderstood it (to be specific) and filled our home with Sonos Playbase, Sonos 1 Hay’s Edition, Play 1s and Sonos Move. My point here is that with this news, a few households might go upside down (including mine). Lockdown, Sonos Arc getting launched, Jugnu at home finding empty spots to fill, looks like a perfect opportunity for some addition to HIS Sonos family (yep, I refuse to be a part of it).

Coming back to the new arrival home theater (?) product, has great aesthetic value (too). It is a long (35.4 inches), sleek (5.5 inches deep) and smart speaker with round edges; and is also capable of “3D soundscapes” with the support of the Dolby Atmos. The Arc replaces the older version of soundbars (Playbase and Playbar), as the Arc has far-field microphones which allows you to command via Alexa or Google assistant.

For better alignment with recent products, the newly named “Five” will now have faster processors and increased memory. But it doesn’t come with the far-field microphones – so no Alexa and Google assistant. The cost will be $499 for the “Five”.

The product (Arc) available in 2 colors, black and white, will go on sale on June 10th.

All the best to your finances, if anyone in your household is a Sonos addict like my Jugnu.

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Anne Frank’s video diary – watch all 7 episodes

Anne Frank (born June 12, 1929 – passed away February 1945) was a jewish girl who hid in one of the attic houses of Amsterdam for more than 2 years, with her family and a few more jewish people.

Anne Frank

During the second world war, Germans took anti-jewish measures in Netherlands. At that time, Anne(13 years old) with her family, left her home and hid in one of the attics in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She wrote letters to her best friend (fictional) in her diary, which was gifted to her on her 13th birthday.

The book, titled “The Secret Annex” was published on Anne Frank’s diary, in 1947 which is one of the most widely read books worldwide.

Now in the quarantine times, a web series on V(video) dairy of Anne Frank has been released. The series about, what if Anne had been a vlogger, is trying to connect with the hearts of all us (people) now staying back home in isolation due to the Corona.

There are 15 episodes posted on YouTube (shared below and on next pages) which touched so many hearts. Second world war was a very hard time, Anne described her days how she feared the noises on the streets and wondered if she (with her family) was caught by the germans.

It’s is relatable to the generation today since everyone is stuck at home, and also gives the strength to stand tough during these times.

Note that the online series is available in 60 countries except in the US because of copyright restrictions.

Sources : Wikipedia, NYTimes

The first episode of Anne Frank Video Diary “My Best Present” (Click on the next page to watch the next episode)

Anne Frank Video Diary Episode 1
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Glenmark, Cipla receive approval to test experimental coronavirus vaccine

Mumbai based pharmaceutical company, Cipla got approval from the Indian regulators to experiment medicine, Favipiravir for COVID-19 in India.


Around the globe, a lot of drugs are under clinical trials phases on corona virus patients, in order to develop some success against COVID-19. CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) has identified top 25 drugs for repurposing. From these 25 drugs, Favipiravir has the most promising outcomes or results.

Favipiravir is a broad spectrum inhibitor, an anti viral drug which was also used to treat influenza virus in Japan in 2014. In relation to COVID-19, Favipiravir has shown results against RNA viruses for which we don’t have a treatment yet.

Latest new on Pharmaceutical Companies in India
DCGI (Drug Controller General of India) has given permissions to Mumbai-based Glenmark Pharmaceuticals to perform trials with Favipiravir on mild to moderate patients suffering from COVID-19.
Cipla had also applied for the approval and finally got a green signal to conduct trials.
According to the recent news, Glenmark will administer Favipiravir in 150 COVID-19 patients and will do the comparison with the patients undergoing regular and standard treatment.
Another development which was seen recently, on Wednesday was, Strides Pharma Science Ltd had developed Favipiravir antiviral tablets and had applied to the authorities to begin trials.

I hope this Favipiravir drug works like wonders and help come over corona phase.
I’ll keep you guys updated.

Sources :

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Oxford developed experimental Coronavirus vaccine ‘looks like’ working on Monkeys, now being tested in humans

The spread of coronavirus started in December 2019 and has been diagnosed in 3.3 million people worldwide. More than 225,000 have died of it; still, there is no approved medicine or vaccination available as per today and the governments all around the world are working day and night to conquer this pandemic.

According to the recent news from Oxford University, there are high hopes for the vaccine to be developed sooner than we expected. AstraZeneca (a British Pharmaceutical Company) has joined hands with the University of Oxford to come up with the coronavirus vaccine.

AstraZeneca Chief Executive, Pascol Soriot said,”Our hope is that, by joining forces, we can accelerate the globalisation of a vaccine to combat the virus and protect people from the deadliest pandemic in a generation”.

The Jenner Institute of Oxford University is running the coronavirus vaccine project, will receive a further funding of 20 million pounds from the government, almost all of that will be spent on the clinical trial development.

It is hopeful that coronavirus vaccine developing in the UK could be ready by September, if it works. The scientists started clinical trials on Rhesus Monkeys and the results have been promising, as per the news today. They gave vaccine to 6 rhesus monkeys, then exposed them to high amounts of coronavirus. 28 days later, the result were favorable and all the 6 monkeys showed no signs of infection.

Human trials of corona virus have already entered phase one testing, this happened last week where people in southern England, aged between 18-55 volunteered for the same.
The death number in the UK crossed 26,000.

According to the WHO, around 70 vaccines are under the development stage worldwide. Science is science and results might work or might not. Keeping fingers crossed for a better future and hoping for a victory over corona, the battle is still going on and we all are the warriors. Let’s play our role of staying in our homes, maintaining social/physical distance, and save the world.

Source :
1. The Newyork Times
2. The Scotsman
4. The Telegraph
5. France 24

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Rishi Kapoor (Chintoo – the ‘lover boy’ of bollywood) dies of Cancer

“He’s gone. I’m destroyed” – Amitabh Bachchan in his latest tweet on the death of his long time friend Rishi Kapoor.

It is another sad day. One of Bollywood’s most versatile actors, loved across generations, Rishi Kapoor is no more. He was keeping unwell for a while and was rushed to a hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday, April 29, where he took his last breath. His wife (and the love of his life) Neetu Singh and his son (one of the most popular Bollywood actors of this generation) Ranbir Kapoor were with him during his last moments.

He belonged to ‘The Kapoor Family’ of Bollywood, and carried the torch from the likes of Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor. His cousin brothers Randheer kapoor and Shashi kapoor have also been noted actors of their time.

Image credits : Deccan Herald

Rishi Kapoor was shooting for ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ in Delhi earlier this year when he felt unwell and was later moved to a hospital in Mumbai. Reports suggest that the main cause of his death was cancer relapse. He had undergone a treatment for this cancer in New York. He went there in Sep 2018 and the treatment took almost a year.

He brought magic, charm and a refreshed energy into Bollywood movies in the 70s via his exceptional performances in movies like Bobby (debut), Karz, Chandni, Amar Akbar Anthony. He made a comeback to the movie industry after a long gap in the 2000s and started taking up challenging roles of negative characters and proved his mettle as a versatile actor. His work as Rauf Lala in the remake of Agneepath (starring Hrithik Roshan) will be remembered for generations.

I grew up watching Rishi Kapoor movies and can watch Chandni, and Kapoor & Sons anytime. Both of these movies show how dynamic, and natural he was in the world of acting. To me, Bollywood has lost a legend, an actor who introduced and in a way, redefined romance in Bollywood. The colorful sweater wearing personality suited his charisma.

You’ll live forever in our hearts, Rishi ji. RIP.

Wings down today as well,

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My Reflection on the sad news of Irrfan Khan’s demise (Updated quote from Life of Pi)

“The whole of life becomes an act of letting go. What hurts the most is not taking a moment to say Good-bye”

Late Irrfan Khan (Jan 1967 – Apr 2020) – Quote from the movie ‘Life of Pi’

This great asset to the Indian film industry passed away today at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. He was admitted in the hospital yesterday, 28th April to seek treatment for his colon infection. Mr. Khan had been battling from Colon Cancer, he was diagnosed with a neuro-endocrine disorder in the year 2018. He was surrounded by his family during his last stage, his wife Sutapa Sikdar and 2 sons Babil and Ayan.

He was one of the finest actors in Bollywood and Hollywood, and had also won a Padma Shri Award. As they say, he was a man with silent expression and deep eyes., a few words from the official quote. He was diagnosed with cancer in March 2018 and underwent treatment and chemotherapy and was recovered. He wanted his fans to be aware of his illness so he tweeted “The unexpected makes us grow”.

Mr. Khan was a charm of Bollywood and he was last seen in the movie, Angrezi Medium. He wasn’t a part of the promotion because of the health and rather spoke to his fans via a video message ahead of the trailer of the film. This post is simply a tribute to him, some of his finest works and to act as a remembrance for years to come. Here’s some of my favorite where he was at his finest charisma and enthralled the audience with his performances.

  1. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  2. Life of Pie (2012)
  3. The Lunchbox (2013)
  4. Jurassic World (2015)
  5. Piku (2015)
Irrfan Khan’s Legend work, Piku Official Trailer
Lunchbox Official Traier

As Priyanka Chopra said, “the charisma he bought to everything he did was pure magic”, Slumdog Millionaire director, Danny Boyle, described his work in the oscar winning movie as “beautiful to watch”.
It is a very sad day for the entire Film Industry. The void created by his death can never be filled. RIP, Sir.

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