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Simple android application to read whatsapp

Since I'm unable to use the mobile frequently, I needed a way to listen to incoming voice messages. There are plenty of applications on the market. However, the features are not listed properly. For example, there were apps that seem to claim that they will read whatsapp messages but all they did was to read out the name of the person who had sent the message.

The two which worked for me were:


Read it to me: this has got a comprehensive list of features and will read out SMS and whatsapp. You can also choose the contacts for which it will not read out the messages. However, the main issue was that after the trial period, it will require you to buy the feature to read out whatsapp messages.Message reader for whatsapp: this is a very simple app that just works only for whatsapp but has got the ability to not read out the incoming messages in a whatsapp group. This was free and since I needed only the ability to read out whatsapp messages, I chose it over the earlier application. Not…

Useful ergonomic chair for your back

Even though zero gravity furniture has become very common in the Western world, somehow I have not seen it getting traction in the Indian market.

The only affordable solution are outdoor zero gravity chairs like this. I have been using a similar one but not exactly the same because I bought it used for several months now.



Though the chair it works very well in the zero gravity position, it is not able to stop in various other levels of inclination. I went to see the new one in a showroom and it was clear to me that over the course of time, there will be similar problems with that as well.

The main problem is the mechanism of stopping the chair and different inclinations. They use cheap plastic and rubber stoppers which tend to break.

Also the back support is not very comfortable. There are better chairs like this but I have not seen them so far in a showroom is most of these seem to be sold over the Internet.

Despite this, it is a piece of furniture that I use most often especially w…

How to get a reliance Jio Sim: misinformation spread by ill trained reliance employees

As of November 2016, if you call Reliance or speak to any of the Reliance Digital employees, they will tell you that you can get a Sim only once you generate a bar code using a 4G phone.

I had a friend who had got a 4G phone functional with reliance connection. I thought that before purchasing a 4G phone, I will try to get a reliance connection first. This is because in the past few weeks, there have been multiple occasions where reliance digital said that they have run out of Sims.

However, it was not possible to get a bar code generated from my friends 4G Phone because reliance Application would automatically log into his account


I then went to the reliance digital store and also spoke to reliance customer service. Both of them were unanimous stating that for purchasing a new reliance connection, a customer needs to buy a new 4G phone first and then generate a bar code. I asked them that if they can generate a bar code for me from the phone's that they were carrying in the stor…

Using kinesiology tapes for muscle pain

I am a frequent user of kinesiology tapes specifically to control neck and shoulder pain. It is also been useful to manage abdominal pain. When I developed shoulder tendinitis, I had used this for 7 weeks continuously. There was a time when if I used to take the tape off for a few minutes my shoulder used to hang limp with a lot of pain.

I usually purchase Nasara kinesiology tapes from Amazon. I have got it at various prices between Rs. 500-Rs. 700. My physiotherapist tells me that the colour does not matter so if you are short on the money like me, go for whichever colour is the cheapest.

The prolonged used of tape for example during shoulder tendinitis discoloured my skin. So it is better if you can to give a break after every few days.

Also to protect the skin from getting affected, there is a pretty expensive but useful spray called  3M Cavilon spray. While taking off the tape, I have found it useful to set aside several minutes for it. Then go inside the bathroom and keep on pou…