Saturday December 15, 2018

Alone during the Holiday season? List of things you can do on your own to have a Good time!

There is a long list of Christmas movies which will be the best way to spend the holiday season

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New Delhi, December 29, 2016: For many reasons, many of us might find ourselves alone in the holiday season. With all the festivities and cheer surrounding us, the holidays can be an especially emotionally taxing time. Holiday season can be an emotionally tiring time even for those of us who are usually okay being alone. But there are many things one can do despite being alone, to enjoy the holidays.

  • Binge watch movies

One can always watch movies alone. There is a long list of Christmas movies which will be the best way to spend the holiday season. Home Alone series, When Harry met Sally, You’ve got mail etc are some of the many movies that one can watch.

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  • Travel

If you have the funds and a destination to-visit in mind, take a small getaway from your daily life. Travelling engages one wholly, from the tip of the mind to the toe of the soul.

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  • Volunteering

Volunteering at an NGO or shelter for the homeless will help you feel connected and content from within. One should participate in such activities at other times of the year too and not just on one day of the year. This will make the experience of giving and helping others more fulfilling.

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  • Plan an outing

Visit the museum, any historical place, watch a movie in the theatre or try doing something new. Try giving yourself a new experience like going for a spa, visiting a new bookstore, going for plays in the theatre etc.

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  • Read

Reading is for one and all. It is for people who have many people in the house and for people who have no one around. There are so many books that one can read and feel engaged and peaceful.

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  • Cook for yourself

Instead of ordering in or visiting a restaurant , try cooking for yourself. Try a new recipe or bake a cake for yourself or invent your own new recipe!

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  • Have fun with other people who are alone       

Create an “alternative family” made up of people whose company you enjoy, like friends, colleagues etc. Remember that you are not alone in being alone during the holidays. Get together with others and have some fun.

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  • Reach out

If you can’t be with family or loved ones during this time of the year, send them letters or call them —basically, reach out to them. You can even send them handmade cards or gifts.

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– prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?