Quikr : Buyer aur Seller ka Perfect Match Maker

Classified advertisements! These words were first associated with the Sunday Newspapers. Matrimonials, job vacancy, buying-selling of real estate would dominate the classifieds then.  And soon, the classified ads started appearing almost everyday in our newspapers. And today, in the era of e-communication, online shopping, social networking, our world has shrunk to the click of a mouse or a tap on a touch phone. So like all other web-based activities, the online classified ads in India has gained acceptance and immense popularity too.

While, I frequently shop online from various portals, I had not explored a classified advertisement portal till a few days ago. I assumed (which was a silly thing to do!) that on these online classifieds platforms people ONLY sell personal goods that they don’t need or use. I am apprehensive of buying used, howsoever good or new, products. And for this reason I stayed away from the online classified ad platforms. Well, there are ads for ‘don’t need or use’ products but there are classified ads from dealers, wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers as well!

And this new insight dawned on me, when I was exploring Quikr. After opting for Jaipur, which is listed among popular cities, from the ‘Select Your City’ drop down menu on Quiker.com, I saw 12 main categories.

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I was keen on exploring something from the Electronics & Appliances or Home & Lifestyle category.

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After scanning the various sub-categories in the Electronics & Appliances or Home & Lifestyle section, I was amazed. I spent such a long time scouting with utter fascination, all the tempting items from the large variety of items in the various sub categories.

While I was browsing through these 2 categories, I saved 28 ads. I liked this option of saving the ad, which is akin to a wish-list and can be referred or checked later.

And then Aaryan, who was also checking the items on Quikr along with me, asked me to explore the Pets and Pet Care section. He was just back from a visit to our farm where our 3 pet dogs Copper, Carbon and Nickel live. He simply adores them and somehow can’t get enough of them. Seeing his love and enthusiasm for our pets, without a second thought, I abandoned my pursuit of finding something suitable to buy in Electronics & Appliances or Home & Lifestyle category and I decided that we’d buy something for our three 4-legged best friends.

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Carbon and Copper are our Doberman pups named after the metals and their colours. Carbon is black and Copper is reddish brown. Nickel, our Gray Mastiff has recently joined us. The poor boy was abandoned and was in a bad shape, till somebody dropped him at our farm. KG’s love and care has healed him and he now doesn’t leave KG’s side even for a minute.

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Pet adoption was out of question, as we already have 3 brats! And Pet Training and Grooming and Clinics were not appealing either. So we explored Pet Care – Accessories and Pet Foods.

After selecting Pet Type – Dog and then Pet Care – Accessories and Pet Foods, there were listing from a lot of dealers and suppliers. We narrowed down the search to the location near our residence and came across an advertisement from Prime Pet Shop, Mansarovar. On calling the phone number listed in the ad, a very courteous, Prashant answered our queries.

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After fixing a convenient time (Yes, Prashant agreed to open his shop on a holiday (Bhai Dooj) for us!), we visited the Prime Pet Shop.

The shop had 3 varieties of Dog Food. We opted for the brand Drools.

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We selected a 15 Kg and a 20 Kg bag for our pups.

The MRP of Drools 15 Kg Bag is Rs 2300 which Prashant offered it to us at Rs 1850.

And the 20 Kg Drools Chicken and Rice bag is priced at Rs 2400 which cost us Rs 2050.

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While, I was checking and comparing the various brands of Dog Food, Aaryan selected some Puppy Collars for Copper and Carbon and metal chains for all three of them.

The MRP of 2 Collars was Rs 120 each, which was billed to us at Rs 80 each. The thick metal chain which we bought for Nickel was priced at Rs 350 and the 2 the small chains for Copper and Carbon had an MRP of Rs 250. We got a discount of Rs 100 each on all the 3 chains. So, with all these items, we had done shopping worth Rs 4610 for our pets.

Then we saw the chew bones and picked 3 packs. These 3 packs were for 438 but we paid Rs 390. DSC_0219

So for Rs 5000, we got 35 Kg of Dog Food, Chew Bones and accessories for our pets. As we loaded the stuff in the car, we couldn’t help smiling with satisfaction at our bargain purchase.

Later, when we showed the goodies that we shopped for our pets to KG, and the prices at which we bought, he was impressed and remarked that it was a steal of a deal!

Needless, to say that we thoroughly enjoyed or shopping experience of buying through an advertisement on Quikr. The wide variety of products in various categories, the ease of shopping in an area near your location, the bargaining factor, which we all love and meeting the seller online but transacting offline after physically seeing the product is simply cool.

Also, after exploring Quikr at length, my apprehensions of buying somebody’s ‘don’t need or use’ product has disappeared too, as I saw that most of the products looked good. Of course, one always has the option of checking/testing the product before buying. I am now thinking of posting a free ad for our Treadmill which we don’t use and is in a brand new condition but lying unattended in our store room.

Quikr is truly Buyer aur Seller ka Perfect Match Maker.

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Full Circle

Title: Full Circlegolden saffron covers
Author: Yamini Vijendran
Publisher: Indireads Inc.
ISBN-13: 9781927826119
Number of Pages: 99 (Estimated)
Price [INR] : 119
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Type : eBook

Malini is a sixty plus woman, who has fulfilled all her responsibilities. For more than fifty years she had been there for her family. First for her father and brother in her paternal home and then for her husband and son in her home. She had worked tirelessly to make her family happy and comfortable. Now, ever since her husband’s death, a year ago, an unsatisfied yearning continued to haunt her. A yearning for all that she had lost in her native place, Kumbakonam. She wanted to find the answers and go back to her roots, before the last stop of her journey.

Malini’s  doting  son, daughter-in-law and grand daughter, could not comprehend why she had set her heart on settling at a retirement home. But soon they let her follow her heart.

On reaching, Kumbakonam, life comes full circle for her as she meets her lost love. Is it late to reconnect with a long lost love? Well if you don’t try, you’ll never know. And you’ll never know what happened to Malini and her first love, Ranjan, till you read, Full Circle.

Full Circle is a mature love story and takes you back in time where love and its expression was so simple and pure and was so different from the times today. It is a heart-warming love story that also gives you a glimpse of life, culture, traditions in the South of India.

I liked Yamini’s storytelling skills and it definitely worked for me. It kept me engaged and completely interested and this is when I could guess how it would end. The climax seemed to be a bit rushed, though. I wish, there was more of it. And tying of the loose end through David was a bit hurried and forced.

Overall, Full Circle is a light breezy read that will touch and warm the cockles of your heart too!

Rating : 3.5 Stars

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Fraudster

Title: FraudsterFraudster
Author: RV Raman
Publisher: Hachette India
ISBN: 978-93-5009-800-4
Number of Pages: 288
Price [INR]: 250
Genre: Fiction/Crime

There are people who will do anything to silence the ones who come in their way, those who will stop at nothing, including murder.

A young banker is found dead a day after she deposes before a commission investigating large-scale financial fraud…
A doyen of corporate India falls to his death from his south Bombay flat…
A high-security server room of a multinational accounting firm is hacked and the hackers aren’t looking for just company secrets…

Illicit finance, high-stakes crime and vicious manipulation come together in this story of corruption, greed and treachery among corporate India’s black sheep. Arresting, fast-paced and written by an insider from the corporate world, Fraudster will keep you on your toes till the very end.

Fraudster is a suspense-charged financial thriller that exposes how the banking scams really work. The story in the Fraudster starts with a bang, I mean a brutal murder. Then a few pages down the book, another key character is dead. And, this really was shocking and then there was no stopping, as I was glued to the book till the mystery was solved. The author has created such riveting scenes that transports the reader in you directly into the story.

Fraudster is a story about high finance and banking. It is about hunger for money and murders. It is about the skilled, sharp and shady characters who operate in the world of white collar crime… and scheme to get away with it. It is a well thought out story that is very believable and authentic.

What I liked most about this book is the insider’s perspective on the how the small promoter-held companies obtained big loans from banks and then their inability to pay back the loans resulting in subsequent huge losses for the banks. The fact that the author explained the complex financial systems and workings in a way that a reader who may not have much exposure of this field was able to grasp the proceedings easily, is simply commendable. So, one gets to know the details of hacking, audits, Blackberry mails, server back-ups, tracking of cell phones through cellular tower locations… Also, the author was successful in keeping the suspense alive that lived right through the end of the book.

The characters are strong and complex. The plot is solid. The story line is nicely paced. The dialogues are engaging. And then there are also chases, hacking, lies, good guys and the bad guys and some very unpredictable cat-and-mouse games. The voice of the author is succinct and lucid and written in a no-nonsense manner.

Fraudster is a compelling and credible financial crime thriller that is really hard to put down. Highly recommended.

Rating : 4 Stars

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What Were They Thinking?

They say that choosing the right brand name for a product or service is crucial for its success. It’s not an easy and a simple task. This one decision will have significant branding consequences for years. After all, it’s an organization’s entire story, distilled down to one or two words.

When one is developing a name for a business, a product or a service, there are a number of different branding routes one can take.

  • Use the founder or inventor’s name (Hewlett-Packard)
  • Describe what you do (Southwest Airlines)
  • Describe an experience or image (Sprint)
  • Take a word out of context (Apple)
  • Make up a word (Google)

While traveling last week in train, my co-passenger had this brand of mineral water bottle.

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Water Balls!! Water is ok but why Balls? Let us try to understand this brand name by focusing on how both the words identify with a mineral water brand. Water is not available in pellets or balls. Nor is this is packaged in a ball like container. Water-balls are water toys that are played on the water surface, but then how is it related to packaged drinking water? So, these interpretations don’t make any sense with reference to the brand in focus.

Let us now deconstruct the two words in the brand name separately and understand the rationale of this unique brand name. Water is clear to us. Balls could have different meanings. Let’s try and understand what could it mean with reference to packaged drinking water.

  1. Ball – Spherical object or entity – Nope, water is not a spherical entity so the brand manager could not possibly mean this.
  2. Balls - Any of various rounded, movable objects used in various athletic activities and games – Again, a package drinking water and a playing ball are far from related.
  3. Balls –Vulgar slang – I am sure nobody in their right mind would use this for their brand of water.
  4. Balls – Testicles – This is out-rightly ruled out too.
  5. Balls – Courage, especially when reckless – Do we need reckless courage to drink this water?
  6. Balls – An exclamation of strong disagreement, contempt, annoyance, etc – Really?!

How did this company come up with this brand name. Wonder, what would be the story behind this brand name! For the life of me, I can’t figure this branding strategy for a packaged drinking water. Can you?

Colour My Garden

They say, gardens are enclosed areas in which plants and arts meet. They form ‘cultures’ in an uncompromised sense of the word. A garden isn’t meant to be useful. It’s for joy.

A garden should make you feel you’ve entered privileged space — a place not just set apart but reverberant — and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.

Now you create beautiful poetry and can greet spring anytime in your garden. Yes, it’s easier than ever to transform your outdoor space into an expression of your personal style, making it truly a joyful place.

Colour My Garden is a new initiative from my sisters, Aashima and Sheetal. They, at Colour My Garden offer a wide and vibrant range of Metal & Terracotta planters to help create unique and colourful balconies and/or gardens.

Using these peppy and gorgeous outdoor planters is the perfect way to create beautiful container gardens for your porch, veranda, courtyard or any outdoor space. Planters and garden pots allow for creativity and flexibility when designing a garden that fits the specific needs of you and your home. Colour My Garden offers a huge selection of planters in different colours, shapes and sizes.

Visit Colour My Garden now for all your colourful garden needs and add a dash of your style to beautify and electrify your balconies and gardens today!

Women’s Clothing and Gender Inequality

BAD'14I am participating in Blog Action Day. Blog Action Day is a free annual event, that is organised since 2007. Its aim is to unite the bloggers from all over the world, by posting about the same issue, on the same day, in order to raise awareness and trigger a positive global discussion around an important issue that impacts us all.  Past topics have included Water, Climate Change, Poverty, Food, Power of We and Human Rights, with over 25,000 blogs taking part since 2007. Blogs from 111 countries are taking part in Blog Action Day 2014 over the next few days. This year, the focus is on Inequality.

Gender equality is, first and foremost, a human right. Measures of gender equality include access to basic education, health and life expectancy, equality of economic opportunity, social and political empowerment. But this very basic human right is denied to most women.

Although there has been evident progress, many alarming issues regarding gender discrimination still prevail today.

In 2001 a militant group demanded that Muslim women in Kashmir wear burqas, head to toe garments that cover their clothes, or risk being attacked. Men threw acid in the faces of two women for not covering up in public. The group also demanded that Hindu and Sikh women dress so as to identify themselves: they said that Hindu women should wear a bindi (the traditional colored dot) on their foreheads, and Sikh women should cover their heads with saffron-colored cloth.

Cut to October 2014, veteran singer K J Yesudas suggested that women ‘should not trouble others by wearing jeans.’ Imagine, a public figure like him blames women’s clothes for sexual crimes! Statistics reveal that majority of the sexual crimes are committed by men. However, our society believes that it is women and their clothing that is responsible for this and it is up to the women to stop these sexual assaults.

So right from childhood, we have been taught that wearing short clothes, going alone at night, talking to strangers lead to sexual assault. It is implied that if a woman drinks or flirts or is sexually active, she is available and/or asking for it.

Is it that only skimpily clad women are assaulted? No, women have been assaulted even if they are covered from head to toe whether in a burqua, sari, salwar-suit and/or jeans. Women are raped not only in a deserted by-lane but even at homes or a place swarming with people. So, it is not a woman’s clothing that leads to her rape. By using the woman’s clothing as an excuse for a sexual assault, we are overtly stating that the man was a victim and he is not responsible for his actions.

It is a woman’s fundamental right to choose what she wants to wears and that should not be dictated by the rules preached by some men of the society.

So, my question to you today is “What will help reduce this gender inequality which violates a woman’s freedom to dress the way she wants ?”

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Block Annoying Posts on Facebook

Facebook has become an integral part of our lives. Most of us virtually live our lives on this social media platform. No exaggeration! I am sure, we all have experienced irritation at thefb_icon_325x325 things some people, actually our ‘friends’, do on Facebook . This annoyance is so much so that we can write blog posts or long status updates and garner support from a lot of like-minded people, oops ‘friends’ I mean.  It is kind of funny that despite using Facebook day in and day out, most of us do not know that there are simpler ways of blocking these irritants.

Today, let me share some tips to block annoying posts on Facebook so that your hatred for some of your ‘friends’ does not increase manifold and you have a perfectly happy and satisfying Facebook experience.

  • Getting Rid of Unwanted Notifications : You congratulate a newly wed couple on their post and soon you are bombarded with 148 notifications. ‘X and A commented on the post you are following. P liked your comment. H mentioned you in a comment….’. Agree, this can irritate the hell out of you. Now, instead of ranting and spitting fire at these notifications, all you have to do is the following.

To stop the notifications for the posts that you like or comment on, there’s a downward-pointing arrow located in the top-right corner of every post, click on that and select ‘Turn Off Notifications‘.

  • Banning those Candy Crush Saga Requests : Aah! This one is special. Please_Stop_Candy_Crush_SagaNo game in the history of Facebook Gaming must have received so much of adulation and hatred at the same time. I think the number of Candy Crush lovers (I just checked some statistics and there are 93 million people who play Candy Crush DAILY!! Whoa!!) would be equivalent to Candy Crush haters. Now, haters, (of Candy Crush, I mean) why cant we practice the policy of ‘Live and Let Live’. Let the poor souls increase the pleasure chemical Dopamine in their bodies which is helping them to learn and training them to continue performing better. I think, they have a right to do that!

Now, just do the following and let the gamers play in peace. To block the unwanted game requests, Go to Settings → Blocking → Block Apps → Type the name of the app to be blocked!!

  • Pruning your Home Wall of Annoying Apps : Ok, Facebook is really crazily working overtime and releasing newer apps and there are suckers for these too. Yes, people play many games other than Candy Crush and use apps like Love Percentage of the Day or How attractive you are or who watched your profile etc etc. And such posts bring out the worst in you…

Simply click the downward-pointing arrow located in the top-right corner of that annoying post and choose ‘I don’t want to see this’ or click ‘Unfollow XYZ’.

  • Banning those Toxic People from your Life Wall : We all have those friends and relatives who believe in making our life miserable not only in the real world but also in the virtual world. You cant unfriend them on Facebook, as that would lead to another controversy. And then you have ‘friends’ who post at least a dozen selfies a day and share a score of ‘Like if you hate cancer. Like and share if you want to be blessed…’ And you really don’t care about such silly things and you don’t want any more drama in your life…

Just click on that Toxic person’s profile. You will see ‘Following’ icon, click on that and it will change to ‘Follow’. In other words you have ‘Unfollowed’ your friend and he/she will never know, and you won’t have to deal with his or her irritating posts anymore. If you don’t want them to see your posts, click on the lock icon on extreme right side of your Facebook wall, a drop down menu of Privacy Shortcuts will appear. Click on Who can see my stuff and then select Custom. A new window will pop out and Type that person’s name in the box for ‘Dont share this with’. Easy isnt’ it?

  • Amend your typo errors : Oh, we all make mistakes, (typing errors of course!) and then the T9 dictionary or predictive text can be pretty annoying too. resume-typoAnd to make matters worse, we all proof read best after hitting the Post button. So, instead of correcting the word or the sentence in the next comment with a ‘Sorry :P Typo or Damn this auto-correct’.

Click on the downward-pointing arrow located in the top-right corner, if it is your status update and the pencil icon on the right if it is your comment and select Edit. Voilà , you have a error free status or a comment.

There are a lot of things we can do to have a rant-irritation-free Facebook experience, all we have to do is explore a bit.

What annoying things have you come across on Facebook and how do you handle it?

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Funny Relationship Quotes

Love and Relationships! Oh, there are wonderful things, there are bad things and then there are crazy things about them too. How about looking at relationships from a playful and humorous point of view. Sharing some fun and funny relationship quotes which not only guarantee some smiles and laughs but also helps us to see love and relationships in a different perspective.

  • The most important thing in a relationship between a man and a woman is that one of them be good at taking orders. Linda Festa
  • Marriage is like a 5,000- piece jigsaw of the sky. Cathy Ladman

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  • To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and try not to understand her at all. Helen Rowland
  • Discovering all the dirty little secrets about each other is some of what a successful relationship is all about. Learning to live with those secrets is the rest. Mark Morrow
  • It’s been said a thousand ways by hundreds of different people through the years, but is still as true as ever. If mamma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. Yellow H.
  • Most couples have not had hundreds of arguments; they’ve had the same argument hundreds of times. Gay Hendricks
  • Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight. Phyllis Diller

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  • Love is a lot like a backache, it doesn’t show up on X-rays, but you know it’s there. George Burns
  • Love is grand; divorce is a hundred grand. Unknown
  • Marry a man your own age; as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight. Phyllis Diller

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Which one made you go LOL? Share some funny relationship quotes that you have come across.

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