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Soch lesser Khareed Quikr

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2014 at 23:21

Still remember the time when we used to flip through classified ads as a part of assignment for English. The format they taught at school was not the format anyone used, but there was one basic objective- Minimum words, Maximum impact. Times have changed and now one does not even have to pay to get their ads reach people.You can use as many words as you want, you can post pictures of the items you want to sell. Today, you can start your own business by placing free advertisements on online classifieds. Opportunities are immense, these websites not only offer to set shops, they also allow people to sell items they don’t use to people who can put it to good use, at a negotiated price that suits both the buyer and the seller.

One such website is that of http://www.Quikr.com . I have been a bit apprehensive about buying and selling through an online classified ad. I guess some of you must be apprehensive about it too. In the past I have suggested my friends to sell the concert tickets they did not want on Quikr, and they managed to do that. I posted the ads for them and within minutes their tickets got sold. They called me asking me to remove the ad as they kept getting enquiries. I was amazed at how fast this thing works. “Click a picture, sell on Quikr”. This incident convinced me that buying and selling did happen, and that too very quick on Quikr.

My daughter is my darling doll, ever since she has been born, like all fathers I have tried to provide her with all that her mom said is needed. Our friends have been really kind enough to shower her with lots an lots of gifts. Gifts from family, friends and colleagues kept pouring. Trips to shopping mall resulted in us buying even more stuff for the baby. Be it her clothes, feeding accessories, her own accessories the list just kept growing. The result was that we ran out of space for keeping her stuff. What we needed was a wardrobe for our baby, this would help us organize her toys, her clothes and other learning tools we bought for her, all at one place.

I and my wife then began our wardrobe hunt one fine weekend. After searching for a wardrobe at two three shops, we made up our mind on buying a Nilkamal/ Celio wardrobe, but we were still not convinced by the price. I recommended that we compare the prices available online. We returned home and as it generally happens forgot about it. Come Diwali, we realized how much messy our house was getting thanks to us delaying our decision to buy the wardrobe. We finally decided to get on to internet and order, once and for all (Psst. we did this post diwali, as I was busy eating ;) )

Types* Mumbai dot quikr dot com * and was greeted by their new commercial, they create the best matches, well for a second I thought I should hide the website lest my wife starts thinking I was getting too adventurous, but then I calmed my nerves to realise they were talking about matching Buyers with right sellers.

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The layout was pretty neat and products were categorised well. I headed to the “Home &Lifestyle” section to look for Wardrobes in the “Home-Office Furniture” segment.

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http://mumbai.quikr.com/Wardrobes/Home-Office-Furniture/w1034?l=Furniture_Type

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This threw at me some 1000+ results. I was like hang on, whoaa, so many people who want to sell wardrobe to me. “Calm down” thankfully there are multiple options to filter. So I headed to look for only “New” items- check, set a price range, this brought the result down to 20+ something. Phew a sigh of relief. There were ads with photographs and some without photographs. I wonder why some sellers thought I would look at their ads which do not have a photograph, would you?

Refined results from 1000+ ads to 20+

Refined results from 1000+ ads to 20+

After browsing through a few ads we contacted three dealers. This even helped us bargain for a good price. Once this was settled we placed our order with one of the dealers from Borivali (see pic below) . His ad showed multiple wardrobe options in one place. Thats how one must post an ad I would say, all information in one place, with a Cell number and not a landline to directly get in touch. Since the pictures were of only Nilkamal brand wardrobes, we were wondering if he stocked Cello too. We called him up and to our surprise he had the model we wanted from Cello. We placed our order and agreed to pay Cash on Delivery (COD). In case you are worried about pick up and delivery, you should not as Quikr has a facility for that too (see image)

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The dealer we chose finally

Since we bought this from a seller within Mumbai, the product got delivered in 2 days as promised. A nice red and blue color wardrobe for my little princess. A sigh of relief for me as I have been procrastinating for months, but thanks to Quikr buying a wardrobe online was made possible. Hope this will help us in making our house more organized.

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I have never had such good experience of buying online before. Heck I never thought in my wildest dream that I will be able to buy furniture online. I saw ads where people were selling even used cars on Quikr. My suggestion is to check the price once on Quikr before you buy anything, you might be surprised to see the kind of stuff people are selling on Quikr.

Note: “This post is a part of Quikr.com activity at BlogAdda.com” 

The world Indianizes as we Globalize

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2014 at 22:55

It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against Gravity- Kofi Annan

How very aptly put by 7th Secretary General of UN. When two cultures meet a culture shock is bound to happen. The shock may cause clashes or peaceful coexistence. Earlier rulers used to conquer nations and enforce their culture on the inhabitants of that nation, some cultures survived, some got extinct.Times changed and people started to accept the cultural differences. We started to take the goodness of each culture and evolve as a human race. Indian culture has evolved too, from the various rituals and Taboos that existed, we are not a country of just snake charmers any more. In this era of Communication and Media, no country is too far. A kid in India may know more about France than a kid from Paris and vice-versa. Globalization is all about interdependence of multiple cultures. Its about multiple cultures accepting the existence of each other, and learning from each other.

With innovations that happened in travel space, when people moved out of India they took a part of India with them. They managed to travel to Europe, America, Canada, West Indies, heck all the way to Fiji. Now you will find an Indian in almost every corner of the world, so much so that travelling to Bangkok seems you still feel at home, especially if you are a Jain, they have Jain restaurants!! Isn’t that amazing?

We as Indians, especially vegetarians, are paranoid to travel. Why you ask? Food, is the answer. Food happens to be our favorite word after Family, may be for some of us its even before Family, but that’s not the point I am trying to make here. I am a vegetarian, and I LOVE FOOD. So, whenever I have to travel to another country, and I have traveled to Europe, Asia and America so far, Food happens to be my primary worry. When I saw this advertisement by Lufthansa, I could relate to it. It shows how things have changed, how concerns of Grandfather are not true anymore. The kid is however confused because his grandfather’s concerns were not true, that the airline was there to adjust to the needs of their passengers.


I recently traveled to Canada and I was glad to see how Indians, especially our Sikh friends have merged into the local culture. From meeting an Indian at the immigration desk to the cab driver, and when I finally reached my hotel,again an Indian managing the front desk. I switched on the television and there was an Indian channel to surf through as well, with advertisements that spoke of Indians operating Law firms.

Advertisement in Winnipeg

Advertisement in Winnipeg

Some friends even told me that if I visit Brampton I would mistake it to be a city in India, considering the amount of Indians that live there. My Boss in Canada a fancy Indian restaurant where I could taste authentic Punjabi food, perhaps the best Punjabi food, I have ever eaten. They even served Masala chai, the same way its been sold across any Indian street, pouring from one glass to another to cool it down. What fascinated me was the Canadian waitress who served masala chai to us and seem to be an expert at handling this trick of serving masala chai.

Being a vegetarian, I was skeptical about finding vegetarian food, but I was wrong. I found “Delicious Veg Restaurant” that served only Vegetarian food, yes you heard that right. A city like Winnipeg in Canada to have only veg restaurant surprised me. When I walked into the restaurant I saw that it was being run by a Chinese woman, her guests were mostly Indians- Gujaratis, Punjabis everyone and even Canadians who were fascinated to try Vegetarian beef (fried Tofu). Talk about the whole world being at one place.

Delicious veg restaurant

Delicious veg restaurant- Winnipeg

As if that was not enough on my visit to Fork, a community place visited by locals in Winnipeg to shop and for recreation I found a statue of none other than Mahatma Gandhi. What was even more endearing was to see a couple sit on front of the statue and explain it to their kid about what Gandhi stood for. That really warmed my heart, as to how our friends in Canada valued Gandhi.

Gandhi statue at Fork- winnipeg

Gandhi statue at Fork- winnipeg

The best part was on my way back at Tronoto airport I managed to find a restaurant called “Marathi” that served Indian food. Having already tasted Indian food back in Winnipeg I was tempted to try it, and swear I have not eaten an awesome combination of Pumpkin and Paneer anywhere in India. The Gralic naan they served, well i would say Indian restaurants should learn from “Marathi’ restaurant how to make amazing Garlic naans. The Naan kept melting in my mouth and the Paneer pumpkin kept disappearing from the plate as I kept wondering, was i really away from India?

Garlic Naan- Marathi restaurant Toronto

Garlic Naan- Marathi restaurant Toronto

Paneer Pumpkin with Basmati rice-Marathi restaurant Toronto

Paneer Pumpkin with Basmati rice-Marathi restaurant Toronto

I have been fascinated by Latin dancing, its culture, one of the reasons I have been pursuing this dance form for nearly 6 years now. in terms of dancesport we have a long way to go, however very soon we will get there. The dance school that I go to is a combined effort by Indian instructors and a German instructor. Whenever our German instructor comes to India, I have seen him go crazy over Indian food especially Chaat. He is so warm, and an amazing instructor, he expects us to dance to our fullest potential, and hopefully one day we will be able to make him proud. I love his commitment to our dance school , how he takes time out from his busy schedule to even attend outdoor activities of our dance school. I mentioned this to showcase how an Indian dance school is striving to teach Latin dance forms, in collaboration with a German instructor.

Dancing the rumba at PIDC

Dancing the rumba at PIDC

With Kay, our german instructor (in center) at a picnic in Karjat

With Kay, our german instructor (in center) at a picnic in Karjat

Bollywood our best export I guess so far, our movies are now seen and appreciated world over. Fans, not just Indian fans, love our movies. I happened to speak to a Serbian couple at Venice, who told us how their grand parents loved watching Indian Soap opera. Our movies are now studied, and researched across the globe. People want to learn bollywood dance forms. Recently I came across this fantastic video made by German fans on “Kal ho na ho”. Somebody very rightly said, the emotion of love does not see boundaries-

Know of someone who teaches bollywood dance form in Australia. You will notice how local Australians have embraced bollywood dance and how well they actually dance it. Not just in Australia even in US our Indian dance forms have made it to “So you think you can dance”, one of the number one dance reality shows, loved across the world.

Time to surprise with another German dancing on the song-Kajrare

Indian dance form at- So you think you can dance Song: Ooh la la. Movie: Dirty picture

Yoga our next best export that has been accepted world over, practiced world over, even by hollywood celebrities to stay fit and stay young. The benefits of yoga, which needs absolutely no equipments and can be practiced at home, are enormous and world has recognised it. Its amazing how people across the world are practicing this form, and not just practicing it, but even teaching it and spreading the benefits.

Our Chicken Tikka Masala was till recently among the top 10 favorite dishes in UK, Tourists visiting India now fancy the spicy Indian curry. Indians have accepted world cuisines from Chinese (well we did Indianise this one), Italian, Mexican, Thai. People from all nationalities can now find food that will make them feel at home in India, and as I already shared, we Indians can also be at home outside India. Its happening, the world is slowly being Indianised as we Indiand Globalize!!

More Indian than you Think 

Diwali – a time for family!

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2014 at 10:28

Diwali -a festival of lights, which we have started associating with crackers too. Recent efforts by NGOs and schools have started spreading awareness about how we can still have a happy time celebrating without crackers. It’s a time to meet and and greet your old friends, relatives, sit down discuss and enjoy breaking bread together.

My early memories of celebrating diwali go back to the times when I was in New Bombay. Kids then used to wake up very early in the morning, take a shower and head out to burst crackers. I found it fascinating as a kid. My mother used to make chaklis, chiwda and ghujias too. I think its a Maharashtrian tradition to do so and share it with everyone in the neighbourhood. I was too shy so I used to take my sister along with me to distribute plate full of such snacks. Once Diwali fell exactly on the day of my birthday, I was still waiting for my dad to cut the cake when I got the news that it will be some time till dad returns home because one of the camps where Dad used to work was on fire, thanks to a strak rocket which caused it. Since then I decided never to burst crackers.

When we moved to Delhi, diwali suddenly got a new meaning. It meant markets that were lit up in fancy lights, and lots and lots of sweets. The shops in Delhi that time had 100s of sweet shops and it seemed they could do with a lot more. Gifting also forms a central part of Diwali celebrations in Delhi. You can spot many uncles riding with multiple gift boxes on their scooters or in their Maruti cars. What I did not like was how people competed while bursting crackers, leading to noise pollution. Thankfully few years later courts took care of it and people adhered to the deadlines for bursting crackers.

When I stepped out to work in Hyderabad, Diwali was looked forward to. It was the time when we would return home. I used to stay with my friends in Hyderabad, and all of them were from Delhi. Looking for good deals on flights (Low cost carriers like Air Deccan made it affordable those days) or even booking in time on train was good fun. I still remember those train journeys back home. Coming home in the Delhi chill was awesome, and then home food which I had missed, I would spend my time just eating home food meeting school friends and trying out new food joints in CP, that would have opened recently.

Now, finally having settled in Mumbai, Diwali is more about looking forward to some gujju delicacies ;) . Visiting relatives, and meeting friends over dinner, going to Worli sea-face to just look at crackers bursting and highlighting the Mumbai skyline is a treat. This year we plan to have friends come over for dinner – what are your plans?

https://www.gharwalidiwali.com/.

 

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