Wednesday, 4 March 2015

A Dream Home...

After flying all day long, the bird makes sure to get back to its nest. So are we human beings. Our house always has a special place in our heart. No matter where we stay; the mere imagination of our house is enough to make us miss it. There are so many infinite memories associated with our house, which we carry with us throughout our life.

I had always considered buying a house as a big achievement in one's life. Staying in a rented house would never give the same feeling as staying in one's own house. I remember every single moment of that day, when I had purchased my first house. Though my first home was just a 1 BHK, it was no less than a Villa to me. I remember how I had got the goosebumps the moment I entered it, for the very first time. My excitement was at the peak and I had absolutely no intentions to hide it. All the rooms that I entered, gave me a sense of satisfaction. I had made all the mental notes of each and everything at that moment itself. Which thing would be placed in which corner, what interior decorations that I would make, which wall would be painted in which color, including the color of the curtains, were all decided in that one brief moment. A moment, an unforgettable one! 

That was the moment when I knew what this place meant to me. Every penny that I had saved in these many years, were all spent to buy a house. It was as if I was completed on that day. The dream that I had possessed since such a long time, had finally come true. My past, present and the future all had whirled up in one moment and I had suddenly felt how lucky I was. The house had painted my future beautifully in front of my eyes. I had imagined, having an evening tea, every evening sitting in the balcony, while watching the beautiful view. My imagination had also made me think about my little kids going to school and my greeting them goodbye from the balcony. 

From that day onwards, my attitude towards life had changed completely. Even at work I was more efficient and productive than earlier. This was because of  the peace and positivity that I felt from inside, after beginning my new life in my new house. The satisfaction I got from the house could not be compared with anything. All the minute requirements in the house was taken special care of me. House decoration ideas, which never came in my mind, when I use to stay in a rented house, came and were applied. 

Today, I know, that one moment of buying an own house is responsible to change my present and the future. 



This post is written for #lookup by Housing.com

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Bigger Lessons In Smaller Gestures...

Whatever we are today, it is just because someone has guided us in our life. There is always someone or the other behind us for our success as well as for our failures. Today, when I see myself as a self dependent woman, I know who is the reason behind it. I have heard people saying that I am her reflection. Yes! It is my Mom who has taught me how to be independent in life. And, I am really thankful to her for teaching me so many bigger things through her small gestures, which I will carry with me throughout my life.

I still remember that plastic jar, that had a small opening at the top of it, which my mom had given me when I was a kid. It was my first piggy bank. She would give me some coins every day, which I would happily add in the plastic bottle. That small start in life, when I was a kid have taught me how to make savings. Today, I don't have to ask for any financial help from anyone, because, that small habit which I have learnt as a kid, has always kept me with sufficient savings. Only because of that habit, I am also able to make a proper financial management at home.

Not only in terms of finance. My Mom never restricted me from exploring new things. In spite of me being an only daughter, I have never faced any hindrance from exploring new places. Because of which, now I can easily go to any new place and adjust there without any difficulty. She had given me full freedom to make my own decisions. Whether it was choosing my Engineering subjects or it was to make a career decision, she never forced her opinions on me.

Today, I manage both, work and house at the same time. I have not kept any maid for my help. The only fact of being dependent on a maid makes me sick and that's the reason I completely avoid them. I have seen my friends, who are so much dependent on a maid. If one day the maid doesn't come, then  they become completely helpless. But, that's not the same with me. My mom who use to teach me little household work, has made me so much self reliant, that today I am proud to say that I am able to manage both work and house at the same time, effortlessly without taking any bodies help.

My Mother is a single mom. But, despite of all the difficulties that she had faced while bringing me up, she has taught me the right lessons at the right time and have helped me grow as a person. Whatever I am today I owe it to her. 

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Friday, 27 February 2015

Cars and Quikr...

After a lot of research with hundreds of dealers, Rahul had bought a car. It was a 5 sitter car. Buying a car was a proud moment for him. After all, his dream of buying his own car was finally fulfilled. Rahul was a crazy car lover.  He loved his car and flaunted it proudly. But, within a few days of buying a car, he got engaged and with that he also realized that after his marriage, his entire family wouldn't fit in his 5 sitter car. So he thought to replace his existing car with a larger one. But, this time he did not want to waste much of his time behind the car dealers. Nor he was willing to buy a brand new car this time. He spoke about his concern with one of his friends. And there he found a quick solution for his problem.

Yes! Rahul's friend gave him the details about the Quikr.com. A perfect place where one can buy or sell any stuff, sitting at home, just by a few clicks. Rahul liked the suggestion. As soon as he reached home, the first thing he did was to open his laptop and search for the Cars in Cars & the Bikes section on Quikr. To his surprise, he got a big list of cars. The best thing he learnt was that there was no need to share the contact number with every caller as the quikr.com has implemented a new amazing functionality by which one could easily chat with buyers and seller using the chat function and that too without sharing the personal number. 

He quickly clicked a photo of his car and posted it on Quikr. Within few minutes of posting an ad, he got a chat message from one of a buyer. He loved this chat function as because of it his personal space was not hindered from receiving calls from fake buyers. The other important thing he observed was only genuine buyers were sending him the messages. He could easily connect with the genuine buyers from his desktop, mobile app, and by his mobile site. Very soon he got a good deal for his car and he sold it. 

Now it was his turn to buy a 8 sitter car. And this time he did not require any help from dealers or anyone else. As he had quikr now. He quickly searched for a car that he needed. Within no time he got hundreds of results. He contacted a few sellers using his chat app on mobile. And after certain negotiation, he finalized a bigger and better car for him and his family.

So this is a Rahul's story on how he replaced his existing car on something better. Rahul is a happy Quikr.com user. Have you ever tried Quikr to buy or sell something? If not, then do give a try.

Monday, 23 February 2015

The Sunset Outside The Cubicle...

Mihir hurried to his house from the office one evening. He had a meeting with one of the major clients, within an hour. And, he had forgotten some of the important documents, at his home, which were required for the meeting.

He quickly took his car and drove towards his house, wondering, how could he be so careless to forget the file at home. To him, work had always been his highest priority. Almost every weekend of Mihir was spent in the office. Working extra hours every day was like a ritual for him. People called him Workaholic and commented, that more than half of his life is spent inside the four walls of his cubicle. Not that it bothered him. When questioned, he used to reply, that finishing off the pending work at the office is better than staying alone at home. His dedication and smartness had fetched him a good position in a multinational company at a young age. Though he was successful, he never let success get to his head and remained down to the earth, with a positive attitude. He was a favorite among his juniors, as his friendly nature made them feel comfortable, when he was around. Seniors too counted on him as he was equally available to them, whenever any major issue raised. Office politics, never bothered him, because he did not require any of it, to prove his abilities. His life revolved only around his office and work. In short, Mihir, was a pure soul who spread a positive vibe wherever he went. But, despite of having everything, there was an unfathomable void in his heart. Nobody knew the real Mihir, behind his smiling face. 

After 15 minutes of driving, Mihir reached his apartment and entered the lift. He pressed the 20th floor button. The lift was painfully slow and stopped on every alternate floor to pick and drop the passengers. He checked his watch for at least 30 times before the lift finally halted, at the 20th floor. He pulled out the house keys from his pocket and opened the door of his house. His eyes subconsciously moved to the table where the documents were kept. Running towards the table, in a hurry, he picked the documents. As he turned around to leave back to the office, he felt a cold breeze swipe his face, from the wide open windows, which he had again forgotten to close this morning, while in a hurry to reach office. He walked towards the window to close it and then, something caught his attention. He stood there dumbfounded and a word slipped out from his mouth, "'Incredible". A smile widened his lips just as it had happened a year ago. He had witnessed the same breathtaking view of the sunset, once again.


The sunset and the soothing breeze carried him away, along with it. The pages of the memories began unfolding and took him to the day, when, one of his biggest dream had come true. The day when he had purchased his dream home. The same day, when he had felt, that he had really achieved something in his life.

He remembered the every detail of that day, which seemed as if just yesterday. It was this same sunset view from the window, which made him fall in love with this house an year ago. He remembered how he had ignored the flaws of the house just for this view, thinking that he would be spending every evening of his day, watching the breathtaking sunset.

When he looked back to the file in his hands, his mind slowly drifted towards his office again. He visualized himself working in the cubicle. Every evening, which were planned to see the sunset, were spent in between the four walls of his cubicle. The very reason for buying the house was no more now, as he was seeing the sunset, after a year. It was as if he went to his house just to sleep, and left early morning in a hurry, to reach office again. This made him realize, that the sunset was not the only thing, that was missing in his life. There were so many other things, which once were very dear to him and now he had completely forgotten about them. Mihir, who had found happiness in little things was no more now. He suddenly missed that old Mihir.

A phone call dragged him back from his trance. It was a call from his office. He looked at his cell phone and looked back to the sunset. But, this time he knew what to do. He knew the meeting was not going to stop, just for one person, not attending it. He disconnected the call and switched off his cell phone. He felt as if the sunset was healing him from within. It was a sheer magic, he was experiencing. He kept looking at it, until the sun was completely set and the first stars made their appearance. After that, he left his house and went for a walk.

On his way, he saw a group of friends hanging out. He could not remember when he had last spent a quality time with his friends. There was a time when no evening would be complete without meeting his friends, and there he was today, walking all alone on the streets, lost in his own thoughts. A few steps ahead took Mihir to a place where he found a chaat stall. He remembered how much he loved eating chaat, but, again could not remember when was the last time he had it. He took a plate of shev puri and sat on a bench in a nearby park, where his eyes fell on a young couple. He missed Revathi. He sighed! And reminded himself, that she was long gone.

He began walking again, while a train of thoughts was running in his mind. He wondered, if this was all he wanted? What had he really achieved in life, after dedicating his most of the time in his office? While running behind the bigger things, Mihir had forgotten, that to him, happiness had always been in smaller things.

However, he knew tomorrow would be the same day as every day. Once again, the same work routine was going to start. He knew, he had reached too far, from where turning back to the normal life, was impossible.

Lost in his own thoughts, he reached back to his apartment. As the lift halted on the 20th floor, he saw some house shifting work was in progress in his neighboring flat. A tired professionally dressed man was on a phone call, whom Mihir assumed to be his new neighbor.

He overheard that man talking on the phone,"The sunset view from the window is just amazing. I am going to spend every evening, seeing the sunset".

Entering his house, Mihir shut the door. A deep sigh escaped from his mouth!






Sunday, 15 February 2015

Asus Zenfone... An Ideal Valentine...

As the Valentine's day was nearing, where ever I went I was bombarded with only one question. What are the plans for the Valentine? I was tired of explaining it to everyone that I was single and I absolutely had no plans for the Valentine. I ignored everyone with a smile as if I was not bothered by such questions. But, somewhere deep within even I had a wish. A wish to celebrate this Valentine 's day with someone special. 

A special someone who just had five qualities. The qualities were like, someone who would not complain to click any number of my pictures, someone who would never be bored of shopping, someone who could sing a song for me, someone who would love to play games with me and someone who would love to watch my favorite movies any number of times. I  gave a thought about it and found it just impossible to find the one with all the qualities. But then, all of a sudden a thought popped in my mind. All these qualities made me remember just one thing. And that thing was an Asus Zenfone.

Yes, An Asus phone had all the qualities that I wished to have in my Valentine. So, I thought, why shouldn't I have an Asus Zenfone who would love me unconditionally.

I took my laptop and straight away typed  http://www.flipkart.com/asus. To my surprise, I got a list of beautiful Asus handsets in the search results. It was difficult to choose one as every single piece was more better than the other. However, after some time I selected one of the best and ordered it immediately. 

As expected, the Flipkart's best service delivered the phone the next day itself. And, that was a Valentine's day. I opened the phone and I just loved the look and feel of it. It was the love at first sight. I quickly turned it on and started exploring its features. My love for Asus kept on increasing with the every passing second. 'What else could have been a better Valentine's?', I thought. 

Now you must be thinking that how could a simple phone be an ideal Valentine, Isn't it? Well, let me explain how all my wishes came true with the use of an Asus Zenfone.

My First Wish - Someone who would not complain to click any number of my pictures:
Now that I had found that special one, my new Zenfone, I made a plan to go out on a dinner. I wore a best dress of mine and clicked so many selfies. The high quality 5 elements optical camera lens of my Asus Zenfone and PixelMaster gave me the amazing selfies and made me look even more beautiful. 

My Second Wish- Someone who would never be bored of shopping:
Asus Zenfone which is powered by Intel Atom Processor with Intel Hyper threading technology, loaded the shopping websites faster. The images were downloaded quickly, which gave me a great online shopping experience.

My Third Wish- Someone who could sing a song for me:
The Zenfone which utilizes Intel Atom 2520 processor, gives great power efficiency. So the phone can play any number of songs without worrying about the battery life. 

My Fourth Wish- Someone who would love to play games with me:
My Zenfone's Intel Processor and HD display gives an amazing gaming experience and I can even do multiple tasks at once as I can easily switch in between the apps.

My Fifth Wish- Someone who would love to watch my favorite movies any number of time:
The widescreen, HD display and the long battery life gave me everything needed to watch my favorite movies without giving a second thought. 

So, all the qualities I needed were embedded in one Asus Zenfone which loved me unconditionally making itself my ideal Valentine.

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Life Made Easy With Quikr Chat...

As any other women, shopping is the most favorite task of mine. Take me to the shopping malls and I can spend the entire day there buying the stuffs I need, and also which I don't need. But, due to my busy schedule its been almost impossible to take out some time for shopping. The only Sunday, which I get also passes as quickly as a bullet fired from a gun. Thanks to the online shopping sites, which have made my life so much easier and hence better. Sitting at home, I can buy anything that I want, in just a few clicks. Shopping is on my finger tips. 

Since last few years, I have been a loyal quikr.com user to buy and sell stuffs. The best thing I love about quikr is, unlike so many other shopping sites, quikr is most innovative. It has always kept changing itself by adding new features which make a shoppers and buyers life more and more easier. To be precise, lets have a look at the new feature included in quikr. 

Quikr has introduced a new feature and it is Chat. This is one unique feature which lets the buyer and seller chat with each other, as per their availability. The advantages of chat over phone are many. Lets have a look at some of them. 

1) KEEP YOUR NUMBER PRIVATE: 


To ensure your number to be private when you post any add on quikr, one has to follow a few steps as mentioned in the above image and your number will be set as private. Keeping number private has spared me from receiving so many fake calls. There was a time when I use to get the calls in the middle of the meeting from the buyers and also from fake people claiming to be a buyer. But, now this new chat feature has come as a relief by which I can communicate only with the genuine buyers and save my time.

2) CHAT AT YOUR CONVENIENCE:


By using chat option, now I don't have to worry about receiving calls in the middle of the meeting. This is because now I can reply to the buyers as per my availability and free time. Also, it becomes easier to judge out who is the genuine buyer. Chat have made me take control for buying and selling.

3) KEEP TRACK OF ALL YOUR CHATS:


In past it was quite difficult to remember our conversation with buyers. Most of the time I use to get so many calls from buyers, which would ultimately make me confused. The matter would get even worse if I would post more than one item to sell. Keeping track about which buyer is interested to buy what, was a tedious task. I remember maintaining an excel sheet to keep track of the callers. Thanks to quikr, for introducing chat feature which has helped me keep track of the callers and the conversation with them. 

The new chat feature, by quikr have taken the online buying and selling to a whole new level.



This post is written for an Indiblogger Happy Hour Contest by Quikr NXT.

Image Credits : A screen-shot taken from Quikr Site

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Be My Valentine For The Lifetime...

Two years had gone by since I first saw him. Today, when I look back, these two years seem just like a moment to me. And sometimes they seem like a millennium. I am not aware if he knows what I exactly feel for him. If only he had looked in my eyes, he could have known the depth of my love. But, alas, that day is yet to come. Even after two long years, when I see him, I can sense the same cyclone within me, as it was on that day.

How could I forget that day? It was the first day in my office. Uncomfortable, confused among the strangers around, I was sitting in a cafeteria, during the lunch break. After an uneasy first half in the office, I was feeling strange to look at the people around me. Everyone was busy in their world with their own group of friends. Nobody was bothered about the girl who was sitting alone, not understanding what to do next. I sometimes offered a smile to some of the known faces, whom I had met in the first half of the day, in the office. But, got no response for my smile as well. I opened my lunch box and closed my eyes for a short prayer, that I usually do before having my food. As I opened my eyes after the prayer, I saw a guy sitting in front and starring in an amusement towards me. Not understanding how to react, I just smiled and greeted with a formal, Hello.

He came out of his trance like state and had spoken in a masculine voice, "There is no table vacant here. I hope you don't mind sharing this table with me".

"I don't mind", I had whispered with a smile.

My observant nature, did not stop me from noticing him. In his blue formal shirt he looked out of the world. He was unique amongst all, and so was alone. People generally find it hard to understand such unique personalities and make their own judgment about such people, without even knowing them, and thus they are left all alone. Not that such unique people would need anyone to pollute their own cocoon in which, they keep themselves enclosed.

He carried on with his lunch without even looking at me. A strange attraction drew me towards him. For the very first time I was feeling all nervous and happy at the same time. And then, he suddenly looked at me. Our eyes met and my heart skipped a beat. He had finished with his lunch. Greeting me bye in his mesmerizing voice, he left.

Later, on that day itself, I was introduced to him by one of my team mates. "Meet Aakash, one of the smartest designer in our office", he had said. From that day onwards, I made reasons and took my lunch break along with him. We would share the table at lunch time and slowly I realized he started liking my company. I could sense his comfort level increasing with each passing day. We became quite close and loved spending time with each other. Even after two years we were the same.

Last week, when we had been out for a lunch he had stopped near a toy shop and showed me how much he loved one of the remote control car. The kid like a spark in his eyes was evident for his liking of the remote control toy. For next couple of hours he kept explaining me about the specifications of the car. An idea popped in my mind. Next week will be the valentines day and I was thinking of the ways to propose him on this day. Yes, gone are the days when only the guy would propose. I had made my mind not to wait any more and let him know my feelings before it's too late.

The day had come and as expected everyone left office early, to celebrate the day with their loved one. Now only we both were left working. I had bought the toy car which he had shown me in the previous week. I decorated a small note, and pasted on the car top.

As he was engrossed in his work, I slowly sent the car towards him, with the help of remote control, and stopped near his desk. With a surprising expression he took the car in his hand and read out the note loudly, which said,

 'WILL YOU BE MY VALENTINE FOR THE LIFETIME!!!'

He looked around and saw me. A soothing smile spread across his face and he said, "Yes! Of course, for the lifetime."

And we hugged...





This post is written for the Indiblogger Happy Hour Contest - Cupid Games 2015