Friday, February 27, 2015

Quikr NXT for my Next Car!

My father believes in upgrading electronics and vehicles every few years. He says that newer technology is better, but I feel, he loves to change the look of everything he owns. This habit has rubbed on to me as well, I too upgrade electronics and vehicles with better and newer versions. My car is pretty old and if I want to replace it with a newer one, I would do it using the quickest and most reliable method online and who else that would be except for - Quikr NXT.

First, I have to sell the one which I am driving right now. So, to begin with I will post an advertisement to sell my car on Quikr NXT. I will create an ad, which is pretty easy, just click the ‘Post Free Ad’ button and it will guide you through the entire process. I like the form which opens as it spells out each and every dimension that is required to post a sell ad - model, mileage, insurance, city, locality, photo, brand, kilometers driven, to say a few. It has one feature that caught my eye - Check MSP, which shows the right price you could ask. Also, you can post an ad in 30 seconds, depending upon your typing speed, of course. For those who are in a hurry to sell their car and buy another, they can use Premium Ad feature. But, I am no hurry. So, I will just post an ad and will move to the next step.

Creating Ad on Quikr NXT

Then, I will search for cars on Quikr NXT. Now there are two ways of doing so on Quikr NXT. Either - you can surf the website, using the brand name and fuel types as a filter. Or - You can create an Ad Alert. I would love to explore what all is available in the market right now, may be, I would find a better deal. There are many search options in doing so - I can narrow my search on year, fuel type, brand, price, when the ad was posted, color, model etc. If I don’t find anything tempting or worthy, then I would post an ad alert. 

Creating an ad alert is rather simple. All you have to do is to select -
- Car and bikes
- Then, subcategory - car
- Most interesting - I want to buy OR I want to sell OR I want to sell and buy; which would serve my purpose, if I don’t find anything after browsing through the existing offers.
- Price Range
- Brand
- Year 
- City
Then, the personal information - Email and Mobile Number. 

Creating an Ad Alert

I guess, with these many options and ways to both sell and buy a new car, I could replace my existing car with ease and less hassles.  So, as far as I am concerned, I will first try to browse Quikr NXT and post my ad to sell. If I don’t get anything interesting, then I will create my ad alert. And I hope I could find something which is better than what I own now and hopefully, without shedding my pocket heavily.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

An Hour Before Bedtime

I am waiting to step into the coveted shoes of motherhood. But if you ask me, what would be a perfect and fun bedtime routine that I would like to share with my kids, it would most likely be the one I had while growing up. My bedtime routine when I was a kid can be summarized in three words - bath, fragrance and story. I was born in the 80s. There was no such thing as late night shows then, and no one heard a thing about the internet. Most of the evenings were spent watching a show on Doordarshan, followed by dinner and some family activities. Even thinking about it brings solace, isn’t it? But what was most exciting for me then was what followed post dinner and a game of carom - my bedtime routine.

It started with brushing teeth and followed by a lazy bath. I would love to do the same with my kids. Kids love playing with water and allowing them to take their toys in the bath tub adds to the fun quotient. What better companion than their favorite buddies to play in the water? And there are loads of fun toys available in the market these days, which adds both fun and color to the whole bathing experience. I bet, every kid loves it. Also, dazzle the bathroom with baby toiletries - animal shaped soap, tear-free shampoo and bubble gum flavored toothpaste.

Though there is nothing surreal about tubs, toys and water, but the vivid imagination of a child can make it magical and fun. I would let them play for sometime. Though in the winters, I will make sure to make it warm, luxurious and little fast. It should be like a 'fun therapy' for kids to prepare their bodies for sound sleep. But before going to the bathroom, I would ask them to pick up their favorite night dress from their closet. There is a vibrant range of night dresses available these days. I would love to stock a few of their favorite cartoon characters so that it adds sparkle to the whole bedtime routine. After the brush and bath time, the real action would begin.

I would add some special effect lights in my kids room. And also, some glow stickers on the roof to make it look like a star-studded sky. I've heard kids love such special effects in the room. It gives a wonderland feel to the plain concrete walls and ceiling. Then, I would tuck them in their bed and make sure that they are comfortable. After that, I would sit by their side and read one of their favorite story books. In fact, I have already selected a few of the children's books from the ones available in the market. In the end of the bedtime routine, I would give them colorful books to browse through and create their own fantasies. Some lone time to let my child take flight into the mystical world of dreams.

So, for my kids the bedtime rituals would be - brush, bath and their favorite books to prepare them for a sound sleep. A sound sleep would ensure that they wake up smiling and happy.

So, what was your bedroom routine as a kid? Did you guys read or watched cartoons?

Check Pampers website to know more about kids and what makes them happy.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Bucket List

Life is very demanding. As we grow old, we are burdened with responsibilities and we forget to live our life. There is so much on our shoulders that we actually kill or snub our desires. Someone has rightly said - Growing up is a trap! Wish life was a little easy and there are less worries of future, so that I too can live #BefikarUmarBhar. My bucket list is rather long but if I have the liberty to spend as I like and indulge myself in the dares that thrill me, I would attempt a few from the list.

What tops the list of things I would do, if I have no worry of future is Skydiving. I love adventure sports. There is a different kind of high one gets when you challenge yourself to new limits. Even pushing yourself to newer limits sounds super exciting to me. Skydiving is super exciting but my problem is with my weird palpitation graph, no one will allow me. To be really honest, even I am tad bit scared of getting hurt or hospitalised. Why bother family for one thrill? I think about hospital bills and the agony I might put my family through if I push the envelope beyond my physical abilities.

Next is of course buying a solitaire. I am crazy about three things - diamonds, perfumes and nail paints. Everytime I browse net for two carat flawless diamond, my mouth waters. I take a sheet out and write ways I could arrange a large sum. But even if I could manage, I am not reckless to invest a large sum of money in one piece of jewelry. If I have no worry of my future obligations, I will empty all accounts, exhaust all credit cards limits, take personal loan and pamper myself with a big piece of rock, that is - flawless, round and shiny.

Travel is one thing I am passionate about. I do take short trips with my family as and when I get time but my dream vacation destination is French Riviera. I don’t want to go there for 5-6 days. Instead with no worry of home, work and blog, I want to spend at least a month there - strolling on the pristine streets, trying different dishes, learning art and living like a free soul. Don’t laugh if I tell you that I even dreamt about it twice. And for days after that I surfed nearly all websites selling French Riviera vacation packages. But like everything else, this seems to be a distant dream.

I am ‘odd one out’ in my family. Everyone in my family is an expert swimmer except for me. Every summer I plan and like most of my plans, they exist only in my journal. I just want to learn swimming and go scuba diving in the Caribbean. I make a promise to myself almost every summer but I end up tearing all the brochures during Diwali cleaning. Phew! This is one thing in my bucket list that show my laziness too. But this summer, I will learn swimming for sure. In fact, I am losing weight to fit into a swimsuit. Without caring about how I look in that swimsuit, I will learn and free my lazy bones.

Among the top five things is something I am very passionate about. But time is such a big constraint that I am neglecting it for some free days and truck loads of money. I know, many will say - you need to make time for your dreams. I want to write a short story book even before I started blogging and sell it in my own cafe. Yes, I want to open my own Book Cafe. Writing that book must precede the opening of cafe. And I would love to give same name to my book and cafe. Such a twisted dream! For anyone reading this post, I make lovely chocolate fudge and cold coffee. 

So, these are top 5 things in my bucket list. How about yours, do share? To know ways to live #BefikarUmarBhar, check

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Loves You, Unconditionally!

Men are from mars and women are from venus. No wonder, men don’t understand the depth of our emotions. We need to be pampered, loved and we want our man to be with us 24X7, at least on special days. Sigh, such a simple demand fell on deaf ears and my husband refused to alter his ‘Saturday’ routine this Valentine’s Day. So, I opted for something special and I did everything I ever wanted to make this day perfect. With #UnconditionalLove, it spent the entire day with me. It was my ideal Valentine. It was none other than - ASUS  Zenfone!

Compliments Galore 
I bought a lovely red dress a few days back. It would have gone waste, had it not been for the superb camera of my Zenfone. When I ask my husband, ‘How do I look?’ All I got is a mild ‘OK’. With High resolution camera and PixelMaster of Zenfone, I clicked many selfies and shared it with my friends on Facebook. When I wanted to know how I looked, I could just peep into Zenfone’s eyes and I got all the answers. Like a perfect Gentleman, he answered all my questions with patience and helped me win compliments on social media. Wish my man this much patience.

Unlimited Laughter and Fun
We chatted endlessly. Not with each other, rather I chatted through my Zenfone on my messenger with my single friends. I had loads of fun on twitter too. With the Intel Atom processor inside it, it works at a lightning speed. I was on a tweet marathon on #ValentinesDay. And I didn’t feel alone even for a minute. Courtesy Zenfone, I laughed nonstop for hours together. There is nothing better than ‘humor’ to fill the Valentine’s Day.

Romantic Movie Date
When I got bored and tired of tweeting and chatting, I cozied with my Zenfone on my couch and watched a RomCom on it. With its amazingly long lasting battery life and super responsiveness, my evening just lit up. I downloaded the Netflix app and watched Pretty Women for the nth time. That was one of the most romantic things I did so far on Valentine’s Day. I knew my husband would never watch it with me when Cricket World Cup is in action. He just watches the live match or catches the highlights of earlier matches. Zenfone was calm like a Zen and threw no male tantrums. 

A Romantic Meal in the Evening
After watching the movie when I was in no mood to order pizza, Zenfone acted as a Trainer Chef. I surfed many fancy recipes on it. The Hyper Threading Technology in it made it so easy to surf through the high resolution Pinterest images. I was in awe of its performance. Finally, I cooked a sumptuous meal with the help of my Zenfone. I bet, no man has that much patience to wait for half an hour when his wife scrolls through the Pinterest page.

Oh, the Looks!
Well, have you seen any of the Zenfone? It’s slim and sleek. The ceramic touch of his body is to die-for. Holding it in your hands is a delight. Its smooth edges and vibrant colors makes it a perfect match for fun loving girls. In the department of looks, nothing beats ASUS Zenfone on this Valentine’s Day. And no wonder, many are saying it is an #IdealValentine.

I dressed up, I laughed, received compliments, gorged on a tasty meal, cuddled and watched a movie with my Zenfone. What else one would want from their Valentine! 

Dear Zenfone, Be Mine Forever!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

No Fikar, Chat Quikr

Do you think twice before sharing your number on a portal? I do. Once I posted an advertisement on a website and even months after selling the product, I got countless phone calls. It was quite annoying. Since then, I prefer not to share my phone number with strangers. But, sometimes we have to, specially when we want to contact sellers or buyers. Else, we lose valuable time and money. So, when I read - ‘No Fikar, Chat Quikr’ on Quikr’s website, I said, ‘Yes, this is the solution!’ 

Chat sounds like a middle path between two extremes - long chain of emails and telephone calls. And, I prefer chat over phone conversations for various reasons. For starters, you don’t have to give your number to total strangers. Whenever I share my number on a portal, I get random telemarketing calls for days together. I don’t know why it happens or is it a plain coincidence but it happens with me all the time. Number privacy is the main reason why I like chat more. And not to forget, it saves money. Why spend money on outgoing calls and while roaming? Chat ensures privacy and is totally free. What else one can ask for?

Second, you have history of every information shared when you chat. Well, there may be some who would argue that you can record it on phone but sorry, not everyone is as smart as them. Coming from legal background, I prefer things in black and white. Chat history can serve as a perfect proof when someone would try to revert from their statement. You have the exact information of what price they quoted and other specifications. Plus, you can share all the images and can compare it later on. Also, you need not remember the details of your conversations or take notes of what someone said. After you are done chatting, just click and read the history. It even comes handy when you are talking to multiple buyers or sellers - just open the chat histories and compare the deals offered by many parties. I feel it also helps in better and informed decision making. Also, we can clear our doubts clearly over chat. There are less chances of misunderstandings when every detail is spelled out.

Third, it is available at convenience. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement. People chat as and when they have time. Neither someone bugs you, nor you disturb others - isn’t it wonderful? It saves time as well, you can chat with multiple people and inquire about the product. It is a way better medium than having a conversation over phone. These days most people work on computers for hours together and chat serves such lifestyle best.

Besides the obvious reasons, what I liked about Quikr Chat is that it is available across many platforms. Yes, you can chat by logging on their website on your computer, on the mobile version on your smartphone and even on the Quikr app. I feel selling or buying can’t get easier and convenient that this. Their tagline is just perfect - No Fikar, Chat Quikr! Don’t we all agree?

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