Happy Married Life! courtesy Quikr

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The match making TVC ad from Quikr! just that my laptop got a long awaited printer and makes for a nice healdine too, now to the blog!

I have always been fascinated by the classifieds business in the sense that they cater to a whole lot of businesses, and India being a very price sensitive market, it was always going to work in favour of classifieds since they are easy to locate and more so very targeted.

My journey was going to be the last rush hour – read “Quikr” since I have been travelling across on business and personal things. I knew Quikr will help me bridge the the time out and make it happen in the quickest possible time.

I have been browsing long enough on the site now for almost a fornight, but never have looked so close into the logo; the green and blue combo – one of the basic and attractive  web colours that have an appeal. Then I decided to have a close look, the innate ex copywriter / designer in me wanted to see that.

And I was pleasantly surprised to see a pair of roving eyes and a swoosh that possibly was a searching some stuff and the time taken to find it respectively depicted in the logo… and the logo meant a word literally quicker! ok forget the formalities guys – Quikr! sounds quicker! Period.

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(Two roving eyes searching and the swoosh birdie flies off in a moment giving you what you want! )

I landed to a nicely and intutitvely designed homepage of Quikr.com

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You are spoilt for choices, and you didnt know you had Matrimonial also here :P

So I browsed a lot of categories in Coimbatore, well that’s my hometown and lot of things caught my attention. We are known for cars and also high end luxury cars and to my biggest surprise, I found more than 5 pages dedicated to Mercedes Benz! You got to see it to believe it.

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I clicked on an ad and found it interesting, there was a cute dog in the pic, and was wondering if it is part of the deal! See how cute the dog is in this pic!

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Some of my other categories that I looked into were home furnishing, computers, laptops to name a few.

Now to the most important part of the story. Why I purchased what I purchased from Quikr and at INR 5000 at that?

A little background, its been just 2 months into being on my own, yes you guessed it right – entrepreneurship runs in my blood or so I thought and well quit my job to start afresh. Literally meant to start afresh and it means boot strapping of the highest order. I was smart enough to save and buy a laptop which meant my mobility in terms of business was taken care. But we aren’t the smart ones are we?

Just as I was settling to the rigour of social media and pitches and sweet talking to my prospective clients, I found something missing for all the communication that we do on email and Whatsapp and sometimes on FB chat, still there was this ‘proposal’ that had to be sent in paper yes printed in black and white.

That’s how I came to a printer searching spree at last! A small search on the Quikr was enough, and I had a whole lot of sellers and I wanted to be specific in terms of doing the job, a printer called by any other name should be a printer that’s what I wanted and no additions, scanning is today done by the mobile phone camera some 5 MP you see!

Simply put it was on the purchase list No.1 for the small office. Add to an independent Wifi connection and some card readers and some extra accessories. To be fair I thought this month the budget would be the mandated INR 5000/-. (thank you Blogadda)

So my search was narrowed down to very clear price range 2000 to 5000 and also the in the last 14 days that I thought would be better off since the later ones could be better priced products.

HP laser printers

Called and visited the store/owner for a used printer and finalised the price as given.

The HP printer on top of the listing was ideal in my situation, it was at INR 3750/- and also some more printers.

Now to call the dealers / individuals and they were all very warm in their approach.

This is the product I chose on Quikr page…

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And after an hour or so, I decided to go check and see how the printer is and make the real purchase.

I was welcomed by a very affable customer service owner of the store in DB Road, and in the conversation that followed he was very happy with the Quikr and was only apprehensive about some duplicates flooding the listing. He has been using Quikr and it has got him rewards from across the state and he is specialising in Apple products apart from all other peripherals and laptops to mention a few. He was very happy stating he had clientele across the state and even from Bangalore and they had travelled to pick up just in case they wanted to verify.

He was like if there was a verified vendor or a review on sold products from him it would do a lot. (Quikr, I am sure there is a business opportunity here )

Checked with the piece took a printout and was satisfied. Here is the machine in real!

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Another one on the list of office shopping or business shopping was a Wifi – Data card long since been thinking of this… and Quikr didn’t disappoint. The best part was the same vendor offered me a choice of the same when I told him I saw his name when I went to pick up the printer enroute home.

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And the deal was made and the purchase was done the Quikr way! It is not only the used product I also got a brand new wifi data card at a steal! INR 1250 against the 1399 / 1299 quoted price! Quikr also gets you a bargain!

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Now back to the marriage story!

At last my laptop got its bride in a printer. and you can see them happy. Also got the TNPL copier at a price lower at a wholesaler the Quikr way ofcourse.

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And the happily married guys posing for you! Don’t miss the copier sheets and the Wifi Data card also in the frame!

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So in case you are getting ready for a match for anything get your hands on the web or download an app of Quikr, then shoot and post the ad and get the match the buyer in no time!

I should say it was an awesome experience and more so an utility oriented one at that! Now I know who to call when I need something to be done Quikr!

Final word – got a nice friend in the dealer and he will possibly be selling some laptops too in the near future too!

I found some good shops in the process and some nice service providers too, and all have made to my list esp for gifting and stationery.

You could make it easier by downloading the app here! Google Play  |   IOS itunes

Senthilkumar

This is a part of Quikr.com activity for Blogadda.com 

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God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian – a book review #bookreview

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Publisher Penguin Books India
ISBN-10 0143421395
Imprint Penguin
Book Type Fiction Book
Number of Pages 324 Pages
Publication Year 2014 September
Language English
ISBN-13 9780143421399
Binding Paperback

Let me admit this, I am a fan of Ravi Subramanian, and happy that he keeps technology at the heart of his plot.

As the cover says this is a first – a novel with Bitcoin at the heart of the things, and author has been successful in creating a parallel world in this financial universe which in itself is a multi-layered economy.

Starting with the Washington blast the story travels across to India with a few interesting characters. The background of the internet as a business proposition and also how the online is seeping in the banking industry and how the security is exposed on many counts is a documentation that needs special mention.

The story line is well inter-linked and with short chapters keeps the readers abreast of the happenings, and successfully keeps the interest alive till the end.

The events in the plot are easily identifiable and you will see them happening across the story and the best part is you will be there in the midst of all these. The author successfully makes easy work of even the so called technological jargons and makes you understand how it works.

Bitcoin with its anonymity and the scale with which it is expanding is a nice setting especially when you know it can be used for anything negative than positive reason. Perhaps that is the crux of all those things which are anonymous and makes for interesting followups.

The power struggles, the startup syndrome, the losing of a client, the head start in a gaming company and a love affair are all mixed in a heady cocktail for you to sip and taste and gives you a high of the tallest order.

A super fast paced with suspense intertwined at necessary breaks the story moves seamlessly across the continents to connect the dots. Be it the FBI sleuths or the Indian CBI, the art of not taking things as they seem is very well read into, but would they know they are also being led to a conclusion, you go to read the story to find that.

The way technology especially the apps ecosystem works and the vulnerabilities associated with it or even the lap top batteries getting exposed are all real to a great extent and these are just the way the master crooks work their way to con the consumers.

In a digital world which has everyone leaving trails its but quite natural that the criminals here who are white collared will love to see the trails being erased or use things that may not be visible. But then there is always the to err is human thing and that plays spoilsport.

The characters that will stay with you are Varun and Tanya perhaps there is a little trait you might want to analyse in them. All the other characters add to the story and author makes you believe every little word and he has drawn the human emotions subtly to take you to the point where he leads.

Overall a great read, and you will want to know more about Bitcoin in case you haven’t read enough of it.

One more you could even tag this book under internet and digital!

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An over confident Duryodhana! Bhagavad Gita – A Management Perspective Ch.1 V.2&3

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Ch.1 V.2

sañjaya uvāca
dṛṣṭvā tu pāṇḍavānīkam
vyūḍham duryodhanas tadā
ācāryam upasańgamya
rājā vacanam abravīt

Ch.1 V.3

paśyaitām pāṇḍu-putrāṇām
ācārya mahatīm camūm
vyūḍhām drupada-putreṇa
tava śiṣyeṇa dhīmatā

Before I continue, this chapter in Bhagavad Gita is called as Arjuna Vishada Yoga – translated as the Distress of Arjuna.

Doesn’t it sound pretty relative term – distress. The greatest song has a psychological tendency to it, perhaps. Every one of us go through the same set of emotions and distress therefore is a default.

Now to the translation of the shloka 2:

“Sanjaya said: O King, after looking over the army arranged in military formation by the sons of Pandu, King Duryodhana went to his teacher and spoke the following words.”

The best part of any negotiation is to let the opponent lower the guard. We should also know when to do it and the strategy should be to have a winning mind game. Towards that goal, its imperative that we are confident of ourselves and be sure there are chinks in our armour.

The reason we are talking this is because, we see Duryodhana, the King seeing his cousins arraigned against him, went to his guru and spoke the following words thats the next sholka:

“O my teacher, behold the great army of the sons of Pandu, so expertly arranged by your intelligent disciple the son of Drupada.”

Look at the words, you dont give in easily, do you? Expertly arranged against him actually. And its by the intelligent disciple, and then great army of the sons of Pandu.

Unless you are not confident you dont give out so much to your opponents. Nevertheless in another stance its always good to respect your opponent or competition in the sense that it will help you understand them better in a way but not to the extent that it starts a fear in you.

The internal dynamics of a management will be at full display in the next set of shlokas as Duryodhana goes on a full fledged war on his own men.

Simple reason that you should not demoralize the unit, when you need them the most. The worst of all this leads to as you will see, Bhishma blowing his conch, thereby making the call for the war or the war cry in simple terms and that would change the course of the battle in history. The fact is Pandavas are supposed to start the war but Duryodhana manages to do the impossible.

See how the words can affect and effect undesired responses, esp coming from a not so learned manager.

Only goes to show that lineage is not a qualification.

Lets see in the coming days what he says which led to Bhishma doing the clarion war cry inviting Pandavas to the war!

Pic Courtesy: Wikipedia

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The King who was Blind! Bhagavad Gita – A Management Perspective

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Ch.1 Verse.1

dhṛtarāṣṭra uvāca
dharma-kṣetre kuru-kṣetre
samavetā yuyutsavaḥ
māmakāḥ pāṇḍavāś caiva
kim akurvata sañjaya

Dhritarashtra said: O Sanjaya, after my sons and the sons of Pandu assembled in the place of pilgrimage at Kurukshetra, desiring to fight, what did they do?

In any managerial situation, we need to be really be open to what the real situation is. The character of Dhritharashtra is how he decides to ignore realities everytime he comes across. Possible the telling fact that you dont have to see things to know the reality. Thats how a manager looks at things. You are blind folded by love and your attachment and other traits like your own readings than understand the reality and then the war is bound to happen.

Chances were he could have stopped the war. May be. Still the foolishness is in wanton display when he says what are his sons and the Pandu’s sons doing at the Dharma Kshetra of Kurushetra!

A dharma shetra is supposed to be on the side of Dharma, he has already pronounced verdict before the war has even started.

We need to see things not be blind folded with attachment and emotions, and see things in perspective as managers.

And when we know the place we should possibly be ready for the result. Quite often you will know the result if you dont prepare and more than that if you are not right. Not right in the right place and right side!

So the most revered scripture of one of the oldest religion start with a blind king asking his super vision powered charioteer – Sanjaya to recount and tell him what happens at the battlefield.

Now the best part again is Sanjaya is a charioteer and he has been chosen to deliver the message, if you see Sanjaya is relating the whole of Bhagavad Gita through this.

Titles are just for name sake, its what you do and that will create a great impact in life.

Sanjaya is a clear example and the Gita ends with his last quote.

The journey has begun… lets see the next one tomo…

Senthilkumar

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Bhagavad Gita – A Management Perspective – An introduction

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It is a part of one of the most celebrated works in the world, the Mahabharata by Veda Vyasa. The Bhagavad Gita or the Song of the Lord is revered by Hindus and also respected by everyone the world over for its perspective on Life and how to lead a nice one.

The best part of this scripture is, it has been treated to so many interpretations and still goes on to deliver the message that it wants to the readers. So many Gurus have given the version and so many many scholars have done it.

I wonder if I am qualified in that sense of religiosity but I have always been fascinated by this Song of the Lord. It can teach Management like no other. I would try to bring it some management aspects which are closely related to what we want in us and make it better for us in our everyday lives.

At this moment, my salutations to the Guru Parampara, I have learnt from the Masters – Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda and the mission, Srila Prabhupad, and other works of Gurus and books I have read.

This would be a small and crisp note on the verse and also the application part of it in our profession be it management, or an employee or a leader whichever way you look at it.

The format would be a verse with translation and then a short note which will be inextricably linked to the management aspects of how we look at it.

The best introduction in Bhagavad Gita was given by Poojya Dharmesh ji when I heard him some 25 years before. The opening and closing of the book lends in itself a coinage of ‘mama dharma’ the first word being the end of 700 shlokas and the second word the start of the first shloka.

So it boils down to My Duty in a very easy translation. Now extend this my duty to yourself – extend it to being a son, dad, brother, boss, employee, senior etal not to miss a citizen of a country. Now how would you do your duty?

Lets see and discover in ourselves on what we need to do and how we need to do. On the managerial level it would be left to us to decode on how we should be doing the right things right at the right time and right place.

The glories be to God!

Senthilkumar

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Open Letter to Rajdeep Sardesai!

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Dear Rajdeep Sardesai,

I thought the elections are over. I happened to watch your Headlines Today reporting from Madison Square.

Were you in your mind to ask a question that only 30% of the people have voted for Mr. Modi.  I thought India always had a first past the post system ever since we got independence. You guys are talking as if this is the first time elections are being held. Get over it. Get over it. The elections are over and Mr. Narendra Modi is THE Prime Minister of India.

By the way what was th
e agenda to ask questions on will one man be able to change things, Are you a moron, if you know history, one M K Gandhi was a single man who went against the British, so much for one man able to do it.

Then what was the ‘did you buy the ticket and for how much’, where were you thinking you were standing in remote corners of the villages where they have to be paid. Nor were you ignorant of the Modi Wave that was evident in NRI’s backing Modi. Btw what were you trying to convey!

And what was that about class? Boss, you have no business about it, and why do you have to rein in Modi everytime you have an opinion. So can I take it that after watching your first fistful in that video that everyone in your family is a moron and take your family name!

For an Editor who ran CNN IBN to use those cuss words was the last refuge of the redemption. And you think you can get away with it and still go around the world playing victim. Probably you didn’t see the video evidence coming.

Boss times have changed. If you ask me if you wanted publicity for your books there were better ways to do it. This was sad and how low could you have got and brought shame on the journos. You don’t get physical whatever provocation that’s how you guys talk about everyone else!

You can give me enough reason for the first hand fistful, sorry then you are not the one on the high pedestal you claim to be, especially for someone who spoke on moral compass.

Where is your moral compass boss, you left it at home when you went to USA! Now between us tell me what did you gain on all this.

That aside I am sure you were lucky those people weren’t actually bullies, for what you did.

Come back home, think of retirement, life is beautiful, you have already wrecked enough damage to journalism. Think of Cash for Votes Scam and you want us to read the book. A whole govt and a 5 year govt went on after that boss! Do you even understand the gravity of what you did. Integrity is not so easy! If it was what was practiced you would have hung every congress minister or you would not have said Assam had logistic issues when it came to coverage.

Or go back and think about saying the number of dead makes the news bigger, how big a buffonery were you holding everyday for the past decade.

Anyways lets see what is in store when you come back!

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Blogsters – Round 2 – Game of Blogs!

BlogAdda’s newest initiative is to #CelebrateBlogging with a series of contests, starting with one called a Game of Blogs. Teams of bloggers take turns creating a round robin story of sorts that they post to their individual blogs.

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It would have made for a perfect picture. He thought.

He was watching Rhea and Jennifer play in the park. He was also thinking how she would react on his presence.

‘It could have been’ those words weighed on him adding a ‘What if’ to his world of probabilities.

If only they didn’t take those roads and now that they have traveled so far, can they start again.

Those days would have made Rhea’s life much better, as a child she was deprived of things that a normal child would have yearned for, instead was caught in the middle of the ego bashing trouble of the parents. For a moment he just wondered how he would feel if he were in Rhea’s shoes. A gleaming kid is all he was seeing, an innocent carefree approach to little friends and school much later days.

Shekhar in a moment of realisation thought about how the parents make the world look just awesome or fearsome as they portrayed it for their children.

And one nagging question he has always been asked, was all that worth the effort that they took to fight and did they ever think what Rhea wanted. May be that was a question unasked.

Moments lost forever, and the thought of losing them at will was the worst infliction of pain on each other.

Rhea meanwhile was playing with a ball with her friends around. She was carefree young girl, and her face would not show the depth of her longings or the sadness anytime.

Life was always playing it fair and it was upto us to take charge, he thought.

That one thought was lingering on to him, what if they were back again as a family and the memories would be there in front of him. Those early days of courtship and the days when they got married, the time they spent to gether.  Those days of their career, the day when Rhea was born. All those images flashed in a moment.

He was living the past, when suddenly a ball hit him on the head. A young five year old boy came near him and said ‘Sorry uncle’ and ran towards taking the ball which was lying infront of him.

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Part of #CelebrateBlogging! #BlogAdda #Gameofblogs
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The life’s senseless humour!

I am back with my post today, in between shocking revelations of a dear friends’s sudden demise and coming to terms with it, the last post yesterday was not justified in real terms. I just wanted to do it for the sake of it, after a bit of travel and the news sinking in, it was just unbelievable what had happened.

Whenever he has been around, it was being live wire and full of josh! Jokes, mimicking and time goes on and hearty laughs unbound, expressions of a free heart that goes on and on.

The news has left everyone stunned and life has played on one of the worst jokes on us.

Dear Suresh Etta, you will be missed and memories will linger on forever.

 

 

 

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Thats 30/30 today….

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A round of applause to all of you and yes to me too. We have successfullsy come to the 30/30 day blogging marathon though it was not named so.

Some of the best learning have taken place during this 30 day period, foremost being that self discipline can be taught to oneself only thing that we need to realise how important we have done so.

I also got to know a lot of people who are into your timelines the best wiried and how they match the existing nano tales.

In some ways we all need to be realistic and look at whats in store for us and how it can transform our day to day lives and make for interesting read!

Thanks again to all those who were reading otherwise this exercise would have been a just an assigmbe stay

 

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Road less travelled!

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This is a very nice idea to think about especially when we see so many people going for the sameness in everything we do. A little bit of being offtrack I believe will be interesting in the sense that we will be different and doing what we want to do.

The call of your heart versus the stability of the mind in terms of looking at it practically will be a very important decision that you will have to take. Quite often we negate the call of the heart because its is not supported by logic and sometimes never by analysis.

The strength of your taking the road less taken is proportional to your being breathing that idea and living that idea. It should not be fashionable but be really worth it and we should be doing what we want to do in real terms.

These days becoming a writer or a cricketer has become the craze, simple because we get avenues ready and open to barge in. But the idea cannot be just a publishing author but be a phenomenon. Or be the cricketer every club should like to hire for IPL.

One more way to take the road less taken is to answer the question if we enjoy what we do, if not then we need to seek answers to that and finally get to identify if that was the calling of our life. Give wings to the dreams but again as you do so stand on your feet because you need to take that shot to fly in the sky.

You should be happy if you try this early in life, that’s when there isn’t any pressure for you to work for others. Not that you cannot find your calling later in the days but the time to execute would be a little less though it need not matter much.

While you are at it, I mean trying to find your calling, I have realized that we need to work our best to rise upto it and its a challenge much more than what we thought when we quit working for others.

It would have been easy sometimes working for others but when you work for yourself, there isn’t anyone overseeing you nor holding a performance appraisal for you, its all you and yourself actually. Get to that strength and stature as you decide to work your way to achieving your dreams.

Cheers! One post a day 29/30

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