Selling a gadget isn't easy

Selling a gadget isn't easy though it looks otherwise. There are many pros and cons to it. Let us first see the pros:
1. You can get to upgrade it to the gadget of your choice.
2. You can get rid of the old one which you may or may not have liked.
3. Be up to date with the gadget.
4. Flaunt it among your family and friends.

The cons includes:

1. You may not get the best price for your gadget.
2. You may have to shell out more money when it comes to an upgrade.
3. Most of the time, you might end up selling at a price which is less than 30% of the original price.
4. Data being at risk, if not formatted or erased properly(laptop/desktop/mobile).

I too had faced some difficulties when I wanted to sell my iPhone since it was outdated by then. I am still thankful to the brand as such because unlike its counterparts which is eligible though not guaranteed with a single upgrade of the existing OS, iPhone on the other hand gives an upgrade of up to 4 versions which is not known to many. When I say 4 upgrades, it is the minimum or guaranteed one but having said that, a survey showed that Apple had always priced its products at the rate of Rs.90 per dollar when it was being sold in India due to high overhead costs which includes Tax. If you notice, you would also see the product rate getting slashed by more than 20 to 30% when the next model releases. However with 4 minimum upgrade on a gadget, one could use it for 4 years which means after that, the product loses its sale value though it would still be in good condition(depending on the usage).

I bought an iPhone 4 when the price came down to some 25,000 rupees and it was already 2 years old by then since iPhone 5 was launched that year. However I got lucky wherein I had won a contest bagging an iPhone 6 within 2 months of its release and hence it became imperative for me to get rid of the old one which was near to obsolete since it did not get any further software upgrades as it crossed that guaranteed upgrade timings.

Now, I was bombarded with various questions which included:

a. Dude, the product is of no use since it won't get any upgrade. Why do you want to sell?
b. Can you give it to me for Rs.500? (even a Jio phone is expensive)
c. Can you give it to me for FREE?

After a long while, a friend of mine was convinced and agreed to buy it. I was packing my phone to be delivered to him as he knew as to how I used the product and moreover the actual age of the product was less than 2 years though it was in market for 4 years. He did agree to pay a good sum which was agreed by both of us. Had it gone through, it would have been a win-win deal for both of us. Then came a sudden storm. My mom who was watching all these scene had decided to barge in and you know what probably had been the outcome...

Yes. I decided to give away my iPhone to my Mom. I did not regret it but I missed a great deal since I would have sold it to my pal even without giving an advert(I did give an advert and I did not get the desired price which is a different story altogether). My friend felt sad but I couldn't help out. How would I when the supreme force has intervened?

It did not end there. I had to repeat the same task but with different beneficiaries which included the likes of my Dad, my better half, my in-laws since none of the smartphones which I had could not be sold due to the poor demand and excess supply(I am an Economics Student) which made me a real loser as I could only get the happiness of seeing these gadgets being used by my family but some of them, if only it would have been sold would have fetched some good money for sure. Since family is involved, there is no regrets from my end, whatsoever.

However, I am sure not all would end up with the scenarios just like mine. If you did, it is time that you headed over straight to https://www.cashify.in/

Do not forget to use CLEANCASH as you would be entitled to get Rs.250 as additional payout when you sell your gadgets through them. I would say its time to #CleanUpCashOut

Take a look at this impressive video which was made with some real life scenarios but would make you think well, before you could take any decision as to whether you need to sell your gadgets. If you did, what needs to be done and where you needed to head over to...

Book Review - Secrets, Sins & Struggles

Title - Secrets, Sins & Struggles
Author - Kamini Kusm
Genre - Fiction
Publisher - Zorba Books
ISBN - 978-93-85020-95-7

Secrets, Sins & Struggles is a collection of five short stories written so very brilliantly by Kamini Kusum. The protagonists of this book includes Pooja, Shrawani, Avni, Harsha and Geshna.

The story revolves around these five female characters and details out as to how they get exploited, betrayed and made to succumb to the selfish wishes and desires of the male counterpart. I must admit that these incidents happen across the globe and has been very effectively captured by the author.

While these women gets exploited for various favours, there were few good men as well who lived in this story to portray that not all the men were bad which I must appreciate. Needless to say, in this male dominant world where everything is done as per his wish, women have very little to say.

However, the story also details out that not all women would be considered as a weaker sex since if they wanted to take a revenge, they would ensure that it is done at any cost which would serve as a alarm signal for men who wanted to take them for a ride, at their own behest.

A great attempt which would surely need support from all of us....

The book is available on Amazon.

Book Review - Corporate Avatars

Title - Corporate Avatars
Author - Disha
Genre - Business/Self Help
Publisher - Jaico Books
ISBN - 978-93-86348-88-3

Corporate Avatars is a mirror of your life especially if you have worked in a corporate world. The book details about the various type of characters which exists in the corporate world. You may not have necessarily come across all of them since the book has more than 40 different characters but atleast a few of them in your stint with the corporates.

It doesn't mean these characters do not exist outside or in any other firm. They do exist but what makes it most interesting is the existence in great numbers due to the sheer size of the employees. There are at times you might have felt dejected for not being able to climb the so called "Corporate Ladder / Growth Ladder" in the organisation you work and you might be wondering as to what exactly is going wrong. If that was the case, this book will just help you in overcoming those shortcomings because in the Corporate world, no one would guide you through out as they themselves wanted to grow and may hardly dedicate time to oversee your growth.

The book not only talks about all such characters in detail but also gives an example which would make you understand and classify as to what segment/category the particular person would fit into. It doesn't end there. You have also been given few tips to handle those characters and a final tip which is the icing on the cake.

I loved reading it from the very first character Mr Free Rider to the last one Mr Confused.  Since each one is unique and different from one another, you will not feel bored or find a repetitive character in this exhaustive book which according to me would surely help you grow in your professional career.

The book is available on Amazon.

Shop smart with Myntra

Whenever a festival approaches, we all tend to go for shopping. Gone are the days where we use to take our time, travel really far along with the family and spend huge sums to do our shopping. Invariably, we would end up spending more than our budget which would become a real headache after that which would take at least 2-3 months to offset that overshot expense wherein we would be forced to work overtime.

While some were smart enough to hunt for offers by going across various localities, others ended up spending more for the same product which would become a real trouble in the household. Having come across this phase myself, I wanted to make myself super smart and what I did was simple. While others were busy looking for offers in the high street stores, I knew where I need to head to. I adopted the path of Online Shopping which I knew for sure would help me in saving not only the time but also the money.

Being a watch fanatic, I keep buying them on occasion like Diwali, Birthday and my Wedding Day. I also had another habit. I keep changing the brands so as to ensure that I had maximum number of brands. This time, I wanted to go for Fastrack Watches.

You might ask why this in specific. The reasons are few:

a. I do not have this brand.
b. I always wanted to wear this brand and flaunt it among my friends.
c. Being a brand of TATA, I know for sure that this is one of the best brand when it comes to watch.
d. It would complete my collection in entry level segment so that I can concentrate on mid-level.
e. The after sales service wouldn't be a problem since they have service centres across India.

Needless to say, I not only wanted some range to select my favourite but also to get that at a discount. After going through the extensive range of Fastrack Watches, I zeroed in on the below model. There were few reasons behind this selection.

1. Firstly, its from a genuine Online Shopping site which always offered genuine products.
2. The product exactly did fit into my requirement of being unique and stylish.
3. Last but not the least, the product was available at an impressive 40% discount.

What more would I want/ask for?

Like I said, the site also offers the option of selecting according to your budget which can be done with the help of filters. Give it a try.

While I have restricted myself with regards to my purchase, the options that are available in front of you are very many spread over various segments for all age groups which would make you spend all that you wanted but in an effective way since spending on Myntra would ensure that you get more for your money. Is it not a tempting one? I am sure you would thank me later for having helped you in saving some time and more money.

Seeds for healthy life

We live in a world where adulteration is imminent. There are lot being done in our day to day consumption of food. Not all could be blamed but at the same time, it is our precaution that would keep us at bay.

There are few in which adulteration cannot be done or even if done, can be figured out easily. It is nothing but the seeds. Seeds are organic since it will not be manufactured using chemicals but is the end result of something which are either a flower or a fruit.

There are so many varieties of seeds which are available out there for our daily consumption but we hardly use them. I was lucky to find a bunch of them on Amazon. Without giving a second thought, I ordered few of them. I am going to list them here and talk about them in detail. 

Oregano is usually used as a seasoning to give that tangy taste and flavour to the final product. It goes really well with bread toasted in sandwich toaster where it has to be applied along with salad in the centre. Similarly, it can also be used as a topping on pizzas.

Chia seeds is known for keeping your heart hale and healthy. It also helps you in maintaining the complex of skin. The seeds are rich in minerals.

While these seeds can be used in various ways including baking, toppings or sprinklers, the best way is to soak them in water. You would see them bloated up but when you drink it, you will feel real good when it come on your mouth as you will bite it to enjoy its crispness inside.

Regular consumption is good for you to keep you hydrated and my better half has seen her weight being reduced to a decent level.

Flax seeds are really good for heart.It helps in preventing heart attacks and strokes. This is due to the presence of Omega 3 fatty acids in these seeds. 

Flax seeds can be had as it is. It can also be powdered and sprinkled on salads. Alternatively, it can even be consumed along with water or roasted and added to the food.

Gond Katira looks like big crystals or dried pumpkin which is used as sweet. It is a natural coolant and hence helps you fight heat strokes. For better results, this must be soaked for few hours in water before being used.

You can use this in making sweets or can be consumed along with vegetables/curries or can even be prepared as a drink.

Most of us love coffee. Usually the coffee beans what we see is the one which has been roasted that gives that dark brownish look but here is the one with a difference. These are fresh coffee seeds which are not roasted and hence the colour is greenish. Coffee is generally known to invoke our senses thereby keeping us fresh and active for few hours and give us that instant energy when we were feeling low.

Green Coffee beans are good for diabetes patients as it helps in balancing not only the sugar levels but also the blood pressure levels. This also helps in weight loss management. If you feel you are above the normal weight, try using this on regular basis to see the difference.

Using green coffee beans is simple. Boil the beans and filter the water. Add honey to it for natural taste and goodness instead of sugar. Sip it leisurely.

Halem seeds are the must for women as it helps in increasing the menstrual health. It also helps in boosting the immunity in the body and can also help in hair loss treatment.

These seeds can be mixed with cereals. Since they have that natural peppery and aromatic substance, it can be used along with salads, vegetable curries too. They are reddish orange in colour which looks attractive.

Juniper berries are rich sources of Vitamin C which can help you in fighting common fever, cold which may affect you from day to day. Since these berries are helpful in detoxification, you can add them on veg,non-veg, salads or even stew. Kindly ensure that they are either ground or crushed or soaked in water for better results though it isn't compulsory.

Since these are natural food items, do not be averse in using them on a regular basis.

Pumpkin seeds are usually used by us. It is a natural ingredient which is rich in iron, magnesium, minerals and proteins.

These can be had along with salads or powdered and can be used in soups by sprinkling them on the top.

Quinoa is rich in fibre and minerals such as Zinc, Iron and Magnesium and can be used regularly since it helps in the digestion process.

This can be taken as a breakfast or mixed in salads. It can be had as a side dish or consumed in roasted form. if the kids doesn't like it, ground it and add it to the food.

Raw Hemp seeds naturally has Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids along with Vitamin E and various other minerals.

These seeds can be powdered and be consumed along with fruit shakes and vegetable soup apart from being eaten raw and also with salads.

Each and every seed has its own advantage and goodness. Sunflower seeds helps you in fighting thyroid. Since these seeds are rich in magnesium and is a great source of anti-oxidant, by taking this, you can help fighting thyroid ailments.

The seeds look similar to pumpkin seeds but this is little bigger and thicker.

You can use it as it is or in powdered form. It can be had along with dry fruits as a navratan.

Why Sorich Organics?

The company is a 9001:2008 Certified with license from FSSAI which means the end product what you are having in safe apart from being of highest standards in quality. They are available in leading stores apart from being available on Amazon which you can order sitting at your home, conveniently.

The product comes in a sealed, reusable packs and are priced affordably. Each product which has been reviewed above has a shelf life of 1.5 years or 18 months.

 You can also read my reviews on Amazon.

Book Review - Different Shades Of Women

Title - Different Shades Of Women
Author - N.S Ravi
Genre - Fiction
Publishers - Author Paradise
ISBN - 8944571548429

Nuranis Ravi is a critically acclaimed author who has been successful in penning different stories of different genre and has been successful in getting them reaching the readers like me in the most efficient way. I pretty much liked his other two novels including the last one Khan Vs Kahn Vs Kanh which has had a different dimension to a novel.

Different Shades Of Women is a unique book. I would say all the 8 short stories included in this beautiful book speaks about womanhood. It talks in detail about the emotions faced by women who don various roles in their lives - as a Child, Sister, Mother, Wife, Sister-in-Law, Mother-in-Law.

Each story talks about these roles in detail and would make you cry for sure. I would not talk much about the stories because it would become a spoiler otherwise. It talks about the general issues faced by women when it comes to claiming a share in the property, when being unable to conceive to give birth to a child, when falling in love, when forced to take the crucial decision to name a few.

When the women is seen as a mere puppet in the present world and is being portrayed as one even in some of the movies in general, author has portrayed them in a very respectful way which would bring out the emotions from any man, if he really appreciates a woman because it is she who has given birth of him. Read the book to appreciate the womanhood.

The book is available on Amazon.

Book Review - The Heavens We Chase

Title - The Heavens We Chase
Author - Lavanya Shanbhogue - Arvind
Genre - Fiction
Publisher - Roli Books
ISBN - 978-81-86939-80-2

The Heavens We Chase is a novel written by Lavanya Shanbhogue - Arvind. The story was set in the Pre-Independence period. It revolves around two main characters namely Satyajit aka Satya and Saraswathi aka Sarah.

Since the story isn't a thriller or a crime genre, it moves slowly but at the same time, you wouldn't feel bored which is what I would say is the speciality of this novel. If you are a lover of classics, I am sure that you would appreciate this novel beyond any doubt but even otherwise, this would take us back to the past which would give you a first hand information on how the days were back then.

The story runs in two parts - one that of the protagonist Satya who wanted to become rich despite his background. He was an orphan since his mother dies of a snake bite and was charged with a brutal murder. Why and who did he murder and what happens next is an interesting plot.
He somehow overcomes his trouble and gets educated in Oxford. He had a friend by name Salmaan who helped him when he was in need of some accommodation initially and in turn he does an unbelievable act. Though Salmaan was angry, he did not avenge it but helps Satya. Why he does that is another point you would need to discover by reading this book.

Coming to the second part - it is about the girl who wanted to become a singer. Her father however does not approve it. She is Sarah. Who was her father and why he did not approve it? There was another love story for this character which brings out the difficulties of being brought up in a aristocratic family and the pros and cons attached to it.

The novel is not suitable for kids but having said that the incidents that warrants it were beautifully supported by the characters. It brings out the melancholy in both the characters in one way or the other. A great attempt in this fast paced world where most of the time, we run behind crime, thriller and horror and stories like these needs our appreciation and attention.

The book is available on Amazon.

Are you breathing safe air inside your home?

Pollution has become a part and parcel of our life. While some are ignorant about it, others do not give proper attention that it deserves. We mostly have a common notion that pollution exists only outside our house. If you had that opinion till date, its time to get it changed.

Pollution exists even inside our house. First and foremost, it is the dust which gets accumulated at our house. While we think, it is the spiders and its cobwebs which is the major pollutant, you are incorrect. It is we, who are the major pollutants. Yes. It is human beings. Our body is designed in such a way that hundreds and thousands of our skin cells die everyday and it gets replaced by fresh cells. Where does these go?

It falls on the floor inside our house as minute particles which is the major composition of dust. We think that it is because of something else.

We can clean it by having to clean the floor everyday with a broomstick.

Then comes the cob webs. It is undoubtedly a pollutant inside our home and if it went unchecked, we would end up seeing them occupying most parts of the house. Though it is beneficial in one way by eradicating insects, we cannot be lenient towards it since it may be allergic to few who would start sneezing continuously which isn't a good sign in the long run as it may affect the respiratory system thereby leading to heart problems.

The above can be tackled by using broomsticks, dusters or suction cleaners. It is advisable to keep our nose and mouth closed while cleaning this.

Next important pollutant inside our house are the termites. While these do not attack teak wood, not all can afford to decorate our interiors with teak. However, there are termite proof plywood and boards are available these days which can solve the problem. 

Termites and Borers not only damage the wooden interiors but they also act as a cause for allergy since these wooden particles would be falling inside our house which would enter our respiratory system. These termites can be killed with the help of insecticides which is the only option. To prevent it, we should ensure that the interior walls are not damp and so as the wooden cupboards and almirah.

Finally, it is the smell which is also a major pollutant inside the house. This can happen due to various reasons. Some of the most common ones are:

1. Surroundings not being maintained properly and the smell enters our house from outside.
2. Socks.

These can be avoided by keeping our surroundings clean and when it comes to socks, it has to be washed daily and sometimes, this foul smell may emanate due to some health issues as well which needs consultation with a physician.

We also tend to use sambrani and room fresheners which may prove to be even more harmful than the actual foul smell due to the presence of various chemicals in it.

There are many harmful things which can be avoided inside your home including the smell of the paint and varnish. Some can be done by your physical activity like cleaning and some needs smart thinking because you cannot be there cleansing the house especially the walls day in and day out. What would you do by then?

It is very simple. Just click and get the ultimate relief of breathing the fresh air inside your home as well - https://www.asianpaints.com/atmos

How to stay healthy?

What is being healthy according to you?

There are many notions for this. Being healthy to some is being muscular. To some, it having greater stamina. While all these are globally accepted phenomenon, being healthy according to me is stop falling sick often and looking young even when you are ageing.

When I say abut looking young, it doesn't mean that one should apply all the creams available out there or apply cosmetics. It has to come from within.

How do you achieve it?

There are many ways to achieve it. I have few secret ingredients which can hep you achieve them. If you are already aware of these, you may ignore.

LAUGHTER - Laughing is the best therapy available out there. There is no harm in laughing. It is a good exercise for all your muscles and remember, your face has the mot number of muscles across the whole body. There is a saying which says "Laugh until you die". This is an apt one. Laughter can give you relaxation to both your body and your mind. There are many "Laughing Clubs" across the globe. You need not have to join all these. All you need to do is to watch some comedy scenes from a movie and laugh heartily.

Before we could go to the next scenario, take a look at this brilliant video.

WATER - Water is the best medicine out there. There are many complications which arises out of water being insufficient or impure. Ensure you drink good 3-4 litres of water minimum per day. Do boil the water and drink it, if you do not have filter at your home. Avoid drinking it from outside. Keep your body hydrated. Since most part of our body is comprised of fluids, it is essential to keep them on balance.

FOOD - Food is the basic necessity. Do not eat anything and everything at your will. Avoid junk foods. Avoid deep friend food and oily items. Try to intake more number of half baked vegetables. Include fruits in your diet on a daily basis. Do consume greens regularly. Eat your food in small portions throughout the day so that no unwanted fat is accumulated in your body.

AIR - This is not in our hands to some extent. I am sure, you would agree if you are living in some of the polluted cities in the world. However, this can be moderated to some extent. While air i usually clean and fresh in the early morning, try to get the benefit by going for a early morning jog. You can also get the purified air when you do Yoga. For those, who travel day in and day out, try using quality air filter masks.

Being young is certainly in our hands. Firstly, one must feel young from inside. This is one of the main reason as to why teachers usually look young because they always move with kids/students most of the time and this keeps them energised and make them feel young by default. Not all of us can be teachers and professors but we all can certainly feel young by spending some quality time with the youth - be at home or outside. This will not only give you more exposure but also help you to come out of the social media addiction which is rising rapidly in the recent times. 

Keep your mind fresh. Be open to feedback Do not mix your personal and professional life. Try to enjoy your life and work, as it is. Do not complicate it. Life is to be lived only once. Let us make the best use of it by living it happily and spreading happiness and love throughout the world.

I am joining Saffola #ApneTareekeSeHealthy initiative and sharing my ways of being healthy in association with BlogAdda.

Stand a chance to meet Ronaldinho,Ryan Giggs & many more footballing legends as Rooter partners with Premier Futsal

The second season of Premier Futsal is upon us and the entire country will witness the legends of football descend upon the small arena once again!  The second season of the tournament, whose brand ambassador is Virat Kohli, begins on 15th September, Rooter has partnered with the league to give a further boost to its burgeoning audience base by acquiring fans from the massive audience of football and cricket in India.

To augment the excitement around the league, Rooter will share all the key data and insights from the Premier Futsal with fans. It will include Futsal matches in its list of fan engagement features such as live prediction game, sell tickets and merchandise from the league and provide it with a dedicated team forum on the app where representatives from different teams can directly interact with the fans and push for exclusive content.

Futsal is essentially, an indoor version of football with 5 members in each side and 4 quarters of 10 minutes each. The Premier Futsal league began in India a year ago, and since then, its popularity has grown exponentially. The presence of iconic players has helped this cause, with names such as Hernan Crespo, Paul Scholes, Cafu, Salgado, the living legend Ronaldinho, Ryan Giggs and world-renowned futsal specialist Alessandro Rosa Viera, popularly known as Falcao or the ‘Pele of Futsal’, apart from the legendary Portuguese midfielder Luis Figo, illuminating the arena. Incidentally, Figo also doubles up as the president of the Premier Futsal.

Rooter users are in for a massive treat as the Premier Futsal will arrange for meet and greet sessions with the legends and provide free/discounted tickets as well as merchandise to Rooters through contests, lucky draws etc. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to meet the greatest players ever to grace the football field long after they have hung their boots. Premier Futsal will also provide Rooter with player imagery rights for fan acquisition purposes.

Commenting on the association, Piyush, Founder and CEO, Rooter said, “Futsal has been making waves and last season’s great response was an evidence of the way Indians have taken to this fast and short format of football. With the second season starting from September 15th, it is the right time for Rooter to come onboard and enhance the fan base of this emerging sport by encouraging fans of other sports to follow it as well. With world-famous players such as Deco already confirming their arrival for the league, the second season’s action can only be bigger and better, and Rooter will ensure that it brings all of it to Futsal fans in India and all over the world!”

Abhinandan Balasubramanian, CEO and Owner of Premier Futsal, said, “As a pioneer project in India, the response received by PF in its first season has encouraged us to go many notches higher. But for that to happen, we needed a much stronger audience acquisition and engagement strategy, and Rooter was undoubtedly the best partner which could help us achieve the same. The platform will perhaps be the most significant cog in our digital fan engagement plans. With Rooter on board, we have taken a giant leap towards making Premier Futsal’s second season a revelation in the Indian sporting arena, and eventually a world conqueror!”  

Rooter has become the go-to platform for Indian sports tournaments to attract, engage and interact with audiences and build a loyal fan base. Its successful associations with tournaments such as the Pro-Kabaddi League is an evidence of its wide reach among the sports enthusiasts in India. Tournaments such as the Premier Futsal league which are still at a teething stage stand to benefit greatly from the continued attention and engagement they get from Rooter users, apart from popularizing a completely new and exciting sport in India!

About Rooter:
Rooter is World’s first sports social gaming platform that connects sports fans and engages them during Live sports matches. Rooter offers unique Live match prediction game across 7 sports and enables a Live chat forum where fans interact during Live matches with Live scores and commentary. It provides a seamless mix of gaming, conversations and Live scores. Rooter was started by Piyush (Founder & CEO) and Akshat Goel (Co-founder & CTO) in Sept 2016 and now engages more than 3 lacs sports fans across 7 sports- Cricket, Football, Tennis, Basketball, Kabaddi, Badminton, and F1.

Book Review - The Quest of the Sparrows

Title - The Quest of the Sparrow
Authors - Kartik Sharma and Ravi Nirmal Sharma
Genre - Self Help Story(Fiction)
Publishers - RUPA Publishers
ISBN - 978-81-291-1865-3

A story which would make you dig deep into yourselves to realise your real potential. The book is divided into 4 parts. In part 1, person who was wealthy but still was not contended with it, comes and joins Swami Parthiban. Part 2 is where a detective comes. Part 3 is a about Swami Parthiban himself and Part 4 is an unexpected one.

What makes this book special?

It made me cry in few places. They have such a deep meaning but was penned effortlessly by the authors. The events that were explained would make you feel that it did happen in real. There is no discrimination shown by the authors towards any religion which is one of the plus and secondly, the book would make the readers realise the truth behind the so called Divine Power without having to seek it all the time.

The plot is a very interesting one. There is a map given in the beginning of the novel and I wondered or what this was furnished and then realised when I started reading the novel. The story revolves around humanity and how the people in rural India are still humane enough and treat the tourists as their Athithi. There were few lines which had struck the chord and I would like to quote one or two. There was an instance where a worker goes beyond his limits to help Swami Parthiban and his disciples and when asked as to how he would face his master, he utters "Even if my master scolds me, it'll be one person suffering instead of so many", "We don't eat before we serve our guests", "You treat your cattle better than I treated my parents","I have seen only preaching babas but today I saw a karmayogi baba","Sharing pains and problems unites people" to name a few.

I am sure you would also find the above equally appealing along with other lines that runs across the entire book. A simple story that was given with right proportion of knowledge and virtues and if used in the right sense, can bring wonders in your life.

The book is available on Amazon.

My granny & some evergreen memories

Some would be lucky to have been raised by grandparents from both the sides - Mother and Father. I wasn't lucky enough from my father's side since his dad passed away many years before my birth and my granny passed away when I was hardly 5 year and hence I do not have much to recollect or remember about her though I remember her face.

However I was lucky to have been raised by my grandparents from my mother's side. They were simply the best atleast till I was grown up to some extent. They showered me with their unconditional love since I was the first baby boy born for their kids. I use to sleep between them and I have always been very fond of both of them.

I still remember, when I use to get annual holidays, my grandpa use to come to my place travelling all the way from his place, the very same day to pick me up and go. He use to get me the best food and chocolate and whatever I wished. I till remember a huge air plane balloon he bought for me which I kept it for years since it was made of special material and I was very fond of bakery biscuits and those days, they would come in a bicycle or tricycle. As soon as I hear the noise, I would turn around to see my grandpa who would immediately call the cyclewala and get me my favourite sweet biscuits. I could also very well recollect my very first proper cricket bat which was gifted to me by my grandpa when I passed my 10th Standard public exams which I used it carefully for almost a decade.

Even though I have a dozen of much expensive bats with few of them being autographed by cricket teams and top players including Sachin,Ganguly and Sehwag, nothing could match the bat which my grandpa bought for me. I would have celebrated this day in an even grandeur manner since I am earning handsome now but my grandpa is no more. He passed away some 15 years back when I was in my final year in my college.

Before I proceed further sharing my experiences further, kindly take a look at this beautiful video.

I do remember the days I and my grandpa use to go alone for the movies and he giving me company in playing indoor games like carrom, chess, cards etc to name a few. I also use to get him his favourite beeda whenever he came to my place and also ground nuts which has become a routine for me to consume during my childhood which I think is responsible for my healthy body even now. I have learnt lot of good things from him including timeliness, cleanliness and being well behaved. I use to massage him and he use to give me few rupees with which I use to buy plastic toys back then. Those days were gone. I will never get them back.

I only have my grandma now and she too stays very far away from my place. She has become more fragile now and hardly comes to my place. I was happy when she came to my home last month (August) and stayed there for a week. I bought her, her favourite food. As a kid, she got me all I wanted and I felt it was time to reciprocate. I am sure she would still remember the good old days just like I did....

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Matrimony.com Limited's Initial Public Offer opens on September 11, 2017

Matrimony.com Limited, a leading provider of online matchmaking services in India in terms of the average number of website pages viewed by unique visitor will be launching its initial public offer (“IPO” or the “Offer”) which is scheduled to open on September 11, 2017 and close on September 13, 2017 with a price band of Rs. 983 – Rs. 985 per equity share of face value of Rs. 5 each of the Company. The Anchor Investor Bid/Offer Period shall be September 08, 2017, being one working day prior to the Offer Opening Date.

The Issue comprises of Fresh Issue up to  Rs. 1,300 million (the “Fresh Issue”) and an Offer For Sale of up to 3,767,254 equity shares  comprising offer for sale of up to 1,461,006  equity shares by Bessemer India Capital Holdings II Ltd, Offer For Sale of up to 155,760  equity shares by Mayfield XII , Mauritius aggregating, Offer for Sale of up to 1,683,207  equity shares by CMDB II, Offer for Sale of up to 384,447 equity shares by Murugavel Janakiraman (“Promoter Selling Shareholder”) and Offer for Sale of up to 82,834 equity shares by Indrani Janakiraman (a member of our promoter group) (collectively, the “selling shareholders”) (collectively the “offer for sale”). The offer includes a reservation of up to Rs. 5 million for eligible employees (defined hereinafter) (the “employee reservation portion”).

Murugavel Janakiraman, Managing Director, matrimony.com

Murugavel Janakiraman, Managing Director, matrimony.com, K Balasubramanian, Chief Financial Officer, matrimony.com

K Balasubramanian, Chief Financial Officer, matrimony.com, Murugavel Janakiraman, Managing Director, matrimony.com, Mahesh Natarajan, Vice President, Corporate Finance, ICICI Securities

The Offer is being made pursuant to Rule 19(2)(b)(ii) of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957, as amended (“SCRR”). The Offer is being made through the Book Building Process in accordance with Regulation 26(2) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009, as amended (the “SEBI Regulations”), wherein at least 75% of the Net Offer shall be Allotted on a proportionate basis to Qualified Institutional Buyers (“QIBs”), provided that our Company and the Selling Shareholders in consultation with the BRLMs may allocate up to 60% of the QIB Portion to Anchor Investors at the Anchor Investor Allocation Price, on a discretionary basis, out of which at least one-third will be reserved for domestic Mutual Funds subject to valid bids being received from domestic Mutual Funds at or above the Anchor Investor Allocation Price. In the event of under- subscription or non-allocation in the Anchor Investor Portion, the balance Equity Shares shall be added to the Net QIB Portion (defined hereinafter). The number of Equity Shares representing 5% of the Net QIB Portion (other than Anchor Investor Portion) shall be available for allocation on a proportionate basis to Mutual Funds only.

The remainder of the Net QIB Portion shall be available for allocation on a proportionate basis to QIBs (other than Anchor Investors), including Mutual Funds, subject to valid Bids being received from them at or above the Offer Price. However, if the aggregate demand from Mutual Funds is less than 5% of the Net QIB Portion, the balance Equity Shares available for allocation in the Mutual Fund Portion will be added to the remaining Net QIB Portion for proportionate allocation to QIBs. If at least 75% of the Net Offer cannot be Allotted to QIBs, all the application monies will be refunded forthwith.

Further, not more than 15% of the Net Offer shall be available for allocation on a proportionate basis to Non Institutional Bidders and not more than 10% of the Net Offer shall be available for allocation to Retail Individual Bidders in accordance with the SEBI Regulations, subject to valid Bids being received from them at or above the Offer Price and such that, subject to availability of Equity Shares, each Retail Individual Bidder shall be Allotted not less than the minimum Bid Lot, and the remaining Equity Shares, if available, shall be Allotted to all Retail Individual Bidders on a proportionate basis.

All potential investors, other than Anchor Investors, are required to participate through the Applications Supported by Blocked Amount (“ASBA”) process by providing the details of their respective bank accounts in which the corresponding Bid Amount will be blocked by the Self Certified Syndicate Banks (“SCSBs”). For details, see “Offer Procedure” at page 407.

The Net Proceeds from the fresh issue component of the Offer will be utilised towards (i) Advertising and business promotion activities; (ii) Purchase of land for construction of office premises in Chennai; (iii) Repayment of our overdraft facilities; and (iv) General corporate purposes

Axis Capital Limited and ICICI Securities Limited the Book Running Lead Managers (“BRLMs”) to the Offer. The Registrar to the Offer is Karvy Computershare Private Limited.

The Equity Shares of Matrimony.com Limited are proposed to be listed on the BSE Limited and National Stock Exchange of India Limited.

About Matrimony.com:
The business of Matrimony.com Limited currently comprises two segments viz., matchmaking services and marriage services and related sale of products. In fiscal 2017 and the three months ended June 30, 2017, matchmaking services and marriage services accounted for all of the company’s revenue and there was no revenue from the related sale of products.

According to the comScore Report, Matrimony.com are the leading provider of online matchmaking services in India in terms of the average number of website pages viewed by unique visitors in June 2017 (Matrimony.com data does not include data from all sites under Matrimony.com). They deliver matchmaking services to its users in India and the Indian diaspora through their websites, mobile sites and mobile apps complemented by their on-the-ground network in India.

The brand, BharatMatrimony.com, has been ranked as India’s most trusted online matrimony brand by The Brand Trust Report India Study 2014 (a study covering 20,000 brands across 16 cities) and their other matchmaking brands such as CommunityMatrimony.com and EliteMatrimony.com are well-established in India.

Matrimony.com Limited proposes, subject to receipt of requisite approvals, market conditions, and other considerations, to make an initial public offering of its equity shares and has filed a red herring prospectus (“RHP”) with the Registrar of Companies. The RHP will be available on the website of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) at www.sebi.gov.in , BSE Limited at www.bseindia.com, National Stock Exchange of India Limited at www.nseindia.com and is available on the website of the Book Running Lead Managers  i.e. Axis Capital Limited at http://www.axiscapital.co.in and ICICI Securities Limited at www.icicisecurities.com. Investors should note that investment in equity shares involves a high degree of risk and for details relating to the same, see section titled “Risk Factors” beginning on page 17 of the RHP. Potential investors should not rely on the RHP filed with the Registrar of Companies for any investment decisions.
DISCLAIMER CLAUSE OF SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE BOARD OF INDIA (“SEBI”): SEBI only gives its observations on the offer documents and this does not constitute approval of either the Offer or the specified securities or the offer document. Investors are advised to refer to page 385 of the RHP for the full text of the Disclaimer Clause of SEBI.
DISCLAIMER CLAUSE OF THE BSE (The Designated Stock Exchange) : The BSE does not in any manner: (a) warrant, certify or endorse the correctness or completeness of any of the contents of the RHP; (b) warrant that the Company’s securities will be listed or will continue to be listed on the BSE; or (c) take any responsibility for the financial or other soundness of the Company, its promoters, its management or any scheme or project of the Company; and it should not for any reason be deemed or construed that the RHP has been cleared or approved by the BSE. The investors are advised to refer to page 391-392 of the RHPfor the full text of the Disclaimer clause of the BSE.
DISCLAIMER CLAUSE OF THE NSE : “It is to be distinctly understood that the permission given by NSE should not in any way be deemed or construed that the Offer document has been cleared or approved by NSE nor does it in any manner warrant, certify or endorse the correctness or completeness of any of the contents of the Offer document.” The investors are advised to refer to page 392 of the RHPfor the full text of the Disclaimer clause of the NSE