coupons, cashback and bargain!

It was the time of Diwali when the Sale season was at the full swing and everyone was looking for great offer coupons to buy stuff. I was just following all the deals, and cash backs which all the online sites were offering and I came across this deal on Flipkart which I couldn’t resist. But before that,a little background of why I was so desperate to buy.

IMG-20130531-WA0022I ended up breaking the screen of my Samsung Galaxy Nexus 3 at a social function. This was the first major disaster that happened to any of my gadgets. I have always been so particular about my gadgets that this was almost an unbelievable thing. I was all the more upset when I got to know that the screen replacement might cost me about 10K and that to the screens were not available in India as the device had not launched here officially. It was indeed not worth spending 10K on this phone when the actual cost of the new one was about 13-15K.  The good part was that the phone still worked perfectly fine. I decided to continue with this until I get a good bargain for the new phone.

After a few months, at the time of Diwali, as I mentioned earlier, I saw this deal on Flipkart which offered a new Nexus 4 with great deal. 15% cash back on Standard Chartered credit/debit card along with 3 goodies worth 3K free. The cost of the phone was roughly about 24K. This came in as the perfect deal for me. I started looking for someone with Standard Chartered CC/DC along with good bargain to sell my old broken phone. All the vendors offered me hardly 2K for my old phone stating the screen cost of 10K and actual market price of new phone as 12K. I was sure I could get a better bargain as the phone was in a perfect working condition and that’s when some one told me about guys. I contacted them and they offered me a good  cash back of 5.5K, I was dancing like crazy with that offer. And in the meanwhile, I got a friend over twitter who was willing to help me with his Standard Chartered CC.

So then everything was sorted. Actual new gadget price 24+K, discount on StanChart CC of about 4Kish, cash back of 5.5K on the old broken phone and goodies worth 3K = New phone price of about 12Kish. Best purchase that was!

PS: I would have loved to mention the name of the person who helped me buy the new phone but for valid reasons, I’ll skip that. Many many thanks for helping me get the best deal of my lifetime 🙂


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Happy Birthday!!


Since the rise of social networks, people have forgotten to remember special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries etc. Only when someone sees the birthday notification on Facebook, he/she wishes the person there. Most of the people today, when they visit FB, first wish the people for their birthdays but then are those wishes really worth? Think again!

Gone are the days when people used to maintain calendars / diaries to note down birthdays, later came in Google calendar to keep the list digitally accessible and now with Facebook etc., no one does any of those.

I did an experiment on this birthday of mine, result was quite as expected.

I turned off my birthday notification so that no one gets to know when my birthday is.

So, what happens if someone is not on FB, or has not put his / her birthday public? Well, people don’t wish, simple! And that’s what happened with me. No one wished me on FB but I got calls from all those who cared to remember my birthday and that made it more special for me than the FB wishes.

And then, I did a check in on FB mentioning my birthday, I got only a couple of wishes. Does that mean, people don’t follow your wall posts as well ?

The bottom line is I got saved from replying to all those people who would have sent mandatory birthday wishes on FB. It would have been practically impossible to reply to all of them 😛



Disclaimer: I don’t mean to say one shouldn’t wish on FB etc but yes, the whole remembering occasions scene is disappearing and that’s the only point I tried to make with this post. 


Khaike paan banaras wala …

sweet paan

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The moment one hears the word Paan, quite many things come in mind like –

  1. Famous song from the movie ‘Don’, Khaike paan banaras wala
  2. Banarasi, calcutti, saada, meetha, maghai paan and many more varieties
  3. People chewing paan and spitting anywhere and everywhere (yuck .. when will  these people stop spitting)
  4. Movies depicting Royal times which show the importance of offering ‘Paan’ to guests as a part of hospitality gesture
  5. Small paan patti shops at the corners of many roads ..
You must be wondering what am I trying to say ?

Well, paan or betel-quid as they call it, is considered to be good to chew specially after a very heavy/spicy meal, a maghai or meetha paan, for digestive purposes. It acts as a coolant and breath freshener.

Ok you got my point but still not sure in what context ?

This Mall culture in metros has got the best restaurants and food joints in the malls but once you finish eating there and you feel like having a meetha paan post meal, you have no option right there. Yes, have you seen any such paan shop at any malls ? No, I am not saying they should sell paan with tobacco and all but at least a sweet paan shop.

I am sure if someone picks up this idea and starts something in any mall, one would witness the huge crowd there post meal to have a coolant, breath freshener as the mall would be the most hygienic place to make a paan with no flies and mosquitoes like the streets.

Makes sense now ? any takers ?

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