Friday, February 27, 2015

Quickr Nxt- Selling a car!

This is an entry for the Indi Happy Hours campaign for

Prompt- If you were to replace your existing car with something better, how would do so usingQuikr NXT

Selling and buying second hand stuff, especially vehicles is a big hassle. Thankfully, the second hand car market is now evolving. From the dubious agent who would sell you dingy matchbox of a car at an atrocious rate, we now have services like Quickr where you can have a record of the whole deal for your reference.

Online second hand marketplaces have changed the arena for good. Now, you do not need to worry about people backtracking on their promises or trying to dupe you. Of course, much like in the real market, you need to have a keen mind to strike a good deal. 

If I wanted to replace my existing car which is a Tata Nano with something better like, say, a WagonR, how would I go about it? 

Thanks to Quickr, I no longer need to go to the shady area of the city where lots of used cars are parked haphazardly and wait for the dealer to finish his extended lunch and pay heed to my demands. I would just get my car serviced and cleaned. A waxing session can be arranged to put on that extra sheen. After that, I would take photos of my car from different angles, inside out. 

Also, I will get all my papers like registration, insurance and PUC ready. I will also prepare their soft copies so that they can be mailed to the potential buyers. After that, I will calculate my car's MSP (Maximum Selling Price) using the online tool. Once I am ready, I will post an add. The amount quoted will have a margin for the potential buyer to bargain. The good ol' trick of quoting 99 thousand instead of 1 lakh shall also be put to use.

Once the ad is up and running, I will chat with potential buyers without compromising with my privacy using the QuickrNxt Chat feature. My number shall remain private and the car will be sold to the person who offers me the best deal.

The profit margin for me will be higher here because there will be no high brokerage to pay. 

Now coming to the buying part, I will search for my desired vehicle in the search box on the quickr site. Now I will look for the desirable traits in the search results like-

By individual Vs By dealer
First owner Vs Second/ Third

Once I meet the owner at a location convenient to both of us, I will look for completeness of all papers and also the condition of the car. I might also let a trusted mechanic of mine check the condition of the car. If the owner insists against any of the examination procedure, I can easily abort the deal. 

Without much hassle, I would finally upgrade my car which wouldn't be possible without Quickr!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Book Review- Ramayana- Book 2- Shubha Vilas

ISBN-13: 978-81-8495-531-6
Title- Ramayana- The Game of Life- Shattered Dreams (Book 2)
Author- Shubha Vilas
Publisher- Jaico Books
Price- Rs 350
Genre- Religion and Philosophy/ Self Help
Pages- 387
eBook- Available

In the spiritual and motivational series by Shubha Vilas, this book is a sequel to Ramayana: The Game of Life- Rise of the Sun Prince.

The Author

The author Shubha Vilas is a spiritual author who has degrees in law and engineering. He holds motivational talks and attributes his wisdom to his grandmother whose eloquent narrations of the epic inspired him to write this series.

The Cover
The cover has a eerie tragic aura to it. The lamentations of Dasaratha, the evil which had surrounded him in the form of Kaikeyi's demands and the restlessness of Rama are all well-depicted. It paints a gloomy picture in stark contrast to its prequel. The red-brown tinge to the sky signify the impending doom and calming radiance in the backdrop serves as a cryptic message.

The Plot
The first book was based on the first chapter (Bal Kanda) of Ramayana- the epic. This book takes the story forward from the point when twelve joyful years have passed to Ram's marriage to Sita. The drama has just started unfolding now as the clouds of gloom are hovering over Ayodhya.

The book begins with Dasaratha's inner turmoils and as with the previous book, there are footnotes that contain author's insights on the situations in the story. These serve as lessons for the reader who is also a spiritual seeker.

The book talks about ideals to be followed in real life. Lessons are explained through the relationships between Ram and Lakshman, Ram and Sita, Ram and Bharat and Lakshman and Urmila.

At its core, Shattered Dreams is essentially a book about human relationships and idealism. One might think that the book would be unnecessarily preachy and boring but the thing is, Shubha Vilas has incorporated delightful chunks of information in it to keep it palatable for the wandering mind.

There are boxes which contain various interesting facts along with the author's analyses. These boxes are a joy in themselves. One such box is at page 155 where Rama's composed behaviour is contrasted against Lakshman's volatility. It gives a lot of insight into what goes in the making of a hero Lakshman is called Shesha because he is always incomplete and is not anything if left alone. He is just a method by which God has tried to depict and define greatness. So, just by standing in front of Lakshman's volatile behaviour, Ram showed the world why poise and dignity are important.

The Quality
The grammatical errors are few and far apart. The font is easy on the eye and the pages are nice and crisp. Jaico has rendered the book utterly delightful and completely fitting for gifting etc.

The Audience
Who should read this book? Well, it is a book meant for all ages but most importantly, it is for people who have a philosophical bent of mind. The parts where Rama and Sita are walking in the forest with Lakshman by their side are distinctly realistic portrayals of the characters. People with a deep sense of understanding of human emotions will rejoice in these small instances where the trio learn valuable life lessons from nature itself.

All in all, a delightful read for everyone!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sound of love

I am participating in the #SoundOfLove activity atBlogAdda in association with Bluestone

Here's the video-

Prompt- Leave behind the age old romantic notions. Flaunt your wild persona in a blog post and write about your craziest expressions of love.


I guess love has always been being portrayed with the help of the same ingredients- guitar, chocolates, horse-driven carriages, heart-shaped balloons, candies and what-not! My idea for love and its expression is a bit different. I see giant hoardings with the L-word written along with flying hearts and cupid and I can only cringe. 

I think love is much more humbler than these expressions. Love does make you want to scream from the rooftops but not literally. It makes you tell people that you've found someone and you're happy. It happens within your everyday routine. You become a nicer person. You greet people with a smile, you feel nicer from the inside. 

So for me, a crazy expression of love would be a celebration of all those fine changes in my personality. It will be about that one person so, of course, it will revolve around her. But there will be no horse-driven carriages or moonlit dinners. Instead, it would just be me, trying to be my best so that she has an idea what effect she has caused. 

I would have tickets to her favourite holiday destination delivered to her as a wake up surprise in the morning. And then the rest of the day would be just me leaving notes for her. She'd find me waiting whenever she turns around. It will be a perfect day where she knows that someone is watching her, protecting her, loving her.

I would not overdo the mush. We will talk like friends. We will pull each others' leg and annoy each other. Love is not a one-sided surrender. It is a mingling of souls. So, for me, a wild expression would involve spending a day with my loved one. Cosy mornings, lazy afternoons, shiny evenings and a promise to keep it that way forever in the night before sleeping. I think that's how it is done.

For me, that promise is the biggest expression of love.

Happy Hours Post- Get Quickr Nxt


Get Quikr NXT!

Explore and blog about 3 reasons why you would prefer chat over a phone call. 
With Quikr Nxt, buyers and sellers can immediately connect with each other through chat across Quikr's mobile app, mobile site and even its desktop site. This feature will transform India's online classifieds market as it enables users to communicate with each other at their convenience and request more details about the product or service, without requiring a single phone call.

So, Quickr (click here) has come out with an app that lets you chat with prospective buyers without having to divulge your phone number. Watch the TVC (top) for more. It is a decent innovation for the buy-sell online market in India because it helps one do away with the hassle of annoying phone calls. 

I remember when one of my friends was moving out from the city and he had put his stuff on sale online, he used to get inundated with spammers and trolls the whole day. He had put his laptop on sale and a caller had asked if he could just buy the skin of the laptop. There were people who had called to ask if he needed a job in the new city. It was a nightmare.

This app and website overhaul by Quickr is going to be a game-changer. Here are my Top 3 reasons why I would prefer chat over phone-

1. Buying your own sweet time
With online selling and buying, there is always an element of luck involved. If someone says the right things, pushes the right buttons, the seller is likely to cave and settle for a less profitable deal. Most of the online sellers are in a hurry. 

On phone calls, deals are finalized more hurriedly and without thinking much. The buyer, if street-smart, can dupe the seller with his communication skills and bargaining power. On chat however, you can take your own time to formulate a firm and rigid reply. While typing your reply, you have better control and view of your thoughts. This way, the deal is finalized more nicely with equal leverage for both the parties.

2. A solid proof of the deal
Phone conversations often go unrecorded and there is chance of misinformation of lack of communication between the two parties. In case of chats, screenshots of old chat conversations or archives can help clarify things related to the deal. This saves both the parties from the mental agony of ambiguous deals.

People who are afraid that the seller might not deliver on his promise or that there is no proof of a certain condition being carried out by the buyer can rest easy through this mode.

3. Clear terms
Also, in spoken words, there is always the chance of omission or misinformation. When someone writes the data down in the chat, you can use the information to research on the net, ask your friends and get the best deal possible. Most phone conversations, if not written down immediately, are easily forgotten. Clarity of terms and easy correspondence are possible only through written messages.

Also, it is not that you cannot talk on phone. Once you find the right buyer, you can easily switch to phone calls and speed up the process. So, this method ensure that you get the best of both worlds.

So, what are you waiting for? Go Quickr Nxt!
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