Archive for February, 2015

Having a car is almost every Indian’s dream. You can finally stop worrying about how cold or hot it is outside and if your clothes will get all messed up because of the pollution! You don’t have to trouble yourself with different vehicles for the whole family and I don’t know how much stress should be given to this, but music on the go!! But what if the car you have becomes a bigger trouble than any of the problems I mentioned above? What if you have to worry about the car’s mileage and the AC that stops working every second month and makes more noise than your new-born kid? It isn’t as easy to maintain a car as to dream about having one. But that said, no one deserves a bad experience like that, of course many of us aren’t able to afford new cars so we just have to continue with the same old boxes of steel with the not at all comfortable bags inside that people like to call seats. And to tackle that problem, we buy used cars.

I call buying a used car a win-win situation. You get what you want in a car you always dreamt of in a considerably lower price and the seller gets enough money to fund his new one. And probably that is why this business has grown a lot recently. If you look at it, many showrooms sell second-hand cars these days, but I personally can’t get myself to like that. I have observed that as soon as the brand name kicks in, you are mostly asked for a bigger price, the trust factor is improved too, but is it worth the price? There are online websites too to sell stuff, which includes cars as well, but there you have to connect to the individual sellers. Now there you may get a lower price but you also face the risk of being conned. And not to mention the trollers and fake buyers and sellers that are there in huge numbers. But here’s what I found as a one stop solution to that; what if I tell you that you can buy your new car at a lower price through an individual seller, but only after making sure that he’s a genuine seller and you’re getting a fair deal? Now that’s what I’d call a win-win.

But hey, what about that old troublesome car I had? Well, here’s the thing, with a few little tweaks, someone could make your old troublesome car into his dream car and give you the money with which you could fund your own dream car! So what am I talking about? I guess it’s pretty obvious by now, it is Quikr NXT!

Quikr NXT, as I said in one post earlier as well, is a revolution to our e-commerce industry. You can sell and buy things and without any security concerns or having to share your number with the fake ones. So here’s my guide to upgrading your car with Quikr NXT.

  • Let’s begin with taking some cool pics of your old car. Now it may give you a little trouble, but it is your car, there’s always an attachment. So put it up online on Quikr for sale and be honest in the ad. Ask for a reasonable price, make sure you disclose the issues, if any.
  • Wait for the ads to rain, and trust me, they will. Once I put up an ad on Quikr for an old washing machine. I received six calls within a day of placing the ad. And the best part, chat as per your convenience, you don’t have to be disturbed with phone calls thanks to Quikr NXT!
  • Find out the best deal, talk to the buyer and bam! your car is sold. And you got some money that you could add to your fund for the next car.
  • So you made someone else’s dream come true, now it’s your turn. You could check out the ads that are there already and find the car you like. With the thousands of ads and so many filters and a clean UI and a superfast app, you’ve got to get a match.
  • Don’t fret even if you can’t find what you like, create your own alerts and ads to let people contact you if they have something you’d be interested in, sweet, isn’t it?
  • Now let’s say you found a good car. Although with Quikr you can always be sure that the seller is genuine, don’t take the risk of going all in at once. First confirm from the seller about the car by chatting with him. If you both agree, talk and before you know it’s time to see the car.
  • So what bothered you in the last car? Maybe it was good but you just didn’t like how small it was, or you want a better mileage? It’s time to check out if this car has it for you and if it does, what are you waiting for? Make it your before someone else steals the deal!

Personally, I’d go for a slightly bigger car as my family has more members now. Mileage is of course a primary requirement of every Indian, but I’d also love it if my new car has a better leg space and better clearance. The compact cars just don’t work for me anymore (Or any guy who’s a freaking 6’2”)!

So did you see how easy it was for me to upgrade to a large spacious car from a compact one in a very limited budget, or for you to your own dream car through Quikr NXT? This is the beauty of it in my opinion. With the least amount of trouble and time and almost everything on the app, upgrading your car was never easier.

PS: Don’t forget to buy some awesome accessories for the new one too. I don’t need to tell you where to buy those from now, do I? J

PPS: Don’t wait, go check out Quikr here:

Bucket lists. Man do I have a thousand of those! Since the day I started to talk and things around me started making sense to me, I’ve been thinking of what I’d do in my life. And I am not just talking about how I wanted to become a big doctor or a great engineer, I am talking the crazy stuff…! How I wanted to swim across the English Channel crazy! Every one of us has wishes he or she can’t fulfil because of the circumstances, but what if there was no restriction? What if it was only you and your dreams and no one to stop you from achieving them? Sounds like yet another unachievable dream, I know; but to think about it, it isn’t much difficult.

I just came across this line “Befikar, Umar Bhar” (Meaning: Carefree for life) by IDBI Federal and it made me think; Most of us are doing what they are doing because this is what they could manage in their situation. Ask yourself, would you be doing this same thing if every problem and restriction in your life was removed? I don’t think so. Here’s 5 things from my bucket list that I’d do if I was ‘Befikar, umar bhar’.

  1. Write:
    I know, I do it right now too. But this isn’t enough. If this restriction of money was removed from my life, I’d probably live with my family in an isolated place and write. This is one very achievable dream for me and I hope that I’ll make it happen one day.
  2. Travel:
    If you are a person who can travel to any place alone, there’s pretty much nothing left in the world that you can’t do. Those words aren’t mine, but I share the sentiment. Travelling can teach you a lot of things; How to self-reliant, how to be confident, how to stay healthy, how to cook and what not… it widens your perspective and improves your personality. ‘Only if I had enough time!’ is what everyone’s excuse is when they’re asked why they don’t travel as much. They’re not wrong. But if there was no constraint, I’d pack my bags and leave for the remotest places in a breath!
  3. Learn a new skill:
    It is easy to learn how to play guitar or maybe a new language while you’re doing a full time job. So obviously when I say ‘new skill’ I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about the crazy stuff. Trekking, mountaineering and stuff like that. There’s a little part of me that just wants to take a bike and a backpack and not stop till I reach the Himalayan ranges! As awesome as it sounds, it needs a rock solid planning and not to mention a lot of time.
  4. Teach:
    I plan to do this someday. I really do. But when that day will come is a fact that’s still unknown to me. When you teach, you multiply your knowledge and make a smart individual who will then go on and make other’s lives better, thus, helping your nation a great deal. Till now my teaching has been limited to a few kids and sometimes in NGOs. But I do see myself building a school that’s free for all, someday.

Get insured for life, cover yourself good!

  1. Play:
    If there was ever a world record for knowing every sport without having played a single one of them, I’d probably win it by a good margin. It’s not that I’ve been bad at sports, I just had priorities over it. First studies then more studies and then more studies. Damn, I wish I hadn’t studied that much! Erm… anyway, the point is… if I had a chance, I’d probably not go back in time but make enough time now so that I can just go out and play my heart out! Wouldn’t that be awesome? 😀

All those things, although sound too awesome, can be real difficult to do when we’re bound with the responsibilities of life. And that’s where a little planning may come in handy. Most of us do all those things for personal and financial reasons, and if we get at least one of those taken care of, doesn’t that solve a lot of our problems? As I began with the line by IDBI Federal, “Befikar, Umar Bhar”, it’s time to live it for real. Take a look at this video to know what I’m talking about.

Live your life, the best way possible, happy independence 🙂

PS: check this out to know more:

Have a great day!

PPS: I never said this, but seeing the video, if i manage to secure myself financially that much, I’ll but my all time favorite car, the Porsche Carrera gt 911. 😀

Sleep for a few extra hours, have a little extra pizza, drink a little extra and watch two extra episodes of House MD. No, I wasn’t explaining how to celebrate the international extra day, this was how I spend my valentine day! Sad, isn’t it? No, really. Well, a bit you may say but there is a lot of upside too to not having a valentine around.

Instead of going to what those upsides are, I would like to use this post to comment on something related. I recently came across a Dilbert comic strip where he explained why his mobile was a better partner for him than a girlfriend. On the risk of exposing myself to singlehood for life, may I just say how true that was!! And obviously, being the self obsessed jerk that I am, I do love me. So why not pamper myself a bit? Recently I was looking for a new phone to buy and I was searching on some top websites for help in choosing the best one. That was the time when I came across the Asus Zenfone and Padfone, which reminded me of the Dilbert comic. It was exactly what I wanted, exactly what I wished for!

So here’s a reason why Asus Zenfone is my ideal valentine.

Let’s dive into it a little deeper. What do you want in your ideal valentine? Well my list would something like this; A strong character, an intelligent mind, good looks, loyalty and obviously, affordability. Now let me tell you exactly why I think the Asus is the right valentine for me.

  1. Strength:

Just like you need a strong partner to hold you when you’re down, the Asus zenfone comes with a hyper threading technology that helps running more programs at once and helping an efficient utilization of resources, therefore, making sure your phone won’t hang on you, ever! It will be there when you need it, once… and always. And just so you know, the case makes sure your Zenfone is physically strong and durable too!

  1. Intelligence:

Intel Atom Processor with hyper threading and a network supporting up to 42 Mbps. That’s not it, you also get a pixelmaster for great photos and an intelligent Zen UI to make your life simpler. Now tell me, isn’t that all you want with your valentine, a simpler life?

  1. Looks:

It definitely isn’t my first priority, but I’d love it if my valentine is hot! Who wouldn’t want to brag about his partner to his friends, right? Well, Asus got it covered too! Just taking a look at the Padfone mini I lost my heart, and the zenfone then put the final nail. I’ll let the looks speak for themselves.

Thank you NDTV Gadgets for the image.

Also, before you do the hefty comparisons, just look at how economical the whole range is! Which brings me to my fifth point. Well, after the fourth one of course.

  1. Loyalty:

Once you go with Asus, they don’t think they’re done. They’ll stick with you. You know how I know that? Well, apart from the experiences from so many friends of mine who were too satisfied with the Asus warranty policies, the fact that Asus products come with a 30 day replacement guarantee and a one year replacement warranty helped a lot. Who needs a loyal partner, I guess everyone!

  1. Affordability:

Most people don’t say it, but half of their salaries are spent in calling their better halves 24×7 and gifting them thousands of things on millions of occasions! With Asus zenfone, that problem is definitely not there! With such an affordable range, you actually save more money than you spend. Now instead of telling you about the prices and other specs, why don’t I take you to the portal so that you can check everything out yourself?

Check this out:

Also, before you go, don’t forget to watch the video

See that? I love me! 😀

I wanted to sell my old phone; A Nokia E5. After seeing a lot of mentions here and there, I thought I’d give a try to an online selling website. I put my phone up there for selling and bam, 3 calls within the next 6 hours. I had no idea people were this willing to buy an E5! But no one was ready to pay the asked amount, so I decided to keep the ad live till I get a good deal. Now I got one call at 6 am in the morning. Okay, sometimes people do that, it woke me up for good. But what put me off was some other person calling at 1 AM!! I understand this doesn’t happen usually but what if I am the unusual one, I mean my mom already thinks so!

Here’s another case. One of my friends wanted to sell her old laptop online. The problem is, she didn’t want to share her number due to some experiences in the past and I didn’t want to put my number after the above experience. I could have put my number there had I been assured that I won’t get unwanted calls or people trying to troll me. We ended up selling it offline to a shopkeeper just to realize later that we could have made around 3000 bucks more had we used the online way. So what went wrong? I am sure I wasn’t at mistake here, and I am also sure that I simply love the way the online reselling portals work. In fact, my experiences with Quikr have been too good in the past, I managed to sell things I never imagined I could… realizing that almost everything in this world has a buyer, you just need the market, or in other words, Quikr.

So coming back to the question, what went wrong? I thought maybe I could just share my email id so that I could reply at ease. But then again, I am not the kind who checks his email that often. And before I could think of it, Quikr gave me a solution; Quikr NXT!

With Quikr NXT, you can simply chat with a potential buyer/seller without having to call unless you’re sure this is the deal you want. It is extremely simple, you get the app, you put the product up online and chat with anyone who is interested. In the words of Quikr itself, “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 why would I prefer chatting over phone? Simple:

  1. I like to pick my own sleeping hours. Which may or may not include time at work (I can only hope my manager isn’t reading this.). So I would obviously not like to be disturbed while sleeping. Now I could put my phone silent or switch it off. But I’d also not want to miss a potential buyer. Doesn’t chatting eliminate all that and lets me choose the time of call? Cool huh!
  2. I have meetings, outings and dates… erm… at least the first two. And getting a call in a meeting with the boss explaining something to me is like getting shot, just a little more painful. But here’s a little secret, I do text in my meetings.
  3. This is probably the most important one. Avoiding the trolls! While websites like Quikr are revolutionizing the markets and trying to do good things, there will always be people to simply take your number and call you to have fun without any intention to actually do what the website was made for. And those trolls my friend, waste your time and energy. Over chat, it is easy to know who the troll is and who’s not. And you talk only to the serious ones, not the ones who’ll give an address to oblivion to come and make the deal.
    Look at this video and you’ll know!

So these three reasons should explain my love of chat over phone, also I am a partial introvert, just like a major part of our population, we, the new generation, are the texting kings! Duh! Also, this all could be done simply on an app too!

With the Quikr NXT Experience, my life is getting easier, I hope yours is too. Tell me about your experience with Quikr NXT, and also check out the latest Refrigerator I am selling on, we could chat about it 😉

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