The Little Shopper

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One of my friends is due to deliver a healthy baby next month and I was searching gifts for both baby and mother. Maternity shopping has only recently been popular in India with various websites and stores. Even few years ago, it would all be about buying oversized clothes for the mother and stuffed toys for the baby from regular departmental stores. I bumped into thelittleshopper.com and the website managed to enthrall me a lot. It’s a one stop shop not only for maternity shopping but a lot more that comes later with the package of having a baby.

The first step for a successful website is its look and I think The Little Shopper has nailed it perfectly. The interface is very soothing and clutter-free. There are separate tabs for all stages of maternity and all kinds of shopping needs, from footwear to diapers. What’s amazing is the range of categories to choose from – baby sleeping bags to bottle warmers, you name it and you’ll find it on The Little Shopper. It’s hard to find such consolidation in regular online stores, especially for babies and parents.

The content is superbly curated to suit everyone; the fathers will find it easy to pick a gift for babies and their mothers. The onesies for little ones and lovely maternity dresses are to die for! Talk about brand building and The Little Shopper has roped in a lot of international and Indian maternity brands like House of Napius, Toffyhouse, Zeezeezoo, Little West, Como Tomo and Kidology. It’s easier than ever to shop from these brands with a few clicks.

There’s something else that I loved a lot – The Little Shopper blog or magazine as they call it. There are a plethora of wonderful and useful articles for the newbie or would be parents. I particularly liked the ‘5 Gluten free recipes’ article as I have quite a few friends with Gluten allergy. If you know a new mother with such an allergy, you’ll surely need more recipes to add to her nutrition. Tutorials and important counseling videos from renowned doctors will help you solve a problem or two without striving for a visit to the doc this summer. Tips and tricks, a little advice on how to deal with pregnancy, infertility or new babies, and expert articles have added much value and sparkle to the website.

Overall, it’s a great place to shop for your bundle of joy and yourselves. Oh, and are you looking for great offers on Mother’s Day? Anyone who signs up now will get Rs 3000 worth coupons that they can use to buy lovely stuff from The Little Shopper. So get on with your Mother’s Day shopping!

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Hunt for Comedy!

Image Courtesy: Live in Style dot com

Image Courtesy: Live in Style dot com

You must have already watched the AIB videos on Youtube. A huge chunk of the young Indian population thrives on stand-up comedy videos these days. These short and crisp videos provide a breather into our hectic and stressed out hours at work. From politics, sports, music, Bollywood to Indian weddings, Diwali and other festivals – these comedians have explored almost every topic that’s relevant in our lives. Shot methodically with witty and mostly sarcastic dialogues, the videos would never appear amateurish or boring.

I’m a big fan of AIB, Vir Das, Kanan Gill and keep watching their videos in a loop at times! Each of them has a unique style of presentation and their own ways to capture the audience. Stand-up comedy began in the 18th century in United Kingdom and 19th century in United States. India however was oblivious to this form of comedy in its televised media. If you somehow recall Johnny Lever performing in the show called Hope’86, that was the first stand-up comedy act in public. It has gradually evolved into comic videos ruling the Youtube in the past few years.

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Surf It All With UC Browser

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Image Courtesy: Indiblogger

I’ve been disconnected from cricket since quite a few years now. From being an avid cricket fan and following every ODI and test that India played, I’ve been reduced to watching the occasional IPL match now. The reason being heavy workload and the breakneck speed at which life is rushing by. There isn’t much time to watch a full ODI match and follow each over, but thanks to superfast technologies, each ball can be followed now at the touch of your fingertip.

Yes, there’s UC Browser for your smartphone which has UC Cricket incorporated to let you be connected to cricket at its best. Our smartphones already have their respective default browsers depending on their operating systems, but UC Browser is a single platform which lets you connect to all the apps that you otherwise download in your phone. With a single click you can connect to all your favourite apps – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, news channels and websites, games and everything else you need – including the cricket world. UC Cricket helps you navigate all the latest and past matches, upcoming ones, scores, schedules, photo gallery and each gossip or news you’d want from cricket.

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Life is On Fastrack, Get One Now!

Image Courtesy: Fastrack

Image Courtesy: Fastrack

I’ve been a fan of watches since I was a kid. I used to pester my Ma to let me wear her watch at times, an old lilac-dialled Titan watch that I loved. I wore the watch to school some times, just to flaunt an elder self of mine before friends. I somehow had the idea that wearing a watch would push me into the league of seniors and not just a ten year old. Since then, I’ve tried to collect watches as and when I can. My parents gifted me a Titan when I passed the first board exam of my life, as is the custom in most Bengali households. I have about four watches from different brands which I love, but I recently spotted Fastrack watches for women that I’m yet to acquire. Fastrack is a very popular and in-budget brand for youth in India and almost all my friends have one or two watches from them. One of them is a doctor and he wouldn’t leave his favourite Fastrack even during his wedding ceremonies, casting aside the expensive watch his father-in-law gifted! Continue reading

Ap(p)t Is The New Myntra!

Image Courtesy: Myntra

Image Courtesy: Myntra app

Did you know an average person checks their phone 150 times a day?

Well, I didn’t know that for a fact but I check my phone at least 100 times a day. It’s a habit we have inculcated in the post-smartphone era. The phones look good, mostly sleek with moderate to big screens, high Bezel ratio (screen to body ratio) with high-resolution display – overall, it’s a pleasure just to look at the beautiful LCD screen. My father-in-law, who isn’t nearly as tech-savvy as us, still checks his smartphone as often as possible. He loves his wallpaper, the little screensaver effects, and mostly listens to his favourite music any time of the day. He had initially resisted to using these new-age phones, but after about two years he seems to be addicted to the device. It’s no longer a luxury to him, rather, a necessity.

We are a different lot though, ones who use varied apps on their phones for online shopping and other activities. Studies show that 90% of smartphone users in India use apps.

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5 Reasons Why Asus Zenfone 2 Looks Best

While we’re busy with all our phones of various designs, makes, models and facilities, Asus is here to wow us with the new Zenfone 2. Though I use a different phone now, I’d be interested in Asus looking at the features and the splendid design that it offers. If you look closely at the phone, you’ll find at least five great features that make the phone possibly one of the best looking ones in 2015.

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Image Courtesy: Google

Ergonomic Arc Design – The first thing I look for in any phone is how ergonomic it is. If it doesn’t fit well in your palm and look good, it is not of much use. Frankly, I’m not a fan of huge phones or carrying tabs all around. They are clumsy and messy in my opinion. A well designed set should have its curves good enough to sit perfectly in your palm. ‘Your palm’ is the key thing here as each person has their own preferences when it comes to holding a phone set many hours of the day. Asus Zenfone 2 has been designed in an arc to fit well and has a rear button for clicking those precious selfies and adjusting the volume while talking. Looks pretty good and useful to me.

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Open Tee Canvas

Last Diwali, our cousin came down from a distant city where she is in college. We chalked out a schedule for roaming around the city; if you know our city, Calcutta, it’s a beautiful one with some modernity strewn amongst a lot of heritage. So we went to the New Market, which isn’t that new any more, and shopped, which we normally do together. We looked for junk jewellery and cheap t-shirts. Since we live in such a hot and humid country, soft cotton t-shirts are always a priority.

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Image Courtesy: Google

We look for them hither and thither, in malls and in quaint shops across the street corners.If you are a tee lover, you might prefer either plain monochrome ones, or the printed ones, or the rest with graphics, sketches and slogans written all around. I normally look for light printed t-shirts in sober colours and plain borders. On the other hand, M prefers ones with graphics and interesting captions written on them. He’s finally found one, which has “NEVER DRINK AND DERIVE” with equations all over. Sis-in-law searched for some exotic ones with floral prints for summer and bright ones for fall. Paired with a classic pair of jeans, these tees are quintessential for young ones.

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