How to choose the right B-school

Monday, October 27, 2014

Till a few decades ago, management colleges in India were synonymous with IIMs, but now the situation has totally changed. Besides IIMs, several top-notch colleges have appeared on the circuit, making it even tougher to select the right one. At present, there are about more than 3000 management institutes in India. In the present scenario, the way by which a mushroom growth of MBA/PGDM schools has occurred, it has become very important to understand your needs and select the right business school. For all the MBA aspirants, preparing for CAT 2015, Dr. Anupam Narula, Marketing Faculty of FORE School of Management, highlights a few things: 

Step 1: In-depth analysis of your goal
Step 2: Accreditation
Step 3: Profile of Faculty
Step 4: Pedagogy and Curriculum
Step 5: Infrastructure
Step 6: Enticements
Step 7: Scholarships
Step 8: Placements and Alumni
Step 9: International Exposure
Step 10: Campus Life

Education is not just classroom learning but also taking responsibility, getting involved and innovating the methods of learning. These extracurricular activities help evolve one’s character to the full bloom. However, a good part of management education involves team work including a large number of team projects. It means that if other students at the institute are of high quality and caliber, then the learning process would be richer.

Now the question arises….Will the right Management Institute choose you?

Dr. Anupam Narula further adds that getting admission to B-School is not one way but a two way process. Along with you choosing the best management institute, the institute should also choose you, as each and every institute wants to have the best talents.  After slogging for months for Management Aptitude Test, don’t be disheartened if you are not able to make it to the top 10 B-schools. It would be a good choice to join a good Management Institute, which is AICTE and AIU approved and have good ROI and proves to be good on the above ten parameters. Then give it your best shot during the placement interviews because your exceptional talents and skills never go unnoticed.

After all, experience is the best educator.


How to save on Beauty Products

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Hey girls, it’s the festive time of the year again. So just get ready for all the Diwali sales and the GOSF. But wait, what apart from these sales, you get even more discounts?? I know there are a huge number of websites offering great deals, coupons etc. One such new website is Zoutons.  

Zoutons is a coupon website - a special website which provides us the details of all the existing offers, promotions, sales, discounts going on websites. So you don't need to check a variety of websites. You just need to check Zoutons before you shop and it will give you all the details.
I am just loving it. Zoutons is very user friendly interface. The user can search products by their categories  or by your favourite online store. Just take a look at these screenshots. 






There is also an option to browse and select the best deals going on various products. The coupons are highlighted in Red and Deals in Blue. The best part is you can subscribe to their daily emails and never miss a deal or a coupon.

What I love about Zoutons is that it’s very simple to browse and deals for travel, food, clothing, accessories, makeup, (Yeah! How can a Beauty Blogger stay away from buying makeup), one can easily look that in the categories section or search it with the search option at the top of the website.

Latest and popular coupons are frequently updated on home page is also a great way to know the existing offers and well they also features Top Brands and stores which makes it real easy. There is a separate page for bank offers by different banks. Well, that only means more savings.

So, this festive season, if you want to splurge on your favourite makeup brands, you know where to head to. I mean head first to Zotouns, grab the coupons and then shop shop shop..


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My Experience with Cashkaro.com

Sunday, December 29, 2013


Who does’nt love discounts on online shopping ?? Well, I before making any purchase, hunt over the internet for discount coupons for major online shopping websites like Jabong, Myntra, Flipkart. That was so till I found www.cashkaro.com. 

Here’s what they say about themselves

Cashkaro.com is India’s leading Cashback and Coupon website. Our goal is to help our members save on their regular online purchases at leading Indian and International Brands. Our cashback and coupon partners include your favourite brands like Jet Airways, Yatra, Expedia, Flipkart, Myntra and 100s more. Since you shop at these brands anyway, this is truly free money, just for visiting the retailers through cashkaro.com. Learn more about how cashback works here. You can easily save Rs 1000s each year. 

Unlike coupon sites in India, with our coupons you also earn cashback on top of the coupon savings. Furthermore, our discounts are always over and above any offers. For example, if you use a Cashback credit card, our cashback is on top of that. This makes our savings truly unique.  
We are constantly adding new e-shops to our website. Happy saving. 

Basically, instead of providing discount vouchers to shop on other websites, you just have to signup and create an account on cashkaro and click on the various offers available on Cashkaro and shop to your heart’s content. Cashkaro has one or the other major offers running everyday for all major online shopping websites. 

You only have to make sure you go to your favourite shopping website from through Cashkaro website only to avail cash back. I purchased beautiful peep toes from Jabong through cashkaro website. 

Here’s how it works:




Here’s how it works:

Cashkaro > Cick on Jabong on Cashkaro > Shop > Purchase > Get cash back after few days according to the offer. 

I was given a Rs. 500 cash back by Cashkaro to make purchase. To be on the safer side, I requested for cash back before making a purchase. And Voila! I received a cashback within 5 days.


Disclaimer: Sponsored Post but Honest Review. I purchased shoes worth Rs. 899 with a voucher of Rs. 500/- from Cashkaro.

Life in a day with Lenovo Yoga Tablet

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I wonder how I managed my life without a tablet till my dad gifted me one on my birthday (Alright! You guys know I made him gift one to me.) So, we went shopping. The moment I entered the store, my eyes fell on the Lenovo Yoga 8 B6000 tablet and all other tabs on display blurred out. I guess I would have snatched it from the display had it not been secured with the cable. Before even the salesman could take me through the features, I had made up my mind. The Lenovo Yoga 8 B6000 tablet was coming home with me. 

I reached home and synced my work and blog emails, calenders, outlook, music, GPS, e-books, calorie apps, facebook, twitter and what not. It's like i shifted my entire life from my laptop to my Lenovo Yoga 8 B6000 tablet. I was amazed with the battery life it has and the awesomely crisp display. The Hold mode, stand mode and tilt mode are just superb and make it so convenient to use the Lenovo tab. 

Here's how me and the Lenovo Yoga Tab spend life together now. (Yes! We are inseparable now)

I wake up around 7.00 am and check and respond to my emails, messages (whatsapp too, from friends overseas who were awake) with my cup of tea. I schedule my day and set reminders for work meetings, court visits). The tab also reminded me it's my Bestie's birthday today. Oh God! I almost forgot but the reminder in my tablet saved me and our friendship. Gotta buy a gift for her and surprise her in the evening. More on that later.

I get ready and prepare my breakfast. I can check how many calories I am going to consume in my meals. I got few emails again and reply to them while having breakfast, which can't be done with a laptop. There's always a fear that some foodstuff might spill on the lappy, but with Lenovo tab in stand mode, I am quite carefree that nothing will spill on my little precious. I go through my notes for the upcoming meeting and respond to emails. I head out for office and it's time for the boring 45 minutes ride in Delhi Metro. No worries, I usually plug in my earphones or read a book from my e-book collection.

Cut to office. I am late and the meeting is about to start. I forgot my desk keys at home, with my notebooks etc. locked inside. I rush to the meeting with my tab and take notes on my tablet. (Bye Bye Pen and Paper.) I think I noticed few people at the meeting ogling at my Lenovo Yoga tablet. (**Collars up**)

Meeting's over and it's time to make some preparations for my bestie's birthday. I call up the gang and we decide to surprise her later in the day at her home. Before the surprise, we need to get the cake and book a table at a fancy restaurant. Zomato comes to my rescue, for finding a bakery for cakes for checking out reviews of restaurants to decide which one to go to. Oh Wait! I forgot her gift. Too late and with a so much work at office, I can't go out to buy her favourite makeup stuff. Yes, she is a makeup lover like me. No worries. I log in to one of the popular online makeup and buy her gift card and email it to her. Phew. All done from my Lenovo tab. Since it's online shopping, I can't stop myself. I order a few things for myself.

After few more hours of work in the office and flaunting my tablet (**grins**) in meetings, I along with another friend head out in her car to the birthday girl's home in Gurgaon. Since, we both are equally good at getting lost, I decide to make full use of my Lenovo and use the GPS app to reach our destination. All thanks to the GPS app in Lenovo tab, we reach there in 50 minutes, without even having to stop once for human directions. She was so delighted that we planned so much for her Birthday, but umm....you guys know the true story. I will take the entire credit (and share a bit of it with my Tablet in shiny armour (Cover)).

After a few hours of celebrations, we come back home, again with the help of the GPS app. Phew. Saved a lot of time and fuel.

It almost 11 now. Time to hit the bed, but not before checking my emails once again. A lot of emails have flooded my email. Wait..The online shopping festival is going on. OMG. Huge discounts. I gotta do some huge online shopping now, all from my Tablet. Lots of retail therapy ahead. (Sorry Debit card and Dad :-P).

I check my tab once again to make sure it's charged. Yes. Almost 62% battery life, after a whole day of heavy duty usage. Wow. I am flattered.

In short, a tough day with lot of multi-tasking, all handled with a few swipes. I wonder if I will ever be able to manage my work, blog, shopping, multi-tasking etc. etc. without a my Lenovo Yoga tab. 



A few things which I expect in my ideal tablet:

1. Quick processing speed, multitasking, feather-touch, long battery life, all at the same time.

2. It should have a sensitive touch screen and great responsiveness.
3. A lot of apps will make me very happy.
4. It should be very light and which I can carry easily in my handbag without having to carry a seperate bag.

5. It should be light and portable, so that I could carry it easily everywhere.
6. Different modes of using for different tasks, like watching movies, taking notes, reading.

7. The last and the BEST - It should look good enough to flaunt. Yeah! I want my Tablet to make other jealous. I would love it if people come to me to ask, "Which tab is that ?"

Mission accomplished. 


















I just realized that my list of must-haves in my tab are already there in my Lenovo Yoga Tablet.

This entry is for Indiblogger's Lenovo #betterway Contest. Check out facebook.com/LenovoIndia for more.

Maybelline the Colossal Kajal 12 Hour Kajal Review

Monday, September 23, 2013
Hey Girls,

The Showstopper of today's show is Maybelline Colossal Kajal. Maybelline recently relaunched their best-selling the Colossal Kajal with a new 12 hour formula. The original colossal kajal claimed 6 hour wear. Read on to find how this one fared!

Price - Rs. 175
Qty - 0.35 grams

I had previously tried the 6 hour formula but it used to give me only 3-4 hours of wear time, after which it used to fade away. The new 12 hour formula is definitely much better then the 6 hour version. It comes in nice yellow black packaging. The packaging makes the Kajal easy to spot in my vanity box. 















Coming to usage, it does not sting my eyes even a bit and stays put on my waterline for almost 6-7 hours. I haven't tried the 12 hour claim because as soon as I am back from office, I prefer to remove all my makeup.  I use it on my upper lash line also and it stays there for 6-7 hours, even though my eyelids are a bit oily. It's the blackest black kajal I have ever used. Love this soooo much. The tip is pointed and makes it so easy to make thin lines, if you don't like heavily kohled eyes. 















The best part - It gradually fades and does not smudge. So, no more Panda/Racoon or whatever eyes we girls hate. :-P

Overall, its a great product and very well priced - it gives tough competition to all the other long staying kajals. For the quality and performance, I find it very pocket friendly. Do give it a try.

Disclaimer : Press Sample, Honest Review.
 

DID YOU TAKE YOUR PRO-GREEN OATH?

Saturday, September 14, 2013
DID YOU TAKE YOUR PRO-GREEN OATH?



Do your little bit of good where you are. It's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. - Desmond Tutu

15th of September every year is marked as the Pro-Green Day, The Nature's Co. overarching movement under which several Eco-friendly initiatives are executed. To start with, a recycling program called Eco barrel was instituted. This encouraged customers to return empty product containers in return for upto 10% discount on their next purchase minimizing The Nature’s Co.'s waste production. We also encourage customers to choose e-billing as a replacement for paper invoices in an effort to save paper. Distributing sapling and seeds and many more initiatives have been our small ways to create a bigger change. We have also tied up with several NGO's like Akanksha NGO, OASIS, Valaya Magic Foundation, Greenpeace, and many more.






Keeping the good spirit going, this year TNC does their bit by initiating the Pro Green Oath. These oaths are going to be distributed at all The Nature's Co. stores on the 15th of September . Each oath mentions a simple task as a way for the doer to do their bit for Mother Nature and humanity. These tasks will be very doable & simple things like watering a plant / tree in your vicinity or switching off all the lights and fans before you leave your room, which can be practiced in one's day to day routine. By the acceptance of this oath one will be vowing by the completion of the deed in full spirit. Once the good deed is done, the oath can be passed on to spread the cycle of good deeds and gives everyone a chance to participate.







To further boost the zeal, The Nature's Co. has arranged for hampers and gifts for the participants who create the longest Pro-Green Oath chain. Also, to create a stronger ripple effect for this social initiative, The Nature's Co. is also organising The Pro-Green Oath Contest among bloggers and the media. Customers can also avail a 15% discount on Pro-Green Merchandise which is a special range launched by The Nature's Co. consisting of the very-cute Mini Garden, Neem Pencil and the Pro-Green Band.



So let’s join hands and create a network of good deeds to help create social awareness and self awareness with a hope that it would be a permanent change in everyone's way of living. 
 



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Store Addresses:



Delhi

Shop No S-12(b), 2nd floor, Plot No. A-3, Select CITYWALK, District Centre, Saket, New Delhi - 110 017.
T: +91 11 46150600



Mumbai

Unit No. S-15, 2nd floor Block No. 34/14B, "Palladium" Phoenix Mills Compound, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai - 400 013
T: +91 22 40047447


Store LG007, Lower Ground floor, Infiniti Mall, Link Road, Malad (West), Mumbai-400064.
T: 022-42958769



Unit G-77, Ground floor, R City Mall, L. B. S. Marg, Ghatkopar (West), Mumbai-400086.
T: 022-66429804



Kolkata

Shop S-010, ground floor, South City Mall, 375, Prince Anwar Shah Road, Kolkata-700068.
T: 033-40643506



Pune

Unit No.F-38,1st Floor, Phoenix Market City, Viman Nagar, Pune – 411014.
T: +91 20 66890338



Bangalore

Unit G-08, Ground Floor, Phoenix Marketcity, Mahadevpura Post, Whitefield Road, Bangalore - 560048.
T: +91 80 67266187



Chennai
Shop No. S-012, Ground floor, Express Avenue, 50L, Whites Road, Roypettah High Road, Chennai - 600 014.
T: +91 44 28464009

The Nature's Co.: Raksha Bandhan treats for your sister!

Thursday, August 15, 2013
With the commencement of Raksha bandhan, festivities kick-start in India and undoubtedly gifting plays a vital role in every celebration. Rakhi Gifting is a very significant ritual which is celebrated with pomp and fervor.

Raksha Bandhan is considered to be the perfect occasion to show your love and respect to your sisters and the perfect reason to celebrate the everlasting bond of brother-sister relationship. To strengthen this love between siblings, The Nature's Co. provides you with an option of “Make your own Hamper”, by handpicking each product of her choice which spells out sweet memories from your time spent with your sisters.

To make this Raksha Bandhan memory everlasting & special, also get a trendy and exquisite piece from Just Jewellery - designer costume jewellery that will being a smile on their faces.
Now, go spoil her with a whole lot of natural and indulging surprises, and make her the owner of a classy piece of jewellery on this auspicious day. Drop in at The Nature's Co. Store from the the 17th to the 23rd of August, or order online on www.thenaturesco.com and splurge for your sisters.

Offer Details:
Below are the special gifting options this Raksha Bandhan brought to by The Nature's Co.

1) Predefined Kit : The delicious treat for your sisters!

Mini Teddy Hamper (with Yummy Chocolate Soap, Creamy Vanilla Soap & Chocolate Mint Lip Balm) + 15 % GV from Just Jewellery :
MRP: 695/-

2) Make your Own Hamper:

1.Decorative Wooden Tray :

Buy Products worth Rs. 1495/- and above- get (Just Jewellery Bangle + 30% Discount GV + Decorative Tray FREE)

2.Red Potli

Buy Products Worth of Rs. 1495/- and above -get (Just Jewellery Hair Accessory + 30% Discount GV + Red Potli FREE)

Store Addresses:

Delhi
Shop No S-12(b), 2nd floor, Plot No. A-3, Select CITYWALK, District Centre, Saket, New Delhi - 110 017.
T: +91 11 46150600

Mumbai

Unit No. S-15, 2nd floor Block No. 34/14B, "Palladium" Phoenix Mills Compound, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai - 400 013
T: +91 22 40047447


Store LG007, Lower Ground floor, Infiniti Mall, Link Road, Malad (West), Mumbai-400064.
T: 022-42958769

Unit G-77, Ground floor, R City Mall, L. B. S. Marg, Ghatkopar (West), Mumbai-400086.
T: 022-66429804

Kolkata
Shop S-010, ground floor, South City Mall, 375, Prince Anwar Shah Road, Kolkata-700068.
T: 033-40643506

Pune
Unit No.F-38,1st Floor, Phoenix Market City, Viman Nagar, Pune – 411014.
T: +91 20 66890338

Bangalore
Unit G-08, Ground Floor, Phoenix Marketcity, Mahadevpura Post, Whitefield Road, Bangalore - 560048.
T: +91 80 67266187

Chennai
Shop No. S-012, Ground floor, Express Avenue, 50L, Whites Road, Roypettah High Road, Chennai - 600 014.
T: +91 44 28464009

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Mia by Tanishq Blogger Contest - My Contest Entry

Tuesday, August 13, 2013



The Woman who is MIA happens to be my friend, my teacher, my soulmate, my guide, my partner-in-crime and everything. Words always fall short when it comes to describing her but she never fails to inspire me. She is no one other then my Mother.  Born and brought up in Calcutta, she chose to quit her work and instead INVEST herself in bringing up her children to make sure they become not only well-educated but good human beings. My Mother, the Perfectionist that she is, she loves to keep her house spotless, prepare mouth-watering dishes like no one else can, teach her kids. She LOVES what she Does. She is the one who taught us to be a better person, to never a judge a person from his/her education, profession and their appearances.  If one day God grants me a wish, I would ask to be the same mother to my kids as her.  Sometimes, I wonder if I can be half as good as her. The Perfect homemaker and the best Mother.


But wait, I am not finished yet.

Year 2009 was the turning point in her life, err..I mean Our Lives. Destiny had something very unpleasant in store for us. She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer which meant disfiguring surgery, extensive chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Instead of going into “how-can-cancer-happen-to-me”, she started ensuring that everything was in order, cooking and storing tonnes of food in the freezer, because she knows we don’t like anyone else’s cooking and so on, so that we, the ‘shell-shocked’ (my Dad, me and my brother) did not face any inconvenience during her treatment, when her movement may be restricted due to surgery and other treatments. Like they Say, ‘A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water."  That’s my mother. Beautiful, Gorgeous and so Courageous. 

My Parents at the time of their wedding.


 The surgery, chemotherapy and the radiation never baffled her and thankfully the hard times are over. (Touchwood). Writing this itself overwhelmed me. But all’s well that ends well. By God’s grace, she fought every bit of it and is fine now.

That’s how women are. They love everything they do and they do it perfectly. For me she is still the Perfect homemaker and the bestest Mother. 
My Mom with her brand new hair after the Chemo. The extra smile was for the Photographer (i.e. Yours Truly)


This is my entry for the Tanishq’s Mia and Ripple “As Beautiful As Your Work” contest