Magical Allure of The “Taj Mahal”

If one has a heart that beats and that beat throbs to seek, the purity of love in galore!

The world changes India as ‘Incredible India’ and holds at high esteem for its holy, pure and aesthetic culture.Talking about Taj Mahal, a perfect epitome of place with majestic architectural monuments, an amalgamation of  sparkling tombs and mausoleums constructed during the era of Mughal Empire and located on banks of river Yamuna.

The Taj is one of the seven wonders of the world and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

How can I describe The Taj Mahal? You can’t its impossible.You just have to experience it.

I visited the Taj Mahal so many times along with friends and family. Let me share my first visit experience with you.

There were security checks at the entrance and already a long queue of tourists by the time we got there. However, once we got past the gates, it was like being transported into a different era. We were surrounded by lush green gardens and magnificent Mughal architecture. Even the air seemed majestic. We quickly made our way through the east gate, and lo and behold, the Taj was there in all its glory and splendour.

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It was simply breath-taking and the structure looked divine with its white marble gleaming against the clear blue sky. It literally took our breath away and each one of us was engulfed in our own thoughts for a while. Slowly, as if waking up from a slumber, we began the touristy ritual of taking photographs from all angles.12795339_468852453306367_6453025408356850492_n.jpg

Moving ahead, we found ourselves at the end of yet another queue. People were lined up to get their photos taken on the famous Princess Diana bench. Even though it was next to impossible to have your picture taken without anyone else in the background, we persisted but to no avail.

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After visiting the Taj Mahal, we moved on to the mosque adjacent to it, which is open only for Friday prayers. This mosque is made of red sandstone and has a similar design to the Jama Masjid in Delhi. Interestingly, another building – a replica of the mosque – was constructed on the east side just to balance the overall symmetry of the architecture. This building houses a guest house and is called the Jawab, meaning ‘response’ since its purpose is to harmonize the scenery.

The grace of perfection of proportions and grandeur of geometrical patterns of well-appointed gardens enhancing the poise of the whole complex together add magnificence to the delicacy of this romance of love, dedication, and purity, ‘The Taj’!

 

Fly High in the Sky

Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.

Going through all those security checks, getting the boarding pass, bagging the window seat, the impatience while waiting right from boarding the flight to takeoff and landing, the awesome view of flying through the clouds

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Inside the airport 

Firstly the plane went on the runway until the opposite end and all the while I was feeling as if I am sitting in a bus. But finally, it took an about-turn and the speed increased exponentially. Within a few seconds, we were high, up in the sky. The view was breath-taking. The roads seemed like bright lighted lines, the houses and cars seemed like toys. The actual city looked like a toy model of a city. My ears were humming initially when the plane increased the height, but later on, everything was fine.

 

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Delhi View from Airplane

Of course, I was excited to experience it; to fly above the cloud is as amazing as it is. When I saw cloud from above it seemed like Antarctica, truly amazing! I felt like walking on it while I knew I can’t.

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  • After seeing this view I have an urge to look at the Earth from the space I hope I get a chance one day!
  • The feeling of “ME” vanishes and the “EGO” dissolves. From 33000 feet we are not even equivalent to a speck of dust. So even at this great height I was grounded to the Earth
  • It felt flying like a bird in the sky. I want to try sky-diving now!

 

Almost being high! Fell in love with that feeling right away!

Vagator Beach-An Aesthetic Sunset View

Vagator Beach is the northernmost beach of Bardez Taluka, Goa. It is located on the opposite bank of the Chapora River from Morjim in Pernem. Vagator is located approximately a one hour drive from the Dabolim Airport. The nearest railway station is at Thivim. Vagator is at a distance of 9 km from Mapusa, and 22 km far from the state capital Panaji. There are frequent buses to Panaji and Mapusa from Vagator.

Vagator Beach is split into two main beaches by a seaside headland which holds the car parking and lots of stalls selling trinkets, clothes, soft drinks and snacks. As you face the sea, on your right is North Vagator Beach (Big Vagator) and on your left Ozran Beach, more commonly known as Little Vagator Beach.  The secluded and incredibly beautiful beach is the “Little Vagator” and is a short walk away from Big Vagator.

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 Greeny View of Big Vagator Beach 

At Little Vagator, down a steep path, is the stone sculpture of Shiva (an artwork of anonymous sculptor from the hippie era.)

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Night View: Shiv Rock

A steep path leads down to the sands where is located the sculpted face of Shiva on a rock. Locals believe that the Shiva’s face was sculpted by a dedicated devotee of Lord Shiva who was incidentally a foreign tourist. This particular hippie wanted to build a small temple to Lord Shiva, but local egoistic hindrances did not encourage this tourist and hence during his long stay over a couple of trips thus happened the wonderful work of art bang on the sea rock. The sculpted Shiva face is not visible and goes hidden under the waves during high tides.

 

What’s best for your startup?IOS or Android App.

Launching and running your own company/business is not just tough but also complex at the same time. Many of the first time business owners end up questioning their own decision to take the entrepreneurial leap of faith. It is suggested that successful functioning of a startup business is quite similar to riding a roller coaster, which is bumpy with many highs and lows. The ability to impress the audiences to bag business stands at the core of every startup.

Nowadays, the modern-day consumer is always connected. Thanks to the growing use of mobile devices, constant access to information and instant gratification have assumed importance. Nearly a decade back, the online shopping activity was only limited to few hours but the pervasive connectivity has pushed consumers to make online purchases anytime, anywhere. So, the point that I am trying to make is consumers prefer to associate with those businesses that enjoy an active online presence.

Since businesses want to stand out amidst tough competition and aim to offer only the ‘best’, most of them focus upon developing apps that are built to deliver efficient shopping experience. Reports suggest that retailers prefer to opt for Android apps as compared to iOS as it sees a higher number of app downloads and users.

Now, the big question which deserves attention – Is it possible for a startup to launch its business using an Android App? Yes, it is achievable. Since most startups function on a shoe-string budget, affordability assumes great relevance for them.

Market experts are of the belief that Android dominance is growing at a quick pace due to its affordability

  • Customisation

Android stands out as it allows businesses to decide their own level of customisation (live wallpapers, alternative keyboards, custom ROM installs etc) as compared to Apple that maintains control of default apps with the aim to offer a homogenous software and hardware experience.

As consumers want flexibility, it has become key for businesses to offer what the audiences want.

  • Widgets

Android Widgets stand high on efficiency in comparison to the static rows of icons available in iOS.

A recent study reveals that consumers want the ability to see all relevant information at a glance on the home screen, which can only be offered in an Android app.

  • Multi-tasking

The level of multi-tasking offered by Android devices is incomparable to the iOS. While Apple devices allow switching apps back and forth, it has been observed that Samsung is way more efficient when it comes to viewing different apps at once such as the multi-window navigation.

  • Google Integration

There’s no hiding the fact that Android devices enjoy seamless integration with the Google services – Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Maps, Google+, Google Chrome as compared to Apple and iOS.

The Android world is moving at a fast pace. Yes, it has witnessed encountered multiple loopholes – bugs, slow development, lag, poor user interface, the absence of apps. However, its weaknesses were successfully dealt and currently, it enjoys an edge over iOS. The best thing about Android is the innovation– it adopted the NFC first, retina scanners, fingerprint readers, mobile payments.

So, according to me, a startup should prefer Android over iOS. The possibilities are endless with Android.

How genuine are the reviews on Amazon and Flipkart?

I strongly believe that the popularity of the Commerce platforms is responsible for driving the online sales. And one of the reasons for this rising popularity is the growing availability of online reviews and feedback posted by the existing customers, which help the prospective clients to take informed decisions. From the service provider’s perspective, online reviews are great and serve multiple purposes as it is quick, instantaneous in nature and can be quickly accessed apart from boosting revenue level.

It is understandable that clients want to opt for services that offer the highest ratings. In fact, research proves that customers spend a considerable amount of time to read online reviews before they opt for making the purchasing decision because they want to ensure that they have selected the right platform. I have personally come across that customers usually look for large feedback platforms and client-centric websites, which provide objective, true or authentic opinions.

Despite the growing preference for online customer reviews, many times reviews are manipulated or false ratings are given for varied reasons such as defaming businesses, boost sales, lure clientele and more. Hence, authentic reviews are necessary for customers and businesses both.I feel that approximately 40% of the reviews are genuine and rest 60% are manipulated for varied reasons such as to defame businesses/brands, boost sales, lure clientele, etc.

https://www.quora.com/How-genuine-are-the-reviews-on-Amazon-and-Flipkart/answer/Navdeep-Ghotra

What are Shopify.com’s biggest weaknesses?

No eCommerce solution is likely to be perfect, Shopify has been able to build user trust in the shortest possible time. Despite being a recognised name in the eCommerce domain, few flaws are making businesses not to opt for this platform.

There is no denying that Shopify has been helping businesses achieve their targets, one of the key problems is the limited focus as an eCommerce solution provider. Another issue businesses witness with Shopify is the complicated programming language it uses.

Few of the disadvantages of Shopify are as follows –

  • Intricate technical initial setup

The initial setup process for an online store requires users to have good technical understanding mainly when it is about getting your domain name correctly redirected.

  • Rising costs

Similar to most hosted eCommerce platforms, Shopify is costly as compared to the self-hosted stores that can run and function all by themselves. If you have a small shop and enjoy technical know-how, Shopify is not suitable for you.

  • Rigid migration

One of the biggest issue with Shopify is the rigid migration rule it follows. Once you have started using Shopify and keen to migrate to some other platform at a later stage, you will be needed to proceed through a tough and time-consuming migration process.

  • Less customisation scope

Since Shopify leverages a unique setup while customising the themes, which makes them different from the stores designed using PHP. It Hence, Shopify is not the best option for those users who are eyeing for customised features.

How are all eCommerce sites running despite providing almost same service to a customer like Jabong, Myntra, Yebhi etc?

On an everyday basis, the consumer’s experience with an online marketplace is increasingly becoming more social, mobile and visual in its approach, which to an extent is helping the eCommerce players to improve the process and make necessary implementations that help an online business to grow and preferred by consumers.

According to me, the success of an eCommerce platform is dependent on multiple factors – products and services offered, ease to navigate website, optimisation of the online store in accordance to SEO, use of social media marketing, etc. This is also one of the major reasons why companies planning to launch their online store should engage with a website development firm that is aware of the latest trends in the world of web.

Features are incorporated in an eCommerce platform based on the feedback received from the consumers. Understanding your clients will surely help an online platform sell more. The more a business is able to know about the preferences of the customers and their requirements, it becomes easier to find relevant opportunities to sell them new products and ensure better targeting.

I would say that profiling is capable of helping clients to tap new customers. It helps identify similar prospective clients and sell them. In a way, it will also bring improvement in client servicing, enjoy better access to information, customise product offering and provide tailored treatment.

What are the essential things in creating a website?

In the last few years, technology has undergone considerable transformation and advanced significantly. The Internet is powerful. The interactive ability of the Internet has propelled its usage across the globe and the end result is an unparalleled growth rate that continues to bolster further. Social media has assumed relevance and Google have become important than ever. Until a few years back, website creation was something that only techies were capable of doing. This old school stereotype has changed and now the non-IT geeks are easily building their own website.

For many, building a web platform may seem like a tough task, especially when you do not have any past website designing experience. The question that arises now: Is building a site easy? If you have a business and haven’t developed your website yet, there are chances that you may fall behind your competitors. Believe it or not, website building in the past was challenging but now it is achievable without any prior experience.

Our step-wise guide will help you build your website with limited knowledge and understanding.

Step 1: Hosting your website

Web hosting is like paying a rent for your web platform that encompasses – pages, images, documents, etc. A web server is used for web hosting. It is possible to build a completely functional website on a personal computer, but if you want to make it visible to others, web hosting is of utmost importance.

Step 2: Domain name registration

A domain name is the URL consumers/audiences type into their web browser to reach to your website. A good domain name offers significant branding opportunities and ensures that people remember your brand. Usually, the price of domain names vary between $8-35 and it can be successfully registered online. Many users prefer to choose a service provider that offers domain name registration and web hosting services both.

Step 3: Plan your website

Website planning is important. Hence the owner needs to opt for certain crucial decisions such as –

• Type of site needed

• Navigation design

• Content

Step 4: Designing and developing Your Website

This is considered as an integral part of the website development. At this stage, the website owner should understand the below-mentioned pointers for attaining the desired results –

• Using elements of good and effective design on website

• The building blocks of a web page is HyperText Markup Language (HTML). We suggest learning the basics of HTML for enhanced control and flexibility.

• Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) decide the look of web pages. Learning CSS will ensure that you are able to alter the visual appearance of a website in accordance with the requirement.

• Simple text editors like Notepad for writing CSS or Adobe Dreamweaver software can be used for bagging assistance with page creation. Content Management System (CMS) is also used to build a website.

Step 5: Publishing your website

The proprietary tools that come with the hosting service or with a standard FTP (File Transfer Protocol) software can be used for the proper implementation of this step. Most often, Standard FTP is supported by hosting service providers.

You can get in touch with the hosting provider if you are not aware of what your hosting service provider supports.

Step 6: Promoting Your Website

Search engine optimization (SEO) is most commonly used for website promotion. It allows your website to be easily found by audiences who want information related to services, product offerings that your website provides.

Every site owner aims to develop a platform that follows the search engine best practices.

Many prefer to use social media, conventional forms of advertising, word of mouth marketing and email marketing for creating buzz about their brand/website.

Step 7: Website maintenance

In order to ensure the functionality of your website, maintenance is integral. This is one of the reasons why the site should be properly tested while developing it and before making it live so that the audiences are offered only a completely functional website. Regular testing helps to improve the performance and ensures proper functioning across devices, browsers.

How do I file a complaint in consumer court against an online business portal?

It has been observed that filing a complaint in the consumer court isn’t just tough but also time-consuming for the people. Most of the consumers do not have sufficient time to pay the fee before the District Forum or State Commission or get involved in a legal hassle. Understanding that consumers are becoming increasingly unhappy with the way online e-commerce portal function, the Maharashtra government unveiled an online consumer court early this year

This online e-commerce portal is operational round-the-clock and allows the consumers, lawyers and activists to file cases from anywhere, anytime. The dedicated portal ‘www.consumerconnect.co.in’ shares updates through SMSs & emails and constantly track it 24/7. For the first time ever, citizens are allowed to approach the courts quickly. Since everything is implemented online, this initiative reduces paperwork and list all the key documents needed to register the complaint.

After necessary details and fees are sent by the petitioner, a lodging number is generated. The consumer is notified necessary details – case number, date of hearing and objections – via email and SMS. Since payment of court fees online is allowed, it is high on convenience. This service will also allow complainants to pay court fees online, enhancing its convenience.

In the past, it was seen that consumers did not prefer to register formal complaints due to multiple reasons – inconvenience of filing a case, visiting the district court. However, the presence of online portal will propel buyers to lodge complaints against etailers and eventually lower the unethical practices.

Apart from filing your complaint online at consumerconnect.co.in, there are other possible ways to get your complaints heard.

• Get in touch with the e-commerce player’s customer care service over phone/e-mail – In most cases, contacting the e-commerce portal’s customer care service offers desired results if the complaint is supported by relevant documents. You can directly speak to the customer support team or write a mail to get the problem resolved.

• Share your complaint on retailer’s social media page – When looking for a quick resolution to your problem, post your complaint concerned to the brand on their social media pages – twitter, FB, even LinkedIn.

https://www.quora.com/How-do-I-file-a-complaint-in-consumer-court-against-an-online-business-portal/answer/Navdeep-Ghotra

Is ShopClues the worst e-commerce site?

Shopclues was low on profile with respect to the current top online shopping sites in India until they started to offer jaw-dropping deals on products with an eye-catching price tag. Now what lies behind their whooping heavy discounts is their worst customer services, worst after sales service, replacement/refund claims, poor quality products, the poor delivery which sometimes even lead to fraudulent business. I have been a victim of their poor services, replacement policy, poor quality product/duplicate items and poor delivery. This point has led me to investigate whether if I am the only one who experienced their poor services or if they actually are poor at delivering a better experience to the customers and this is what I collected so far from the customers of ShopClues:

Worst Delivery – Wait Wait until you get pissed off

The First thing you observe about this company is their poor delivery period. They make you wait and keep waiting for the product. Customers keep calling the customer care number and their support email which again is non-responsive and productive in nature. The long wait later usually result in the refund of the money you paid (excluding any taxes) which again isn’t instant. You are made to wait some more days for the refund money to get credited to your source bank.

Duplicate Product – Poor Quality products

The product they ships sometimes turns out to be fake/inferior quality/replica of original / damaged / missing accessories/ seal opened state.

Amazed? Still, lot to think about their refund policy and replacement policy

Yes, they do mention that they refund the amount under certain conditions, but even if the conditions is met they fail to refund the money which you paid. You will go nuts contacting them and wait for a response from the team. No actions, no refunds would take place any sooner. Many are victims of this lame act by shopclues and hence we request all the online shoppers to refrain from visiting ShopClues if you do not wish to be get cheated by them.

Conclusion:

ShopClues is like a lucky draw, if you are lucky you get the right product with right delivery and if not you get the worst experience. The happy customers of them are those who are attracted towards the cheap pricing who ignores the late delivery and other services for the fact that they are getting it cheaper from other sites. Now, for those who are serious online shoppers and wish to get the right product at right time with product guarantee and better service, ShopClues is a complete “NO”.