Thursday 31 October 2013 Prize- A Sweet Treat Tweet Story!

I love Twitter & Twitter Contests! But, though I take part in many contests like crazy, my wins are few and far between...

Last month, had a Twitter contest.

The CONTEST JUNKIE in me couldn't miss it!

I went to the Airport on a HOT day and spotted the COOL sign-board there and hopefully uploaded the pics for the 'Spot At The Airport' Contest!

The prize was an IPAD Mini!

And guess what? I won it thanks to !

When the announcement was made on Twitter, I was travelling in a Bus, taking my Kid to a Video-Conference, scheduled to be held at the other end of the city. As she had qualified for a Literary Scholarship, my kid was to be interviewed by an esteemed panel that included Ruskin Bond and the Brand-Ambassador of - Chetan Bhagat! I couldn't help but notice this!

When I was declared a winner of this contest, I got many congratulatory messages through tweets!
A BIG Thanks to all you lovely folks!

I was smiling a lot and wanted to jump in joy, but didn't as I was travelling in the bus!

You can read how I won my first IPAD and what happened after I was declared a winner of the contest in my Post- SHAADI TO THE RESCUE

My kid started constantly asking me, "Mamma, When will you get the IPAD?"
She's the happiest and most eager as she loves gadgets!
My kid wanted to play games! :)

All the people who knew of my win, also enquired, "When will you get?"

There are many people who never believe that such contests are for real!
They ask me, with surprise written all over their face, "You mean Brands actually send the prizes?"

Along with me, Aniruddha Pathak (@DanceEatRepeat), who needs no introduction to the Twitter Contest-World, was a winner of the same contest too!

Team Shaadi.Com was constantly in touch with us giving updates about the prize! As I was in my home-town in Odisha for Durga Puja celebration, I had shared my Odisha address for prize-dispatch.

We were happy and waiting eagerly hoping to get our IPAD soon! We were to send pics of it when we received!

Team Shaadi.Com heeded to my request and shared the Courier tracking details too!

Unfortunately, Cyclone Phailin struck Odisha and the said flight, that was carrying my precious prize, was cancelled...

But, even Aniruddha had not got his prize though there were no Cyclones in Mumbai!

Dear God, Please save all our cities from cyclones...

Eventually he received it a couple of days before I received mine!

When I received my IPAD, I acknowledged it to Team Shaadi.Com!

Team Shaadi.Com wants me to send the pics!

Am sharing them right here, right now!

Here are the pics!

Thanks a lot,

A great Diwali gift indeed! :)

1. I am sharing this to honour request for pics.

2. I added extra info to preserve this great experience in my Blog as I do not want these tweets to get lost in my Twitter TL!

3. This is not an advertisement or bragging about my win!

4. My IPAD is special as it's my first Apple product win, that too after YEARS of trying sincerely to win in contests, putting in loads of hard-work and spending time and resources, and yet not giving up hope!

5. All you non-believers, do note that some trusted Brands actually send the prizes!!!

6. All you believers, keep the hope and faith and keep trying sincerely!

Best wishes to you and may we all WIN BIG prizes like IPAD! Cheers! ]

Tuesday 29 October 2013


Simi was crying as her doll was broken. 

Simi’s Grandma came and consoled her, 

“Don’t cry, dear! This too shall pass! When I was a little girl and I was crying over my broken doll, my Grandma had told me this story…

Let me share the story with you- 

Long ago there was a King who set a tough task to be accomplished. The King had made announcements that he wanted someone or something that can ‘make a crying person laugh and a laughing person cry’. Many people tried to get such a thing that would serve the purpose, but failed in their attempt to please the King. But, one man took the help of his smart wife. She wrote just a tiny sentence on a piece of paper and asked her husband to hand over the same to the King. The man kept the chit inside a box and reached the King's chamber. The moment the King opened the box and saw the chit, he realized the significance and power of these four words in the small sentence...

The King, who was very happy till then, suddenly became very grave and pensive after reading the wise words that were written there-
This too shall pass!’. 
The King immediately understood the deep meaning. He knew his good times as a King won’t last long… Indeed, if a person is happy, he’ll be upset after realizing that happiness will pass away as it’s just a guest for a while! While if someone is sad, he will be happy that better times will come. After all,  tough times don’t last, but tough people do!"

Simi's Grandma ended the story.
"So, did you see? Nothing lasts forever, dear! Why worry or cry over a broken doll?” , she asked Simi.

Simi's Grandma had given Simi a lesson- a valuable gift for life. 
Simi adopted her Grandma’s Mantra seriously and lived her life wisely. It guided her wonderfully through the ups and downs and the smiles and frowns that life subjects all of us to…

When close people like her parents and husband passed away, she maintained her composure. Simi knew- ‘Time is the greatest healer’ and all will be well soon.

Many years later, Simi was a grand old lady. 

One fine day, Simi’s grand-daughter, Mini was playing with her doll, when it broke…Mini started howling!

“Don’t cry, dear! This too shall pass!... When I was a little girl and I was crying over my broken doll, my Grandma had told me this story… Let me share the story with you…” 

It was now Simi’s turn to share and "pass" on her Grandma’s Mantra!
This too shall pass!

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. 

Write Over the Weekend theme for this week

"This time our entry had to have one sentence that is repeated at least thrice in our post."


Proud that this Post won the WOW badge from BlogAdda along with other winning Posts HERE!

Monday 28 October 2013

My Wishlist At CashKaro!

If I have Rs 10,000 that I get to spend using, I’ll happily shop & save & celebrate!

More so now as I’ll get to save money too & win prizes this Diwali!


 Very easy to begin shopping & saving!

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1.   Car-Stereo for my Papa- My Papa’s present Car-Stereo’s CD system is not-functioning. He can no longer play all his nice song CDs collection. Long drives are no longer happy without music for company. Toshiba brand m-600 Car-Stereo will be a great gift for my Papa this Diwali! 

a.     Merchant: Tradus
b.     Original Price: Rs 4345
c.     Offer Price: Rs 1735
d.     Cashback: 9% = Rs 156.15

2.  Marvel in Marble-22K-Gold Embossed Aarti Thali jewelled with Meenakari and Kundan work- This masterpiece will be a great gift for my Mom-In-Law who loves to pray for all of us…She will be happy to use it for the Diwali Lakshmi Pooja.

a.     Merchant: Homeshop18
b.     Original Price: Rs 2420
c.     Offer Price: Rs 1865
d.     Cashback: 6% = Rs 111.9

    3. Movie-Subscription for my Family! We all love movies and this is a great Offer: Rs 50 FREE Cashback when I take Re 1 trial!

a.     Merchant: BigFlix
b.     Original Price: Rs 50
c.     Offer Price: Rs 1
d.     Cashback: Rs 50

4.  Vintage Plaid Shirt- a Casual Shirt for my Husband! He has many formal shirts, but comparatively lesser number of casual ones! This Long Sleeve - Soft Combed 100% Cotton should add to his collection! It will suit his personality and complexion!

a.     Merchant: Freecultr
b.     Original Price: Rs 1,499
c.     Offer Price: Rs 750
d.     Additional Cashback from CashKaro: Rs 260
e.     Cashback on Shopping Online: 5 % = Rs 75
f.     Total Cashback: Rs 260 + Rs 75 = Rs 335

5.  A Bicycle for my Kid- Avon Gypsy Bicycle – A Bicycle will make my kid get some much-needed-exercise and should be great for the evening-rides. It will make her physically fit as she will spend less time as a couch-potato watching cartoons on Television! Bicycle will be excellent for her health!
a.     Merchant: Snapdeal
b.     Original Price: Rs 4700
c.     Offer Price: Rs 4420
d.     Cashback: 9% = Rs 397.8

6. Dominos Pizza Party for my Friends and Neighbours – Lots of Pizza, Garlic Bread, Choco Lava Cake and more! Everyone loves parties and we all will have a great time for sure! This is 'Rishton Ka Time'- Time for Relationships! Dominos is expert for that!

a.     Merchant: Dominos
b.     Original Price: Rs 1200
c.     Cashback: Rs 45

7.  With all the Cashback Savings thanks to, Total Amount= Rs 1095.85, I’ll buy Rail-Tickets to travel home for Diwali! Celebrations are best enjoyed with loved ones! 

a.   Merchant: Yatra

Some lose change that will be saved at the end will be invested in chocolates & confectionery that I’ll buy from the neigbourhood shop and distribute amongst my neighbours and known people like watchman, maid, newspaper-boy etc! I’ll spread the sweetness in this celebration time thanks to !!!

Spending Rs 10,000 at is a smart idea! Apart from a wide range of products available at competitive costs, along with the comfort and convenience to shop from home, the additional incentive is that I get a chance to Win prizes worth 1 Lakh when I shop via Cashkaro now! With the amazing Diwali offer, the more I shop via Cashkaro within the Promotion Dates, the more I can win! Also, each time I shop with their sponsors, I get a chance to win Gift Vouchers! 

If you were given Rs.10,000 how would you spend it? How much would you save via and what will you do with that money saved?

This is a Post for The Blog Karo & Win Karo Contest of
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