Interview with a blogger – Romila Chitturi

Interviewing someone is not an easy task. But I dared to do that on my blog and this is my first interview post on my blog.

I’m interviewing Romila Chitturi on my blog. I’m glad that she agreed for being interviewed and get featured on my blog. She is an experienced blogger, avid reader, eBook author and a charming personality. She is always ready to help and you cannot ignore her witty tweets and sense of humor. I’m glad to be connected with her through social media.

Without doing much of delay let’s hear it from Romila!!

1. Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Thank you Shamik for having me on your blog. I am honored and happy.

I am Romila, I blog at Novemberschild.com and can be connected on Twitter @romspeaks. I am a voracious reader, e-books author, devoted coffee-drinker, avid thinker and a fashion lover. I am passionate about music, literature and food. I love travelling. I have been often called as an extremely friendly, helpful and a happy person. My new and third book is a collection of short stories which is out for sale. I have not attempted really big stories. It has been released on Amazon on 25th September 2017. It is titled – Between the pages and other short stories.

2. What is your source of ideas or inspiration for your books and is there any particular process that you follow for your writing?

I believe in planning but all my three books have been just out a plan. I have not followed any process but as I have intentions of writing a full length novel, I am actually now going to follow a complete process right from a central idea, to a mind map, organizing it and planning the chapters in a proper way.  For ideas for my books – the world around me served as inspiration.  My first eBook had me sharing my thoughts on random topics such as antagonists in literature, to blogging, about opportunity doors, greenery to Ghazals. The next eBook had 26 micro poems based on themes very near to me and my new book has stories, where you can learn the strength of emotions between the pages of mixed feelings.

3. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?

As a kid reading was my hobby along with coloring and solving puzzles. As I grew up, I picked up writing alongside reading and it was the most different thing I ever did as a teenager which helped me to become the kind of writer/blogger I am today. My reading and writing side was perfectly in order. As an adult with many easy resources to improve my work has been really helpful.

4. What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (Child, teenager, young adult)?

I have written about my childhood memories, teenage experiences and more on my adulthood. I am in my mid 30’s but I don’t think I will ever write about crisis of this age or that of being in 40’s. I find that concept totally irrelevant.

5. If you could spend time as a character from your book who would it be and why?

I like all the stories from my book but if I had to pick one it has to be ‘The stranger’. The story and the character in it is just me. I have a special liking towards Urdu language and given a chance I would enroll myself to learn this language in the university. The character of this story is truly personal to me.

6. What is the biggest surprise that you have ever experienced after becoming a writer or while creating this book?

I will not call it as a surprise but yes I was happy when I received more than 30 positive reviews on my poetry book from readers, bloggers and non-bloggers who took out time to read my work. I have been accepted as a writer (offline) and a blogger (online) and I was expecting to be accepted as an author and it happened. I thank all my readers, fans and admirers. I am nothing without all of you.

7. What has been the toughest criticism and best compliment given to you as an author?

My toughest literary criticism has been that I received hate messages from few bloggers and people who called themselves as my friends.  It was sheer jealousy and irrelevant to my work. These messages made me realize that there are people around me who don’t like me and I am on the right direction.  As I mentioned earlier I received more than 30 positive and best compliments/feedback as an author from my readers, one of them has been you, who has been too good in giving review of my eBook. I wish I could mention all those good words.

8. Tell us little bit about your latest book “Between The Pages & Other Short Stories” and why is it a must read?

My new book is a collection of short stories. They are not really very big ones. The stories are fictional but somewhere down they are related to real people which I tweaked to a story format. If you love reading and if you like me as an author you should read my book and I bet it will not bore you.

9. What is the next that your readers can expect from you – a poetry book, a short story book or a novel?

I have many ideas buzzing in my mind and few scribbled on paper. I do want to experiment with the 200 pages novel idea. I am concentrating on the current short stories book’s promotion and once this gets going, I will surely work on the next.

10. Would you like to share some words of wisdom or tips for the aspiring bloggers and writers?

There is nothing more confusing than being all over the place with your writing. Find one theme you’re passionate about and stick to it.  Niche is important whether you are a blogger or a writer. Poor writing skills are a major disadvantage. Make sure to produce quality writing and avoid grammar/spelling errors.  You need to work on building a strong and sustainable personal brand in order to increase your visibility online. Let’s face it; you won’t become an A-list blogger/writer overnight. It took me more than 10 years to be on this spot where I am right now and not one but many of my posts were not liked/accepted by readers. Please don’t be discouraged when your blog posts do not receive the attention you think they deserve. Be persevering and consistent and acknowledge slow progress in order to keep the flame alive.

Thank you Romila for the interview and giving us your time. It was great to know more about you and am sure our readers have also enjoyed this connect.

You can connect with Romila through her blog Novemberschild.com and Tweeter @romspeaks.

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Book Review: Between The Pages and Other Short Stories

Book Title: Between The Pages and Other Short Stories

Author: Romila C (www.novemberschild.com)

Theme: Short Stories

Format: eBook

I’m reviewing Between The Pages and Other Short Stories by Romila Chitturi in this post. This is my second book review post on my blog and also of the book by the same author as my first book review post. You can read my first review on her second eBook The Three Flowers: My Blooming Verses here.

I was aware about the fact that Romila is working on her third eBook and it will be out soon. I visited her blog Novemberschild and came to know about the release of the eBook and is available on Amazon. Without making any further delay I downloaded the Kindle version – thanks to my Kindle Unlimited Membership.

Between The Pages and Other Short Stories is an eBook with the collection of 10 short stories that you can finish off in no time. I like reading short stories hence picked up this book. The author has chosen and very carefully hand-picked the stories for this book. Her command over the language is clearly evident in the book. The way of story-telling is nice in the book, which will glued you to the book till the end of each story. While reading the book I could visualize the characters of some of the stories. My personal favorites are Her Touch, The Stranger, Story of My Breakup and Suzanne Villa.

If you like reading short stories and thinking which one to pick, I would suggest this one for sure. She also has included testimonials of her first two eBooks – My Writing Workshop: To share, connect, create and inspire and The Three Flowers: My Blooming Verses. Those would also be nice reads as you can get the feel of what her readers had to say about her books.

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The Unexpected Situation

Young and energetic Anu is very happy to attend her cousin sister Priya’s marriage. She is very enthusiastic and having fun in the function. But she is not aware that the wedding would change her life completely.

The groom has arrived at the wedding venue with all the required arrangements. The arrangements from the bride’s side are also in full swing and all are highly engaged with the environment. As the time for the Muhurat arrived the priest told the bride’s parents to bring her. Bride’s mother discovered that the bride is missing from her room leaving a letter stating she had to choose this path as she can’t marry someone else apart from the love of her life.

The situation and the environment of the house changed within a moment. All the elders – from both bride’s and groom’s side – sat together to discuss as to what could be done to dodge the embarrassment and humiliation both the families would face if the marriage does not happen.

Anu’s mother took her to a room and spilled the beans stating that the elders of the house have taken a decision that she has to marry Vikas, the groom, in place of her sister. Anu was in a shock hearing this. She could not believe her ears. Numerous questions raised in her mind. She feels that all her dream of studying further and making a career as a Chartered Accountant is shattered in a moment. She held her sister responsible for this situation.

Anu could not avoid the situation and marries Vikas. But she has already made up her mind to tell Vikas that this relationship cannot go along as she is not at all ready for marriage yet – that too with a person whom she has already taken as her brother-in-law. She was waiting for Vikas to come and what happens next was completely surprising for her. She heard the exact same thing from Vikas. He told Anu that she is completely free to take a decision to go out of this relationship as he can understand what Anu is currently going through.

Few days passed. Vikas’s parents can sense that the relationship between Vikas and Anu has not yet become smooth. They thought the situation can get smoother if they both go on a honeymoon. Arrangement is made. Both Anu and Vikas knew this would just be a formality. They went to Shimla. Though Vikas was not completely engrossed into the relationship he is very much caring and protective towards Anu. She could notice that. And at the same time there are lot of differences between them – be it choice of food or music or place to travel. She thought is Vikas doing these things to get her attention… actually not. She is discovering Vikas’s nature eventually. Vikas is keeping smallest of the details in mind and ensuring Anu feels comfortable and relaxed. She started to feel respectful towards Vikas.

Her respect for Vikas moved a step ahead after they come back from their so-called honeymoon as he made arrangements for Anu to continue her studies. Slowly and steadily they started to become friends. Anu becomes busy with her studies and Vikas in his office work.

Anu’s father came to invite Vikas’s family for a function. They had to attend a different function that time. But Vikas chose to attend the function at Anu’s maternal home since that will make Anu happy. Anu and Vikas reached her paternal home on the function day. Anu saw her cousin Priya has also come with her husband. Anu felt a jolt of anger seeing Priya. It is because of Priya she is in this situation of life. Anu could not forgive Priya for this and she had decided to curb all contact with her closest cousin.

To her surprise, Anu noticed that Vikas is comfortable with Priya and her husband Sundar. They are talking normally as if nothing has ever happened. Anu felt why is Vikas not angry with Priya and tell her something. On the other side, she thought will she feel good if Vikas behaves rudely with her sister. But it is because of Priya they are in this situation and Priya is happy with her husband. She again thought is Priya really responsible for the current situation. Did Priya ever think anything of this sort would happen when she eloped on the wedding day? Maybe she did not. Many questions and thoughts ran up and down through her mind. She did not have any answer. How is my husband so comfortable with Priya and Sundar? Is it his nature of being polite and humble with others? Wait… Did Anu mention Vikas as her husband? Yes she did! Does Anu started to feel emotional about Vikas? Does she start liking Vikas for his nature, which she actually wanted to see in her husband? Anu is confused.

It’s time for them to return. There was unusually more crowd at the station that day. Vikas asked Anu to be seated in the waiting hall and he should go to check the train timing and their seat reservation status. As Vikas left, Anu, for the first time, felt alone in the crowd. On the other side, Vikas noticed a lot of crowd near the reservation board and it is taking time for him to check their ticket. His mind was in the waiting hall, with Anu. He thinks how Anu is sitting there alone. He started to feel restless and somehow managed to push the crowd to check their ticket.

Vikas started walking back as hurriedly as possible to the waiting hall and saw Anu at the entry of the hall. She is eagerly waiting for Vikas and he too felt happy to see her. They saw each other and felt relieved. It is that day when their eyes and heart met for the first time in an unexpected place and an unexpected situation.

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What makes a good writer

What makes a good writer? – This appears to be a simple question, but the inner meaning of the question is vast. The answer for this question is difficult. A writer has the ability to reach a person’s mind through his/her writing. This might give a little hint what it might take to be a really good writer.

Let’s first look what writing actually is, and then we will try finding answer for the question – What makes a good writer. So what is writing? Some might say it is an art whereas others may call it a science. In the broader sense, writing is both an art and science. It is an art because of the various style aspects and because of the technical aspects that are used for writing, it is termed as science. The quality of a good writing is measured by the targeted audience – the more the audience the good the writing is. The other name of a writer is litterateur.

Now let’s look at what actually it takes to set foot as a real good writer. A good writer is one who can reach a reader’s mind easily and grab their attention. Intention of a good writer is to express his/her thoughts – not only just within the boundary of traditionalism but also beyond that. If the writer does not have feelings and passion, it will be difficult, rather impossible, to reach the audience and in turn to become a good writer. The goal of a good writer should be, to search the reality and bring it to the mass in a crisp and concise manner, which should be easy to understand for common man. If a writer can think the way a common man thinks, it would be easy to make an impression in common man’s heart and mind and also build a connect. In that way a writer’s writing would take the shape as if it is narrating a story which is no less than resembling the reality. A writer’s writing is considered successful, when the reader blends him/herself with the character of the story and started thinking as if it’s happening to him/her.

The characteristic of a good writer is to mold him/herself into mindset of the reader. A writer is considered good when his/her writings inspire the reader and motivates to a great extent. One of the biggest aspects of a writer is to present his/her expressions in a very simple, concise, crisp yet understandable language so that it will be easy for the reader to get engaged with the subject. And that would be termed as a success of a good writer. A writer considers good when his writings broadens a readers mentality, helps them bloom as a real human being and make them understand the proper meaning of the phrase man is a social animal. But yes, the writer him/herself should be broad-minded and ready to accept truth and reality with an open heart and mind. If one has to be a good writer, he has to be an open-minded and a good human being first. This article may help you getting a small answer for a vast question – What makes a good writer?

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Foodie Treat for Durga Puja

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Today is Maha Saptami of Durga Puja and the 7th day of Navaratri. You already had different essences or aroma of Durga Puja in last three posts from my fellow blogger friends Kuheli, Paromita and Rahul as a part of the #bloggersdurgapujo campaign of Durga Puja 2017.

Durga Puja is the most awaited festival of the Bengalis all over the world. The first thing any Bengali in any part of the world would see the Durga Puja dates when they get the New Year calendar in hand every year. I know you all can relate to this. The few things that ring in the minds of all Bengalis from Panchami to Nabami are – pandal hopping, spending full-on fun time with family and friends, new clothes, no studies for the students, break from work for the corporate people and yes, of course, the lip-smacking varieties of food available. Most of us like to eat out during this time but mostly during the daytime, it’s home cook food we serve at home.

Especially, on Maha Sashti and Maha Ashtami, it’s always Luchi (Puri), Cholar Dal (Chana Dal) or Aaloor Dom (Dum Aaloo) with some sweet dish is what we serve. Here, in my post, I would share a recipe of Dum Aaloo that is a completely vegetarian – without even onion and garlic. The specialty of this recipe is the spice mix or the curry paste that I’ll mention in this recipe is an invention of mine, which I tried just as an experiment. I thought #bloggersdurgapujo would be a great platform to share the recipe with you all. Without taking much of time let’s start.

Serving: 2

Ingredients

  • Boiled & Peeled Potato – 10 pieces small (cut into two pieces form middle)
  • Curry Paste – made of 2 tomatoes, 2-inch ginger, a bunch of fresh coriander leaves, 7-8 clove pods and 2 green chilies
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin (jeera) powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander (dhania) powder – 1 tsp
  • Kasuri Methi – 2 tsp (crushed)
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Oil – 3 tbsp

Method

  • Cut, boil and peel the potatoes
  • Put 3 tbsp of oil in a deep fry pan
  • Once the oil is heated fry the potatoes till it becomes light yellow
  • Add the curry paste and mix it thoroughly
  • After mixing the paste and cooking for about 2 mins add all the powdered spices (turmeric, red chili, cumin, and coriander)
  • Mix all the spices thoroughly and cook it for 5 mins
  • Add 2 cups of water mix well and cover the lid to cook it till it comes to boil
  • Sprinkle the crushed Kasuri Methi and mix it well
  • You can add some freshly chopped coriander leaves and keep it covered

The Aaloor Dom would be the perfect combination of hot Luchi in Maha Sashti morning or just after you come home after your Pushpanjali on Maha Ashtami. You can check out the video recipe on my YouTube Channel.

Dum Aaloo

Durga Pujo is celebrated with immense joy and enthusiasm by Bengalis all over the world. Join Four bloggers from four different parts of the country as they bring to you a kaleidoscope of festive fervour in the form of blog posts and videos for an entire week. We hope to entertain, inform and enthrall you in a quest to involve everyone in our moment of joy. I am happy to be one of the co-creators for this creative team called #bloggersdurgapujo

Participating bloggers

#bloggersdurgapujo

Head over to Kuheli’s blog on Thursday, 28th September (www.thefoodietrails.com), then to Paromita’s blog on Friday, 29th September (www.goodtimestrails.wordpress.com) and then to Rahul’s blog on Saturday, 30th September (www.bongfooodie.com)

A week of Pujo related blogs on our #bloggersdurgapujo

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The Two-in-One Effect

#CleanAirBeautifulHomes – How does it sound? Sounds good, sounds fascinating right? But have you ever thought if it is actually possible? I mean something that can keep your home clean and also make it look beautiful. We will come to that later as we progress.

One of the major concerns in today’s modern life is the pollution – especially air pollution. Now the question is what could be the potential causes of air pollution. There are several agents like smoke, fumes, suspended particulate matter, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde etc. that can cause air pollution. The pace at which we are moving towards modernization and cutting down trees for urbanizing the places one day it will all be the jungle of concrete. As a precaution or protecting ourselves we are using masks while we are out and make our children wear the same when they are going out – whether to school or to park or for any outing. Is that enough? Do the masks help us or our children to breathe fresh air? It’s not that the masks are of no use. They do their work and filter out the air to some extent and supply clean air to our lungs.

We somehow manage to dodge the pollution outside, but how about the air pollution inside our very own home? The air inside our own home may be polluted by lead or in-house dust, fire-retardants, formaldehyde, radon and even the volatile chemicals released from the fragrances in the conventional home cleaners that we use almost regularly. Some pollutants from outside air also trailed into our home. Our indoor environment can be two to five times more toxic compared to the outdoor environment. This may sound shocking but it is the fact as stated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The effect of pollution can lead to cause certain ill-effects on your as well as your loved ones’ health, especially the children at home. Some of the effects of indoor pollutants could be asthma, fatigue, skin irritations, nausea, dizziness, headache etc.

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Can you recollect the catchy line #CleanAirBeautifulHomes in the beginning of the post? That’s the identifier of the two-in-one effect of the Royale Atmos – the new paint by Asian Paints. You might think how it is connected to paint when paints are one of the sources of home pollutants. You are right, but Royale Atmos is manufactured keeping the anti-pollution thought in mind. It cleans the indoor air by absorbing the pollutants and reducing the formaldehyde. This is not just it. Royale Atmos has the feature of absorbing the select household foul smell and thus making the indoor air quality better to breathe. When we paint the walls of our home the irritating chemical smell of the paint remains for days together, which can cause headache, nausea and dizziness. With Royale Atmos, you can set aside your worry about that because this is the only paint that comes with a fragrance. One of the fascinating features of Royale Atmos is the revolutionary Activated Carbon technology, which empowers the paint to purify the indoor air. This goes the CleanAir aspect of Royale Atmos. Now coming to the BeautifulHomes aspect of the paint, it gives a perfect luxurious look to your home because of the smooth matt finish. The Teflon surface protector divulges great scrub and stain resistance capacity to the paint. Toughest stains and scrubs can be cleaned off the wall without compromising the look of the wall. As Royale Atmos comes with Green Assure Seal it signifies VOC safer and environment-friendly.

 

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The Train Reached Its Station

This is the story of young and dynamic Abhi.

He is very ambitious and takes his studies very seriously. His dedication towards his studies and hard work fetch him a seat in a renowned engineering college. But he has to leave his home and stay in a hostel in a different city to pursue his dream of becoming an engineer.

He is in his second year of engineering now and it is the day when his exams are ending. He is very much eager to finish his paper as he needs to rush to the railway station to take the evening train to his hometown. He fished his papers and reached hostel to take his backpack and rushed to the railway station. The train is waiting for departure in the platform. Abhi took out his ticket and checked for his reservation. He boarded the train and settled in his seat.

As the train started Abhi did not even have the idea that it will be a start of something new something special for him. His path crossed the path of a girl in the same compartment and he could not help looking at her. His heart, mind, and soul just want to get a glimpse of the girl every now and then. He has never felt this sort of emotion and restlessness before. Abhi started to think is this Love at First Sight. Every now and then he tries to take a glimpse of the girl in excuse of going to the restroom. He never counted how many times he has taken trips to the restroom. That night is like the longest night in his life. He could not sleep for the entire night.

In the morning, Abhi gets down from his berth and quickly heads towards the seat of the girl. He made up his mind at night that he would talk to the girl first thing in the morning. But where is she? Abhi cannot see any trace of the girl and he felt heartbroken. He thinks she is the first girl who touched his heart in the first instance and he could not take this forward. The train reaches the station of Abhi’s hometown and he reaches home.

It is the final semester of Abhi’s engineering exam. But he has already received a very good offer from one of the MNCs in the campus interview and he is going to join as the intern there till his final result is out. He finishes his exams and joined the job. He started liking the job and getting to learn many things. Abhi’s final exam result is out and he has scored good marks. His job is confirmed and he feels himself as settled in a job.

Two years have passed in the job and Abhi is doing pretty good. His parents are now pressurizing him to get married soon since he is well-settled in his job. He somehow managed to dribble his parents’ talks about marriage as he still has that girl in the train in his mind and he still could not get out of her thoughts. After some days of avoiding the conversation, he could not manage more. Abhi’s parents have given a photo of the prospective bride to him to take a look couple of days back. He had not taken a look at it yet. Now that he has no choice left but to get married he takes the photo out and he is awestruck seeing the photo. He could not believe his eyes what he is seeing. It is the photo of the girl whom he saw two years back in the train. Tears roll down from his eyes. These are the tears of joy and he never thought that his first love would come to him like this. He agrees to the marriage proposal and the train reaches its station.

This is my first post in the fiction genre and I take pride to mention that it is by my wife Manasi. She has written this short fiction story in Bengali and narrated to me. I liked this short story and asked if I can translate the piece and post it on my blog as a part of #MyFriendAlexa campaign post. She agreed to this and here I narrated the story. Hope you liked it.

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Spices in India

Indian foods or cuisines get its flavorful aroma from the usage of subtle and sophisticated herbs and spices. These herbs and spices characterize any Indian cuisine and play a very important role in Indian cooking. No Indian food is complete without the spices. Spices in India has a great role to play in adding flavor to the daily food. Some spices are used for making the food more flavorful, some spices are used for adding special aroma to the food whereas some spices are used for complementing other spices in the food.

In the ancient times, spices were regarded as precious as gold and such the variety of spices in India that traders from foreign countries used to sail to India for the trading of spices. India plays a very important role in the world market of spices. The spices in India are broadly categorized into three categories – basic, complementary and aromatic.

The basic spices are the ones that are used in most of our daily cooking. These spices are the basic stuff that you would need in your everyday cooking. The basic spices include jeera or cumin seeds, coriander seeds, black mustard seeds, turmeric, red chili in both powder and whole forms, Asafetida or hing etc. The complementary spices are the ones that are specially added to the Indian cooking to add some extra flavor to the food. These spices are used in combination of both basic and aromatic spices depending upon the dish that is being prepared. This category of spices includes fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, carom seeds and some others. The aromatic spices, as the name suggests, are the spices that add aroma to the food. The most commonly used aromatic spices are green & black cardamom, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, mace, white & black peppercorns, saffron and bay leaves.

Certain spices in India also bestow certain medicinal benefits as well. The most common spice, turmeric, is one among them. Turmeric is an antioxidant and is known to fight and manage cancer. Turmeric also helps in curing inflammation of body joints and also in detoxification of liver. Asafetida or hing is useful in treating asthma, coughs and bronchitis. It also helps in improving digestion along with giving flavor to the food. Ginger, a commonly used herb, is beneficial in relieving from cold & cough, joint pains and regulating blood pressure. Other spices like black peppercorns, cumin seeds, cardamoms, cinnamon, clove and saffron also fall under this category.

The spices in India is a vast area of exploration. Just one blog post is not enough to describe every intricate detail of the spices in India. However, one thing can be stated that if you want your food to be spicy, flavorful and aromatic Indian spices would be your first choice.

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Ecommerce in India

India has come a long way as far as its e-commerce market is concerned. As per the latest publication and report ecommerce in India or the online market is ever growing and is expected to cross Rs. 2 lakh crore in this fiscal. According to the latest estimate by NASSCOM, the India online business market is estimated to be at $33 billion during the financial year of 2017. The online market has grown about 19 percent during the financial year of 2016-17.

It is the way the modern people transact these days is the key to the remarkable growth of the ecommerce in India. Whether it is buying electronic items and fashion accessories or making your travel booking or booking a ticket for the latest blockbuster movie – consumers are highly inclined towards transacting through online as it offers them convenience. According to IBEF research report in 2013 India houses 3311 e-commerce hubs, 1267 rural hubs, 391 export hubs and 2217 import hubs.

The latest study by Forrester Research reveals that in the Asia Pacific region about one-fifth of the total retail sales will take place through the online market. Some of the highly popular names in the Indian e-commerce sector are Flipkart, Amazon, MakeMyTrip, Snapdeal, Yatra, Jabong and many others. Many newbies in the sector like TataCLiQ, Ajio.com, Limeroad etc. are coming up with good deals and eye-catching campaigns. The same study also adds that the online shopping through the mobile devices will grow at the rate of 15.6 per cent and estimated to reach $1 trillion mark in 2020. Asia Pacific is the largest region in the world in terms of online retail leading by China with the e-commerce market of $681 billion in sales. However, according to the Forrester study is undoubtedly the fastest growing e-commerce market in the world.

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Even though the ecommerce in India is growing at a fast pace it is highly important for the players in the field to sustain that growth. In order to sustain the fast pace growth the most important aspect that they need to focus is higher consumer engagement. The more the consumers are engaged the more they build the trust towards the brand. However, it is necessary for the online merchants to remember the engagement is not just in terms of the pre-sales experience of the consumers but to be aligned to the entire value chain and that would be the key highlight for the success of ecommerce in India.

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My Love for Travelling

Travelling is in my blood. Whenever the travel bug bites me I have to get out of my house to explore some new places, know some new culture and taste some new food. My love for travelling is eternal and it will keep grow as time progresses.

I’ve travelled to many places, within India, and explored many unknown horizons. I still remember my childhood days when I used to go to Digha & Puri with my parents very often. I was 8 or 9 years old that time but I could still remember those days of playing on the beach and my fear of getting into the sea where my siblings and parents were enjoying the waves. I went to a trip without my parents for the first time when I was in 8th standard. It was my school trip and we were travelling to the northern part of India covering Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh and other places. It was a great fun going with the group.

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign. – Robert Louis Stevenson

My instinct for travel keeps growing and I have also explored certain parts of Assam – primarily upper Assam. One of my friends has his house in Assam, so I was fortunate to travel to one of the seven sister states twice and both the time I stayed in his house. It was a great trip and enjoyed the beauty of the state.

My eternal love from travelling is contagious and it has affected my better half, my wife, Manasi too. After marriage, I gradually made her understand my love for travel and now she is also at the same frequency as mine and now we travel together. As I stay in Bangalore we are trying to cover as many places as possible in the southern India. Our latest trip was to Hampi during the last long weekend of Ganesh Chaturthi. Hampi is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. It was a fabulous trip and we enjoyed every possible nuke and corner of the place. But still, we feel that it is not yet covered completely and will make some time again soon to go for the second trip to beautiful Hampi. It would be an injustice if I don’t mention places like Mysore, Ooty, Coonoor, Kodaikanal, Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram, Madurai, Cochin, Trivandrum, Kovalam, Calicut, Coorg, Wayanad, Yelagiri, Beypore, Goa, Chennai, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram, Vijayawada, Mumbai and Pune in this post where I have travelled. It’ll become a lengthy post if I capture all my travel stint in this one post and I don’t want to bore you.

My love for travelling will continue and I want the travel bug to keep biting me so that I can explore and experience new places. This love is never ending and will continue my travelling spree.

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