Thursday, January 23, 2014


I recently tried online shopping for clothes as part of the GOSF on The overall experience was surprisingly satisfactory. Like most people I have had a mental block for shopping for clothes, shoes & other apparel without trying them on. However the variety and the size of their inventory and the huge discounts they were offering encouraged me to take a leap of faith - with very pleasing results.

Some of the things I liked over traditional shopping:
  1. Perennial discount offers that give you better deals than any year-end mall sale
  2. Massive inventory - so no dearth of choices
  3. Amazingly simple & free return policy - I had to fill an online form and the courier picked it up from my house. Money was credited back in a day after the pickup.
  4. Didn't have to drive to the city for visiting a mall :)
And some improvement areas:
  1. Introduce an option to get your clothes altered (obviously with no returns)
  2. Get rid of coupon codes to avail discounts - if you want the discounts to reach a broader audience just offer the discounts as part of standard checkout process. Why should I have to enter a coupon code to avail an offer.
  3. I prefer my order to be shipped together, rather than arrive a item at a time (due to different retailers)
And the reason for the title: has also expanded its offerings from books & electronics to fashion with an equivalent inventory.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Does a fox eat grapes?

My niece Meera, who's about 4 and a half, attends kindergarten. She has a story telling session today. Her teacher gave her a short story of Aesop's fox & the sour grapes.
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I asked her if she understood the story - which was funny because she still does not understand the meaning of "understand" :).  So I tried explaining the story in words she would comprehend with a mix of Hindi & English. Got as far as "fox tried to jump, aur fox gir gaya (the fox fell while jumping)". The moral of the story that was given to her was "Try, try, don't cry" - I am sure even a child twice her age will not understand the "sour grapes" analogy that the story hints at.

I found the entire idea ridiculous, trying to have children recite stories when they are not at a stage to understand the language that's used in it. So I gave her my version of the story:
Once a fox was very hungry. He was trying to look for food - he found cheese in the fridge (which Meera likes) but could not open the fridge. He found chuda in the dabba (again something Meera likes) but he could not open the dabba.
He came across a tree that had a bunch of grapes but was very high. He tried to jump (make her jump) but could not reach the grapes (kyonki bahut ooncha tha). Jumped more but he fell down. Then he saw a chicken passing by. He caught it and ate it and said (pat on the stomach) "Yummy".
Moral of the story: Chicken is very tasty
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As to the original question - foxes are carnivores.