Junglee vs Flipkart

I became a fan of Flipkart soon after I started using it frequently for online shopping.
What made flipkart to be my first choice for online shopping ?

  1. Ultra Fast Delivery
  2. Good Packaging 
  3. Awesome Payment Options
  4. Discounts 
If you happen to reside in Bangalore, you are lucky. Flipkart is head-quartered in Bangalore. When I shop using Flipkart, I get reminded of the ad of Quickr. “Quickrrrr…” This is what I felt when Flipkart delivered my items. On the very next day of my order, I would receive a call from a Flipkart representative and he would be ready with the items well packaged.
Flipkart’s delivery motto is as follows:

“For all areas serviced by reputed couriers the delivery time will be 2 to 4 business days. For other areas, orders will be sent by Registered Post through the Indian Postal Service which may take one to two weeks depending on the location.”

As long as the non-reputed delivery channels are not used, you may get your items delivered on time..
I was delighted when I happened to notice the flexibility of payment options provided by Flipkart. You can pay cash on delivery. You need not bother to wait for online payment, waiting for some bank gateway to respond at a snails pace.
The word “discount” rolls our eyes away from the product description itself. Sometimes, while making a choice for purchasing an item, this factor plays an otherwise major role. Hard to disagree on this…
I am happy with the kind of work being done by Flipkart in India. In the history of time, things never stay unchanged and in the context of industries, this holds good. Innovation and competition play a complimentary role for the success of any company. So when I am amazed by the quality of service from Flipkart, something else still amazes me more. It is Amazon. Amazon is the lion of the jungle when it comes to online shopping. And Amazon never fails to surprise the customers. Today I received an ad mail about the launch  Junglee, which is an online product comparison and advertising site offered by Amazon for India. 

Some thoughts on these screenshots:

  • Amazon initially came up with the descriptive interface and Flipkart has directly taken up the “Show all departments” tab and renamed it as “All Categories” in its webpage.
  • Amazon is marketing its own product well by advertising its Kindle and eating up most of the space on its homepage.
  • Junglee seems to be a modified version of Amazon.com homepage with the Departments tab becoming a drop down. It is simpler to navigate. 
  • As far as the books are concerned, Amazon still stands out with its feature: “Click to look inside”, which gives a peep into few pages of the book. Flipkart still needs to catch up with Amazon and draw customers. With Junglee coming up, Amazon could easily fit that feature in easily..
Few things to look at:
  • Amazon was founded in 1995. It is the world’s largest online retailer. Flipkart was founded in 2007, by Bansals who initially worked for Amazon.com. Amazon has its power with its proven technologies to rock the market.
  • BUT Junglee.com does not provide online shopping. It is another advertising site with more features and services offered by Amazon. The bottomline is that you cannot buy from Junglee.com. It just brings buyers and sellers more closer. It provides information about the sellers and the price offered by the sellers for each of the product thereby offering flexibility to choose , for the customers in one hand and offering more opportunities for the sellers to advertise on the other hand.
  • Amazon.com and flipkart.com are players in e-commerce which offers online shopping. In wikipedia’s own words: “the buyer is directly online to the seller’s computer” There is no intermediary involved. But Junglee.com is like an intermediary which offers ads to the buyers on behalf of the sellers and the buyers are later forwarded to the seller’s computer for continuing the shopping..
Today is day one for Junglee.com. It is their beta version too… Hoping to see more features from Flipkart…

Being a regular late-comer

There’s joy to a fellow who goes to the school on time.
He has managed to impress his teachers, principal, which he doesn’t bother anyway.

There’s joy to a fellow who opens the door of a bank on time.
He has managed to impress his bank manager, which he doesn’t bother anyway.

There’s joy to a fellow who comes first in Olympic running race.
He has managed to impress his fans, supporters, which he doesn’t bother anyway.

There’s joy to a fellow who brings flowers to decorate the temple idols daily morning.
He has managed to impress the god in the idol, which he might bother anyway..

There’s joy to a fellow who doesn’t do all of the above,
He will be always late to his school
He forgets to open bank on time everyday
He comes second in all the races
He goes to the temple empty handed daily

He calls himself a regular late comer and he boasts with a smile 🙂

The Art of Riding a Bike

Practice makes man prefect. A prefect of the road traffic. Once you know how to ride the bike like how you ride in your video games, you become a perfect prefect of the road. It takes time. Like all fruits which come after a long time with the help of suitable factors, a smooth ride is the outcome of one’s own labour with some suitable factors. 

The Utmost satisfaction any bike rider would aspire for is atleast a smooth ride. Like the old adage goes, ‘Pleasure is an interval between two pains’. So too is the smooth ride. The smoothness varies according to roads. Indian roads are smooth enough to produce a rough ride. To add to the quality of the roads, we have the elite class of co-riders on the road who take Indian freedom for granted and make a curvy path whenever their tyres sets foot on the road.  Below the elite class of riders, is the class of riders with whom we must sympathise. They are those who try to impress their girlfriend’s in vain. 

Let us see about one fellow who wants to learn the art of riding a bike.

Inspired by the heroes of DHOOM, Julian decided to hold the clutch of Karizma bike. On bangalore roads, you don’t need a licence to ride one, when you ride with a borrowed helmet on your head. Julian was a fan of Kareena’s sister. He desired a ride on Karizma bike. One need not be concerned with the noise pollution created in the roads in broad daylight. So Julian switched on his mp3 player and plugs his newly bought BOSE headphones…At an earlier instance in his life, he had the famed Sennheiser headphones.. Some unavoidable circumstances on the road forced Julian throw the precious Sennheiser.. it became a silencer for him… He was mourning the loss of the bassy, jazzy looking headphones..Another day began in his life, as he got into the lift leading to his office.

He logged in. He checked his mail. He coded. He checked in. He shut down his system. He got into his lift and was down to the parking area. He switched on the ipod. “Petarap.. Petarap.. Evavaaa?? .. ” He always aspired to be on the roads. He even dreamt that there would come a day when water would replace petrol and he would be all day on the road.

The world seemed to be quiet for Julian. Even the signal waiting seemed to be a moment in heaven for him when he was listening to his all time favourite playlist on his ipod. He always challenged himself to be an artist on the road. He would draw curves on the road as if he is painting a sketch of a curvaceous glass. The artistic Julian had to meet reality one day.

It happened on 5th November. Remember, Remember the 5th of November. He had seen the movie, “V for Vendetta” the previous night. He had lost count of the V words in the movie. It was a friday. Thank God It is Friday. He changed his google chat status to TGIF with a smiley at the end.  Anyways, as the morning dawned, the world was waiting for him and his Karizma. He was not so charismatic to keep the onlookers turn their heads around… Yet, he tried in vain to be handsome. There was a separate mass which he was trying to hide from the onlookers everytime he walked in his office. He breathed in a lot for that walk from his cubicle to the door.  

He zoomed on his bike. He fell on the road. He could say not a word. The story doesn’t end here. He is in hospital. His passion for bike riding continues.. And his passion for perfection in this art continues… VRRRRRRROOOOMMM…