The Marketing Funnel at Baapu Market Jaipur

On a recent roadtrip, we went shopping at the famous Baapu Market in Jaipur. Its a bazaar with lots of small shops selling similar stuff mostly fabric, bangles, jewellery and the likes. One is also told to bargain hard when shopping here. While my wife was excited about the amazing collection of fabric, jewellery etc , I was intrigued by the interesting model that these shopkeepers had adopted. In most shops there were three different types of roles that the owner and staff were playing: The Marketers – One or two people who were stationed outside the shop, about 15-20

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Why do we sometimes go quiet during roadtrips?

Found this in my notes from a road trip taken almost 10 years back in Dec 2005. ——— In the last few months I have discovered a passion to travel, but what I havent learnt so far is why I love it? What gets me excited to just get out of “here” and be out “there”? The more I think about it, the more it adds to my confusion. I have been noticing my thoughts during these road-trips and its just amazing how the human mind is capable of such a diverse set of emotions and reactions, in seemingly similar

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TripAdvisor feature – add professional profile and ratings

What makes TripAdvisor a preferred choice in the process of identifying a hotel to stay at is the rich guest-feedback and reviews for most of the listed properties. The stuff about getting addresses, details, baking in a booking engine has been done by very many, but where TripAdvisor leads the pack is this recommendation layer built on top of this aggregated data. This recommendation layer is what helps us in not only discovering but also deciding on the hotel/restaurant we want to go to. It also gives you a place to comeback and share your own views – which hopefully

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Pottery – clay coming alive

The bazaar is one place I enjoy a lot. Especially in small towns, where the concept of air conditioned malls hasnt intruded yet. Here in the bazaar amidst all the noise and commotion, I usually find interesting stories, subjects for my photos or sheer inspiration. I was in Muzzafarnagar, a small town in UP, attending a marriage function, when I sneaked out to see the local bazaar. Armed with my camera, i ventured into the crowded lanes to discover the town. After the usual grocery, bangles, footwear, woollen shops, came across a house which had a very old and rusty

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Pemayangtse Monastery Pelling Sikkim

Pelling (in Sikkim) is home to one of the most beautiful monasteries I have ever seen – the Pemayangtse Monastery. Founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1705, it is one of the oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim. Also interesting is the fact that this was a monastery specially built for “pure monks” (ta-tshang) meaning “monks of pure Tibetan lineage“, celibate and without any physical abnormality. This practice is still retained. History apart, you are sure to love the bright colors that adorn the monastery walls, the amazing views from here and the calm peaceful atmosphere inside. Dont miss the

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T42 says hello, in his style

Tiger census has gained a lot of public attention thanks to the Aircel Campaigns sharing that there were exactly 1411 tigers left in India.  Many in India, have questioned the authenticity and the reliability of the census figures and maybe even the methodology. Even an ignorant like me, had a point of view. Mounting pressure and public attention has now resulted in census no longer being a forest-department only exercise. It seems the management at National parks now actively seek volunteers who can witness, contribute and validate the census. And may be become a tiger activist or a conservationist one

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Feedback, suggestions and views on Indian Armed Forces Coffee Table Book

I have been thinking of working on a coffee table book which brings a closer look into the lives of our soldiers and officers. And before I start taking steps towards this goal, I wanted to get your insights and feedback. Background: I had almost joined the NDA after my class 12th but destiny had other plans.   I have also noticed how the current generation of civilians, has no idea of fauj or  insights into a fauji’s life. I guess its coz they have too many distractions and the armed forces fail to compete with their attention. I want

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Sound and light show @ Amer Fort, Jaipur

I have been to Jaipur a lot, but had never managed to see the sound and light show at Amer Fort.  Its a shame that I had missed it for so long. Fully recommended. I managed to catch the 1900 hrs Hindi version which had Mr BigB’s voice and some amazingly well articulated narration . The audience was thin, given that it was a cold night on a weekday.But it was a perfect setting with an almost full-moon giving us a sense of our surrounding hillocks. The audience sits facing the Amer fort with back towards the highway that runs

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3guys,New car,2000 kms,No itinerary and Loads of fun

The best trips are the ones we dont plan- and so it is, yet again. I had been after my friend- Vigyaan- who runs a rural tourism venture- to do some justice to his venture and spend some time on the road- exploring Kutchh and other beautiful places on the way. After almost 3 weeks of cajoling, taunts and mild abuses, we were on. The trip was initially to be over the weekend but then the 3rd guy-Ritesh- wanted to bring his new ride for this highway trip across Rajasthan & Gujarat. So he got his new Swift serviced on

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Life on the Edge – A Trek To Gidara

It all started after I posted on facebook that I am free for at least one week during June and would like to go for a trek. Surprisingly, by evening I received two suggestions regarding possible trekking routes that are doable in June from friends who were equally frustrated with mundane city

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