Dear Nirbhaya, we can’t be sorry enough.

It was on a cold December morning sometime in 2012 that I read the horrifying headlines in the morning edition of the Times of India that day. A girl not much unlike me had endured one of the most brutal rape attacks, ever.(source)


news article
At the time of the incident that I speak of, I lived in Kanpur, an industrial city in one of my country’s most corrupted States, a State that also boasts of high numbers of crimes against women.


My morning routine consisted of sipping on my usual brew of tea and devouring the morning news, only on that day; the news brought me to shame.
The horrific gangrape of that girl, tore me apart.


The story spoke of how the heartless attackers forced an iron rod into young Jyoti’s insides and every bit of the news piece made me hate my countrymen more and more. The constant updates later on of how strong she was but how bad she was faring in hospital made me angrier and shamed. 



Young girls and women go through a lot of tough times in their homes and outside of it too the world over, more so maybe in middle eastern countries and India, yet given the rising numbers, not everyone gets the right kind of help.


The general sense that women are a liability is a strong force here and the small percentage of our urban crowds that don’t adhere to this thought does not represent India’s true colours and as a 21st century woman, this deepens me sadly, everyday. 


We are largely failing as a country and its scary to see how far we’ve fallen. It was only very recently that rape laws were re looked at in India. Hundreds of women still face crimes related to different kinds of abuse and spend years grappling for justice in court, that’s if they ever do summon the courage to do something about it in the first place. A country that encourages its women not to speak of their troubles after-all forces them to live through conditions that aren’t worthy of humans beings.


I love my country and I’m happy to have been born here. But as a people, I don’t think we are doing enough. These convicts will hang, or will they? But does that mean that I can walk on the streets anytime I want, feeling safe?


No, not yet.


Because not enough is being done for crimes against women to come to a full stop.


We have never treated our women with respect. The general sense has always been to regard them as objects, as the ones who will run the home and take care of the kids and no matter what the Chetan Bhagat’s of the world say, the extent of the urban population that does not follow so is too little to compare with regards a population of over a billion.


The debate is not about modern values versus traditions. It’s about the wrong notion that was built in the minds of the people over time. A race that can’t take care of each other is bound to be doomed, don’t you think so?


You don’t make me feel safe.  I still have to worry about where I go and how I’ll commute back. This is not my fault, it’s yours. 


And India, it’s time to fix it.


A crime against one of us is a crime against all of us.  I stand with Nirbhaya’s spirit and I hope that we don’t allow another one of us to go through this again. Once wasn’t fair and once is more than enough.


Yet, the crimes continue. It did before and its happening again and again. And the blame game goes on and on as does the debate between whose to really blame.


But let me end by saying one last thing,


As a potential mother-of-the-future, I worry about the world I would have to raise a girl child in, if I had to. Isn’t that a terribly sad thing to say?
dear baby girl


Dear convicts,
I don’t think the death penalty will make you repent what you did. What I do hope though is that you and everyone else like you gets back ten times multiplied by a zillion the amount of torture you made her go through.


RIP Jyoti.
I’m sorry you had to go through what you did. 


I can only hope we rise together now. I’ll try to do my bit. Will you?

And Now This; Ask Arvi – A Portal That’s Set To Make Insurance Fun!


The end of the (financial) year is coming soon, (again). And now’s the time a bunch of us are probably going to run around looking for the right kind of tax-saving investment options. At this time, insurance does turn out to be an optimal choice for most.

Now, I don’t know about you but I’ve been behind when it comes to my personal money management tasks. And since it’s the weekend, I thought about browsing through for some interesting investment options (to save tax, you see).

I’m not sure if it was fate or pure coincidence but a Facebook friend of a friend shared this interesting page and a few clicks later, I came across

I’ve spent the last many hours browsing banks and financial websites for various insurance options and one thing that came to mind was that most of them had the same old mundane, boring format.

Although seems to be ‘coming soon’, I’m already eager to see the full-service website and read more about what makes them unique, different and the next go-to place for all things insurance.


Simply because it definitely seems like this is going to be a fun mall for everything insurance! And we do like malls, don’t we?

I’m going to try and talk to the founder(s) to find out more, in the meantime, let’s wait a little more to ask arvi!

Timesaverz To The Rescue!


It was a Tuesday morning and as usual, I woke up with the help of the alarm. As I got ready to take care of the usual morning tasks and chores before getting ready for work, I realised that my geyser switch had stopped working! Now how would I be able to put it on for warm water?

It’s pretty common for me to browse through my Facebook and other social media pages in the morning while getting ready to go to work. As I wondered what to do that day, I came across the Timesaverz Facebook page.

A nice yellow banner spoke of getting a discount on professional sofa cleaning services (at I think a rate of Rs. 200/- or something)…but what caught my eye was that the service provider seemed to be a one-stop shop for all home care needs. It said: repairs, handyman, carpentry, home cleaning and an array of other services too.

I quickly clicked on the link and was taken to the main website. The simple and easy-to-use site for a first time user like me was such a timesaver indeed. All I had to do when booking a service for the first time was to choose my city, choose the service category, time, etc and voila – all done!

The sofa cleaning ad kept playing at the back of my head but what I needed most was an electrician to fix the switch. I quickly booked an electrician and chose the 2-4 time slot (because it would be easier to come home for lunch and supervise things…)

Temptation got the better of me and I quickly logged back in to also order a sofa cleaning service for the same time!

The rest was so professionally handled, it literally made by day. I left for work and a few moments later I got a call from the service rep. They confirmed the 2 kinds of services I had booked and assured me that the agents would be in by 2 pm.

As promised, the agents kept their word. A little after 2 the doorbell rang…

There were 2 agents who came with special cleaning equipment (vacuum cleaner and relevant cleaning solution) for the sofa cleaning job. Another electrician was also with them to get the switch repaired.

Vacuum cleaner

While the 2 sofa cleaning agents quickly made the necessary arrangements and started dry-cleaning the sofa, the electrician swiftly went about examining the switch. He explained the reason why the switch had stopped working, what long-term solution can be found.



On the one hand, while the sofa clearing was being done, the electrician went downstairs, got the spare parts required for the switch and got it repaired within the next half an hour.


What impressed me was the level of professionalism and the array of services offered. Timesaverz doesn’t only offer sofa cleaning – they go deeper and categorize it into shampooing or shampooing and sanitisation. The difference in the two would include time taken for cleaning, products and methods used, etc. Sanitisation is a more thorough form of cleaning. Normal shampooing gets rid of surface dirt and dust / stains.

Some tips when booking a service for the first time:

Explore the range of services and see what suits you best (between sofa shampooing and sanitization, I needed just a simple shampooing service to get rid of stains).

Even when it comes to Home Cleaning, understand what you need and pick a service that falls within your budget range

What is most useful is that Timesaverz offers a wide price range for different services: If you have money to spare – book a thorough deep cleaning and if it already the end of the month and you are broke – a simple cleaning should do!

Keep an eye out on offers – Timesaverz has special discounts and offers across service categories, daily.

Useful to know:

After trying these services out, I decided to download the Timesaverz app. It is so convenient to hire a plumber or even carpenter with the app. You just have to click!

Hiring their service made my day!