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

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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 Askarvi.com

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 askarvi.com 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.

Why?

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Anastassiya Savchenko, founder of Jaipur Women Blog speaks to SHEROES today

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When was the last time you heard of a Russian national starting a blog for Jaipur women? Anastassiya Savchenko did just that when she started the well-known Jaipur Women Blog, which is today considered to be one the more popular blog networks that discusses and showcases success stories of women in areas such as social issues, relationships, business, career and much more.

She tells us why (and more importantly how) she identified this niche need that led to this mighty platform. Let us read on.

Tell us a little about yourself 

From the moment I could make sense out of things in life, I have believed that the best way to bring change in society is through creativity. I view advertisement as a medium to shape values and build society. It goes beyond selling a certain product. Therefore, I started my career in the creative field as a copywriter for ‘O&M Central Asia’, in Almaty, Kazakhstan. But, fate had different plans for me. Chance made me bump into my husband there, and I subsequently moved to Jaipur, India after getting married. Initially, living in India proved to be terribly out of my comfort zone, but I was determined to build a life here. My husband, a doctor, has always provided me with his unconditional support, and together we have faced innumerable financial and social constraints. But, it was worth it.

How did the idea of Jaipur Women Blog come about?

When my life in Jaipur started, I would watch the women of Jaipur intently. The women had a narrow circle, with no boosters. A desire for change, and a struggle to find self-identity was brewing underneath those colourful bandhej sarees. But, there was hardly any awareness about what was going on next door! Hence, I made it my mission to construct a platform, which shall help uplift the middle class women of Jaipur. This is how “Jaipur Women Blog” came into being.

All I needed was a little support from the women as well. In my dictionary, “empowerment” is not about earning big bucks, but about self-fulfillment and happiness. If a woman is happy, she is empowered.

In the future, what are your long term plans for the blog?

The blog’s long term plans broadly include expansion. We already have a readership of 100,000 readers, but there is still a long way to go. We wish to conduct more massive campaigns, with more women. There will be many more personal campaigns, which have the power to influence human beings at an individual level. More rubrics inside JWB along with more workshops will help us impact the society better.

Do you run any other ventures? Can you tell us a little about them if yes?

Yes, we run “Nutcrackers Creative Agency”, along with JWB. It is a 360 degree creative advertising agency, which specializes in 360 branding and communication. The main focus of the agency is ‘Guerilla marketing’ and ‘Interactive marketing’, which is somewhat new for Rajasthan.

What are the top 3 things that fascinate you most about Jaipur / other places in India?

Jaipur is a fascinating city in itself, and the following three things have managed to change my internal perceptions:

(a) The fact that the people of Jaipur are so accepting and broad-minded has been heart-warming. Their free-spirited attitude helped me adjust to my new life here.

(b) Jaipur is a land un-touched. There is a lot of scope for business and commercial ventures. One just needs to find his/her passion and work towards it.

(c) Jaipur women have a multitude of hidden talent, which fascinated me to my absolute core. They are just waiting to be discovered and shine bright.

Any thoughts you would like to leave our readers with?

Follow the love. Love is empowerment.


This article was originally published here

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