Now hate online forums and love Stack Exchange

There was a time, when I was in my engineering degree college, I was in love with spending time on online forums, mostly on ThinkDigit Forum. I also met Debasish at the ThinkDigit Forum and later became good friends in the non-virtual world. But these days, I just hate, when I land on any online forum (Bulletin Board) while searching for something on Google. These bulletin boards are full of discussions, some might be good and some might be useless. You don’t have time to read all those to find the solution. And you hardly find any solution there.

And in the recent times, I find StackExchange very useful. Whenever I land there while searching anything on Google, I easily find the solution. And it’s also very easy to identify the solution. And when you read the discussions, which are separated from the solutions (answers), you get more knowledge.

Letsbuy.com merged with Flipkart.com and ditched convenience of its customers

I needed a digital invoice of a product I ordered from Letsbuy.com. So, I opened the website and found that a notice which says that in order to further improve our (whoever) shopping experience, they have integrated their operations with the largest player in the category – Flipkart.com. This is good. But where can I access my order history?

They wrote it there:

For our existing customers, your order history and status remains secure with us. You can get all details about your existing orders by dialing : 0124 4901234 (from 8 AM to 9 PM )

How inconvenience is this? They should have merged the accounts with Flipkart. It feels like they are going to stop their business, because Flipkart wanted them to stop competing and paid some money to get the return of their investment. It does not feel like they are still doing the business after merging with Flipkart.

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Ta-da List Retired, what are you using?

When I came to know about Ta-da List (I don’t remember how), I got very much impressed with the simplicity of the app. I able to do what I needed. So, I started using it. It became one of my favorite to-do list application. And I am using it not just as a to-do list app.

Now they retired it. But I can still access the lists I have already created and even I can create new list. It just stopped getting new sign ups. According to them, there are dozens and dozens of great free to-do list apps on the web and dozens more on the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. So, what are you using as your to-do list app?

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The Evolution of “Kalyan Mandap”

When I was a teenager, I heard something called Kalyan Mandap. I did not understand what’s that. I knew that weddings were done at home, temples, churches and at the court. Then I came to know that those days people started organizing weddings at a place (hall) called Kalyan Mandap. I did not understand why it’s called as Kalyan Mandap? Why not Wedding Hall or something in Odia? Then I thought, “OK, so people will come here and bless (kalyana in Odia) the newlyweds, so people call this as Kalyan Mandap“.

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