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Cashfat Most Trusted Cashback Website in India

Cashfat Most Trusted Cashback Website in India

According to Wikipedia, “A cashback website is a type of reward website that pays its members a percentage of money earned when they purchase goods and services via its affiliate links”. So amidst all the hassles of demonetization, lies a way for shoppers to make that extra buck on their purchase. This is with the use of a cash back site.

The concept of cashback sites in India

Users of cashback site in India can stand to get back rebates, for their purchases at specific retailers. Sites vary on what form of cashback rebates they offer their users. Some programs will provide the users with a percentage of the total purchase price, while others have a flat sum that they pay out for each action. When a customer makes a purchase online, instead of visiting the retailer directly, they may choose to follow a link from a cashback website to generate a monetary reward when buying products or services. The cashback website receives a commission from the retailer that, after the purchase is confirmed, is shared with the customer who made the purchase.

Speaking about Cashfat.com

Our very own Indian coupons and cashback website, https://www.cashfat.com is here to give you a similar benefit. When you make purchase frequently on any of their 1000+ associate retailers such as Paytm, Dominos, Flipkart, Expedia and Amazon you get to earn on your purchase.

How do you go about it?

All you need to do is sign up and then sign in to go through the website to the retailer’s online store. Locate or search for the blue/orange icon or bar on the Cashfat.com site, click, select or choose to navigate. This will take you straight to your preferred retailer’s store. You would need to first open an account with Cashfat.

What you get from it

The benefits from cash fat range from fabulous online shopping offers which include cashback, discount coupons, and promo codes. The service is absolutely free. The range of goods and brands available is large and includes names like Air Asia, Amazon, Big Basket, Burger King, Cleartrip, Decathlon, ebay, Oyo, Pizzahut, Snapdeal among many others.

It’s all hassle free

Once you enter the store of your choice, prominently displayed are the coupons and promo codes available. After the purchase is completed, believe it or not, the cashback is tracked and added on to your CASHFAT wallet thats held in your account, within 48 hours. After that, the cashback is confirmed and you can redeem it conveniently. CashFat.com is definitely a trusted cashback site in India.

Best Fiction I Have Read in 2016- The Girl On the Train By Paula Hawkins

Best Fiction I Have Read in 2016- The Girl On the Train By Paula Hawkins

So “The Girl on the Train” it is- the adult fiction book that topped The New York Times Fiction Best Seller list in 2016, in the Combined Print & E-Book Fiction category. It was for 10 weeks at the top of the list (as of October 30th), followed by Me Before You by Jojo Moyes with 7 weeks. With positive reviews right from the start, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins may seem yet another story, of love, lust and infidelity.

Yet, according to me, what clicked in the book is that element of suspense the narration held within it all along. Yes, indeed towards the end the book did get predictable, but otherwise, the book did have the right amount of clues thrown in at the right time. The Girl on the Train worked for me and here’s why it did.

The Plot
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day it’s the same route, moving past cozy suburban homes, and stopping at the signal that allows her to catch a glimpse of the same couple. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. 

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And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough for everything to change. Soon she is deeply entangled, in her own life as well as in the lives of many others. I wouldn’t want to divulge too much on the plot, but similar to other thrillers its best for readers to dive in on their own. The plot was cinematic indeed with vivid descriptions that played on my mind.

The Element of Suspense

None of the revelations in The Girl on the Train are straight forward. They keep you guessing, so as you read, the plot may seem to get murkier indeed.

The Ending
The only thing that left me disappointed was the ending, which played out like a movie scene. I felt it was a bit underdone, with elements of melodrama and action strewn in.

Despite this, a novel like “The Girl on the Train” is definitely a must read. It plays on your mind, pulls you into it and ensures you read it till that last page. That’s the power of Paula Hawkins and her well executed narration.

Book Review- Yashodhara Lal- When Love Finds You

Book Review- Yashodhara Lal- When Love Finds You

was recently told by an upcoming Indian author that my book reviews seldom present any Indian author and his book in positive light. Probably this is true, but it isn’t something I do with a pre-conceived notion or thought. At the beginning of 2016, when people were signing up for reading challenges on Goodreads, I took up a relatively different kind of challenge, of reading more Indian authors. We do have a fairly large publishing industry in our country, which churns out books by the dozens every month. Sadly, by the end of the year, I must say that I am a tad disappointed. 

Except for a few books, most of them aren’t really great literary pieces. Don’t get me wrong here. There is enough talent among Indian authors. There are decent story lines, and the comprehension and writing is fine too, considering English isn’t really the mother tongue of most. Yet, clearly, most books failed to leave a lasting impression. That magic, story tellers need to weave into their story to ensure readers are able to take something of the book when that last page is turned over, is missing. Most books are strewn with editing errors too.

Many authors, whose first book was a fantastic read, have failed to create the same impression with their subsequent ones. Yashodhara Lal’s latest book “When Love Finds You” is one such book. I loved her first book,Just Married, Please Excuse. It was a decent blend of humor and brilliant story telling. However, her latest book isn’t  anywhere close to this. 

Natasha, the protagonist in “When Love Finds You” is the strong willed working woman. She is the badaas boss, and she literally pushes her sub-ordinates to their limits to perform and bring in sales numbers. She is single and is sure that she has her life under control. At this moment enter, two new people into the office space, and into her life- Rishabh and Nikhil. Both are her superiors, smart and the entire office seems to drool over their looks. But things turn out a little different for Natasha as she begins to detest one, and the relationship with the other takes on a whole new form. Taking it on from here the book explores the emotional turmoil of Natasha, and how life teaches her to make some important decisions.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part is an over stretched corporate saga, strewn with characters with no relevance. The second part delves into Natasha’s relationships. I liked the way the transformation in her is portrayed here, from the badaas girl to a mellower person. She sure is the tough boss, but she needs a bit of love and care too. The story actually picks up momentum from the third part onwards. I loved the way Yashodhara subtly highlights the stigma attached with a single successful woman. They are often considered vulnerable and face challenges in the form of sexual harassment too.

I wouldn’t really say the story line is something new, though I did like parts of it. It’s got a fairly predictable ending, and doesn’t really leave a lingering feeling after that last page is closed. Yashodhara Lal’s latest surely failed to impress!!

About the Author:

Yashodhara Lal is an IIM-Bangalore graduate who has worked across FMCG, technology and media companies, most often in marketing and most recently in leading corporate social responsibility for a large MNC. She is also a fitness instructor and a yoga and music enthusiast and lives in Gurgaon with her three loud children and perpetually bemused husband. Her bestselling titles include Just Married, Please Excuse (2012), Sorting Out Sid (2014) and There’s Something About You (2015). She is also working on a children’s book, Peanut has a Plan, due for release in 2016. When Love Finds You is Yashodhara’s fourth book.

 

Travel to Israel to Experience Happiness, Faith and Life

Travel to Israel to Experience Happiness, Faith and Life

If there is one unique thing that stands out in Israel, it is the diversity the country holds within it. Exuberant in every way, the beautiful people and place seem as though they are all out of a grand epic. Vibrant cultures, traditions, art and culinary that fills your heart with joy. The desert and the sea, together, make it a surreal world for the tourist exploring it.

At the intersection of Asia, Europe and Africa, lies Israel, a congruence of cultures, empires and religions since time immemorial. It bears the cradle of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. One can immerse oneself in the holy land and in its rich religious traditions.

  • Jerusalem- the cradle of the world’s three biggest religions

Truly Jerusalem serves as the landmark for the three biggest religions of the world. It has the great Western Wall. An important shrine, this Jewish site was initially a retaining wall supporting the outer portion of Temple Mount, upon which stood the Second Temple. Although the Temple was destroyed, its retaining structure remained and rabbinical texts maintain that the Shechina (divine presence) never deserted it.

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Jerusalem is also famous for its Byzantine-era synagogues adorned with sumptuous mosaics. Synagogues around the Sea of Galilee attract a lot of tourists. The sites are of importance as they are associated with the birth of Jesus (Bethlehem) and the crucifixion site. Mecca and Medina is Holy for the Muslims. The Dome of the Rock is yet another masterpiece and an enduring symbol of the city. It is covered by a slab of stone sacred to both the Muslim and Jewish Faiths.

That’s how magnificent Jerusalem is!

  • Tel Aviv- The vibrant city with tourists thronging it through the year.

Did you know Tel Aviv is often referred to as the party capital of the Middle East?

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Tel Aviv is a multicultural mix of people, cultures, and cuisines. You would find sky scrapers that adorn the beautiful skyline, neatly laid out bike paths, cafes and bistros with vibrant young and beautiful people. The sultry Mediterranean climate and the sea with its lashing waves make it an ideal place for a happening night life. The shores of the sea are a witness every night to the young and old alike, tourists and locals, who party till the break of dawn. It’s no surprise Tel Aviv is known as the party capital of the Middle East.

Tel Aviv also houses the world’s major centers of high-tech venture capital, the century-old city earned UNESCO World Heritage status by virtue of its 1930s-style Bauhaus architecture.

  • The Dead Sea- Truly one of the wonders of the world

The Dead Sea on the Israeli shore could be considered as the largest spa in the world. It is a must visit, as it lets you soak up the sun while you lie flat and float in the water. The sea is serene surrounded by mountains and hills, adding to its scenic beauty.

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The sea water rejuvenates your entire body and mind.  With the Dead Sea mud mask and salts, you could detox the body, increase your circulation, improve the skin texture and cure those aches and pains. Many tourists spend hours on the beach floating on the sea and benefiting from the rich minerals in both the mud and the salts.

  •  Cuisine- Surely you must have them and savor the unique flavors

Israeli food has some really distinct tastes and flavors. They greatly differ from European or Western food, but have a strong resemblance to many Asian and North African cuisine. Yet, with its own distinct signature taste.

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Something, which should definitely not be given a miss. Must tries are surely the Falafel – the king of Israeli food. It is a delicious mix of chickpeas and fava beans, along with the use of some generous spices. The Hummus is a kind of dip or spread made from crushed chickpeas and mixed with tehina sauce, lemon, olive oil, salt and garlic.  The Shakshooka is yet another fantastic Israeli food is a liquid dish made up of tomatoes, onions, plenty of garlic, and spices such as sweet paprika.

Israel – A Great Destination for Indian Tourists? Of course it is….

A country with a modern lifestyle and experiences, Israel is truly a great holiday destination from India. The country offers a lot more and caters to budget travellers, backpackers, and family holidays too. The weather is moderate and definitely enjoyable by Indian travellers. Tel Aviv is the coolest city in the Mediterranean. One can also travel to Gulf Countries, after having a Israel visa stamp on their passport. 

Israel is a perfect blend of faith, of life, of happy people, of a great lifestyle, culinary experiences, and much more. The country is safer than most western countries and a holiday would be worth every bit. From serenity to diversity, from religion and history to architecture, you get it all in one single land which is Israel. So go for it!!!

When The Last Right is Not For Daughters

When The Last Right is Not For Daughters

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha was laid to rest at Marina Beach in Chennai. Her close aide Sasikala performed the last rites before her body was lowered into the earth. I watched it in entirety on national television. But why am I talking about this when this post isn’t about Tamil Nadu politics or its vendetta? It’s because…. I saw a woman out there performing the last rites!!!!

Hinduism prescribes a whole set of rules and regulations that have been passed on from generations, with a sole idea of having some sort of orderliness in our complex human life. Some of these rules make sense while many others could simply be termed superstitious.

When my father passed away a few years back, the entire responsibility of giving him that final farewell fell on my sister and my shoulders. From arranging a Hindu priest, to booking the timing and slot for cremation at the graveyard, the two of us managed to pull the whole thing. Yet, at the time when the last rites were to be performed, the priest politely told us to stay away and instead, another male member of the family was asked to step in. I wasn’t too happy with this, yet at that moment, so overwhelmed was I with emotions on my father dying, I refrained from arguing with the family around.

Till date, I regret doing this.

The importance of the male relative performing the last rites comes from the Garuda Purana, one of the eighteen Puranas which are part of the Hindu body of texts. To me, this rule or tradition, whatever you may choose to call it, denies the right of the woman over her parents. For a very long time, I tried making sense of why was it alright for another male member to perform the last rites, but not the daughter. And after considerable reading and speaking to many who were well-versed with the scriptures, I learnt that:

The scriptures mention women as soft hearted emotional beings. Thus extreme grief could be overwhelming and handling rituals related to it may take a toll on them. It is for this very reason, women are often forbidden from entering the cremation ground. The scriptures emphasize on purity in every ritual performed. And mensuration has always been considered impure. As such cycles could hinder the course of the ritual being performed; women were kept away from it in entirety. Some scholars are also of the view that this rule was added to the scriptures to prevent women from demanding paternal property. In our patriarchal society, a woman, once married, belonged to the husband’s family. Exempting women from performing last rites of parents would ensure that they have no rights or legal claim on their parents’ property. A few other scholars, state that though the Puranas do not mention a daughter’s role, it does not expressly forbid them from doing so.

The Changing Trends

But do these traditions & practices seem relevant in today’s times? For years now, this has been under constant debate. In fact there have been cases in the last few years where daughters have come ahead and performed the last rites of their parents.  Renuka Choudhury, the fiery congress leader, performed the last rites of her father, being the only child. When Gopinath Munde was cremated, his last rites were performed by his daughter and political heir, Pankaja Munde. The traditional notions of the role of a son in his parents’ last rites must erode away, and we must welcome a new set of practices that are suitable to the world we are living in today.

As a society we collectively need to understand that many traditions and practices were perfect for the time they were made for. Like the process of evolution, our thoughts and ideas must evolve to newer forms, to mold itself into the changing patterns of society.