The Economic Times,
WHEN DINESH Agarwal was in the US six years ago, a cousin back in India asked him to get all the information he could on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He tried hard telephoning but got little information. As a sort of last desperate move, he turned to the Internet which was still in the growing stage. And with a click, he had a screenful and more of information his cousin needed! That was perhaps the germ from which Agarwal’s Intermesh Systems was born. Now, at 30, Agarwal runs an Internet company that boasts a sales turnover of Rs 70 lakh a year. “We are targeting Rs 2.5 crores in the current financial year,” he says as a matter-of-factly.
Hindustan Times – HT City,
Got an international credit card? Then all you need to do is log on to websites like shopping.indiamart.com and ‘send’ sweets or dry fruits from Haldiram
As cracker sales plummet, Delhities prepare for a low-key but hi-tech celebration
It’s not just nerds celebrating an ‘on-line’ Diwali this year: It’s also the aged grandparents of Indo-US netizens who are being dot-com’d into the new millennium, receiving gifts online from children overseas.
Diwali cards will also be outmoded next year as new software makes it possible to talk and exchange greetings with loved ones across the globe. Suddenly, Diwali is no longer what it used to be: Mithais are unhealthy, crackers are politically incorrect and diyas a fire hazard in crowded by-lanes and gullies. In such a scenario, why not sit back and celebrate Diwali – virtually?
In case you haven’t noticed, Diwali has gone digital. Get on the World Wide Web to send mithais to your family and friends in or around Delhi. Got an international credit card? Then all you need to do is log on to websites like shopping indiamart com and ‘send’ sweets or dry fruits from Haldiram, the Asian food giant, simply by clicking at the right places . So forget that ritual Diwali trip to Tau’s place, and dotcom him some kaju-barfi instead.
But for many, Diwali will be a low-key affair this year. Even the gifts are fewer, complains novelist Khushwant Singh: “Last Diwali, I had received 10-odd bottles of Scotch. This year it’s only three.” Even shops and stores are reporting lower sales this year, particularly when it comes to crackers. Says Maheshwar Dayal Srivastava, owner of Majestic Fire Works, “Cracker sales are down to 20% this year, thanks to the anti-pollution and anti-child labour campaigns. It’s a trend that’s been evident for the last 10 years.”
Quiz wiz Siddharth Basu has been a part of that trend for years and “now that schools have been issued letters by the Delhi CM to say ‘no’ to crackers this Diwali, I think, as parents, we shouldn’t encourage them.”
One parent who won’t is model Simar Duggal: “I have a little child who suffers congestion year after year due to pollution. I think people are realising it and that is why there was less noise last year…
…Which brings us back to our virtual celebrations – why not be cyber savvy and dotcom Diwali?
The Asian Age,
New Delhi, Nov. 5: Click to cyber sweets. Nostalgia, the ache to be in the midst of festivities and the joy of sending mithai surprises.
Each of these is answered by Intermesh Systems’ new website for Diwali. In collaboration with Haldiram’s, shopping indiamart com gives Indians living abroad an opportunity to send gifts to relatives and friends in Delhi with sugary delights. A brainchild of the marketing head, Intermesh Systems, Mr Manan Sharma, shopping.indiamart.com has a variety of Indian sweets, dry-fruits and even silver coins that can be ordered on the Net and sent to near and dear ones anywhere in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida or Ghaziabad.
Web Developer Super Guide – By Mirza Wahid
Evolving rapidly into a web solutions supermarket, InterMESH Systems claim to fame is www.indiamart.com, one of the largest Indian business service providers on the Internet and a premier online business information exchange in the country.
The Economic Times,
IN THESE days of the global Indian, you could be well half-way across the world when your family back home is bursting firecrackers and glowing in the celebrations of Diwali. You wish you could send something more than wishes via mail and would rather not suffer watching you bill rise over a transient telephone call.
Well, now you can actually send something that will further sweeten the evening for them: Haldiram Sweets. Via the internet.
Zee News Reader: Internet now enables you to send sweets! On a festive occasion, who does not wish to meet ones family and friends? However, due to today’s busy schedule this is not always possible. But now you may send sweets to your family even from a distant location.
Chandrani Roy (Zee News): Dussera has just passed and Diwali is fast approaching. But many a times, we are able to wish our dear ones merely over the phone. Now, a website named shopping indiamart com is available on the Net. Through this site, NRIs can send sweets to their relatives and friends in India.
Amit Gundh (IndiaMART.com): Our distributor had gone to deliver our first order in Delhi. This order was from some Jasmine Gupta from New Jersey who had ordered sweets for her mother in Delhi. It was actually a great feeling …when she received the pack she had tears in her eyes. Now that’s what keeps us going. The concept will really catch up online.
Chandrani Roy: You simply need to choose a gift pack, make payment online through credit card, and a fresh pack of chosen sweets will be delivered at the doorsteps of your friends or relatives. This way, even from a distant place you can feel close to your dear ones.
October 21, 1999: You are the only raja beta of your parents migrated to California from India.You have always wished you could send Mithais and gifts to you dear ones on Diwali, but had to content by sending a greeting or a letter full of wishes. But this time it is different. Sending gifts from anywhere in the world to your dear ones in Delhi will no more cost fortunes. http://www.indiangiftsportal.com in collaboration with Asian sweet giant- Haldiram’s offers this unique facility of ordering a whole range of premium sweets and gifts online, that will be delivered at the doorsteps of your friends or relatives in Delhi and surrounding areas including NOIDA, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad at highly affordable prices.
On a click of mouse you can chose from a range of premium diwali sweets, dry fruit gift packs and chocolates to be sent. All you need to do is to choose the mithai/gift of your liking specifying the quantity, key in your name and credit card number along with the name and address of the recipient, and rest back and wait till you receive a thanking letter from your dear one. The order will be processed in Delhi and the chosen gift will be delivered on or before Diwali day. The site accepts VISA, Mastercard, AmEx and Discover credit cards.
Shopping.IndiaMART.com aims at growing into an online retail shopping network by Christmas. Behind this unique offer is IndiaMART.com, which has come a long way since its conception in 1996 as the global gateway to Indian marketplace. It offers six content rich industry based sites including handicraft, apparel, travel, health, news and finance with automobiles and e-greetings in the making.
Hindustan Times – HT City,
Log on to www.indiantravelportal.com for information on travel hotspots, mode of travel, accommodation options… just about everything needed for an Indian vacation, be it adventure tourism, places of worship, water sports, fairs and festivals, wildlife sanctuaries or beach resorts. The latest offer on the site is Heat ’99 that offers an 11 day, 50 km trek at Ghuttu and Rishikesh. Another interesting feature of the site is its discussion board that offers browsers a chance to discuss their areas of interest and share their experiences.
Vol XVII August 15,1999
Financial Performance of Indian IT companies
August 10, 1999: India is going to polls once again, and in the 13th Lok Sabha elections the stakes are high. On the occasion all eyes, not only from India but from people across the globe, will turn to Indian electoral scene after the Kargil dispute and Indian economy moving faster than ever before. IndiaMART.com, would bring these hot and closely watched elections on the Net on its new site— www.indian-elections.com dedicated to the forthcoming polls.