Hiya people, as all of you know…. there are subscription boxes galore in India. While most of them focus on beauty and fashion accessories, there are few that venture into something different as well. An example of that is the The Day Drinking Box. Brought to you by the same team that curates The Violet Box, this box has an interesting story! During a Violet Box party (term used by the team for a brainstorming session), Gaurav their COO came up with the idea of having a box that focussed only on tea and coffee. He reflected on data showing an average individual having over 40,000 cups of tea or coffee in their lifetime. He felt that the large brands that dominate the Indian market, mass produce powdered teas only. The team decided to change this and source high quality fresh whole leaf teas. Thus was born the Day Drinking Box which aims to bring together whole leaf Oolong, Rooibos, Puer-eh, Matcha, Green & Black teas and arabica bean single estate coffees from across the world. I was sent the January 2016 and here is the unboxing video
The Violet Box is a new (to me) beauty subscription box that started in early 2016. Yogita, who is the founder & CEO of The Violet Box had an idea while she was studying at the London School of Economics. She was inspired from the lifestyle & culture in London and her idea was to have a beautiful luxury box that women could use to feel pampered. The Violet Box has organic & vegan beauty products. As a bonus, it includes treats like gourmet teas, coffees & chocolates.
The Violet Box Unboxing
I thought it would be more fun to talk to you guys and show you the products as I unbox The Violet Box. So here it is… my first, beauty guru style youtube video…! Check it out and let me know what you think…
The other day I was WhatsApping with my girlie gang (Shoutout to Nu, Rauni, Heer, Beenii and Neha) and we were talking about how children of today lose their innocence early on and how tech savvy they are. While parents are responsible for that in a large way, another fact is that our cities have become so crowded and a casualty of this has been play areas. When we were young, each building in Mumbai had enough space in the compound for us to run about and play in. Same thing has happened to our locality in Delhi too, said the husband. Those conversations made me realise that my gratitude list should have another inclusion. I should be thankful that my daughter has access to open spaces where she can play safely. However, for those who do not have acess to those, there are plenty of play areas that are coming up in the city. One such play area where I took my daughter to was Fun O Factory at R City Mall, Ghatkopar.
Fun O Factory Concept
Fun O Factory is a covered play area within R City Mall. It has three sections – one softplay area for toddlers, one ropecourse for older children and one trampoline park for every body. When I say everybody… I do mean everybody – even you! Yes, the adults can play on the trampolines too. In fact, Fun O Factory plans to start fitness classes for adults very soon… on these trampolines!
What is your first impression when I say Gourmet?
I think of miniscule portions, elaborate presentations, punch of flavours, play of textures… basically, lots of visual drama but not enough food to fill your stomach. However, I always associate gourmet with a plate. So a pack of chips meant for gourmet snacking was unique for me. I mean chips… they are just fried discs. Right? Wrong. As I learnt from my brush with Terra chips.
As a busy working mom, I always claim to be short on time. While that notion itself is debatable, one of the things that gets pushed to the back burner all the time is my health. This is nothing new. I have seen my mother do it. All my colleagues do it. The only time we really pay attention to our health is when something goes wrong. We only visit the doctor when some part of our body complains. What follows is a flurry of tests. Once during such a discussion with a doctor buddy, he said India has no concept of regular tests. If people monitored their health, then early detection of problems and early treatments would not only be less painful for the people but also increase the success rate for the doctors. True, I said and mused that more people would adopt this regular test practice if it was more convenient. This is the age of convenience. If I can get vegetables delivered by WhatsApp, then surely I can get my medical tests done from home.
We had that conversation and forgot about it. A few days later I was approached by Thyrocare to try out their Aarogyam programme. Under this package, they have a series of tests so you can choose the one that is most suited to your needs. The best part though is that they offer these services in the comfort of their homes. Am recounting my experience with the service below.
Aarogyam by Thyrocare – My Experience
Once my package was confirmed, I was sent an email with the tests included in the package. I also received a phone call for scheduling the appointment. I requested for a weekend morning and they readily agreed. One day before the appointment, I was called again to confirm the appointment and told to fast for at least 10 hours before the blood samples could be collected. My only request then was that their executive call me 30 minutes before arrival. On the morning of the appointment, the executive calls me half an hour before the scheduled time. While I marveled at the professionalism, he says he is 10 minutes away! I told him to give me a few more minutes and he said that he has to travel further to collect more samples and will be late for those appointments. 10-15 minutes was not much of a big deal so I readily agreed. He arrived within the next few minutes and began laying out all his equipment on the table. I noticed that all the things he fetched were sealed in their individual bags. My guess is that they were all sterile.
The next thing he did shocked me though. He began opening the bags without cleaning his hands! I had to ask him to wash his hands before beginning the procedure. He had a tough time finding the right vein to draw blood from. Not his fault, I have always faced this whenever I have gone for the blood tests. People do lose their patience sometimes during my sample collection. However, I friend was probably in a hurry because the first time he jabbed me, he had not even added the Velcro band on the upper arm to increase the pressure on the hand. When I asked him to do it, he produced a band so dirty that I wished I had not asked him for it. Once the sample was collected, he left. I was notified by text messages that my samples have reached the lab.
The very next day, a soft copy of the results was mailed to me. The hard copy arrived within the next week.
To conclude, I think this service is a great idea. From an execution perspective, they have set very good processes for keeping all the operations smooth. There is ample communication with the customer so one does not really feel the need to reach out to them. The reminder call the previous afternoon and the fasting reminded are actually necessary! My only problem was with the executive visiting me and his inclination toward hygiene. This was the most important part of the experience. In fact, if proper care is not taken, the samples can get contaminated or even exchanged with others. I think that a backpack where bags of samples and sterile equipment is stored together is not the ideal way of doing things here. If only they improve on this bit, it would be a flawless service. In fact, when I shared the same feedback with the folks at Thyrocare, they told me that they have taken it very seriously and communicated it to their staff to rectify these problems. I was pleasantly surprised that they did that and even communicated it back to me.
Disclaimer: I was offered this service complimentary in exchange for the review. The views expressed are my own though