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Feb 20

iSmooth 3ft lightning cable

In the May of 2014, I had bought a lightning cable (ignore image, for representation purpose only) from this seller  called AFFLUX on Amazon.com. Incase you get bored and don’t read further, don’t buy anything from these guys. They are a third party seller on Amazon.com

It was an iSmooth iPhone 5s charging cable (3ft), not very expensive, however the cable was always very buggy and often would complain that the accessory is not supported. I battled through it, standing on one leg, re-attaching the wire etc. every time it would happen. However as time passed the wire became more and more unreliable. So much so that it became impossible to recharge using this cable.

I remembered that the cable was iSmooth’s and on their website they claimed a 10 year warranty on their cable products. So I tried to get in touch with AFFLUX through Amazon asking them if they can help in this matter. To my surprise they did not even reply to my complaints.

Next, I contacted ISmooth who offer the warranty, they asked me for the invoice from Amazon and promptly told me that they will not honor warranty as AFFLUX is not an authorized reseller and they are following up with Amazon and AFFLUX. I am currently following up on them regarding a replacement since their warranty terms don’t mention anything about purchasing from them only. However not much I can do if they refuse since its too small for small claims.

I filed a return request with Amazon and this time AFFLUX was super fast, they immediately declined my claim and as the return period had passed Amazon was cool with it. So I am in this bind, the manufacturer says the sale is unauthorized and the seller is AWOL and only responds when I file a claim. That too in the negative.

Anyway I contacted Amazon and they told me since this is by a third party seller they cannot refund me the money but have offered me a promotional credit. I will follow-up with ISmooth and update the thread on that replacement. They have however claimed that the super buggy cables are bound to go bad again.

In the meantime, be careful when buying stuff from Amazon’s third party sellers. This was a fairly low price item but I doubt Amazon would refund $500 after 9 months in such a situation. So that’s the lesson learnt.


Feb 20

Reddit India had this photo posted by an eagle eyed user with a note that even Flipkart uses Amazon’s own services :

 Flipkart using Amazon's package

Then Reddit India cheekily tweeted this. To this, Flipkart responded in a way you wouldn’t expect :

Flipkart tweet about amazon

Something tells me we have not seen the end of this yet, more so because Flipkart still has not explained from what they got delivered to them.

Amazon Response

Modified to include Amazon’s response above.


Feb 17

I just learnt today that TopCashBack has an Indian subsidiary. To people who may not know, TopCashBack is a site which gives you cashback for your regular shopping when you click via the website while going to the merchant.

So for example if you want to buy a pizza from Dominos and get extra cashback, do the following :

  1. Goto TopCashBack, signup or login if already signed up..
  2. Search for dominos and click on the link TopCashBack gives you
  3. Then use that window to purchase the pizza. If all goes well a few weeks later you have extra cashback in your account post the clicks.

And to my surprise out of all the stores I shopped in the past week it had cashback deals on each of them. And I am not kidding, here is the proof :

1. LensKart.com – Bought some lens solution for my brother here. Post purchase realised that I could have got Rs.120 cashback  had I clicked through via TopCashBack ( for a purchase between 500-999 rupees. Other offers on LensKart :

  • Online Purchase of orders over Rs.1000 ₹ 320.00
  • Online Purchase of orders below Rs.500 ₹ 56.00
  • Online Purchase of orders between Rs.500 and Rs.999 ₹ 120.00

2. Dominos India – So I had a pizza craving, later I realised I could have made Rs. 24 on the Dominos India order had I ordered via that.

3. Paytm – If you are recharging your phone, get Rs.8 back on a minimum recharge of Rs.20

Apart from this there are offers of cashback on FlipKart, Amazon India, SnapDeal, Myntra etc. also . So if you like to save moneyvia cashbacks , signup through one of the links above.

These are affiliate links, but I get something only if you save Rs.500 over some time which I guarantee you will if you use it for all your online shopping.


Feb 15

 Reese - Peanut butter chocolate spread

Reese has a new spread in town, and it tastes different from Nutella or Hershey’s spread. Influenster recently sent us a Voxbox with the delicious chocolate and peanut butter treat and my family seems to adore it.

The product has a premium feel and taste to it, tastes almost like nutella minus the hazelnut and plus the peanut butter and amazingly has no HFCS. Personally I have had it as a spread and as a dip for veggies. It tastes nice as a spread on bread and muffins, so +1 there. I also tried to mix it with milk, that experiment I am sad to report did not go that well , basically it was yuck :)

In terms of health, not the healthiest option, a 37g modest serving has 190 calories with a good 100 coming from fat. However considering that most of the fat should be from peanut butter, your dietician wouldn’t throw a fit. The dextrose and hydrogenated fats suck though.

Nutrition information - Reese

Overall for taste I would give it a 4/5 and for health 3/5.


Jul 12

Disclaimer : The razor was provided to us by Gillette for testing, the opinions are 100% genuine.

Folks who read our reviews know that I am a Mach 3 Turbo user, I use the disposable razor or the cartridge one occasionally breaking the pattern for my Panasonic electric razor. So when Gillette sent me this bad boy, I was thinking it would be ok but I would continue to use my Mach 3 Turbo.

So lets get to the technology behind the blade, realistically, I don’t think the blades differ that much from the other proglides and there might be a marketing spin there.

They claim it has thinner edges and low resistance coating but to be honest, I have always found my Mach 3 Turbo to also have fairly thin edges and offer very little resistance even with a week old beard.

In terms of comfort, the Proglide did adjust to the contours of my face better than the Mach 3 and much better than the Schick Hydro razor. I got zero nicks and cuts on my neck which is sort of a record for me :) I used it both with the grain and against the grain and it was effortless.

Now depending upon the cost, this has real potential to be my new razor replacing my buddy since school, the Mach 3 Turbo. Also need to see how the blades and the flexball age to confirm if this really is worth it.

[rating:4.5]


Apr 07

Schick Hydro 5 package Ok folks, we have another review for you. we review the Schick Hydro 5. The Hydro 5 razors were provided to us by Crowdtap to review. We undertook the #SchickHydroChallenge and here is our report. I have tried some of the older Schicks but never really switched to them. My staple is the Mach 3 Turbo disposable razor, its easy to use, doesn’t cut or nick my skin and when purchased in sufficiently large quantities at Costco doesn’t cost a lot (or atleast I can afford it :) )

So I received the package from Crowdtap, it had 2 razors, I kept one for myself and gave one to my partner in crime brother to test out. Both of us are Mach 3 users since forever so it would have been interesting to see how this matched up against what I think might be the most popular razor in the world.

Schick Hydro 5 vs Mach 3

First a little note about my habits, I generally shave around once a week or so and prefer to keep a stubble (hence shaving at night many times so that I don’t look like a recently licked baby when I go out).

So I incorporated the Schick Hydro 5 into my shaving routine and here are my observations :

1. Lubrication : I use Giovanni shaving cream as the primary lubricant, after the blade has run over, I usually have a very soft feeling and the shave with the Schick was no different. The blades just kept gliding and it was a smooth shave.

2. Closeness of shave : Not an expert at this, but 5 blades did seem more efficient than 3. The shave seemed to be closer than the Mach 3 Turbo.

3. Nicks and Cuts : Although the shave was smoother and closer with the Schick, I was left with visibly more nicks and cuts. I dont know if its me or if the face doesnt pivot as much as the Mach 3s, however I am willing to give these babies a few more tries, maybe I need to redo my shaving strategy.

The verdict : We liked the Schick Hydro, and at the price point they do make a pretty compelling case to replace my razor, you may want to go ahead and give these a try and take the #challenge.

[rating:4]