Archive for January, 2008

Rewards of Choice

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

For many people, choice may be its own reward, but as I pointed out in my blog post “Cost of Choice” (click here to read this post), the choice offered by online shopping may cost you a lot of time.

But, for those who can spare the time, online shopping does come with its own rewards like lower prices and the comfort of shopping from home.

There is a growing number of online special offer providers who give out discount vouchers that you can enter on the respective e-tailers – websites to get discounts at the time of checkout. The few ones one I’ve come across are,, and

I recently came across a useful “Pennypincher” article titled “A few mouse clicks can save you a fortune” in The Sunday Telegraph dated 30 December 2007 describing the kind of special deals you can get from these websites. Click here to read this article.

Happy New Year 2008

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

I wish readers of Talk of Many Things a Happy New Year 2008.

Thanks to the scores of readers who wrote back with comments (bouquets and brickbats) through 2007 – a sample of which I’m giving below:

Hi Ketha, Great work!

Dear Ketha, I happened to get your site from Google. It was pleasure to see the site and the contents. As I believed always, you are the knowledge base and there is lot to learn from you. The effort taken to manage the site is well appreciated.

Ketha, brilliant site and interesting content. Spent almost 30 minutes here … Was fun.

I apologize if I haven’t been able to respond back individually to some of them.

And until I heard about Akismet midway through 2007, NO THANKS to the thousands of spammers who wasted considerable amount of my time making me sort out their spam emails in my inbox. Akismet is a fantastic comment spam blocking service that has saved me from nearly 20K spam comments this last year. Thanks a ton to Akismet!

Thanks very much also to WordPress – the most flexible blogging platform out there. Talk of Many Things started out on a different blogging platform but after a few weeks there, I moved it to WordPress and I’ve never regretted my decision since then.

Many readers have complained that it is a bit painful to leave behind comments on Talk of Many Things. I agree, and I attribute it to my inadequate technical skills and paucity of time. One of my new year resolutions is to improve this process. Readers with suggestions for improvement can email them to me at or simply click here to leave them.

Thanks once again and look forward to staying in touch in 2008.