8 quick Home décor tips for an upcoming House Party

What do you do when you get a call from your pals saying they want to jam up at your place or what would you do differently for the upcoming kitty party scheduled in your house this week…..here are a few ideas:

  1. Buy a collection of Indian Tapestry wall hangings or bed covers ready…they are pretty affordable so you can keep a collection  of different colors and designs. If there’s a Baithak arrangement in your hall then a psychedelic or a mandala wall hanging would complement it…Buy them in little bigger sizes so that you can interchange the usage between wall hangings and throw bed covers. These are easy to change and cuts the monotony                          .17
  2. Arrange for a hookah and some brass wine glasses with a Surahi to create a royal presentation.                                                                                    SRHCF101SRHCF155                                                    SRHCF195                                              How about adding some fun n color to your dining table with this intricately designed quirky tissue holder…A crochet tissue holder
  3. Make your walls look vibrant with some contemporary paintings on canvas. A sufi saint or an abstract series of waves. Sometimes a contrasting wall décor adds a lot of fun to your interiors. You may also choose the 3D posters or the traditional gemstone paintings.                     IMG-20150311-WA0012 7    1   IMG-20150425-WA0000
  4. Ensure the wall clocks are in tandem with the contemporary or traditional look that you choose.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 BC9903SRHCF107SR4HCF366
  5. The cutlery selection could be varied starting from wooden to brass makes. Serving trays and bowls also add to the ambience of the party.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SRHCF129SRHCF266SRHCF307SR4HCF374

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6.Entertaining your guests could be easier if you got some games or some easy musical instruments handy. A classy game for a friends get together could be a Chessboard and for a more musically inclined group a Karaoke , a beautifully designed flute or a bugle could be good options.

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7. Dont forget your furnishings. Keep options ready so that your next party doesn’t look repetitive.

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8. You may accessorize your walls, table tops, floor or showcases to add more glamour to the venue by using some of these accessories.

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For readers of this blog there’s a flat 20% discount on the above mentioned categories. Use coupon code CKBLOG15 (valid till the 30th of June-2016) Visit the link http://www.cheerkart.com/Handicraft—Gifts-depid-417909-page-1.html to make use of this coupon code.

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Gift suggestions – Top Five Series

While there are handful of options to consider about what to gift to your near and dear friends, colleagues and family members, no deal of ideas may satisfy you sometimes. So, here we are to give you a quick pick of how differently you can go about with gifts this time around. Consider these top five gift items that can make the occassion so special.

# Dry Fruits – Keeping the trends alive, a dry fruit box can complement the traditional sweets and savories, if not replace them. You can choose dry fruits because they are healthy and can be shared among friends, more importantly they fit in to the bill when the talk is all about gifts. Don’t ignore the packaging convince too.

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# Handicrafts –how about picking up a gift that can capture memories too? Yes, stuff like marble handicrafts and Rajasthani handicraft collection will seldom fail to impress. Souvenirs from the western, Eastern, northeren and central India would surely make your gifts quirky and bring out the richness of Indian Art and craft..Handicrafts are magical for relationships and isn’t that an open secret you always knew about?

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# Ethnic Wear –what else can you think about traditionally welcoming your loved ones home other than Ethnic Wear? Though recommended for people in the close quarters, it reminds them of your culture and they will never forget what your home is all about.

#Gift Cards – When you don’t know how to really go about shopping because you wouldn’t even know what to buy, gift your friends the access to indulge. Gift cards as they call it are your answer to uncertainty as you can rely on them to do wonders this season.

# Freedom Shopping – Do your know your choice of gifts can upset your friends and loved ones at times? It’s time you free yourself from the expectations of your vicious circle, take the path of freedom to gift and it’s pretty simple. Gift the freedom to shop to your dear ones and feel the difference.

Do visit cheerkart.com for more gifting ideas and indulge in cheerful shopping experience.     

Love Bengal Handloom? Here’s why its Heritage is admired by all generations…

The uniqueness in Bengali way of going about festivals and special occasions is always identified with traditional overtones which can be simply referred to as part of the rich heritage of Bengal. Talking about Bengal’s heritage and isolating handloom designs and creations is as good as shifting the entire focus away from Bengal itself. Though no amount of scholarship can justifiably explain the origins of such a rich culture, our generation is blessed to retain the best of Bengal’s heritage through handlooms.

Shopping for your choice of Handpainted Sarees or Pure Cotton Sarees is another kind of excitement that captures every woman’s imagination.

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You will always end up finding something more appealing, Handwoven Sarees for instance haven’t failed to impress many for years. Any reference to Pure Silk often takes our imagination towards Bengal and rightly so the amazing range of silk saree collections including Matka Silk, Sonamukhi Silk and Tassar Silk have always kept the heritage alive. It also goes beyond any doubt that Bengal handloom is not just about quality material, but its essence lies in the artistic work that is absolutely creative. Great sense of creativity blend with traditional identities is encrypted through concepts like Baluchari, Naksha Border and Batik Print.

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It is quite natural for anyone to imagine why Bengal handloom creations are admired across the world and loved by all generations, the diversity within speaks for itself. The thriving handloom industry has also risen to its new heights with the emergence of e-commerce solutions and online shopping avenues.

Explore more varieties of authentic Bengal handlooms and sarees at www.cheerkart.com; it’s the dream destination for your choice of Indian ethnic wear, Jewellery and Handicrafts.                          

Home Décor with traditional artifacts inspired by Bastar Arts

What makes your Home Décor complete? It’s a million dollar question for every enthusiast of home furnishing and interior designs. Perhaps the right way to go about is to figure out what is missing in your collection of interiors. When you actually do that, it is virtually impossible for you to miss out on Bastar Art collections from Chattisgarh unless you already have them decorating your living room. Don’t forget that the classic Dhokara or Dhokra art products can also fit into the gift item categories you would love to share with your friends and family.

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A quick overview of the traditional significance and techniques used in making these artifacts can generate more interest, beyond the identity of Home Décor concepts. The modern day creations of Baster Art are made from the bell metal, brass and bronze combinations which are entirely different from the traditional practices pioneered by tribal craftsmen. They used ‘lost wax technique’ to create handicrafts that are unique to the Bastar region. The techniques and choice of materials have also been evolving which also reflects the impact of maturing culture and civilizations. However, being a region inherited by the tribal communities followed by princely regimes, Bastar is a classic example of retaining the original artistic spirit. Overall we know that the modern day art concepts and products are modified to increase scalability and sustainability while keeping the core of design thinking and traditional impressions intact.

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Though it is invariably true that online shopping has given the much needed oxygen to revive traditional art and craftsmanship, the demand for authentic and reliable Indian Handicrafts remain on the edge. Be glad and cheer up for you have CheerKart, a traditional online store with awesome range of artistic products including Bastar Art CollectionsBastar Art Gallery from Chattisgarh.

Emerging trends in Indian Handicraft with CheerKart

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Madhumita Arolker                                 Co-founder – Cheerkart E- shopping Services

E – Commerce is an integral part of India’s growth story and what we have presumably achieved so far is just a tip of the ice berg, considering its potential as well as market value driven by new age demands. Sophistication in terms of technology applications, design thinking and innovative customer outreach strategies have been playing catalysts in the growth and sustenance of e – commerce, which is now an industry in itself. But, it is no longer a niche that differentiates itself on technology sophistication as the growing demands and conceptions suggest something more challenging. Introducing products and services that are of personal value with an extended scope for clustered positioning and promoting is the new game changing scenario which is also fast emerging. CheerKart rightly identifies the business proposition in the context of such a changing scenario and maturing trends in fashion and lifestyle market segments. In doing so, there is still scope for innovation by carving out new targeted niches. This is also a pertinent reason behind the business model of CheerKart with a strategic approach of introducing unique brands of Handicraft products and solutions.

Priority segments and value proposition – Global scenario and Indian Handicrafts 

A quick overview of the e – commerce industry across the globe would suggest an emerging and clearly classified business segment of ‘Online Shopping’. This also virtually differentiates commercial categories of business services with online portals dedicated for shopping. This impression provides a different overview about the market orientation and potential exclusively in terms of online shopping. Given this scenario, it must suggest great deal of value and potential with Indian Handicrafts Industry’s value being recognized to be about 6% of online shopping value across the world. This value proposition is nothing but the validation of this industry which is at about 100 Billion USD. In imperial terms, Indian Handicrafts Industry is valued at 45,000 Crore INR and it still disproportionately classified under fragmented and unorganized industry.

CheerKart’s focus to carve out a new business proposition with Indian Handicrafts products and solutions by integrating on e – commerce platforms is not only justified but also foresees immense potential which is untapped and not so rightly estimated for years. This can also indicate that the future of these products promoted online could be at par with electronic gadgets and apparels that virtually led the e – commerce revolution in India. Considering various pros and cons of clustered product positioning and marketing, CheerKart makes the right move of introducing product basket with variation, uniqueness and exclusivity. Posed to become one of the prominent e – tailers based in India, CheerKart has impressive brand differentiation with categories including Artificial Jewelry, Apparels and Indian Traditional Wear and Organic Personal Care Products. CheerKart’s Gift Cards and Vouchers will further expand the scope of promoting business as well as the product reach through popular platforms.

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Apparels and Indian Traditional Wear – With the business potential clearly intact, it is more about participating and identifying with the culture and synergy of Indian traditions. Traditional wear and apparel have the kind of appeal and acceptance which is distinctively different from other popular products promoted online. With India textile industry to witness growth to an extent of reaching 141 Billion USD by 2021, there is a very evident scope for Indian traditional wear products. In line with the business potential, CheerKart aims to enter this market with in-house designer clothes in Crochet and introducing traditional Sarees and Salwar Kameezes in partnership with renowned fashion designers.

Organic Personal Care Products – In popular sections of Indian society, there has been a paradigm shift in the thought process and connect with organic products. Proven by research and key scientific parameters, there are superior health benefits of using organic and natural products for personal grooming, hygiene and wellbeing. The upward trends in this segment are rightly supported by the global demand, which is likely reach at 13.2 Billion USD by 2018. CheerKart has its special focus to introduce authentic products of organic value in India.

Artificial Jewelry – With the swiftly evolving and maturing fashion trends, the emphasis is more on scope of design and exclusivity than on the material choice itself. This provides a huge advantage for the Imitation Jewelry products to thrive in emerging markets. Statistics speak for themselves with the present costume jewelry’s market size of 8000 Crore INR in India. Interestingly, online businesses contribute for around 180 Crore INR of the total value. CheerKart proposes to bring in exclusive variety of products in this segment to expand avenues for a sizeable market share.

Handmade Canvas Paintings and Handicraft – Indian Handicraft products are the cynosure at every global expo and rightly so this market is consistently growing at 15%. It takes no exaggeration in forecasting its growth at over 40% with the e – commerce push on the backdrop of a special social media appeal. CheerKart knows how ambitious it would be to participate in a 400 Billion USD global market by promoting authentic Handmade and Handicraft products that are truly Indian with traditional flavor of a multicultural society.

Accessories – Accessories category at CheerKart simply ensures a complete sense of shopping experience. One would find these products with an off-beat connect, to pick up something new every time. It’s a package of random surprises with products ranging across bags, footwear, hair accessories and kids exclusive.

Business Model and Modus Operandi at CheerKart

Being a promising e-tailer with clear prospects for growth and profitability, CheerKart has a proactive and comprehensive marketing strategy. With adequate emphasis given to Digital Marketing and Online Promotions, there would also be considerable focus on Offline and Multimedia Promotions.

Conceptualized and founded by Madhumita Arolker, CheerKart has its Vision and Goals set to create an exceptionally innovative global brand of traditional handicraft products by redefining fashion and lifestyle. Madhumita plans to transform Cheerkart from a vendor sourced model to a standalone brand with inhouse artisans.  Backed by over ten years of rich experience as quality expert, Madhumita envisions creating a one million customer base by 2017. CheerKart aims to become an ambassador for true Indian art and the face of millions of traditional artisans in India.

With the best-in-class e-commerce solutions enabled by latest technology applications, CheerKart has an apparent advantage of unique products promoted through well thought of marketing strategy. It definitely represents the new era of fashion and lifestyle revolution with an extended outlook of traditional appeal.

CheerKart:Creating unique impressions in an era of fashion & lifestyle

E-commerce might have already become a norm in India and net-neutrality could ensure its hope is still alive, but the story would always begin here. It’s about ditching the routine and kick starting brand new trends of fashion and lifestyle. If that’s the reason you shop online, you have them all in CheerKart. An inspired collection of handmade and traditional items would make it worth visiting every single time. Because, you can be sure of finding stuff that appeals – handmade jewelry, apparels, paintings, fashion accessories, gift items, dolls, kids footwear, organic skincare products and lots more. The product range is well classified and presented with uniqueness. It has all the reasons to engage shopping enthusiasts, retailers, corporate houses and event organizers. After all shopping at CheerKart is such an engaging experience that makes one relate to their preferences. The joys are unlimited if you are a lone lady shopping all day long, spare the blush and share it as you go…CheerKart is just getting better.

My Story and my Colorful Ride so far !!!

Hi, my story is yet to reach the benchmark of being called a success story. But I thought it would be nice to share a snapshot of my life’s journey so far with everyone. I bring this to you on the 6th of April, 2015.

I was brought up in a family that values integrity and human relationships above all. That explains why these values are so deeply rooted in me. I am a Hotel Management graduate and was selected through the campus recruitment to work in Goa. I worked in two different renowned hotels here – Goa Marriott Resort and Taj Exotica. I met some really incredible people during my stint and their contribution during the developmental stages of my career is immeasurable. I made some great friends and had some lovely mentors whose lives continue to influence me. Thanks to Mr. Saurabh Ratan who trusted me with an important position and kept me motivated during trying times with his words of encouragement. Amongst the others that I often think of, Bernadette and Soja, you are missed the most.

With a bag full of experience and a heavy heart, I decided to switch my path and undertook a new journey in the BPO industry in Bangalore. This again was a lot of learning, in terms of dealing with people and fighting situations when you are just on your own. Bangalore blessed me with my bestie Gloria Pradhan and a lot of amazing friends who continue to be a part of my life.

For future prospects and better career opportunities, I shifted to Mumbai after a couple of years and worked very hard to rise up the ladder. I have been extremely lucky to be under the able guidance of some experienced individuals, throughout my professional trek of a little over 10 years. Mr. Vivek Gupta has been the biggest influence during this time and has taught me all that I know about perseverance and effective management. I wouldn’t have been able to maintain my sanity during the most insane moments at work if it was not for him. When I switched organizations, I found some more gems in the form of my team mates and bosses. Joyce Castanha, special thanks to you for being the most friendly and understanding boss ever. I cannot thank Mumbai enough for my other bestie Melissande Rebello who I wouldn’t hesitate calling “my soul mate”.

Moving back to Goa with my hubby was like coming back home, which indeed was home, since my husband is from Goa with his family and ancestors having lived in Vasco for almost a century. Then came the most beautiful moment of my life and that was when I delivered a baby. From then onwards my life revolved only around this little boy until he was three years old. That’s when I got the calling to discover my forte and utilize my niche. I started blogging and soon I realized that I had the ability to pen down my thoughts. I enjoyed doing that and kept working on my linguistic skills to express my feelings in a better way. I did educational/academic writing for a virtual company for some time where I met Alamelu and Sonia who equipped me with the art of writing reports and journals. Thanks, sweet ladies, for believing in me.

Life was going on fine, but the desire to do something that was close to my heart was still not fulfilled. I have been a voracious online shopper from the time I moved to Goa and besides groceries, everything that I used was bought online. That’s when I realized that there was a need for a niche in the segment of traditional and handcrafted items. Although these were available in different online shops, a collection of these items on a single platform where customers can choose from an array of categories, was missing. Thus, Cheerkart was born. I launched my e-commerce portal www.cheerkart.com on the 28th of November, 2014 along with my Dad who’s my co-partner in the firm, with relentless support from my brother, Kausik Ganguly.

Through this platform, we intend to cater to all kinds of gifting needs of individuals by providing a B2C and a B2B marketplace. We also endeavor to add value to the apparel and the home décor segments. However, we stand for handmade and traditional items. To name a few – handmade paintings on canvas, terracotta jewellery, Tanjore paintings, articles made of wood/clay & fabric, Dhokara Art, Crochet apparel and accessories/dolls, etc. In the traditional segment, we have idols of Gods, Jharokas, Hukkas, Art Jewellery, Thewa art jewellery, Jaipuri and Pattachitra print stationary and accessories, etc.

I want to thank all those who stood by me in pursuing my dream and continue to be part of my support system in this venture. To start with – Mayur Arolker, Vineet Dhareshwar, Kiran Dhareshwar, Veena Suraj, Anand Banerjee, Nivedita Ganguly, Ankeeta Arolker, Preeti Bagrecha, Savio Fernandez, Reilly Rebello, Adarsh Kadam, Aparna Patil, Rati Bandekar and all my friends & family. I draw a lot of inspiration from my very old friend Smita Sharma and a new friend who I share my roots with, Oindrilla Dasgupta. There are so many other people I have very high regards for and I shall talk about them in my next write-up to follow soon.

The Biggest learning of my life : Listen to your heart as it never lies. It applauds you on your achievements and nudges you when you go wrong. It gives you the ability to accept the fact “to err is human”. Back up your pursuit with a hawk’s dedication and then there is no looking back.

I hope you continue to support CheerKart (https://www.facebook.com/cheerkart ) through its journey, that has just begun. Your spreading a word about it and sharing the page on your profiles would help in giving it the visibility and recognition that it truly deserves. Thank you, and wish you a happy life !!!