Rained in on a weekend with nothing to do? Run errands, shop for grocery and visit museums, all online.india Updated: Jun 13, 2012 14:09 IST
The monsoon can dampen even the most resilient Mumbaikar’s indomitable spirit. The prospect of wading through water-clogged roads and driving over potholes is enough to deter you from stepping out over the weekend. So stay put at home, put your feet up, fire up your Internet connection, and let technology work its magic.
Breakfast in bed
Wake up to grey clouds on a lazy Sunday morning, decide to pull the covers back on for a bit, only to realise that you don’t have the slightest inclination to make breakfast? Fear not. Websites like foodkamood.com, deliverychef.in, foodpanda.in and justeat.in can get you your morning fix of masala tea or cutting chai and even a sada dosa from your favourite Udipi joint.
All these sites need the first-time user to fill up a form and register. Once signed up, you can access the services free of charge.
“However, if the restaurant has a minimum order policy or a zone that they don’t deliver to, we adhere to it,” says Tanuj More of FoodkaMood.
You could also mix and match items from restaurants, pre-order lunch or dinner and set a delivery time to ensure that your food arrives piping hot.
Just remembered that your electricity bill is due or that you have to give clothes for dry-cleaning? The city’s many concierge services will take care of your errands even as you stay dry within the comforts of your home, albeit at a cost.
From picking up your reports at the doctor’s to ensuring that you don’t have to do the running around at a government office for a PAN card or passport, agencies like At Your Service Mumbai, Concierge India (on Facebook) and Chachii.com are a Mumbaikar’s dream come true. What’s more, you get a background check of the delivery person, with references and experience, and can decide on your budget.
Take a midday break and stock up on kitchen supplies with websites like Aaramshop.com and Localbanya.com. On the virtual shelves are items ranging from groceries and personal care products to household and even laundry supplies. And the best part is that they deliver anywhere in Mumbai.
“These days, people spend a lot of time online. So we thought of using technology to engage with our target audience,” says Vijay Singh, CEO, aaramshop.com, which has tied up with 661 local kirana shops. “Customers can pick from different shops and choose a convenient delivery time,” adds Singh.
Take a trip
If you are feeling restless, step out for a virtual walk. Art lovers worldwide are taking free walking tours of the world’s best museums with the Google Art Project. Topping the list of must-visit spots are The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The National Gallery in London, The Palace of Versailles in France, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The best part? No closing time!
The National Zoo in the US has webcams to let you observe cheetahs and elephants and for an undersea experience, try webcams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Get your dose of entertainment by signing up for Leaping Windows’s rent-a-comic-book plan, or hiring movies and PS3 games from Moviemart.in. Spend the evening curling up with the latest DVD or a Marvel graphic novel. To entertain yourself without spending money, log on to YouTube and catch the latest Hindi and English films and soaps on its movie and TV channels. Ready and 3 Idiots are just some of the popular movies on offer. You could also catch episodes of Balika Vadhu and Adaalat.
Shop till you drop
Use your afternoon for some virtual retail therapy. Log on to Zovi.com and, using a web camera, access their virtual changing room. Here you could spend hours trying on blouses, pants and even gowns virtually and check if you are a small or a medium. All you have to do is follow the links, stand in front of your webcam and let the garment be “fitted” to your body. You could also shop for custom-fit shirts on Thestiffcollar.com or on Shersingh.in for stylish dresses and polo T-shirts. Try Bestylish.com for shoes, Jabong.com for handbags, or pick up kurtis at Fabindia.in. Most of these sites have a cash-on-delivery option.