Guess the wrong SD fact

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#1 Not an R2D2
Have you seen that meme? It goes something like “My customer service voice is so fake, I don’t recognize who it is.”  It may have been shared by a multitude of sales rep but I can bet you a plate of mo:mo: that none of the Sastodeal employee ever has. We have completely abandoned the robotic-corporate tone.

#2 Hermione’s utopia
We’ve all had that moment when the cashier gives us more return than she was supposed to. Well, we’ve made a bigger blunder. SastoBook once mistook a book’s 80 pages for its cost which was actually 800 rupees. Nonetheless, Sastobook’s co-founder himself delivered the book in the price we initially promised as Rs 80; staying true to our word.

#3 Zlatan who?
Our working environment is as millennials put it, lit. A friend of the company was astonished to see the employees playing football inside the working space but if you’ve been here for a while, that’s just another day. Let’s just say we all get something interesting for our instagram story.

#4 Wonder woman would’ve been proud
SastoDeal (and we say this with great pride) was the first Nepali company to introduce Menstrual Leave for female staff; they can choose to take the leave and work from home. And the reason we chose to make an announcement about it is because in a country like ours where there aren’t even proper sanitary napkin disposal in toilets, we hope to break the taboo and address this natural phenomenon.

#5 Don’t let the dogs out
Some members of SastoDeal are allergic to dogs and for this reason we do not allow dogs inside our workplace. If you find any strands of fur, those are probably human hair. Could be alien but not dog, nah

#6 Not all heroes wear cape (they might be wearing shades though)
What if I told you, Anthropose- the coolest sunglasses company’s founder is also SastoDeal’s co-founder? And I’m using the superlative here not just for its cool name but also for its purpose to provide free cataract surgery for every 10 sunglasses sold. They have already provided 40 surgeries, plan to provide 600 more and are slowly shifting the paradigm of online business.

#7 Delivery guys aren’t vampires, you can invite them in 😉
Did you know that all the co-founding members of SastoDeal worked in every field? Our CEO himself had to wait outside the customer’s house when he was delivering a product because of our social stigma that a ‘delivery boy’ doesn’t hold the social status required to be invited inside. So, part of the reason why every single employee here is valued equally is because weight of the responsibility each employee holds has been understood and experienced firsthand.

So one of the above facts is completely made up. Spot it, comment your answer and the lucky winner shall get a little surprise!

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FASTEST SALE LIVE

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It’s the same story every day, isn’t it? Put a bunch of stuff you like in a cart and exit the window without placing an order because you can’t afford them. Or scroll past a beautiful dress that’s too expensive. Well then, you might just like this offer. Scratch that, you’re gonna love it!

Sasto Deal turns 6 this Friday and we’re letting you in on the celebration with a new flash sale every 2 hours with HEAVY discount! When I say heavy, picture the robust Aquaman because we’ve offered up to 74% discount! Since this sale runs from 7 am to 11 pm, that’s EIGHT products a day. Now if you were one of those fanatics who got awestruck by Barry Allen’s speed after watching Justice League, I probably don’t need to remind you to be quick but let me just emphasize that it is indeed a FLASH SALE and will be gone in two hours. Tick-tock!

So you saw a product you want in the Flash sale, what next? Comment “I want it” on the post, that’s it. It takes about 2 seconds, unless you have a terrible Internet Service Provider (I can relate). Just leave the rest to us and we’ll get back to you. Sure, you can also place the order in our website or call us directly. That’d take a little more than 2 seconds but if that’s the channel you prefer, we’re completely down with it.

Now hold your horses because there is more. You may want to light up your timeline by sharing our Flash Sale because you may just be our lucky winner and win gift hamper worth Rs 5000!

So if I were you, I’d be watch out for every sale and grab the best offers like The Flash caught Batman’s Batarang. Too many Justice League references? Alright, I’ll give it a break.

-Jenisha Mainali

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SD vs The River

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“When you’re on a holiday
You can’t find the words to say
All the things that come to you
And I wanna feel it too

On an island in the sun
We’ll be playing and having fun
And it makes me feel so fine
I can’t control my brain” – Island in the Sun (Weezer)

Who doesn’t love holidays? After a hectic few weeks of work, our team decided to go on a little rafting trip to The Royal beach camp. Though the plan was brought up a long time back, we weren’t sure how many people would actually end up showing up in the end. SD has been witnessing a steady growth since our formation a few years back. A growing business can only mean that the number of staffs will grow as well. One of the primary reasons for the trip was so that we could better acquaint ourselves with everyone else. On the 18th of September we took the bus and left for RBC. Here are a few pictures from our trip.

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Team SD gets greeted and welcomed at RBC.

 

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Team SD Reaches RBC camping area. (Names the dog “Bharat Bhandari” who we later found was a female. The name was never changed.)
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The team goes to the swimming pool to get rid of the 4 hour bus lag.

 

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The Boss is happy with the venue. The rest of the team feel the same.

 

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Not everyone wanted to swim. A few wanted to play volleyball.

 

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A few of us went to the bar to have some “energy drinks” for the long night ahead. The entire team joined them after a while.

 

 

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Since we reached RBC at around 5:30, it was quickly getting dark. We ordered 4 kg of chicken and had some awesome BBQ in the bonfire.

Since the swimming pool was open for use 24/7, the entire team made use of it by swimming and having fun till 4 in the morning. The tent themselves were super hot and everyone was super sweaty when/ as we slept. We all knew that we had to wake up at 7 am and at this point it was just 3 hours away. A few of us were sure that it’d be a rough day ahead.

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The hangover was very real.

 

 

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A few of us were sad that the weather looked like it could rain at any moment. But we later found out that it was just morning mist. On a side note! The view was absolutely beautiful.

 

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Nothing beats a hangover and lack of sleep like a good morning stretch.

 

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Getting ready for the adventure.

 

 

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On our way to the Trishuli river. But first a #Groupfie
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We had a break midway into our river escapade. You can see that we were having fun by the smiles on on our faces.

 

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After our river adventure came to an end, all of us were very tired and we spent the remaining time just resting and relaxing, hoping that we could accomplish now, what we couldn’t last night.

 

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Our Product Manager originally wanted to be our Product Model.
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Our CEO is either super tired or absolutely amazed by how awesome the trip came to be. (We are leaning towards the later).

 

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Overall, the whole trip was amazing. RBC was beautiful, the food was delicious, the staffs were very friendly and helpful and the company itself was amazing. We came out of the trip with stories that we are sure we’ll share for a really long time.

 

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Till we see you again. 🙂

If you too want to create memories that last a lifetime. Click here.

 

 

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Mix Tape Mondays: Cover Fever

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We belong to a generation that’s hooked onto music. With Youtube, Spotify, Vimeo and a whole host of other music and video sharing websites, music has basically become a free commodity; which brings us to the topic of covers. It is said that imitation is the best form of flattery. People have been covering songs for a really long time. And sometimes, the song that they cover actually turns out to be better than the original. With music being such an easy medium to get hold of, it can also be seen that people come across covers before the original.

In this issue of #MixtapeMondays, we bring to you some of our favorite cover songs. See if your pick made it to our list! If not, then do let us know what your favorite cover songs are.

-Biplav Shrestha

1. Wonderwall by Ryan Adams (Original by OASIS)

 

“I like music that touches me, deep inside me.” S G Amatya, Content Manager

 

2. Somebody That I Used to Know – Walk off the Earth (Original by Gotye)

 

I guess everybody knows this cover song by WOTE of Gotye. This song surpasses the original and it is cool in every way. – Jasina Gurung, Content Writer

 

3. Just A Dream by Sam Tsui & Christina Grimmie (Original by Nelly)

 

I love this song cover as Kurt arranged and played this song so beautifully.The three of them complement each other really well. Every time I listen this song it brings back many memories of my lost one. Akina Shrestha, Web Designer/ Intern

 

4. John Mayer – Free Fallin’ (Original by Tom Petty)

 

I just love it for its soothing music. John Mayer’s voice fits perfectly for this song.– Anutara Shakya, Gifting Manager

 

5. All along the watch tower – Jimi Hendrix (Original by Bob Dylan)

 

Hendrix added the ‘Jimi Hendrix’ flair to what was already a f**king amazing track. It is very ironic that the cover turned out to be more famous than Bob Dylan’s original, which was pretty bad ass as well, the lyrics for me is what stands out – ‘All along the watchtower, Princes kept the view, While all the women came and went, Bare-foot servants too, but huh!’ Many may not know but the ‘voodoo child’ never shied away from covering songs of famous artists, among couple include Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles and Sunshine of Your Love by The Cream. – Sashant Pradhan, Communication Officer

 

6. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake (Boyce Avenue feat. Fifth Harmony cover)

 

Song synchronization is just awesome. Boyce Avenue have been an amazing cover band and I think that this is one of their best. – Rupagya Manandhar, Program Manager, Sasto Book

 

7. Blank Space // Style (Taylor Swift Mash-Up) – Louisa Wendorff

 

I had never thought a mash up & a cover could go so well. I love how they switch songs and stay in tune effortlessly. The voice is great too. – Anoushka Pandey, Content writer SD/SB

 

8. La Vie En Rose – Daniela Andrade (Originally by Louie Armstrong)

 

The charm of her voice captivates the song beautifully. – Shirshak Dongol, Designer, SD/SB

 

9. Careless Whisper – Seether (Originally by Wham)

 

 

This was probably the first cover song that I’d ever come across. I used to wait every week to listen to it on the radio. I actually recorded it on my cellphone so that I could listen to it a hundred times over. Good times. – Biplav Shrestha, Social Media Manager

 

10 . Knocking on heaven’s door by GN’R (Original by Bob Dylan)

 

I came to know about the original after I’d listened to the GN’R version. The cover being as good as it was, I didn’t really like the original. It’s just a little slow and bland for my taste. – Shraddha KC, Campaign Manager SD/SB

 

Music makes Mondays better! Have a good one.

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5 and 1/2 Things You Didn’t Know About Nepal

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Did you know Bhaktapur was the capital of Nepal until the 15th century? Well, maybe you know that. Did you know the Kirats were the first “documented” rulers of Nepal? Hmm .. you probably know that too. But did you know Kathmandu valley was once a lake. Stupid of us to ask …everyyyyone knows that.

But we bet you don’t know the following facts about Nepal. Rs.100 – 100 bet (hands clapped to assure the bet).

Here are 5 and ½ things you didn’t know about Nepal:

1. Tudikhel was the first discotheque in Nepal

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King Mahendra was a huge Elvis Presley fan and so was majority of people in Kathmandu. Every Saturday, in the 1940’s, King Mahendra would attend the so called ‘Elvis Jatra’ at Tudikhel. It was a gala occasion where thousands of people from all parts of Nepal gathered and danced to Elvish songs. Tudikhel was officially declared the first discotheque in Nepal until the 1970’s when the Nepalese army took over the ground for horse-riding purpose.

2. Rajesh Hamal helped Nepal sign a peace treaty with India

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Little do we know that the ex-Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee is a die-hard Rajesh Hamal fan. When the peace-treaty was revised in the early 2000’s, renamed to “Sugauli Treaty Version 2.0,” the treaty almost never happened until Rajesh Hamal was summoned to New Delhi to ease the tensions between the two countries. There he put on red Tika on the foreheads of all ministers – sign of peace and relation. Immediately upon his return, he made the now popular song – “Raato Tika Nidar ma” in dedication to Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

3. Amitabh Bachhan is a half-Nepali

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This certainly comes as a surprise. The media is all hush-hush about the fact that Amitabh Bachhan is a half-Nepali. We made the overwhelming discovery after researching on different castes of Nepal. See the connection – Tulachan, Hirachan, Sherchan, Bhattachan, Bachhan.

4. Daura-suruwal was originally made from Daura

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Hmm….how could we not know of this before? It all makes sense now. Daura-Suruwal ..duhhh!!

5. In the 1940’s, every men in Nepal had to grow a mustache

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The Ranas were proud Nepalese men. And they liked to show it to the world how proud they were. The richer and more powerful, the thicker the mustaches. And they made it a mandate for all Nepalese men aged 21 and above to grow a mustache. They’d be jailed otherwise.  Ganesh Man Singh and his crew protested against the regime by shaving off their mustaches. Thus, they were sentenced to jail ….followed by the great escape.

5 ½. It’s April 1st. What’s the other half you didn’t know? Well, we don’t know either.

All we know is it is APRIL FOOL’S DAY! And we won our bet! (snatches the Rs.100 note from your hand).

Bet your friends, and win your money back 😉

Here is the share link (copy/paste): http://blog.sastodeal.com/5-and-12-things-you-didnt-know-about-nepal/

Stay foolish – Mahatma Gandhi (okay we’ll stop here).

 

 

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How to Protect Yourself from Swine Flu

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(The following information was retrieved from WebMD and other medical sources; summarized and simplified).

Information Source: WebMD, healthline, howstuffworks, medicinenet.com, ekantipur | Image Credit: telug4stuffon

“Because it’s a new virus, most of us don’t have any natural immunity to it. Swine Flu virus — like other flu viruses — remains transmittable up to eight hours outside the human body.

This means your co-worker, entering the workplace at nine in the morning, can pass the virus on to the door handle, which could then be passed on to your hands as you leave the building at the end of the day” – howstuffworks

H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccination: Don’t expect seasonal flu vaccine to protect you. There is a separate H1N1 swine flu vaccine. “the H1N1 swine flu vaccine can’t be taken by everybody. The vaccine is produced in hens’ eggs, so people with egg allergies cannot take the vaccine.” (Please consult with your doctor before taking the vaccine).

Face Mask will Not Prevent You But It Does Help: While we see many folks at SD office and elsewhere putting on their facemask hoping this will prevent them from SwineFlu, according to medical sources, this actually does not prevent you from Swine Flu. But consultants at WebMD does recommend face masks to be worn by people affected by SwineFlu to prevent spreading the flu to others.

“ Researchers looked at 400 people who had the flu. They found that family members cut their risk of getting the flu by 70 percent when they washed their hands often and wore surgical masks.” – healthline.com

Take Small Measures: Washing your hands properly, cover your mouth and nose while sneezing, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth often, stay at least 6 feet away from people with flu-like illness.

Clean up: “Flu viruses can linger in books, phones, countertop..) Wash your hands and always best to put on gloves.

Symptoms of swine flu are similar to most influenza infections: fever (100 F or greater), cough, nasal secretions, fatigue, and headache, with fatigue being reported in most infected individuals. Some patients may also get a sore throat, rash, body aches, headaches, chills, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.” – medicinenet.com

According to the news article published in ekantipur, 13 people have been tested positive for SwineFlu in Nepal with 9 of the cases being reported in Kathmandu.

Please do not panic. Take small measures as suggested here. Please consult with your doctor if you feel the need to.

And please spread the word not the virus.

Take good care!

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Nepalese Friends Living Abroad, It Is Time To Come Back Home!

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For 5 years during my stay in the U.S, I’ve networked with the best of all Nepalese – The Harvard’s and the MIT’s, I’ve associated with the worst – Nepalese who take U.S as their ‘escape-zone’  and I’ve myself been the mediocre – the average student graduating from an average college.

The Ivy League Nepalese graduates now work for Microsoft, IBM, LinkedIn, Facebook & Google. The ‘escapees’ spend their days and nights struggling with their basic needs and procrastinating about Nepal. And the mediocre struggle to find a descent job; most ending up working for companies through agents who book 30% or more commission on their salaries. But neither of these groups knows – what’s in stock for them in Nepal!

In 2011, when I returned to Nepal, I was clueless! But 3 years later, I have an answer to the ultimate question– what’s my purpose!? Thus, this blog is an attempt to convince you – the Nepalese living abroad to come back home and try it out yourselves.  Here is why:

Nepal is a goldmine for opportunities: If you’re thinking Nepal got problems then you must know – with problems, come opportunities! You’ve got the chance to solve these problems, create value and make tons of money.

The currency rate doesn’t matter: I know that the most of you think $1 = Rs.100 (approx) and you can make 100 times more living and working abroad. But truth be told, it doesn’t work that way. Your fancy car, your mortgage, rent, living expenses all needs to be accounted for. At the end of the day, you’re as broke or as rich as any other Nepalese here. This includes the Harvard’s and the MIT’s.

Until when: I’ve witnessed wealthy (multi-millionaires) Nepalese come back home in their late 50’s. Their reasoning: Until when would we want to serve a nation that is not ours! Late than never, you must be asking yourself the same question – until when?

Market is better than ever: I’ve talked to entrepreneurs from the past and I’ve witnessed the market in the present and I can only reach to one conclusion: The business climate is better than ever. If you’re concerned about the Constitution, well you should be but that’s not stopping me and other entrepreneurs from running successful ventures.

In between two giants: It’s obvious – the global economy powerhouses are now China and India. The HR expense in Nepal is low. Now, what can you do to leverage this?

To conclude, it does not matter if you work for IBM, it does not matter if you drive a fancy car, it does not matter if you’re living in a mansion (be it in mortgage); what should matter is for you to come back home, serve your nation and most importantly serve yourself !

So, travel the world but come back home, your nation needs you, moreover, you need your nation!

P.S: If you’re thinking of coming back home and have queries and questions, I’d be glad to help you make the right decision. Please email me at: amun.thapa@gmail.com

I listened to this song (on repeat mode) during my stay in the U.S. Ennnjjjoy!

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