Stuff I swear by: Useful knick-knacks to bookmark
Editor’s Note: Splainer subscribers are savvy shoppers–and, of course, have excellent taste–and not just in their news sources:) So we asked some of them to share ‘stuff they swear by’. First up: splainer founding member Sreenivasan Iyer —who has some excellent picks in cookware, watches and keyboards. PS: We’re always experimenting with new formats for our BUY sections. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you find most useful.
Written by: Sreenivasan Iyer aka Sreeni is a Bangalore-based marketing professional who is a founding member of splainer. Sreeni pays far too much attention to what he buys.
Over to Sreeni…
CASIO Enticer Men's Analog Watch: It's a classic design. 39 mm case diameter, black font on white background, steel band and very affordable. Most importantly, the design is so clean and readable that I liked looking at it. Far too many men wear watches that are oversized for their wrists. At 39 mm, this is just the right size for the average Indian man. And unlike most watches, it doesn't have too many things going in the dial. If you want to gift a watch for your father, this would be a great one because it is a little old-fashioned and very readable. (Price: Rs 2,076)
Double Walled Stainless Steel Mug: Double-walled stainless steel mug I bought in 2013. Irrespective of the brand, any well-made, thick double walled mug should do.I like it because it is about 300 ml, big enough for a large mug of coffee or small mug of beer. And it is double-walled. I have probably used it around 8,000 to 10,000 times, going by a very conservative estimate. If I were to buy the next one, I would probably try something bigger without a handle such as in the item linked above. (Price: Rs 2,951)
TVS Electronics USB Gold Keyboard: If you’re intrigued by mechanical keyboards and are looking for a starter instrument—this one may be a good place to invest. It is on my wishlist—as someone who enjoys typing and types pretty fast—I would love to use this. Sure, the noise might be annoying to others but the typing will be fun. (Price: Rs 2,789)
Zishta’s Pure Iron Tawa: I absolutely swear by my pure iron tawa by Zishta. Here is why.
At around 11.5 inches, it is a few inches larger than most tawas. Meaning you get bigger dosas. It is pure iron, not cast iron meaning it doesn't rust as easily. It is curved, not flat. To be fair, any steel/iron kitchen item is low-tech and durable, for me this is probably the only piece of iron cookware that doesn't go back into the drawers. It is always on the stove, and we use it everyday. (Price: Rs 1,800)