“When artistic flair speaks” – A review of Matrikas Paper Products

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Almost 2 weeks ago, one of my blogger friends had suggested that I should participate in “Scribble your heart away….” Campaign by Matrikas Paper Products. Initially, I was reluctant to take up the offer as the objective was to write a creative review of the products which would be sent to the blogger’s address and I had nil experience of reviewing products. But, I thought later that life is about taking new challenges and learning new things in the process. So I filled the form in the Facebook page of  Matrikas Paper Products. I have been maintaining personal diaries since the sixth standard, so when asked what my favourite paper stationery is, I wholeheartedly mentioned my love for Diaries and Journals.

A few days later, a huge surprise landed at my doorstep. I say huge because the package was quite big. My parents asked me with a ‘not again’ tone what I had ordered now, for I am an impulsive online shopper! But, as I opened the package, I was completely spellbound. Matrikas had sent me 4 beautiful products – 2 journals and 2 notebooks, along with a personal letter, all the way from Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. However, I was so busy with the festivities of Durga Puja at that time that I could not sit down to write about them. All these days since Dussehra, my mind was cooking different ideas on how to present the four products. And finally, I am able to present you a detailed review of the four amazing paper stationery!

Matrikas Paper Products

On a humorous note, the red pen you see in the pictures is not a freebie. It’s my favourite Parker pen and it makes the pictures glamorous!

1. Cube Works Elite Journal

Product Code: CW-E-JRNL-A5-BLACK
Product Link:  CUBE WORKS ELITE JOURNAL

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The journal is of size A5 (147 x 205 mm) and has 256 ruled pages. These 256 pages include a ‘Personal Memoranda’ page, 6 ‘Index’ pages, 3 ‘To do’ pages (Books to be read, Works to be accomplished, Places to be visited), 2 pages for ‘Names and Address’ of your important contacts, 15 pages for writing your ‘Action Plan’ for work  and 12 pages to maintain your ‘Expenses’. Thus, the overall utility of the books is mostly for official, academic and private business purposes. The journal is equipped with a satin page marker and an elastic strap ,which is very sturdy and can be used for locking the journal safely. The binding is good,  paper quality is excellent and single colour layout of the pages is very neat. (The papers are white. Pardon me for the bluish tinge!)

Cube Works Journal

What I love about the journal: 

The journal has a very classy and sophisticated look. The black hard-bound cover may look very simple in the first glance, but if you observe closely, you will notice that it is debossed with intricate and beautiful designs. I really appreciate the brains behind the concept of this design work.
DSCN0582-001On the inside of the back cover, there is a safety pouch which can be used by professional people to keep important small-sized documents. But, I am not a working professional, just a student and I really like this journal and want to use it. So I thought how I should use this pouch. Then, I remembered I love collecting greeting cards and putting them inside my diaries.
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2. Mother Teresa Journal

Product Code: JRNL-STD-MOTHER THERESA
Product Link:  PERSONALITY JOURNAL

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This standard sized (172 x 240 mm) journal has 224 pages and includes a ‘Personal Memoranda’ page, a two page Biography on Mother Teresa, 3 ‘To do’ pages (Books to be read, Works to be accomplished, Places to be visited) and 12  ‘Monthly Planner’ pages. This journal can be used for all purposes – academic, official, business or personal. It also has a Satin page marker and a page with a personal label. The binding is goodpaper quality is excellent and the ruled pages are neat. (Once again, I beg your pardon for the bluish tinge. My editing skills are poor.)

Mother Teresa Journal

What I love about the journal: 

Mother Teresa advocated the importance of peace for the good of humanity. Her mild and soft-spoken nature has been brought out in the velvety hard-bound cover filled with engravings that are soft to touch.. Mother Teresa seems to speak in volumes through this journal!

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This journal has been beautifully designed in comforting shades of blue and white, the colours synonymous with the great personality. Blue is my favourite colour and I love the simple yet elegant blue-coloured designs on the spine of the journal.

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The best feature of this journal are the wonderful quotes of the personality mentioned at the bottom of every ruled page. As I flipped through the pages, one heart-warming quote caught my eyes.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Notice the ripple I made using the satin page marker.

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3. Toss and Nrut 6 Subject Note Book

Product Code: 6 SUB-A4-A
Product Link:  TOSS & NRUT 6 SUBJECT NOTE BOOK

6 Subject Note Book

A note book is one of the essential belongings of a student, be it in school or college. This A4 sized ruled (210 x 295 mm) notebook has 288 pages. It has been made to cater to 6 subjects, so it has 5 colour pages to divide the pages into six equal sets of pages. The binding is good and the pages are made of excellent paper quality and are very neat and spacious.

6 Subject Notebook

 What I love about the journal: 

This notebook is one of the most beautiful note books I have seen so far. It is best-suited for imaginative and playful kids. The shades of metallic green impart a magical touch to the notebook. You can see adorable images of snakes, trees, flowers and cows on the inside of the front cover. Does this purple-coloured cobra on the back cover remind you of some magical beast in some movie or book?

6 Subject Note Book

6 Subject Note Book

The hard-bound front cover has a snakes and ladders game, one of the popular games everyone loves to play in their leisurely hours. The inside of the back cover has a brief description and the set of rules about this game. Isn’t this a perfect way to kill boredom at the study table?

6 Subject Note Book

4. 5 Subject Note Book

Product Code: 5 SUB-PRE-STD-D
Product Link:  PREMIUM 5 SUBJECT RULED NOTE BOOK

5 Subject Notebook

This standard-sized (172 x 240 mm) 5 Subject Note Book has 400 pages, and similar to the 6 Subject Note Book, the pages have been divided into equal sets of pages by 4 coloured pages. The paper quality is excellent, the ruled pages have a neat layout and the binding of the pages is good.

5 Subject Notebook

What I love about the journal: 

The hard-bound front and back covers have a stunning artwork done on them in a metallic silver colour. Being an artist, I was totally captivated by the modern artwork. You can see that all the elements have emerged from a spray can, like an artist trying to spray his art on a black canvas, producing an excellent visual appeal.

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All the four products are beautiful creations of Matrikas. I had not come across such intricately designed paper products before. I wish I had owned Matrikas journals, diaries and notebooks while in school or college. Thank you Matrikas for giving me happiness in the form of these lovely creative journals and notebooks. My heartfelt gratitude in this 5 Subject Note Book shows my love for your products. I would look forward to owning more products from your creative heaven. Keep surprising us with your designs!

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Dear website, please surprise me!

It was a long time ago in Class 8 when I had learnt about the existence of something called the World Wide Web in our textbook of Information Technology. Ever since that time, Internet has become a fourth basic necessity of my life (apart from food, clothing and shelter of course)! There is a strange addiction to the web world that keeps me hooked in front of the computer screen for hours, when I actually plan to surf the web for just a few minutes. Certain websites have been able to captivate me to such an extent that although I have no purpose to open it on a particular day, I would eventually open them, even if it means just taking a glimpse of it!

The following are the 5 aspects which I look for in a website or I should put it as, the 5 aspects of a website which instantly grab my eyeballs and make the website land in my Bookmarks zone:

1. Colour scheme: I am a person deeply associated with painting from a very young age, hence colours have always been one of my criteria to judge the aesthetic appeal of any object. A website which has minimal colours looks neat and elegant, in my opinion. The colour scheme should involve maximum 3 colours because everyone wouldn’t appreciate a rainbow-like appearance in the website, especially if it is a website which doesn’t give the person enough time to sit, relax and admire its beauty (example: any government website). Most importantly, the choice of colours should be reasonably done. Colours should be contrasting but not to an extent that it gives the viewer epileptic fits! Would you like a website that has a combination of bright pink, green and yellow as a contrasting colour scheme?

2. Typography: A website would not be appealing enough by the dint of only the colour scheme. The typography used in the website should serve the purpose of the website. A website based on serious stuff like government, politics, education etc. should have a regular and neat type font, preferably in black. On the other hand, a website which deals with fun topics like cookery, cartoons, designing, games etc. should have a type font with a funky undertone. The website name should appear large, bold and distinct at the top of the website. It instantly adds a magnetic effect on the viewer’s mind!

3. Pictorial representation: Any website without pictures looks like a desert for me. You are bound to get lost in the dunes of endless text. A popular website uses pictures instead of words to convey ideas and messages. Any form of pictorial representation in the website assists the person in navigating through the website and relieves him or her from the boredom and annoyance of reading through a large amount of text to obtain relevant information. I would vouch for a website that has more pictures and less words!

4. Layout: Nobody likes to view a website that looks like a cluttered mess of text and images. Sadly, such websites exist and have infested the World Wide Web like vermin. I admire a website which places the right object at the right location. If you observe my blog, you would notice that I have maintained a neat sequence of links towards one side and all my posts are well-spaced. Also, essential hyperlinks should be noticeable without any effort, hence they should be placed towards the top. I admit I am not one of those who would painstakingly keep scrolling to find an important hyperlink!

5. Less advertisements: Alright, I understand it is mandatory for advertisements to appear in a popular website. Sometimes, such advertisements do add a distinct and pleasing flavour to the website. However, majority of the websites annoy with me a constant display of advertisements, especially when I hover my cursor over an ad and the image suddenly grows big, as if it seeks my attention desperately! Another instance of such annoyance is when the ads of the items I browsed in an e-shopping website appear in some other completely unrelated website. These actually spoil my attention and destroys my focus towards a serious work on the website.

Well, here are the 5 features of a website which I think should be considered while designing it. If someone asks me about my favourite website, I would vote for the Google Play website (https://play.google.com/store?hl=en&tab=w8) . This website has all the ingredients in the right proportions to give the viewer a savoury web browsing experience. Every time, I open the website, it surprises me with beautifully laid-out designs and interesting colour schemes, that are pleasing to the eyes! I love the large display images which add a sense of magnanimity to the website. After all, it is one of Internet giant Google’s products!

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