If “suave and stylish” has been your slogan but your wallet hasn’t quite been able to keep up with the couture call, pay MysticalStyles.com a visit. “MysticalStyles is committed to providing individuals with affordable fashion options and a uniquely personal and convenient shopping experience,” said directors Seema Kilachand and Neva Jain. The Delhi-based company, which calls itself India’s premiere fashion and lifestyle Web site, recently announced the launch of an exclusive collection of modestly priced designer clothing. The array includes daywear garments in cotton, cotton-silk blends, crepes, and georgettes, to evening wear fashioned from chamois satin, silk, and other luxurious fabrics. Classic Indian styles like elaborate hand-embroideries and applique, intricate bead and sequin work, and special dye effects add the distinctive touch characteristic of Indian fashions. This collection is being offered to NRIs worldwide.

The MysticalStyles Web site can be broadly classified into two categories: “Shopping In Style” features ensembles by top designers from India, like Ritu Beri, Anju Modi, and Niki Mahajan, as well as designer jewelry and accessories. The section “Living With Style” offers motley content from make-up tips, fashion advice, recipes, and nutrition information to interactive, Bollywood news, and an e-zine.

MedSite.com

“Today’s Health News” grabs center screen as you log onto MedSite.com. The main navigation bar displays categories like “books,” “medical supplies,” “eMedicine,” and “medline.” A “Student Center” promises to deliver “everything a medical student needs from books and medical supplies to new uses for your PDA.” Credentialing and job information is available for established practitioners under “Your Practice.” Are you getting the pulse of what MedSite.com is all about?

MedSite.com bills itself the physician’s home on the Internet. The site aims to provide user-friendly, quality solutions that save physicians time and money and help them focus on patient care. Medsite provides services to physicians directly as well as to organizations that serve physicians, including pharmaceutical marketing, clinical research, and managed-care organizations. Through strategic partnerships with other medical organizations like the American Medical Association and Oxford Health Plans, many of Medsite’s service and products are also offered through such partner Web sites.

Since its launch in 2000, President and Chief Executive Officer Sundeep Bhan has been instrumental in establishing Medsite as one of the leading e-commerce, communication, and information, and information platforms for the medical community, and securing financing from a range of investors; the site has managed to raise approximately $80 million in venture and strategic investments in the last 10 months alone.

IndusVillage.com

IndusVillage.com promises the works as a destination site for the Indian community living in the U.S. and Canada. The site launched in June 2000 with Ketan Gima, director of marketing and community relations; R. Kamna Narain, executive editor; and Krishnan Padmanabhan at its helm.

IndusVillage presents a package that includes news, a calendar of local community events, a database of community organizations, restaurant reviews, happenings in the arts and culture, and a matrimonial and dating service customized for Indian immigrants and Indian Americans, among other services. “We recognize and appreciate the unique experiences of Indians living here. Our goal is to provide a balanced synthesis of information, services, and entertainment relevant and useful to our users,” stated Executive Editor Kamna Narain in a press release.

For Indians abroad seeking resources and information in the areas of their residence, there are the My City pages, fed by nearly 45 writers, with local community news, events, and information. If you are teen with a gazillion questions and concerns on just about anything, seek information at the IndusVillage Teens forum. At IndusVillage there is no banyan tree or cool afternoon breeze by the river—yet you can always indulge in village talk, or “Chat aur Baat,” with a cup of tea in one hand and your mouse in the other.

vJungle.com

vJungle.com pitches itself as “The Integrated Power behind Your Business.” How do they try to fulfill that role? By offering an integrated collection of business applications and services that a company will need to manage people, money, sales, communications and operations—all accessible anytime, from anywhere on the Web.

vJungle was founded in May 1999 by Deepak Amin and has rallied strong financial backers from names like Ben Rosen, chairman of Compaq; Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems; and Ashutosh Roy, co-founder and CEO of eGain.

VJungle.com is an application service provider (iASP) for small to medium-sized businesses. The technology platform created by vJungle, OpenEX™ delivers streamlined business applications and services in a tightly integrated manner, giving small businesses an easy-to-use and seamless interface.

Free core services include Web site hosting; an online office with free email, a contact list where one can enter employee, client and customer information that is auto-shared with bookkeeping; calendar; and knowledge center among others.

Enhanced services include the option to purchase a business Web site address for your company; additional storage space; the facility to send and receive faxes directly from your vJungle e-mail account; online bill payment; payroll, enabling you to pay your employees online meeting local, state and federal requirements; and a print shop where you can create and purchase business cards, letterhead, stationery and other items online.

In addition to this, vJungle.com provides a 100 percent advertising-free environment to conduct business, 24×7, anywhere, and anytime.

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