NRI Online featured in Oct. 16, 2000 issue of India-Today (International edition)

October 16, 2000

NRI Online was recently featured in the India Today (International edition) in their October 16, 2000 issue reviewing of top Non-Resident Indian websites. In the article titled "Walking Wallets", the author talks of about select few Indian websites specifically targeting the Indians abroad.

Here are some excerpts from the article that was penned by Sunita Sohrabji:

Another kid on the net, NRI Online (, bills itself as the premier online site for NRIs. "Most NRI sites treat NRIs as a walking wallet," bemoans Editor Chetan Dhruve, attempting to distinguish NRI Online from its competitors: but one suspects NRIs hardly mind this "pocketbook with legs" definition of themselves. This particular site seems to work only with the Internet Explorer browser. Two attempts in Netscape yielded javascript errors which did not allow access to the site."

NROL - launched last year by a group of friends who all went to high school together in India and then ended up living in India - gets half a million hits a month, 70 per cent from the US. There are columns on cricket, football, yellowpages (as on most sites, curiously devoid of information), news links to Indian newspapers and a novel "poets' corner" with attemots at verse from Nriols readers. Need we say more? A plus: Nriol's classified ads actually had ads. The hottest listing were matrmonials (307) and employment ads based in India.

NRIOL Editor's note,

1. NRIOL works with Netscape too. At the time the article was written, our site was experiencing temporary problems being viewed through Netscape. This was because of technical glitches arising out of newsfeeds from a partner site.

2. NRIOL's founders are still NRIs - they still live abroad, and have not "ended up living in India" as the article states.

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