In reply, I asked the good lady if she had any idea that I live in India and they would have to ship it all this way? She replied that it would be no problem. And sure enough after a few days I had it!
But then when we travel within India we generally rough it out. So, the bag was not used for quite some time. The first time I used it was for my trip to Nainital (another coincidence! sponsored bag for a sponsored trip) but then didn’t got around writing about the bag episode then. I took this to UK and I must say I liked the stuff. It is much more sturdy than my current bag (but then this one weighs more, though it is OK as I don’t have to carry it) and doesn’t feel flimsy. I like the top pockets as I am one of those who need to keep things till the last moment that miraculously appear in my hand out of nowhere. Also the handle push button is more conveniently located at the top rather than requiring you to bend to operate it. Another good feature the possibility of stuffing a few things extra because of the design that lets it expand a bit when really stuffed (discovered this while coming back from UK).
And what I liked best about the episode? I am quite wary of blogging about stuff that I get free without disclosing the fact that it is a gift. So, before saying yes, I asked if I could mention that this was a gift. The reply was yes of course and I need not blog about it till I felt like it. So, that is what I have done. Now that I have used this quite a few number of times, I am comfortable talking about it.