Terms & Conditions

  1. Your Acceptance

    The web pages available at "www.thedesidiaries.com" and all linked pages (“Site”), are owned and operated by IE Media, a privately held partnership registered in India and is accessed by you under the Terms of Use described below (“Terms”).

    Please read these terms carefully before using the services. By accessing the site, viewing or using any content you are agreeing to be bound by these terms, which together with our privacy policy, governs our relationship with you in relation to the site. If you disagree with any part of the terms then you may not access the site. IE Media’s privacy policy is available below.

    “IE Media” reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace the terms at any time. If the alterations constitute a material change to the terms, “IE Media” will notify you by posting an announcement on the site. What constitutes a material change will be determined at IE Media’s sole discretion. You shall be responsible for reviewing and becoming familiar with any such modifications. Using or viewing any content following notification of a material change to the terms shall constitute your acceptance of the Terms as modified.

  2. The Desi Diaries Website and Third Party Websites

    The Terms of Use apply to all users of Desi Diaries Website, including users who are also contributors of photo and any image content, information, and other materials or services on The Desi Diaries Website. The Desi Diaries Website may contain links to third party websites that are not owned or controlled by IE Media. The Desi Diaries has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party websites. In addition, The Desi Diaries will not and cannot censor or edit the content of any third-party site. By using The Desi Diaries Website, you expressly relieve and release The Desi Diaries from any and all liability arising from your use of any third-party website. Accordingly, we encourage you to be aware when you leave The Desi Diaries Website and to read the terms and conditions and privacy policy of each other website that you visit.

  3. Website Access

    A. The Desi Diaries hereby grants you permission and a license, and you agree to accept such permission and a license, to use The Desi Diaries Website as set forth in the Terms of Use, provided that:

    1. Your use of The Desi Diaries Website as permitted is solely for your personal, noncommercial use.
    2. You will not copy or distribute any part of The Desi Diaries Website in any medium without The Desi Diaries 's prior written authorization.
    3. You will not alter or modify any part of The Desi Diaries Website other than as may be reasonably necessary to use The Desi Diaries Website for its intended purpose.
    4. You will otherwise comply with the terms and conditions of the Terms of Use. This permission and license use of The Desi Diaries Website may be revoked at any time in The Desi Diaries’s sole discretion.

    B. In order to access some features of The Desi Diaries Website, you will have to create an account as per the following terms of use:

    • You may never use another's account without that user’s permission. When creating your account, you must provide accurate and complete information. You are solely responsible for the activity that occurs on your account, and you must keep your account password secure. You must notify The Desi Diaries immediately of any breach of security or unauthorized use of your account. The Desi Diaries will not be liable for your losses caused by any unauthorized use of your account, you may be liable for the losses of The Desi Diaries or others due to such unauthorized use.

    C. You agree that you will not use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access The Desi Diaries Website for any purpose without our express written permission.

    • Additionally, you agree that you will not: Take any action that imposes or may impose (in our sole discretion, exercised reasonably) an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure. Interfere with, damage, manipulate, disrupt, disable, modify, overburden, or impair any device, software system or network connected to or used (by you or us) in relation to The Desi Diaries Website or your Account, or assist any other person to do any of these things, or take any action that imposes, or may impose, in our discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure. Copy, reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, distribute, or publicly display any content (except for your information) from the website without the prior express written permission of Service Provider and the appropriate third party, as applicable. Interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the website’s, services or tools, or any activities conducted on or with the website’s, services or tools.
  4. Intellectual Property Rights

    The Desi Diaries does not claim ownership of Content (as defined below) that you (hereinafter referred to as “User” or “you”) submit or make available for inclusion on The Desi Diaries Website. User affirms, represents and warrants that the User owns (and/or otherwise has the right to submit) the Content submitted or made available by the user on The Desi Diaries Website, and such ownership is retained by User at all times. With respect to Content you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas and/or other areas of The Desi Diaries Website, you affirm, represent and warrant that you have the legal power and authority to, and do, grant to The Desi Diaries, as well as The Desi Diaries’s Partners and Sponsors:

    1. The right to display the Content on The Desi Diaries Website
    2. The right to use the Content to promote the contest(s) or the Content
    3. The right to engage in all of the acts as set forth below, as applicable.

    User Submissions

    • A. The Desi Diaries may now or in the future permit the submission of photographs, motion pictures, videos, other audio-visual works, literary works, and/or image files and/or other communications by you and other users ("User Submissions") and the hosting, sharing, and/or publishing of such User Submissions. You understand that whether or not such User Submissions are published, The Desi Diaries does not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any submissions. You retain all rights to your work. By submitting your work here, you grant The Desi Diaries, Contest Sponsors and Partners the right to display and/or to provide exposure to your works and/or other photographs anywhere including, without limitation, when your works or other photographs are selected as winners of any contest, (i) to be displayed on The Desi Diaries’s Website, (ii) to be displayed and used in connection with marketing, promotion and/or advertising of The Desi Diaries on The Desi Diaries’s Website, any other website, in social media and/or in any other form of media including publications, periodicals, communications, still images, video and/or television. All used photographs and images are credited to whoever the photographer is, as represented by User. Any use of the images will be solely used in the context of promoting the contests’ submissions, The Desi Diaries Website, and Users in The Desi Diaries’s sole discretion with no additional compensation owed to User, photographer and/or any other person or entity.
    • B. You shall be solely responsible for your own User Submissions and the consequences of posting or publishing them. In connection with User Submissions, you affirm, represent, and warrant that:
      1. You own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to use and authorize The Desi Diaries to use all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights in and to any and all User Submissions to enable inclusion and use of the User Submissions in the manner contemplated by The Desi Diaries on The Desi Diaries Website and the Terms of Use; and
      2. You have the written consent, release, and/or permission of each and every identifiable individual person in the User Submission to use the name or likeness of each and every such identifiable individual person to enable inclusion and use of the User Submissions in the manner contemplated by The Desi Diaries on the The Desi Diaries Website and the Terms of Use. For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions. However, by submitting the User Submissions to The Desi Diaries, you hereby affirm, represent and warrant that you have the power and authority to, and do, grant to The Desi Diaries an irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub licensable and transferable license to copy, store, display content to other users and visitors to The Desi Diaries Website, and to use in any way the entire contents of the User Submission and all portions and components thereof. This license grant includes, but is not limited to, the right of The Desi Diaries to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display all or any portion or component of the entire contents of the User Submission, including, but not limited to, for the purposes of providing and promoting the specific The Desi Diaries Website or file to which such Content was submitted or made available. "Publicly accessible" areas of The Desi Diaries Website are those areas of The Desi Diaries Website that are intended by The Desi Diaries to be available to the general public. By way of example, publicly accessible areas of The Desi Diaries Website would include The Desi Diaries Message Boards and portions of The Desi Diaries Groups, Photos, Content and sharing that are open to members, users and visitors. However, publicly accessible areas would not include portions of The Desi Diaries Website that are limited to members, or World Wide Web sites that are accessible via hypertext or other links but are not hosted or served by The Desi Diaries.
    • C. In connection with User Submissions, you further agree, affirm, represent and warrant that you will not:
      1. Submit material that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party intellectual property, proprietary or other rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to post the material and to grant The Desi Diaries all of the license rights granted herein.
      2. Publish falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage The Desi Diaries or any third party.
      3. Submit material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate.
      4. Post advertisements or solicitations of business.
      5. Impersonate another person.
    • D. The Desi Diaries does not endorse any User Submission or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and The Desi Diaries expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with User Submissions. The Desi Diaries does not permit copyright infringing activities and/or infringement of intellectual property rights on The Desi Diaries Website, and The Desi Diaries will remove all Content and User Submissions if properly notified that such Content or User Submission infringes on another's copyright and/or other intellectual property rights. The Desi Diaries reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to remove User Submissions and/or any other Content, and close accounts, without prior notice. The Desi Diaries will also terminate a User's access to The Desi Diaries’s Website, if they are determined by The Desi Diaries, in The Desi Diaries’s sole discretion, to be suspected of being, or actually being, an infringer and/or to have otherwise violated the intellectual property rights, rights of publicity and/or name and likeness and/or other rights of any other person or entity. The Desi Diaries also reserves the right to decide whether Content or a User Submission is appropriate and complies with the Terms of Use for violations other than copyright infringement and violations of intellectual property law, such as, but not limited to, pornography, obscene or defamatory material, or excessive length. The Desi Diaries may remove such User Submissions and/or terminate a User's access for uploading such material in violation of the Terms of Use at any time, without prior notice and in its sole discretion.
    • E. You understand that when using The Desi Diaries Website, you will be exposed to User Submissions from a variety of sources, and that The Desi Diaries is not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, safety, or intellectual property rights of or relating to such User Submissions. You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to User Submissions that are inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or objectionable, and you agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against The Desi Diaries with respect to User Submissions. You agree to indemnify and hold The Desi Diaries, its Owners/Operators, affiliates, and/or licensors, harmless to the fullest extent allowed by law regarding all matters related to your User Submissions and Content, as well as your use of The Desi Diaries Website.
    • F. The Desi Diaries may choose to provide resident or guest judging for specific contests, themes, challenges and other activities, the decisions of the Judges are final and binding on all matters relating to the selection of winners. The Finalists and any other winners will be judged on by the Judges' in their sole discretion. Voting and People's Choice results, the submission with the most votes will be deemed the winner from among the User Submissions. User Submissions with the same total votes will be re-judged using the same criteria. All User Submissions and votes will be retained until eligible winners are chosen for all prizes. Once a User Submission or a User is deemed ineligible, however, the User Submission will be deleted and not further considered.
  5. Contests, User Rewards and Payments

    You agree that all of the following terms and conditions will apply to your participation in all photography and other types of contests on The Desi Diaries Website:

    • A. The Desi Diaries Contests Will Comply With

      The Desi Diaries Contests on The Desi Diaries Website will be conducted in accordance with the laws of The Indian Competition Act, 2002. This means that all The Desi Diaries Contests are real contests in which at least a majority of the participants will have failed to win, and all The Desi Diaries Contests will comply with the following requirements:

      The nature of The Desi Diaries Contest and number of contestants will be disclosed.

      The exact nature and approximate value of prizes or items of value won by participants in each The Desi Diaries Contest will be disclosed.

      The deadline for submissions to each specific The Desi Diaries Contest will be disclosed. The opportunity to win a prize will not be conditioned on a minimum number of entries or contest participants.

      The Desi Diaries will keep detailed records of each The Desi Diaries Contest for at least two years after all the prizes are awarded.

      In addition, all The Desi Diaries Contests will clearly and conspicuously disclose each of the following:

      All rules, regulations, terms and conditions of each The Desi Diaries Contest (if there are any in addition to those disclosed in the Terms of Use herein).

      The maximum amount of money, including postage and handling fees, which a participant may be asked to pay to win each of the prizes offered.

      The date(s) upon which the contest will terminate, and upon which all prizes will be awarded.

      Whether future contests or tie-breakers, if any, will be significantly more difficult than the initial contest, and the method of determining prize winners if a tie remains after completion of the last tie breaker.

    • B. Verification Of Winners And Delivery Of Prizes

      The method of selection, as well as the selection, of contest winners shall be determined by The Desi Diaries in its sole discretion. The Desi Diaries team, deemed as resident judges/curators or any other assigned The Desi Diaries team member, can (i) select the winners of any contest, or (ii) provide a preliminary list of finalists to any guest or exterior judge/curator, or The Desi Diaries Partner to select the winners, including the grand winner and runners up, of a specific contest, (iii) solicit votes from Users of The Desi Diaries Website and/or any members of the public and declare winners based upon the number of votes obtained, and/or (iv) determine contest winners in any manner not prohibited by the laws of The Indian Competition Act, 2002. After judging, voting and/or any other method to select winners has finished, the potential winners will be notified in accordance with the contact information provided in their respective User Submissions by mail, courier, email or other method chosen by The Desi Diaries, The Desi Diaries’s Partners and/or The Desi Diaries’s Sponsors in its their discretion. The Desi Diaries, any The Desi Diaries Partner, or any The Desi Diaries Sponsor reserves the right to verify winners collectively or one or more at a time, as it deems appropriate and expedient in its their discretion, and in whatever order it they choose. To be confirmed as a winner and to be awarded the prize, the winning User will be required to confirm its ownership of the copyright and any other applicable intellectual property and/or other rights to the User Submission (“Required Confirmation”). Should a prize notification or prize addressed to a particular winning User be returned as undeliverable, The Desi Diaries, The Desi Diaries’s Partner and/or The Desi Diaries’s Sponsor will not resend the notice (whether by the same or another method), research the winning User's address nor make any further attempts at delivery. That User will be deemed to have withdrawn from The Desi Diaries Contest and given up the User’s right to receive the prize notification or the prize. In the case that winner's User’s shipping address is located in a Country or area designated by The Desi Diaries, The Desi Diaries’s Sponsors and/or The Desi Diaries’s Partners as undeliverable; they reserve their rights to provide cash Gift Card of equal value of to the announced prize instead of the specific announced prize.

      Winners will be announced after the Required Confirmation is received and the respective winners are confirmed. The Desi Diaries, The Desi Diaries’s Sponsors and/or The Desi Diaries’s Partners reserves the right to announce prize winners collectively, one at a time, or in any order or clusters as it deems appropriate in their discretion, except that the winner of the Judged or Most Votes Prize will be announced within thirty (30) days of the date on which the Required Confirmation are received from such winner. Winners will receive their prizes within thirty (30) days of The Desi Diaries, The Desi Diaries’s Partner and/or The Desi Diaries’s Sponsor announcement of the winners. The reward and prizes and/or any other rewards are subject to change at any time without notice in the sole discretion of The Desi Diaries, The Desi Diaries’s Partners and/or The Desi Diaries’s Sponsors, to the extent and under the circumstances permitted by The Indian Competition Act, 2002.

  6. WARRANTY DISCLAIMER

    YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE DESI DIARIES WEBSITE AND PURCHASE OF ANY GOODS AND/OR SERVICES ON THE DESI DIARIES WEBSITE SHALL BE AT YOUR SOLE RISK. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. THE DESI DIARIES, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, MEMBERS, MANAGERS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN CONNECTION WITH THE DESI DIARIES WEBSITE, THE DESI DIARIES CONTENT, AND/OR USER SUBMISSIONS, AND/OR YOUR USE THEREOF. THE DESI DIARIES, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, MEMBERS, MANAGERS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS ALSO DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE PURCHASE, SALE AND/OR GIFTS OF ANY GOODS OR SERVICES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY AND/OR THE IMPLIED WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE THE DESI DIARIES MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THIS SITE'S THE DESI DIARIES’S CONTENT, USER SUBMISSIONS, AND/OR THE CONTENT OF ANY SITES LINKED TO THIS SITE AND ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES CONTAINED THEREIN OF CONTENT, (II) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF OUR THE DESI DIARIES WEBSITE, THE DESI DIARIES CONTENT, AND/OR USER SUBMISSIONS, (III) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR THE DESI DIARIES’S SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (IV) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM OUR THE DESI DIARIES’S WEBSITE, (V) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH OUR THE DESI DIARIES WEBSITE BY ANY THIRD PARTY, AND/OR (VI) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY THE DESI DIARIES CONTENT OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY THE DESI DIARIES CONTENT POSTED, EMAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE DESI DIARIES WEBSITE. THE DESI DIARIES DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY THROUGH THE DESI DIARIES WEBSITE OR ANY HYPERLINKED WEBSITE OR FEATURED IN ANY BANNER OR OTHER ADVERTISING, AND THE DESI DIARIES WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO OR IN ANY WAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES. AS WITH THE PURCHASE OF A PRODUCT OR SERVICE THROUGH ANY MEDIUM OR IN ANY ENVIRONMENT, YOU SHOULD USE YOUR BEST JUDGMENT AND EXERCISE CAUTION WHERE APPROPRIATE.

  7. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

    IN NO EVENT SHALL THE DESI DIARIES, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, MEMBERS, MANAGERS, EMPLOYEES, OR AGENTS, BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM ANY (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF THE DESI DIARIES CONTENT, (II) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF OUR THE DESI DIARIES WEBSITE, THE DESI DIARIES CONTENT, AND/OR USER SUBMISSIONS, (III) THE SALE, PURCHASE AND/OR USE OF ANY GOODS OR SERVICES OBTAINED FROM THE DESI DIARIES AND/OR THE DESI DIARIES WEBSITE, (IV) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR THE DESI DIARIES’S SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (V) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM OUR THE DESI DIARIES’S WEBSITE, (VI) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH OUR THE DESI DIARIES WEBSITE BY ANY THIRD PARTY, AND/OR (VII) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY THE DESI DIARIES CONTENT OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY THE DESI DIARIES CONTENT POSTED, EMAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE DESI DIARIES WEBSITE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT THE COMPANY THE DESI DIARIES IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION. YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE DESI DIARIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR USER SUBMISSIONS OR THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY AND THAT THE RISK OF HARM OR DAMAGE FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH YOU. THE DESI DIARIES WEBSITE IS CONTROLLED AND OFFERED BY THE DESI DIARIES FROM ITS FACILITIES IN INDIA. THE DESI DIARIES MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS THAT THE DESI DIARIES WEBSITE IS APPROPRIATE OR AVAILABLE FOR USE IN OTHER LOCATIONS. THOSE WHO ACCESS OR USE THE DESI DIARIES WEBSITE FROM OTHER JURISDICTIONS DO SO AT THEIR OWN VIOLATION AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLIANCE WITH LOCAL LAW.

  8. Indemnity

    You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless The Desi Diaries, its parents, subsidiaries and affiliates, officers, directors, members, managers, employees and agents, for, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees) arising from and/or related to any of your acts or omissions in connection with The Desi Diaries Website, The Desi Diaries Content, the Sale, Purchase or Use of any Goods or Services, User Submissions of others and/or User Submissions submitted by you, including, but not limited to: (i) your use of and access to The Desi Diaries Website; (ii) your violation of any term of the Terms of Use; (iii) your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right; (iv) any claim that one of your User Submissions caused damage to a third party, (v) The Desi Diaries Website, (vi) The Desi Diaries's third party server failure, deficiency, collapse or any other circumstance resulting in a complete loss of digital property, electronically stored information, and/or documents, (vi) any and all User Submissions, and/or (vii) any and all goods or services you sell or otherwise transfer using The Desi Diaries Website. This defense and indemnification obligation will survive the Terms of Use and your use of The Desi Diaries Website. The Desi Diaries is a platform designed for storage and sharing of photographs, image files and other types of files, and users are responsible to always maintain an original copy of any submitted photograph, image file or other type of a file in case of a complete loss.

  9. Ability to Accept Terms of Use/No Use For Children Under 13

    You affirm that you are either more than 18 years of age, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in these Terms of Use, and to abide by and comply with these Terms of Use. In any case, you affirm that you are over the age of 13, as The Desi Diaries Website is not intended for children under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use The Desi Diaries Website; there are lots of other great web sites for you. Talk to your parents about what sites are appropriate for you.