Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Nokia the great!!!!!

Open stretch.... 80+kmph... speed breaker... zooooom and landed cleanly... but the little thing in my pocket continued it's flight and landed on the tarmac.... dum, dadatadam... Dummmmm... combed the area and finally retrieved it in bits and pieces...

Took me about 30 min to find all of them in the highway during peak evening traffic.. By then the phone had been run over by god knows how many vehicles... At first i had no hopes of finding the pieces... found all the pieces scattered over abt 50 mts... :( did some 7-8 rounds to find them all... almost all...

I thot it wudn't work anymore and was hoping i cud atleast retrieve the contacts out of it...

I'd thot abt switching to Nokia 5800 in 6 months time and on the way back from the incident was cursing myself now that i've to shell out 15K for that now itself...

Reached home and just tried to put the pieces of the jigsaw and tried to switch it on and blimey.....

The people connector came up... and it worked just normal.. only that i had to hold the panels together to stop it from falling out... i even spoke to my friend of half an hour...

Now all i have to do is just change the Panel... :D

Coming back to the "almost all..." part... i realised only at home that the the memory card was missing..:( thankfully nothing important stored in it...

Long Live Nokia....

Thursday, June 04, 2009

another jlt

here i am... sitting in front of the TV exactly in the middle of the night watching 2 arch rivals playing... but I'm not as excited as i wud've been normally when watching an Indo-Pak cricket match.. I'm sure it's not coz it's a warm up match... both of them are giving their best... i guess it's more to do with the IPL.. I've kinda got a little bored of all this Glitzy quickie stuff.....
It's been a busy couple of weeks.... i realise how difficult it is to be a manager... I have a couple of freshers reporting to me and lots of work to be done... but I'm not really confident they can do what's required... it's a bit complicated and very critical... anyway I've given them something to work.. lets see how they do it... probably will get some confidence once i see the results...

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Back!!!

Back.... but how long before laziness takes over me again??????? kadavulukke velicham... :)
But comedy ennana the reason for me writing this one is laziness.. :D
Home alone... Keerthi is off to Hyd to meet up with friends.. ysday went off well with kamlesh's treat in the afternoon, xbox till 7 with Lokesh, Ravi and Arun at home...
Lokesh as usual ran away... What he does over the weekend is such a mystery to all of us.. we probably have to hire a detective... ;)
Arun and Ravi went to Forum to buy a few gifts. The plan was to finish their shoppig and then go to Hyderabad... It'd been a loooong time since all of us had Biriyani there... The plan got changed to dinner and movie... But as it always seem to happen to me... i had to wait for abt 20 min in front of Transit while these guys were searching for a card, which they ultimately didn't get...
There was this dialogue in a movie. "Being punctual is a curse. You always end up waiting.". How tru... If i have to list the things i hate, having to wait for someone will be right at the Top... I can actually feel my anger moving up to my head.. A lot of ppl have been at the receiving end.. Arun was the unfortunate one ysday...
Anyway went to 99... It was a nice good TP... once watchable... Surely not as bad as Uma had predicted it was...That's his speciality.. he can predict how a movie is without even seeing it... :P
Went for dinner to paramount.. one of the very few restaurants open beyond 12.... Had a lot of informative discussions and came back home.. Those 2 started another game on xbox.. i cudn't stay awake anymore and went off to sleep...
Today, whole day spent on the bean bag and bed, alternating between Internet, TV and xbox... got bored of it and sat down to write this blog...
yuppieeeeee managed to write one full page of it...

Friday, January 09, 2009

The kingfisher experience

I was all excited about travelling back... I was so excited that I even went to the kingfisher site and checked out their entertainment section to see which were the movies that were on at that time.. and decided to see “Chak de” and Monster-in-law.

After all the Fiasco and settling down, my first impression of the airlines was Good... the lady at the checkin desk was sweet and helpful and let me check-in beyond their usual closure time...

The seats were comfy.. pretty much the same as in Jet. But I felt the netted bag for foot rest in Jet was more comfy than the pedal like ones in KF.

There were a couple of other hiccups as well...

The in flight entertainment wasn’t working for most part of the journey... Vijay Mallaya gave a nice welcome speech and then I was watching Chak de as per plan ;)  and suddenly the screens blanked out in one section of the flight.. Though a few came up after a couple of minutes, most were out for more than 3 hrs... I had to be content with watching the movie from another screen ( thankfully there were subtitles and it was readable from 2 rows behind J) .

The Firang, an Australian named Anna had woken up for some time and was chatting with her for some time.... she waited for some time for the  In Flight Entertainment System to start and then went back to her sleep... L

And the AC.. it wasn’t as cool as u normally expect in a flight... I usually see ppl using the blankets provided, when they sleep.. but most of the blankets weren’t opened at all...

Food... again another ok... for breakfast, the so called uttappam was hard and the sambhar wasn’t tasty at all... The previous nights’ dinner was much better..

The best thing abt KF was obviously the airhostess... ;) there were quite a few of them compared to Jet... and they were good...

Well the overall experience wasn’t as good as I had expected after all the “King Fisher, Travel like a king” stuff... Given a choice I wud fly Jet

Thursday, January 08, 2009

How I almost F**ked it up

Can you believe what I did??? After all that enthu abt going back to India, I went to the airport without my passport???!!!!!!!!!!!

It all started with me taking out the passport to fill the VAT refund forms and I left it on the table.

I checked my travel pouch one final time. The passport section was a little raised. So I assumed the passport was there..

Had asked the Cab to come at 5.30. He came at 6 and after filling petrol and wading thru the London traffic, managed to reach the Airport at 7.15.

I felt something missing on the way and as soon as I got down from the cab, I opened the pouch again to confirm. Again I saw the raised passport section and was convinced everything was there... Went to the check-in desk at 7.30. The lady asked for my passport and I cool’ly opened my pouch and put my fingers inside the passport section and to my horror, just found a few sheets of papers.. I had folded my e-tickets and put it there...

Thank fully I had Mukul and Rahul with me and they immediately called up Dhiraj (I hadn’t bothered to recharge my mobile as I was leaving that day.. L )to check if the passport was at home. Of course it was there, lying on the table... They immediately called up Chaithu and he got his car and the three of them, including Ninad, started immediately(it was almost 7.45 by the time they started).

The desk closes at 9.05. The cab driver who knew the way to Terminal 4 took an hour to reach... Chaithu had taken the car just a couple of days back and had to rely on Tom Tom.. While we usually drive as per the speed limits. But Cab drivers give them a damn and they break just before the speed cameras. I was so scared if they could make it in time.

But thankfully they made good time

08:45 PM: They were within 3 miles. I went to the check-in desk and asked them if they can atleast weigh my stuff and keep everything ready so that as soon as I get my passport, they can gimme the boarding card. After some pleading they agreed and did it.

09:00 PM: My day wasn’t good... The TomTom directed them to Terminal 3 and it was quite some distance away from T4. And it was 9.

09:03 PM: Dhiraj ran to the underground and took the train to T4. The stupid train started only after 5 minutes. And it takes 3 minutes to reach T4

09:05 PM: The lady at the check-in counter wants to close the desk... I plead her to wait just for a few more minutes...

09:08 PM: The train starts.

09:10 PM: More pleading...

09:11 PM: The train reaches T4

09:13 PM: I get my passport and give it to them and get my boarding pass...

09:15 PM: Ran towards the security desk and on the way let my mobile flying... I collected it in 3 parts... thankfully it was just the frame... Vaalzhga Nokia...

09:18 PM: Reached the gate and found lot of people waiting to board... Ufff relief after a looong time... probably the longest hour and a half in my life

The story is not over...

They had given me 2 pieces of boarding pass... And in all the tension, I saw the 2 pieces and thot my seat number of 18H. I went there and sat. After some time another guy came and said “excuse me, this is my seat”. I was like oops... and I checked one of the pieces. It was 28H. I went there and found that that was already occupied and his BP also showed 28H. The airhostess came and checked. She said this 28H is not your seat number sir, your seat number will be in the other piece of Bp they gave you... I rummaged thru all the pockets of my Cargos and gave her that small piece of paper and it said 18K... I had mixed up 18F and 28H to arrive at 18H at the first instance... ufffffff.. so picked up my luggage and went to 18k again...

And another twist... there was this Firang who was in 18G... She was like “Excuse me... Can you do me a favour?? I know it’s asking for too much.. ” and I was thinking ...oh no, no more confusion... she continued.. “I have a friend of mine whose at 19B. If you don’t mind, can you please sit there??”.. 19B was an Aisle and there was another Firang at 19A. So instead of being sandwiched between 2 ppl in 18k, I happily went to 19B and still had got a Firang next to me ;) (She was too tired and slept thru most of the journey is another sad twist to the story... )

Rahul had asked me for a separate blog abt the Kingfisher experience... so more details in that.... J