The Ordeal

I dont know how many of you have seen this TV ad. The ad is all about how few friends want to reach goa but their flight is delayed. Somethng of the same sort happened to 7 of us.

Off We go
Off We go

We were off to goa this weekend, but as the luck have it we were just 90 KM away from goa and there comes the news of floods and land slides. We are stranded on NH17 with no where to go. just to top it off our bus left us stranded in middle the road. We got a lorry which took jsut 500 rupees for 3 KM of ride..

The Lorry Ride
The Lorry Ride
Lorry ride
Lorry ride

The lorry dropped us to a small station called Harwar. For us to find the train to Goa is canceled. 🙁

Railway Tracks
Railway Tracks
Harwad Station
Harwad Station

Next step for us was to go back to bangalore and good bye to our weekend gate-away. Or Go back to and take another route. we chose the former later and started our journey once again.

On Way to Hubli
On Way to Hubli

Reached hubli at 8 in the night. We were to reach goa the same day by 10 and we were no where near goa.

Dining at Hubli
Dining at Hubli

The day was 2nd of October. It was dry day so i had a Battle of VAT 69 to give us company and surely gave us some company. It was the only thing that got me and some of us drunkards going :). Took another bus from hubli and reached goa on 3 rd full 24 hours late. A journey of 14 hours took us 38 and it was the utmost fun.

but as there is always a BUTT. True to it legend Goa is the best place to enjoy urself. so here are some of the pics we having fun @ goa.

Goa At last
Goa At last

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Stumpped
Stumpped
Colava Beach
Colava Beach
All of us
All of us

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Steps to heaven
Steps to heaven
We have conquored the word
We have conquored the word

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Boat Ride
Boat Ride
On the boat
On the boat

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if you are still not able to figure out which of them is me than here i am.

ME the Great
ME the Great

those who are thinking where are the chichs than i amsorry we awere jsut guys out there. But just for you j\guys who came all the way till here looking for chicks. Take it away.

Chicks..
Chicks..

Google is a Show Off

Few days back i gave told you guys about the mathematical calculations done at google. for more read this But this time google showed me its might at better calculation and automatically started converting the amount writtten in Indian Rupees to US Dollars. check out the snapshot. Guys at google its high time that you check the binaries before going LIVE.

Bug in Google
Bug in Google

In the picture above just look where it says Cash.. the amount is being displayed in $’s instead of Rs. which is being used to represent rest of the amounts.

Click on the image for larger view.

Google’s new age mathematics

Bug in Google
Bug in Google

I have got another BuGle. For more details on Bugle Please click here.

The image is snapshot of my share portfolio in Google’s website, which is simple and easy to use. But they have got this problem of inserting bugs in their code. If you look at the three red boxes in the image (right click and open image in new window/tab) . Market price(MP) is calculates as Last Price(LP) X Shares(S). So for Suzlon MP should have been 89.50 X 30 = 2,685.00 but according to google its 2,644.50. Google thanks for your new age mathematics.

Guys I really respect you and all the application that you make. But this type of faux-pas is seldom pardoned. You need a really good Quality Control guys at your office. And please sure that the quality guy and developer dont meet face to face. Tha you will have a really robust application

Best Laid Plans.

This weekend I was in Mumbai. Those who thought that I should have called them, guys I was so busy! Wish I can say that. I was there for the party thrown in the honor of the latest member of my family. For more read this!! It was a single day affair but I was there for 4 days. Instead of giving these tid bits let start from the top, including my ticket booking to landing at Bangalore.

I planned to leave Bangalore on Thursday as part was slated for Friday. So the ticket was booked for Spicejet onwards and return on Sunday by Indigo courtesy travelocity.co.in (Trust me they give one of the best fare online). Suddenly one fine day my jiju (brother in law) called and said the ticket by kingfisher is available for 1800 INR go ahead and buy. There goes 1750 INR towards cancelling the ticket booked by Spicejet and Indigo. So that was the ticketing part.

On Thursday I was off to Mumbai. Nothing great about it but if you find your mom, dad, jiju and brother waiting at the airport is worth mentioning. Well they arrived 20 minutes before me from my native. J. After packing ourselves in the car we are off to see the boy-who-shares-his-birthday-with-me in short my nephewJ.

He is really sweet much more than me. (Trust me again) those who don’t trust me then tell me why he got all the kisses and I got none? Pics, coming soon, most probably by this weekend. The next two days were hectic, wrapping gifts which my mom brought from native and I took from Bangalore, attending ceremonies, parties and what not. I met some of my relatives whom I last met when my sister got married 3 years back and some even much more time later.

Saturday was the good bye day. Mom and dad left for native. My brother went to office. So there I was left alone at with my jiju. I thought lets go jiju’s office and see how it looks like. Later that day played a new board game with my sister, jiju, jiju’s sisters and jiju’s jiju. The game was called LIFE. What a name for game where you are married off, made to buy house, have kids and at last die with the desire to become a millionaire tycoon. After losing badly in the game of LIFE we were off to watch the movie “Hangover. ” Yeah, a drunkard like me can only go for a movie like that. A slapstick comedy should be seen by without children supervision.

Sunday came and my jiju took me for a shopping spree. I am still a Shopaholic (Shopping + Drinking). While driving from one shop to another I found a bottle of “Absolute” in jiju car. Before you say what a drunkard let me tell you I just had 2 pegs, we were to have lunch with my sister and jiju’s sisters. Here is the list of the things we shopped for – Shirts and Trousers from Louis Philippe, Perfumes from UCB and Dunhill, Mobiles from Nokia and Samsung. That was it and it was the time for me to head back. I got a SMS stating my ticket on kingfisher is upgraded to first class (Tip. If you are flying kingfisher, try http://optiontown.com. ). It is a good way to fly first class without paying bomb for.

Here is the pic of the Hriday. That’s the name given to my nephew.

Shopping Aur Mai

People ‘shop’ when there is a ‘need’ but do excessive shopping to spend money or to repair a broken heart.

When I look back , I find that,  i don’t fall in any of these categories. The shopping was done because it was needed but what I shopped for was more than the need! For eg. instead of 2 shirts that i needed i bought 4 because i liked them. If you remember my Last Post I had done lots of shopping. I am yet to find out if they were excessive or not.

So here is the experience i gained from my shopping spree for last few months

  1. If you find a “single piece” item “without price tag” (which you like) in a mega store(like shoppers stop, lifestyle etc.) try to bargain with the guy who is showing you the item and chances are that you will get it cheaper than the item’s original price.
  2. By any chance the sale person tell you the correct price take that item to billing counter and chances are that the billing person will bill you less than what the price is.
  3. When you leave the counter make sure to check your bill, the billing guys always bill for more than what you have bought
  4. Don’t buy anything in rush. You will either pay more, buy costly item, get some defective item, get cloths that don’t fit or end up leaving your card/cash at the shop.
  5. Don’t ever utter the price of item while its being billed. chances are that it will be billed wrong. (vary rarely)
  6. If you are buying anything online make sure to read the T&C of the offer. Chances are that you will not get the offer because you forgot to click the small red button on the page where it said “You are done, Click next to continue!” without ever mentioning anything about the red button.
  7. When buying alcohol ask the price before hand. Chances are that the price quoted will be more than the MRP.
  8. If your next door Kiranawala (Grocery Store) return the change more than what he should have. Tell him and give the money back. You will surely get extra attention every time you visit. 🙂
  9. Never ever listen to a sales person who talks too smooth. He will sell you the worst item in the store.

This is out of my personal experience. here are the instance when it happened.

  1. Bought a Louis Phillippe for 1200 the MRP i later found out was 1700.
  2. Bought 4 shirts of Peter England for 1200 in buy 1 get 1 offer. 3 shirts were for 600 and one (tag-less for 800)
  3. Paid 1600 for a 1500 Louis Phillippe trouser.
  4. Paid 300 extra for a top because saw the cost of smaller size top.
  5. The tag price for the deo was 120 but was billed as 1200
  6. I missed the gift because i selected the same gift where the rule was “The buyer has to select different gift for each purchase”
  7. I paid 1000 rupees for a bottle of VAT69 priced at 900
  8. Its common sense.
  9. I bought a polyester trouser for 1300 because the sales guy was too smooth.

so stop laughing at my plight and tell me any more tip that you have.