If I were Airtel, I would be ashamed of this.

If I were Airtel, I would be ashamed of this.

Alright, I don’t generally invest so much of my time in trying to shame a company. I know it may not amount to much, but since I feel I am being cheated and my money (data) is being siphoned off in a non-transparent, opaque manner, I owe this to myself to name and shame the company.

I bought the Airtel wi-fi device on 20th of October. Today is the 31st of October. I bought the device under the ‘Advance Rental plan” under which you get the device and 5 GB data per month at a cumulative cost of 4000 exclusive of service tax. Since as per my internet history, my monthly usage is about 5-6 GB on a portable data device per month. I use data separately for my phone. I tried using the phone hotspot on laptop but my data burned very fast and Airtel told me if you use hotspot on your laptop, data burns much faster and that’s the reason I got the device. I am still not sure of the hotspot theory but that’s for later to figure.

Now, on 31st October, I am sitting on 1.4 GB data. I have no idea how the 3.6 GB data that’s been consumed according to Airtel has been consumed. It has been evaporated to my mind. The moment you turn the device on, it starts consuming the data at 100 MB per minute at least to my mind. It EATS AWAY YOUR DATA.

I am attaching screenshots to prove my point. Please see the timings which I have highlighted in the screenshots and in the images. At one point on 27th October, I used the device for 10 minutes to send ONE TEXT EMAIL. WHEN I CLOSED IT, 1.6 GB HAD GONE AWAY-EXPLAINED IN THE IMAGE AGAIN.

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My advice- don’t use Airtel. I will also not be using Airtel till I have phone balance and I use the data which I have already paid for. I will get rid of Airtel.

And to prove that I am not the only person being looted here, I am attaching screenshots of what my friends on facebook had to say about this.

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I have nothing personally against Airtel but I hate seeing my money getting wasted and being duped as a customer and this is what I feel happened here.

Thanks for reading.

Cheers.

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Smartphone technology making young Indians smarter

Smartphones are everywhere. The smartphone technology has changed the lives of young India. If you go and ask young Indians, who have moved between adolescence to adulthood in the last 10 years, they would say smartphones are an indispensable part of their lives, making their parents scratch their heads.

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They know the technology. They don’t just know it, they understand it. Ask them about 2g, 3G, 4G, they get it and they are able to explain that these are just definitions of higher speed. 4G, the latest in smartphone technology in India allows its data hungry users to download pictures, upload videos, share content, create mobile hot-spots, anywhere they are, with the touch of a finger.

Not just that, young India, especially men, perceptively more keen on technology, are able to define the key specifications because of which they decide to buy one smartphone over another. The proliferation of smartphones hasn’t just meant that they are ubiquitous, they have also made their users smarter and on top of information.

We know you, you #technocrats. So, we are going to tell you a couple of fun facts about the latest in smartphone technology. Up for it? Here you go:

Octacore, for example is the latest in mobile processing units of a Smartphone. It is the CPU in a laptop. Octacore means dual quad core.  It means that that you continue with your photo editing, video creation and gaming without draining your battery at the speed it drains right now. There must be a reason why the latest smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy 6 or OnePlus2 are all going Octacore.

Yeah, we know Octacore sounded like a dragon before we simplified this for you. You can thank us later.

Android M, short for Android Marshmallow, which was released in May 2015 allows you easy access to frequently used apps, has a bolder lock screen, an app drawer search box, which was missing in the Lollipop makes headway here. Well, these are just a few introductions to the Marshmallow and although you do not get it eat it, it makes your smartphone experience more interesting and faster.

There is a lot happening in the world of smartphone technology and leading players like Samsung, Apple, Micromax, Motorola are constantly upgrading their range of smartphones incorporating the latest in tech.

Who is on their mind? You-the #technocrats who demand more from their smartphones-more data, more music, more apps, more excitement! The technology is helping the nation evolve. For example, the it is the smartphone technology which makes easier for companies like Uber to make cabs accessible to you where you are. Companies like DUBSMASH have taught the young to create and share videos easily. You see, they are working on making you a smarter consumer while they make the big bucks. Alright, a win-win deal.

Smartphones are bound to get faster, powerful and hi-tech, the question is will you be able to keep pace?

 

 

 

 

An Open Letter to the great Jain community

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Dear Members of the Jain community,

You people are wonderful, both Digambars and Shvetambars. I respect with all my heart and stomach the Paryushan Parwa, which serves as a cleansing festival for you and purifies you of all the toxins and deficiencies, contrary to the thoughtless food that the rest of the world is consuming.

I have always had a lot of respect for Jains. Many friends of mine over the years who do not eat garlic, ginger, onions and miscellaneous flavorsome vegetables without which I cannot imagine my life. I bow to you folks who lead such a simple life and do not eat any of those. I cringe when I, as a lesser mortal, find myself eating an onion in front of my pure Jain friend or a colleague. I feel totally shamed and humiliated about my existence on earth.

I would like to talk briefly about the meat ban that your community is trying to impose on all of us and which the honorable Supreme Court rejected. I wonder what the court might have thought about issues of freedom to choose what we should eat. I empathize with you people for thinking so much about non-violence and the benefit to humankind. Do not get us wrong. The Supreme Court is a bunch of ordinary mortals who do not understand your feelings and believe that freedom to choose is important for people like us.

This, in no way, affects the greatness that you are trying to project upon us. As I said, people who do not understand that beauty of following the Jain systems of food are ordinary, pithy, stupid, idiotic and non-discerning individuals. We are not up to your level of purification and intelligence. We just do not get it why we should not eat meat when it makes us feel healthy. Even for a few days, it sounds illogical to us because we are used to it. As far as the overall effect of the ban is concerned, there are people who are saying that their livelihood gets affected- people like butchers and meat sellers. They are stupid, too for they do not understand the wonderfully spiritual impact that a few days of restraint could cause on their lives.

Dear great Jain people, please forgive us for not being able to match up to your standards of intellect, spirituality and non-violence. Unfortunately, the very human society functions, some animals exist so that we can eat them and otherwise, there might be no use of such species. I guess.

In order to conclude, I would just like to see your magnanimity of the heart in bearing with us lesser mortals, not just in the case of the meat ban but also in the ordinary course of life.

If you see that, we are eating onions, garlic, or other such violent food, please forgive us.

On behalf of the non-Jains of the world…

A lesser mortal

The meaning of silence

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Imagine you ask a girl out and she does not respond for a month. What would you think- is it a yes or a no?

Silence has many meanings and the best answer is the boring one, which is ‘it depends’. For example, in the case above, it could mean that she thinks that you suck as an individual and you are not fit to go out with her. It could also mean that she is shy and to be honest, girls are not shy anymore. Shyness used to be a feministic trait. Now, it perhaps is a gay attribute.

If you are a performer, silence could have many meanings. For example, if you are on the stand-up stage and the audience is silent, you better get away from the stage or do something to make them laugh. Silence for a comedian means death.

If you are a poet and then room is silent, it means that the audience is listening to you intently or they would be busy talking to each other.

If you are a corporate slut which most of you are, and you send across a presentation deck to the client and the latter is silent, most likely, the deck is fine. Very few people are grateful or appreciative. They would just go silent if they find the deck great. Therefore, in case of professional matters, silence is a good thing. If you have fucked up, you will know, trust me, all the time.

If your girlfriend or wife is silent, it is always a case of lull before the storm. It is in your interest to figure out what has happened and why she is silent. If she has to explain her silence to you without your having probed it, you are in a much bigger trouble than you can manage.

If your friend is silent for a while and you get no reply to your message or the call does not return, that friend of yours does not want to be a friend of yours anymore. It is time to move on.

In any case, silence is meaningful. The silence of the night precedes the hustle and bustle of the morning and tells us that it is time to rest. The silence of men is asking for solitude since unlike women, we like to deal with our mess largely by ourselves.

When we meditate, we let our lives come to a halt in a moment of practiced silence. Many people cannot bear silence since their only idea of enjoyment is noise, meaningful or otherwise.

Do not leave silence alone. It always says something and waiting to be heard.

Intellectual freedom now banned in India. And we are not sorry

Do you see a pattern in the bans they are imposing over the last few months in India?

I do.

Let us look at what is happening. The government owes its roots to the so-called cultural organization- the RSS. Now, as far as economics is concerned, they will leave it to BJP, its political arm and not mess there perhaps because they don’t have the expertise in that area.

However, as far as matters of daily life are concerned-everything is cultural! What we eat, how we behave, how we mingle with each other as people, which religions or castes get prominence and importance in the society-are all matters of importance of the RSS and hence the government.

Look at the meat ban. According to NDTV and other news reports, we are doing this for the Jain festival of fasting. Now, if you are in Mumbai and you are not a Jain, why should you fast? Why, on earth for one day or 2 days or for the Godforsaken 4 days?

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The point- the religious views of one community are liable should be respected by the people of the state-no matter what their religious beliefs are. Why?

This means that if you accept this bullshit, then in future, especially if you are an atheist, then you will have to face the prospect of respecting the religious sentiments of Hindus, Muslims (trust me, this will never happen), Christians (this will never happen too) or Sikhs (they are too cool to bother anyone).

See, the point is 80% of this country is Hindu; forget Sakshi Maharaj telling Hindus to have four kids still! Now, since they are the majority, they want to ensure that their views or rather the right word is ‘sentiments’ are respected by the rest of the people.

You live in India. You respect the majority sentiments.

The porn ban did not stay because it is not exactly a religious matter and everyone- no matter what religion- needs porn!

They banned fifty shades of grey for screening. Why? Apparently, because of nudity! Fuck, we are 1.3 billion wasted people. We are not a result of masturbation! Indians are literally screwing each other under the name of arranged marriages to produce useless people who don’t know right from wrong, who cannot be educated and who support the bullshit we face right now because they don’t know better.

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I will talk about one more ban- the ban on the documentary, India’s daughter. They banned the movie saying that it was a conspiracy to defame India. Now, we understand that rapes are not only an Indian but also an international problem, but that does not mean there is something wrong with a movie that, with a sincere intent, tries to understand the mind of a rapist. I have no idea why the filmmaker chose to make the film in India and not in her home country but the fact is-she made the film and it was an incisive film-something that nobody attempted before. Every time we run away from the truth, we show nothing but our cowardice.

The others bans, like the ban on cuss words, the ban on partying, chasing Valentine day’s revelers are a matter of academic importance now.

We are supposedly, a free country where we have the right to choose our actions basis our beliefs. Nobody should have the right to tell us what we should do with our lives, as long as we are not affecting someone directly.

The bans are a ban on our freedom, our ability to differentiate right from wrong and a ridiculous imposition of a majoritarian mind-set.

Every time I think about majorities, I think of what Mark Twain said about it:

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Thanks for reading.

World’s OBSESSION WITH WHITE SKIN!

I have wanted to write this piece for a long time now. I guess it is because of my not so white skin that it took so long to get to writing this.

We, Indians are not fair, which is such a sad, unfortunate thing to happen to anyone, in this world. Why is this unfortunate? Common, you may say, people with white skin are historically more powerful, intelligent and wealthy etc. But, if I may push the question, why is that so? You may say because it is so, because majority of the powerful nations of the world have been historically dominated by people who are white in color.

If you talk about the US, most of the Presidents were white. President Barack Obama is an exception for having become the President of the US and not being fair skinned. Abraham Lincoln wasn’t white too. Did he care?

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I will come to the point. It has always been an act of perverted rationale that people with white skin are prettier, more beautiful or superior to people who are not as fair. Who said to start with and why did so many people accept it? It is incredible that the history of the world is replete with examples of racial discrimination against people who are not as fair.

Apartheid is the reason for the whole South African disaster. No doubt: the apartheid policy is responsible for the racial tensions. The black race is excluded from a lot of places, e.g. at the bayside like indicated on this sign-post. (06/23/76)(AP PHOTO)
Apartheid is the reason for the whole South African disaster. No doubt: the apartheid policy is responsible for the racial tensions. The black race is excluded from a lot of places, e.g. at the bayside like indicated on this sign-post. (06/23/76)(AP PHOTO)

Apartheid in South Africa stays as one of the prominent examples where the white minority suppressed and oppressed the black majority for years and years before one man took upon him with his colleagues, friends and supporters in the African National Congress to fight it, till it was abolished.

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White people, the ones who started and continue to propagate that white skin is associated with intelligence or beauty are inferior in their minds and dubious in their hearts. It is when people have no other source of expressing their intelligence or lack of it that they resort to superficial attributes like race and the color of the skin to express their so called superiority.

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How can the color of somebody’s skin allow a person to reach a higher place than somebody who does not have it by the virtue or the accident of their birth? There is no answer to this question, for the logic is absurd and retarded, even if there is any logic.

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Unfortunately, in a country like India, what the celebrities propagate is bought by the gullible and thoughtless masses who think that what they are being told by the rich and powerful must be right. Why do we buy it? Why do we need fair and lovely or fair and handsome? Are we so small in our minds to accept that the color of our skin determines the level of social status that we enjoy in the society we live in? Are we so insecure? If we are, why are we insecure?

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Look at Oprah. She has influenced the world for better and she isn’t white. oprah-tour-bio-1-949x534

Back home, there are celebrities who have more depth in their persona than many other celebrities who will sell anything for money, no matter what impact it has on the lives and psychological framework of people who follow them blindly.nandita

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White is NOT superior. White is NOT more beautiful.

It is a conspiracy by a bunch of the white skinned people who have no depth in their character or intelligence in their minds that they resort to the color of their skin to tell others that they are special. How terribly stupid and vicious!

Don’t let the color of your skin be the source of your confidence, the expression of your beauty or the worth of your person. Don’t let anybody tell you who you are because of the color of your skin. You race is not you.

It never was. It never will be.

Tea or Coffee?

So, what are you-a tea drinker or a coffee drinker?

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I, for one, am a tea drinker. It doesn’t mean I don’t drink coffee. I do once in a while but yeah, that’s it, once in a while. I can live without coffee but I cannot live without tea. Tea is a drug, especially one with ginger and basil leaves.

Coffee is for first dates. It’s a casual drink. It’s when you are in the mood of playful romance and you have no idea if things will mature or not. Of all the coffee chains in India, I think it’s Costa which makes the best hot coffee. Personally, I prefer Costa’s Cappuccino more than the one offered by Starbucks. Cafe Coffee day has a decent frappe but I won’t count on their cappuccino. One goes to either of these outlets, in a mood for coffee and to spend idle time, to chill. Chains like Starbucks have made coffee the drink of romance and catching up.

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On the other hand, tea is what Indians lives on. One, it is much cheaper than coffee. Two, the refreshment provided by tea is much more satisfying than the one offered by coffee.

Tea is an adult drink. Coffee is a teenage drink.

The day starts with a steaming cup of tea. It refreshes your mind and makes you feel awake, when you are still not awake. Tea is available at every nook and corner, at least in Delhi and it’s just so easy to find.
The specialty teas that you find in Cafés like Chaayos and Cha bar sometimes feel like a superfluous addition to the normal cup of tea one is used to. They never taste like the real thing because they are not the real thing.

No matter how much the coffee chains try to get the common Indian attracted to the charm of coffee, we remain a tea drinking country, largely.

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Coffee is for first dates. Tea is beyond dating. I know coffee drinkers are bound to disagree, which is cool.

Thanks for reading.