31 August, 2011

Airtel guys, you are pathetic!

Credits : Wikipedia
"Airtel" which was revered as a telecommunication network for the youth, has lost its smooth run. I have used Airtel since my junior college days, but in the recent one year Airtel services have been pathetic. There is absolutely no coverage at my home, I have to walk outside my house for making calls. Their call rates have gone high suddenly, they activate value added services without my confirmation and deduct balance unnecessarily.

Upset by their quality of service I complained many times to the customer service, but to my disappointment they are also too bad. Nowadays you need to pay for calling the customer care service.

So I decided to switch to Uninor. I needed to retain my mobile number so I opted for mobile number portability (MNP). The MNP process takes about 7 days and requires the current operator to release your number.

Two days after this, the Airtel customer service girl called me to know why I am leaving Airtel. I told them about how bad their services are and there is no coverage at my place. In turn she offered my some talktime and some free calls tariff for a period of six months, and literally pleaded me to stay with Airtel. But I was adamant, I didn't budge, because I know how manipulative the customer service people are.

Again the next day a guy from customer service called and pleaded not to leave Airtel. I told him that offering attractive call rates and talktime is of no use unless there is some coverage at my home. You know what he said? He said that Airtel will place a mobile tower near my home within 48 hours. I was like, WHAT? I asked him not to fool me because constructing a mobile tower within 48 hours is impossible. I cannot explain how that guy was talking, he was actually 'begging' me to stay with Airtel. I didn't change my mind, I asked him to forward my port-out request. But before I could say anything more, his behaviour suddenly changed and he hanged up the call.

I thought he had cancelled my port-out request. I complained to their customer service and their nodal officer. The customer service has emailed me saying that my request is currently under process. The nodal officer has not replied my yet.

I think Airtel should respect their customers decisions, and not 'beg' to stay with them. Airtel, you disappointed me! If you people do not approve my port-out request, then I have no option but to throw your SIM card and change my number. Uninor is much more better than you people.

28 August, 2011

Anna Hazare's 5 vichar for youth

First of all and with utmost respect - Congratulations to Anna Hazare. Hats off to your method of protesting!

Anna Hazare's 12 day long fast came to an end at around 10:15 this morning. I was at our usual protest spot, the RBI square, Nagpur.
Scores of people were celebrating the end of Anna's fast
Today in the morning after ending his fast Anna said that "सिर्फ टोपी पहन ने से अण्णा नाही बन जाते" (you don't become an Anna Hazare if you wear his cap). Not many youth who are protesting with Annaji pay attention to what important he says. He says that if anybody wants to become like him has to follow 5 easy fundamentals of life. And he says this is especially for the youth of India (who blindly follow the west everytime).

His vichars are:
शुद्ध विचार (Shuddha Vichar) - Pure Thoughts
Our thoughts should be shuddha, i.e. pure. We should think pure. By pure I guess Annaji means that we should not think bad about others.

शुद्ध आचरण (Shuddha Aacharan) - Pure Karma
Our work or karma should be pure, it should be always good.

निष्कलंक जीवन (Nishkalank Jeevan) - Unblemished Life
We should not have a blemish of a bad past deed on our life. We should lead a life doing good things. One must have a good character.

त्याग (Tyaag) - Sacrifice
If we want to achieve something, we ought to sacrifice something (be it for a while although). Kuch paane k liye kuch khona padta hai.

अपमान सहने की शक्ति (Apaman sahne ki shakti) - Power to face insult
We must have the power to gulp down insult. If we gulp down insult we have the power to face anything, he says.

So these are the five fundamentals one must follow in life according to Anna Hazare.
I wrote this post because I saw many youth 'enjoying' in the name of protest. It hurts me when I see young boys performing stunts on their bikes, hooliganism, men staring at girls, etc. Even on the Independence Day many young people do stuff which is unacceptable.

Do you feel good when people say, "dekho aaj kal k nav javan" ?

21 August, 2011

Nagpur Against Corruption - Day 6

Today was Sunday, and the support for Annaji was - Overwhelming!

I listened to the mesmerizing and inspiring patriotic songs in the evening at our regular protesting spot, RBI square, Nagpur.

Anna Hazare says to the Indian Government - "Pass the Jan Lokpal Bill OR Step down!"

I appeal my fellow friends and all those who read this blog to support this India Against Corruption movement. Come out on streets and protest peacefully, show your support. Believe me, it feels so great, so proud, and so patriotic. I get goosebumps on every loud call of "Vande Mataram!".

20 August, 2011

3 years of blogging!

This month my blog completed 3 years. Feeling so proud!
...and I'm sure I will will never stop blogging.


19 August, 2011

Nagpur Against Corruption!

Before you start reading this post, watch this video and get inspired :-
Today I joined a huge crowd of protesters who are supporting Anna Hazare for the Jan Lokpal Bill. I was at the venue, RBI square at Nagpur when Annaji was released from the Tihar Jail. It was such a nice feeling of patriotism. I was there for about 3 hours, shouting,
Vande Mataram!
Inquilab Zindabad!
Anna Hazare aage badho, hum tumhare saath hai!
Bharat Mata ki Jai!

Such a nice feeling it was. Yesterday we urged our college mates to come forward and support Anna Hazare, the man who can change our country, for good! And the response was awesome! many students turned up, even our principal followed. Sharing a few pic and videos here :- 

Mother India

Protesters, a lot of them.
Unique style! Skaters protesting
Yeh mehengai maar gayi.

Quote: Mujhe toh samajh gaya jan lokpal bill, sarkar k samajh me kab aayega ?
Me and Piyush

I support Anna Hazare!
मी अण्णा हजारे !

03 August, 2011

How do you learn something?

A couple of hours ago a classmate asked me how to learn the C language? He said that he could not clear the C exam inspite of trying several times. He asked if I have some "notes" available so that he can get away with quickly learning the C language. I suggested him to buy a C programming book, and just read it away, and that would definitely do to clear the paper.

But the question is, "How do we learn something?"

Some say when you memorize something, you learn it! Some have other takes on this topic. I guess, learning is a 3 step process:
  1. Desire
  2. Understand
  3. Do
The first and foremost thing is the 'desire'. If you don't have the desire to learn something, you are never going to learn that thing. I had the desire to learn what goes behind the computers, hence I took the Computer Science course. Similarly, in the case of my classmate, if he has a desire to program computers then he will definitely learn C.

The second step is 'understanding'. When you have the desire to learn something, you are automatically attracted towards it (well that's human nature).Then starts the cycle of understanding the topic or the subject or whatever that is of interest to you. You see, desire is linked to understanding, that is, if you have desire then you start understanding.

The final step is 'doing'. Unless and until you apply what you have understood in practical, you don't learn stuff. If you take the example of a keen child looking at his friends riding bicycles, he is actually understanding how to ride a bicycle by looking at his friends. And unless and until he actually rides the vehicle, he just doesn't learn how to ride. So he takes his elder brothers cycle and tries to ride it. Although he fails initially, but eventually he figures out by doing, i.e., by practically riding the bike.

So, if you want to learn the C language, or the Chinese language, or any stuff in this world, all you have to do is just desire. Desire to learn it. You will eventually understand, and then learn it by doing stuff.