Many years ago I got this strange idea of moving to Europe for work. This would also enable travel to different parts of Europe to explore. Though I am percieved adventurous I have my own restrictions.
Last year I saw an opportunity and was not ready to let it go down. Brno stuck on to me. I have not visited Czech republic in the past. Things were falling in place and I got a job here in Brno.
It is not a piece of cake to just move in and join work. There is a whole lot of documentation work. Apostille of degree certificate, police certificate and apostille of same, apostille of marriage certificate (if you are married, for your spouse). It is better to have your spouse name on passport. Once all the documentation process is over then you go to consulate in Delhi to submit the application and relevant documents. The rest of documents include proof of accommodation in Brno and employment offer letter. Then is a process time of 90days. Once the application is approved by end of 90days you need a medical insurance which would have at least minimum of one week from date of travel from India. After which you make another trip to Delhi to collect your passport which will contain single entry visa.
Now starts the next work which is to book a flight ticket. Flights to Brno from Bangalore take 2days with long stopovers. What is the other option? Take a flight to Prague and from there take a bus or train.
I got a ticket via Doha to Prague and the airlines was Qatar airways. I had my own reservation since I have traveled by this. It turned out to be a gentle surprise. It was comfortable journey with only a two hour time in Doha.
At Prague the immigration was another surprise. It took only a minute to get stamped and sent inside!
To let know the immigration process at Bengaluru was also only about a minute. The age old forms which were to be filled in the past are done with!
From Prague (PRG) airport I went to train station and by journey time of 2.5hrs I was in Brno. For booking train ticket click here.
It was a convenient journey.
There are other options to fly in by Lufthansa or Airfrance or by Ethihad or by Emirates.
Last night was probably the worst experience with Paytm and what could probably be many more to come in future.
I did not have sufficient cash in my Paytm Wallet to make a purchase. I added quite a significant amount into the wallet. The transaction was complete. My bank confirmed transfer to Paytm.
All fine. What is the problem?
When I scanned the QR code to make the payment and entered the amount, Paytm gave message “xx.xx” amount less and do you want to transfer from bank account into wallet to complete the transaction.
I agreed with Paytm messaged, transferred the said amount from my bank account. My bank sent a SMS confirming the transfer to Paytm Wallet.
Lo behold, Paytm gave a message still of insufficient funds. When in reality I had made two transfers of more than requisite amount.
This resulted in me unable to pay for the item I wanted to buy. Imagine if this scenario happens regularly.
How can one trust Paytm with these kind of issues. Am rethinking about “Paytm Karo”.
This could not just be problem of Paytm. It could also be of Zeta and many other providers in this area.
In the movie Pink, Amitabh Bachan concludes stating that:
1. Women should not laugh and talk
2. Women should not touch and talk
3. Women should not have a drink
All these are inviting for a man. These are signals sent out by girls.
Today morning while I was returning during my run near Bellandur Petrol Bunk a girl was walking on the service road. Two men on a moped are coming from a distance. Suddenly when they are close to the girl the palm of the guy sitting behind stretches out. The moment I call out his hand goes inside folded. Nothing happened.
What remains in our mind is what our Sultan said “baby ko bass pasand hai”. So conveniently conveyed as “base” with the action and nobody wanted to censor.
Today morning around 7:30 am on the way to office I spot this guy on Honda Activa type vehicle. From Brookfield Mall till Kundanahalli Colony I was observing him.
This guy stops girls walking alone and was asking for money.
I stopped outside Keerthi Flora at Kundanahalli Colony when I saw another girl being stopped by this guy. I asked him what, why you are stopping girls walking alone?
His reply is, he lost is wallet.
Why do you not search instead of stopping girls?
His immediate response, “am not troubling you no brother”.
Ok. Come let us go to police station and give a complaint that you lost your wallet. I will take a photo of you also.
He sped away in his moped taking a u-turn at Kundanahalli Colony instead of searching for his wallet.
This guy should be mid-30’s. He was wearing a blue shirt, no specs. His lower middle teeth is stained due to paan chewing.
He approaches girls walking alone, puts up this emotional story, asks for 30-40 Rs claiming he lost his wallet. In the pretext of returning money once he finds his wallet he asks for the girl’s mobile number.
He does not stop in crowded places like bus stop to ask for money.
He speaks in english.
DO NOT FALL FOR THIS.
Unfortunately I was not able to note down complete vehicle number except “KA 05 H” and it was I think in “comic sans format”.
If you encounter this guy again or anyone stopping you and asking for money call the cops.If such a guy is genuine he would not be stopping only girls who are walking alone.
It all started in the month of May 2016. After noticing for a month the fluctuation in cooling of the refrigerator, I called up whirlpool customer care and registered a complaint. The technician who arrived at the house conveniently said it is gas problem and refill is required and would send the concerned technician.
In 2nd half of June, the technician did come to fill the gas. Post which he discovered the core board was not working. He reported the issue to his boss and his boss promptly gave the response which is normally given to customer. “Sir, two days part would be available.” 2 days became 5 days to a week to 2 weeks to 3 weeks. In the meantime he asked us to contact his boss and put pressure! <brilliant tactics>
Frustrated with the behavior we made a post on social media, twitter and facebook. Whirlpool India facebook page post did not get any response from the company. With more than 40days since identifying the problem now the whirlpool incharge asked us to send model number and serial number and buy a new fridge since the core board was not available anywhere in India. I asked him for the requisition form which he had sent to his head office. I did suspect foul play.
On the other side I kept posting to the twitter handle of whirlpool customer care, apparently this is caters to US region. Due to constant posts and complaining about the attitude of whirlpool service guys in India finally they relented. They forwarded the complaint to India head office and then the action started. I got a call from Delhi office of Whirlpool. They followed it up and found that core board did exist in India. <unlike what was claimed by Bangalore office>
A week later the board reached Bangalore and was fixed by a different technician.
If you are talking to Madhu from Whirlpool, Bangalore ask him clearly what is going to be his action plan.
What this entire episode also highlights is the importance given to social media in India and in USA. While the India handlers ignored, the US after repeatedly pressing on understood there was a real problem. Thankfully there was someone listening.
With some running plan in my mind I checked for running event and I registered myself for this event for a cause.
This was to be my first ever run outside India. Am happy though it was not a properly organised run, it was for a cause.
This was organised by NCT in “Running against Cancer. Due to overwhelming registrations, the run was delayed by 30mins.
At around 6:30pm we started running. I just followed the pack since I did not know the route and following the crowd is best option.
The weather was hot and almost like weather back home. The humidity factor was also there since we were running by the side of river. After few meters we went through beautiful landscapes and through the fields. It was really looking great. I did not carry my mobile to take photos.
The timing of completion did not matter except the update of results on the website. I found my name on registered participants. I did not find my name on the results page!
I was relaxed for this run and this was my first half marathon after December, 2014. I have not practiced in the time since except few kms here and there. Technically I was not fit for 42kms but my body can sustain around 30kms of running.
During the run due to humidity and having got used to water stations at 2.5kms mark, I was looking for one here too. The first water point was after 7th km, I think so.Between 10th to 15th km I was losing my body salts and I could fee it on my face and hands. I was in immediate requirement of some salt based drink and water. Finally somewhere after 15th, I believe, there was a water station. Picked up a cut apple and a drink which contained magnesium and calcium (it turned out to be disaster post run). Later I gulped some more water and a mashed fruit packet. Then I understood why some of them run with water pouch around waist.
Few pointers for improvement:
1. Water stations at every 2.5km required if the weather is hot and humid.
2. Distance marker, especially for guys like me who are not resident here.
3. Run route update on website, atleast day before the run
What made the run great
1. A superb route with beautiful landscape
2. Mix of trail and tar
3. A route with no traffic
4. Arrangement of ambulance
5. People cheering from the sides
It was good one to run after 1.5yrs+. Hopefully more to come.
A movie inspired by a 1960 character Raman Raghav of Mumbai with no relation to the actual person who died in 1995. <yawn> <yawn> <yawn>
One person is inside the system and another outside the system. Both have similar mindsets. Raman is a serial killer who kills anyone including his own sister when they cross a particular imaginary line drawn in his mind. Raghav the one inside the system is drawn towards this mindset maybe could be referenced to drug usage. He hurts his own father, goes on rampage with his drug supplier and kills the girl with whom his relation is undetermined except that she aborted 3 times.
The shift from Raman to Raghav and how this happens is what this movie is all about. Probably showing different sides in each person. To this extent Raman stalks Raghav at all times.
There are “gorified” music to certain scenes to make us understand the nature of killing.
certain dialogues are crisp and short.
The movie is shot chapter wise a la Quentin Tarantino. Oh no no the class of him is not there. Though direction is definitely better and high for Bollywood standards.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has infact saved the movie with his acting.
Nothing great about the movie other than this. It would not be you missed a classy movie if you did not watch it.
My rating 3/5.
Anurag Kashyap definitely watches lot of other languages movies, maybe Tamil more! There is a reference to the Tamil movie Angadi Theru! 🙂