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Reviewed Reliance Broadnet Broadband

Feb 19, 2011 01:39 PM 1645 Views

My honest advise - please stay far far away from this service provider, unless you enjoy arguing with them. Though I've used their services for almost 2 years, my ordeal started two months ago. I've been using a combo pack - landline plus broadband - with a 600 kbps (night 1 Mbps) booster pla...Read more

Posted a Blog

Need to know what you guys think (continued...)

May 31, 2008 10:32 PM General 361 Views

Hi, I originally posted this as a continuation of my earlier diary post, and in response to all the replies I got to that post. (Link to that post: Am putting it as a continuation, since it got a little long with all that typing!...Read more

Commented on own blog

Need to know what you guys think...

May 19, 2008 09:11 AM

continued... sure feel the same way), and my clothes look as if they have never been ironed, besides I smell as if I have an alternate career in something like rag-picking or drain - cleaning. Trust me, I'd love to get off driving around, because of the sheer waste of time (and I am one who loves dr...iving!)... except for the 'personal' time driving with friends and family that I enjoy. I have also set up my office, and try tele-commuting for the most part of my work. Nevertheless, I ask the above two Q's because I am not sure that all that I have done is enough in the first place, and I would like to know that as individuals, is there anyone else who's done anything smarter? To madhuriesingh.... Thanks for the compliment. How do you get around your city? Also: Last night I took my daughter out to the 'naturals' ice cream parlour for a scoop of her favourite. The prices there, have gone up by Rs2.00 per scoop (in a matter of weeks!)... attributed to inflation, and of course oil. Please, someone tell me if there is any more that can be done... Faisal... how do you think this issue is going to affect the way MouthShut runs? Regards, DhruvRead More

Commented on own blog

Need to know what you guys think...

May 19, 2008 09:05 AM

Thank you all for your comments, but... Hi, Thanks for posting your views. However, my Q still remains unanswered... rvbbabu, in response... 1. Make Public transport attractive: This I think is impossible in this country, largely because the pressure of the population negates any headway you may hav...e in this field. The public, coming from as diverse backgrounds (social, and economic) as they do, do not respect a 'shared' resource as public transport, and think it's their right to vomit through windows, or rip out seats. Of course, then there are so many of them, that if people using their own transport to this, the infrastructure would collapse. 2. Make private transport expensive and unattractive: I think the higher fuel prices are already doing a good job of that. 3. Invest in Technologies for sustainable non fossil alternate energies such as Jatropha, Solar, Hydrogen etc: Extremely expensive, and very long term. By the time this happens, at least I am hoping to be in my 60s, around 30 years from now. 4. Create Public awareness about using least taxing transport option in any given situation : Like : a) Walk short distances for neighbourhood tasks b) Use Cycle/ Mobike instead of car c) Use buses/ trains instead of Bike/Car where possible: This I have done to a limited extent. I now walk to the neghbourhood Food Bazar, because in part, it is walking distance. I recently quit my job at a foreign bank and started up my own practice, that allows me to visit my clients, who are on average 5 kms away, on a cycle. I can tell you that besides the petrol bill, the advantages in my fitness, stress, and overall health are bonuses that never accrued to me in my MNC career. The reason I am averse to public transport is that it does not respect my time, and moreover, I cannot reach for a client meeting, dressed exactly the way I stepped out from the house. By the time I get to my destination, besides being late, I have been practically molested by hundreds of other people in the first class compartment, (who I am Read More

Reviewed Buying a Second Hand Car

May 17, 2008 07:08 PM 27005 Views

Your best bet would be go with a'branded' dealer, who are usually part of the car companies. For example, Maruti has its "True Value" prorgam, under which is dealers sell used cars. Though this would be around 10 - 15 per cent more expensive than going with an unbranded dealer from the unorganis...Read more

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Need to know what you guys think...

May 17, 2008 06:44 PM General 408 Views

Guys and Gals of MS, I have a general question to everyone, which I'm hoping will help me answer it myself. At the outset, let me clarify, I assume that you guys use some form of personal transportation - and that form uses either diesel, petrol, LPG, CNG, or battery power. Now, with oil touch...Read more

Reviewed Ford Ikon

May 17, 2008 06:23 PM 9456 Views

(Updated May 17, 2008 06:27 PM)

In this era of multiple cars for a family, ours is no exception. If I take into account, my family (self, wife and daughter), and my parents, we own four cars between five people. Now, before you go and accuse me of not using public transport, I shall admit to it. I gave up public...Read more

Commented on faisal's blog

Smart People and Loving Members =

May 17, 2008 05:35 PM

Dude, you're swamped! Good luck with all that hiring - I assume the number of emails you get will be at least a couple of million times than the number of people dropping you a line here! As for me, I think for now I'll stick to writing on MS. That is something I enjoy, and does not feel like 'work'...! Cheers!Read More

Commented on Dreamz_Unlimited's review

Apr 20, 2008 09:20 PM

Hi, To answeryour queries. 1.Maintanence: Will take more bucks from my pcoket when it comes to maintaining the car and LPG Kit? A little. The first year,everything is under warranty, so nocost. Other than that, Rs250 to 500 per 5,000 kms, at the time you get your car serviced, depending here yo...u get the kit installed from. Typically 2 services a year keep it ingood running condition, if you arent doing excessive mileage. 2. Mileage: What mileage can I expect after LPG fittment.. Currently Optra on petrol gives 9 in city Rule of thumb- 90percent of the mileage that you get on petrol. so if the car gives9 onpetrol, you can expect 8 kmpl from lpg. 3. Authorized Dealer: Where can I find an authorized dealer in PUNE. Can't help you with this one, though I can with some fitters in Mumbai. 4. Cost: What is the cost in fitting the LPG Kit ? Around 20,000 give or take 10 per cent, depending on RTO endorsement charges. 5. Lastly will it work with Optra? For sure.I've seen a number of optra's and honda's use it.Read More

Commented on harshak's review

Jan 27, 2007 01:25 PM

I've got it in my 800. Besides tuning every 2 months or so, i haven't had a problem with it at all. My 800 is giving a mileage of 15 kmpl on LPG with the AC running about 75% of the time. I guess more than the kit, it's the fitter which makes the difference. I go to only one fitter in Mumbai, Suraj... Auto LPG, at Kalanagar, Bandra East. He's good,and Ive thankfully never had a problem with either the car or the workmanship. Try some other fitter of repute, I think you'll be better off. Regards, DhruvRead More

Commented on New_rider's review

Jan 10, 2007 08:28 PM

I understand your anticipation and excitement, but you're sure written a lot without even kick starting the bike! Ride safe, and post a review later. So far, this doesn't seem to the the ':trial' of the CBZ extreme, and you've not offerred any new information that isn't already available from cas...ual observation or TV ads. Looking forward to hearing the true experience and trial! DhruvRead More

Commented on bsm04's review

Jan 10, 2007 07:52 PM (Updated Jan 10, 2007 08:13 PM)

Congrats on your new car. From what I know, you can't beat the Tata's at comfort and space in a vehicle! To answer your queries: 1) Sun control film -I'd recommend Garware. Most of their films comply with RTO standards, but do check before getting it installed. 2) Music system - Pioneer / Kenw...ood. Make sure its a CD player that plays MP3s and WMA formats. That way you'll be able to listen to almost 80% of the available music, between these two formats. Also, it's advisable to install a 4 speaker system, for better sound effects and keeping in mind that your enthusiasm could deafen the occupants of the rear seats, even if the songs sounds good! 3) Seat cover - 'art leather' - or artificial leather. It looks like leather, and adds to the appeal of the car. It's also very easy to clean - just a swipe of a moist cloth - which is handy specially if friends and family have a party on long drives and spill soft drinks and chips all over. 4) Horn - I'd advise you to keep the original. In my experience, it works to the extent of two cars ahead of you, and yet is quiet enough not to wake the entire neighbourhood or 'shatter the peace'. Personally, I'd let my presence be known in better ways than a loud horn! 5) Car Security alarm - Another double edge sword. It's very good from the security and convenience point of view, being able to lock the car centrally. However, keep a look out for two things. (a) the siren should not be too loud, or should not go off if someone leans against the car. and (b) the siren should not come on when reversing the car. It's specially irritating when reversing in quiet neighbourhoods, and hospitals for e.g. If you do install it, make sure the model has an option to turn these features off. Alternatively, look at the option of a gear lock. It is a popular anti-theft device in north india, and is safer than the central locking.Read More

Reviewed ICICI Bank

Jan 10, 2007 05:39 PM 3109 Views

(Updated Jan 10, 2007 05:41 PM)

Good review by Tushar.. "professional rogues".... I too have been banking with ICICI since 2003, and have come to realise one thing about them. As long as you don't have to interact with them, you're good. But God help you if you need to execute some kind of instruction out of the ordinary. F...Read more

Followed rohitthebest

Jan 10, 2007 04:48 PM


Commented on t_man's review

Jan 10, 2007 04:03 PM (Updated Jan 10, 2007 04:37 PM)

I am sorry to say this, but there seems to be a very notorious hidden clause which all of us seem to miss while opening the a/c. I'll share an experience of two of my colleagues, which happened recently. They bought 2000 shares of a penny stock and since the brokerage came below Rs. 20/- or what...ever their limit is, they were charged a brokerage @ 0.10 PER SHARE and the poor guys ended up paying Rs. 200/- as brokerage, which almost negated their gains from sale! Now, other than Sharekhan I don't know of any other broking house which has such an insane policy. ICICIDirect I know for sure charges Rs. 25/- as the minimum brokerage if the eligible amount is below the threshold, but I don't think Rs. 200/- as brokerage for a trade amounting to Rs. 6000/- is justifiable by any standards. You may has well put a gun to my head and ask for my money! Another problem which another colleague faced is that sometimes the a/c balance doesn't reflect properly. He picked up the phone and called Customer Service - and they put him on hold and fixed it. C'mon, this is clearly unacceptable for any broking house where they are fixing issues on the fly. I for one have seen 3 generally satisfied customers of Sharekhan have 3 individual unpalatable experiences, and I thank my stars for this wisdom without having to experience it first hand!!! Regards, DhruvRead More

Commented on crossboy's review

Sep 25, 2006 10:27 AM

Hi, Sad to hear about your friend. I owned an Enfield myself for a good 3 plus years here in Mumbai, and even took it with me to Delhi when I relocated in 2003. However, given the volume of traffic, and the crazyness of indian drivers, i decided to sell it and move to a car. It's a passion and lov...e that I miss, but sadly had to sacrifice in the interest of larger things. Basically biking in india is nuts. No one obey's the rules of the road, and there is basically no incentive to either,since you can practically get away with murder on the roads here. When you can get a license to drive in 650 rupees without even seeing the inside of a car, what else can you expect. Also, driver education is a fictious thing, touted only during ad campains or government meetings. Precious little gets done on ground. In that regard, the Enfield company has started 'bullet clubs' across the country, which do have this on their agenda along with other things! I sincerely do wish that road conditions were safer in india. Maybe your friend would have been with us today, and maybe i'd have had the pleasure to ride with him too sometime...Not having sold my bike...Read More

Commented on pooja_j's review

Sep 01, 2006 09:29 PM

Cool! Am glad you're on a TVS. It's a great bike on all counts, and your review does sum it up well. Being a (ex)biker myself, I sure can relate to the sheer thrill of the ride. I say 'ex' cause presently I don't own a bike anymore, but a biker is always a biker. Bikes are also way safer than sco...oters, and the ride is definitely more comfortable. It's good to see you take the lead in changing mindsets - Pioneering spirit goes hand in hand with biking! Safe and happy riding... for millions of miles to come... Cheers! DhruvRead More

Reviewed Sony Ericsson Z300i

Sep 01, 2006 01:32 AM 1972 Views

(Updated Sep 01, 2006 02:31 AM)

Bought this phone in February this year, from a dealer in sector 27 Noida. The initial experience was not so pleasant - within a couple of days, the battery refused to charge, and I went back to the dealer. He referred me to the company service center, which thankfully is just across the road fr...Read more

Commented on kishore's review

Sep 01, 2006 12:21 AM

Thanks for posting this. I will be flying from Dallas, Texas, to Mumbai via Frankfurt next week, and will try your formula. Last time around, I waited to land at the place before resetting the clock, and the jetlag did get the better of me - usually it hits me on the second or third day after landin...g. Let's see what happens this time around following your advice! Regards, DhruvRead More

Reviewed Kingfisher Airlines

Sep 01, 2006 12:02 AM 2070 Views

This review pertains to a dated flight - as in this happened during the Diwali period of 2005. However, I have flown number of times subsequently with Kingfisher, having switched loyalties to the airline, and it's always been the same great experience. I was travelling from Delhi to Mumbai, w...Read more