A lot has happened since my being back from Hyderabad. Here are some of the events that has transpired..
As I got off the bus, I took an auto to the Hyderabad Univ. where my sisters were staying. The auto-wallah took his time getting there and asked for an extra 50/- on reaching. There was a student on the lawn and he came to help with the haggling. I half-expected a few expletives and abuses hurled around, but they were quite calm, and at the end the driver left without shaking his fists in the air, making me feel that I should’ve parted with the 50/-, it was worth it coming from a place where such incidences are less common than Indian sportsmen with manly voices.
Anyway, the city was boiling, but enough about the heat. I would love to get back there, maybe after the monsoon. The city is comparitively massive to Pune, which would be like one locality.
Fortunately, the night I reached was a popular blogger’s B’day, so we celebrated with fresh Vawksa-rep (Smoked-pork doesn’t quite describe the beauty and sentiments attached) from Home. My mouth still waters thinking about it. I celebrated a Bday with people I hardly knew, yet were so friendly, at a place I’ve been to for the first time, and ate Vawksa-rep!! Who’d da thunk it??
The last day I was there, we spent the whole day in Prasad’s to beat the heat. We watched “Alien’s Vs. Monsters” cos’ it was the only one showing on IMax, haven’t been to any, so it was a great experince. Wished we had something like that back home.
My journey back to Pune was ok. Technically the journey, they say, takes 12 hrs, but had it not been for the stupid delays enroute, we’ve would’ve reached in less than 10… oh well..
I had taken a Reliance Netconnect which is kinda like an USB device which they promised would provide 3.1 Mbps connection, and the reason I took it was cos’ it was portable, what with my temporary accommodation and stuff, I figured it would be simplier when I shifted. I took the 1099/- p.m Plan where they promised 10Gb free download limit per month.
Two weeks later, my connection was stopped and on enquiring, they said I had an outstanding balance of 4500/-. They said since I had taken the connection on 16th May, I was only to get 2Gb of free download and I had downloaded well over 4Gb thinking I had the whole 10Gb free.
A lot of calls to the Service Center and arguments with agents and their supervisors ensued. Their argument was that I was to receive a call (Which I didn’t) on activation of the account where an agent would inform me about the schemes. Seems Their 10Gb was distributed, like in a day, I had only 10gb/30 days of download free (You do the math). I lodged 2 complaints about the whole fiasco and had half-given up, deciding to take a new connection only after shifting the flat.
They called me up today, reminding me that my bill was due. I was almost going to start a new session of arguments when the agent said my complaints had been considered, and the amount had been waived off. So in the end, all I had to pay was 340/-. I ran to the nearest Reliance World and the bill-paying process took exactly 2 mins and the internet was active again as soon as I got home. Justice!! Dirubhai Ambani must be turning in his grave, or urn or something.
MY STUPID PAY
I didn’t get paid last month. The reason was that one was obligated to serve a notice period of 1 month to his company prior to his leaving. I served 4 days. So they said with the new rule and stuff, they will give me a cheque after 45 days of leaving the company which would also include my encashed leaves amount.. etc etc.. So, for the first time in 2 years, I’m broke this month. And the least reassuring part is that it still sucks to be broke. Things haven’t changed much in broke-back mountain.
The worst part was that I had to pay my old company for the days which I haven’t served the notice period for, that would be 26 days. And that was it! I paid my rent on Baaki/Udhaar/borrowed money. I hate borrowing cash. Period. But I don’t have a choice… oh well…
The only good part is that Im back online and I can rave and rant as much as I wanted about all this crap instead of having to contain it within myself.. and THAT’S why I blog!!
19 days for pay!