My review on recent flipkart failure

Amazon being a successful online & most trustworthy marketplace leader in the US will eventually bury Flipkart, yesterday’s failure is just a trailer. I see the products I might have bought in India are very cost effective and on faster shipping speed at Amazon.in than on flipkart. If I was owner of flipkart, I would have proposed a merger of flipkart and amazon.in

In past few days I have learnt & observed that a big whale in business always gallops the small fishes when they come in direct competition.

Confidence

Confidence according to dictionary is “a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed something.”

While flying from Paris to Houston I have been thinking about a question someone asked me via a message on facebook “how to become like me”. This post might be just an answer to that fellow or just an impression of my inner-conscience and past.

I have a nickname from my undergrad in India – “kanoon mantri” which means law minister in Indian languages :D

The questions that arise to my mind are, how I am what makes me today? After thinking for some while, many incidents are flying through my eyes and ears. One of them is when I was at the age of 3, my mother tells me during my LKG admission entrance exam (lower kinder garden) in school I was so confident that I went running to give the exam though I was not well prepared. I don’t remember anything about that incident, but I can make a clear perception of what my thinking & personality might be then :)

Other things that makes me believe to bring confidence a part of my life: the small yet important things that my father used to tell me when I was mere 9 or 10 years old. Some of them were going to telephone exchange and tell the officers to repair the telephone line; but when the junior employees did not deal my grievance properly, I on my own got to know what General Managers and Appellate Authorities were supposed to do in an organization. That was when I learnt what “customer satisfaction” and grievance cells practically meant even though I had no idea about those terms theoretically at that age.

Another incident that I can recall was a mass plantation drive that I conducted while I was a sophomore (3rd year). It was a fresh new yet an exciting experience to meet government officials who deal with district forestry experience. My mentor and my very good friend, Navdeep Asija just guided me over the phone in which office to go and what steps to follow. In reality it was a cumbersome process (its almost same in every government office of India as of now), but that day made me learn enough things to build up something in my personality. Between these two incidents have been endless activities. At a glance the big ones were an incident at Delhi International Airport, A manned railway crossing unattended at time of running train & a road accident.

Latest incident that was a success is result of my past experiences. It was regarding shifting of a pole in front of my home that was about to be installed where my parents are planning to install a new gate so more cars could be parked inside our home. The entire process was accomplished in 2 days which included meeting senior most officers of PSPCL, some phone calls and physical presence as well :)

In a nutshell, I can conclude that more and exposure to the society and administrational stuff brings a lot change and proper utilization of human energy which can definitely result a proper contribution towards society in future of any person.

I am not yet a parent or even a spouse but I have a strong recommendation for the young parents that must accompany their wards to workplaces, any new business venture or might be a conference that might be completely out of your ward’s interest; but believe me your child will surely learn something that will stamp in his mind. Till this age I have learnt that traveling, adventure and exposure is the biggest natural teacher to any person.

Dear friend, I hope this thing might have answered some of your questions. Let the cause of your life be noble, don’t expect any success or fame but start and keep working on something that you think certainly needs a change. Good luck!

Use Singh / Kaur as Surname on Indian passport

Many like me might be facing several problems with an empty Surname tab on the passport with Singh / Kaur in given name itself. To resolve this issue you need to adopt following steps and patience, the entire process takes maximum of 2 or 3 days:

  1. Make an affidavit as per Annexure E of passport application form stating name change. Example I made an affidavit stating change of name from “Gurmehar Singh to Singh Gurmehar”.
  2. Approach two newspaper offices and get the notification published giving photocopy of the affidavit and get published in English only. Example “I Gurmehar Singh s/o Amarjit Singh resident of Guru Nanak Avenue, Hoshiarpur have changed my name to Singh Gurmehar.”
  3. Take online appointment for reissue of passport from http://www.passportindia.gov.in at your nearest Passport Seva Kendra and submit your documents. Don’t forget to carry your current passport, metric certificate, affidavit of name change and original copies of newspaper.

The re-issue passport will be delivered to your address and police verification will be held after delivery.

* All visas on current passport stay valid.

Youth Power

Youth around the world has two attributes – Energy and Idealism.
All it needs is a good leader to channelize these attributes.

An example – Water has enough power to spread in any direction; if its passed through a pipe it will reach its destination in time, and without any loss. Same is with youth if our leaders determines our strengths and provides proper platform, education and work environment; every nation will glow.

When I amended a quote by Gandhi

Exhausted by seeing a person supporting an avaricious personality on social media, I posted a status update “If you witness a crime (corruption, murder, rape, dacoit) and do not report and react; that’s a bigger crime. Don’t be a timid; react before it’s too late. Be the “positive” change you want to see in the world.”

Here I added a word “positive” to the famous quote by Gandhi which is also part of my signature of every email I compose.

As the word limit is limited in the comments on facebook, I decided to use my blog to broadcast the few suggestions for my friends and colleagues “How you can be the part of change?”

  1. Say No to bribe. Neither give; nor take
  2. Call the cops when you see something happening against the law
  3. Save someone’s life by calling the ambulance if you see a road accident
  4. Suppress the corruption in government offices by self investigation by filing RTI
  5. Complaint for change, even if it is worth someone’s job. You can see two examples here: a) At the Airport b) Northern Indian Railways
  6. Object the person who litters and volunteer to pick up and throw it in dustbin

These are just some examples, this list could go endless depending on what “change” you want to bring in the society and what thing bothers you at the end of day. It might be female feticide, climate change, dowry, cruelty towards animals, deforestation, adulteration, drugs; anything!

Your thoughts should come into action to bring the “positive” change. Life is too short, live your dreams; do something in life to make this planet a better place to live in.

How to reduce 99% of your expenses while travelling on international roaming

If you are an India, a tech-savvy person and travelling abroad with your phone. This blog post is just for you!

You might be worried a lot about the expenses on international roaming. I am sharing some real zero cost tips that will cut down your expenses on international roaming to almost 99%. All you need is a smart phone, wifi enabled zone and of-course a working cellular connection.

If you are here and reading this blog, I am supposing you are owning a smart-phone. I prefer Android over BlackBerry and iPhone, because of wide range of apps available. Just a wifi enabled phone will work as well!

Not having a smart phone, and still need to call your loved ones? Don’t worry I still have cost effective tip at same price for you :)

The operator I am using on roaming is Idea (Prepaid) running on AT&T network. The call rates on international roaming are ₹150/min for outgoing to India, ₹100/min for any incoming call, ₹50/min to anywhere in US, ₹25/text message to anywhere in the world. And yes, incoming text messages are free!

I suppose you are aware of the apps like Viber & WhatsApp for free calls and texts, but the drawback of those apps is that the other fella you are calling needs to have the same.

1. Call on international roaming on as low as Re.1 /min

Vonage Mobile app – The benefit of this app is that you can call any basic phone using this at the least possible rates from you phone itself! It verifies your cell phone number by sending you a code via text message.

  • Call to India at 2¢/min (around ₹1/min) from your phone

Just add credit (minimum USD10) to your account with your Credit Card and you are done. The benefit of this app is that the other party gets a call from your mobile number though you are making a VOIP call!

The second option is:

Google Voice
Using Google Voice you can make free calls to anywhere in US&Canada (if you are in either of the country) and call to India at same rates as of Vonage app 2¢/min (around ₹1/min). You can add minimum credit of $10 (same as of Vonage). Mobile app is also available but requires a US mobile number for verification. The drawback of this app is when other person receives call the Google Voice number – +17607058888 is displayed.

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PS. The most Skype costs allows you to call on 9¢/min without app!

2. How to send text messages for free? (only for Indian users)

Create a free account on way2sms.com and install app “Free SMS India” on your Android device. Sign in using the username / password created on way2sms.com and send SMS directly from your phone for free using wifi. Remember, you can receive text messages for free. For iPhone install Skebby.

If you are not having an Android / iPhone you can still send text messages via your browser by opening way2sms.com directly.

Also insist on using Viber, WhatsApp, BBM, iMessage and many other push messaging services for free.

The most important tip:
Keep your Data Network Off before you land. You will be highly charged!

My recommendations:

  • Prepaid phone (pre-activated International Roaming, but make sure your with operator before you leave)
  • If you are having a postpaid mobile, you will need to make a security deposit with your operator prior you leave
  • Use Android based phone
  • Install the apps (Vonage, Viber, WhatsApp etc.) and verify your accounts before you take off. Because you might not be able to receive verification code while on roaming
  • While you are on the airport you will laugh at the ads saying Travelling Abroad use Matrix, Airtel international bla!bla!bla! and remember this blog post :)

Have a pleasant journey! :)