Tuesday, December 13, 2005

See you in 2006

On leave till first week of Jan (getting married!). See you in the New Year and may it be a prosperous and safe one.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Beware of this fraud

Don't believe this website of Nokiaind.com. Its a copy of Nokia's own website and offers the latest Nokia models for dirt cheap rates. I mailed these nutballs for the N90 (Rs12K v/s Rs34K in the market), and have given the interaction below. I also checked with an ICICI Contact who said that the bank account is in the individuals name and not a company name and all monies credited are withdrawn the next day.

Mail transcript

----- Original Message -----
From: Me
To:
'nokiaindi@yahoo.com'
Cc:
'sales@nokiaind.com'
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 9:37 AM
Subject: Nokia N90

With reference to your web site, how can i purchase the Nokia N90 for Rs12,000 ? what is the procedure ?

Thanks

-----Original Message-----
From: sales@nokiaind.com [mailto:sales@nokiaind.com]
Sent: 01 December, 2005 10:15 AM
To: Me,
Subject: Re: Nokia N90
Dear Sir,

Thank You for your interest in our Nokia N 90 Product.

All our Nokia products are brand new and comes in a sealed box along with 1 year warranty.The product will be delivered directly to your address within 2 working days after realization of your payment in our account.

Payment can be made in:

ICICI BANK ACC NO: 029601504165
ACC HOLDER NAME : RAJESH K

You can make the payment to any of the ICICI Bank branch in India and Abroad


Please provide us with your complete billing address and contact details for the delivary.

Thank You

Sincerely

RAJESH K
Regional Head
Nokia Ind Limited
www.nokiaind.com
sales@nokiaind.com
PH: 09343789581

----- Original Message -----
From: Me
To:
'sales@nokiaind.com'
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 11:09 AM
Subject: RE: Nokia N90

Dear Sir - your phone number is coming constanty engaged. Can you send a sales representative over to our office ? We are located in Bombay.

Thanks


-----Original Message-----
From: sales@nokiaind.com [mailto:sales@nokiaind.com]
Sent: 01 December, 2005 2:33 PM
To: Me,
Subject: Re: Nokia N90
WE ARE ONLINE SELLER.HENCE IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE OUR PRODUCT YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE PAYMENT AND YOUR PRODUCT WILL BE DELIVERED WITHIN 2 WORKING DAYS TO YOUR BILLING ADDRESS BY BLUE DART COURIER.I ALREADY MENTIONED PAYMENT PROCEDURE IN MY PREVIOUS E MAIL TO YOUTHANK YOU


From: Me
To:
'sales@nokiaind.com'
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 3:02 PM
Subject: RE: Nokia N90

HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO PAY INTO AN ACCOUNT WITHOUT GETTING THE PRODUCT ? IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SENDING SOMEONE TO OUR OFFICE WE HAVE OTHERS ALSO WHO ARE INTERESTED IN BUYING MOBILE PHONES FROM YOU. PLEASE LET ME KNOW, ELSE I DONT THINK IT IS POSSIBLE TO TRANSACT BUSINESS.

THANK YOU.


-----Original Message-----
From: sales@nokiaind.com [mailto:sales@nokiaind.com]
Sent: 01 December, 2005 11:29 PM
To: Me,
Subject: Re: Nokia N90
THAN YOU BUY AT THE NOKIA SHOW ROOM ONLY FOR HIGHER PRICE.THANKS

Monday, December 05, 2005

Us and them




Serious cinema has few takers in India and not many directors have bridged the gap between “critical acclaim” and “commercial success”. Especially those who believe that a story must be told.

Count Prakash Jha among them. Following up on “Mrityudand” and the forceful “Gangajal”, Mr. Jha takes us into the badlands of Bihar again, with his latest tour-de-force, “Apharan” which, as the name suggests, is based on kidnapping. Being a Bihari, and more importantly someone who believes in a better tomorrow for the state, Prakash Jha (also check out what I assume is his blog ) is well-placed to tell us this story that he has also researched in painful detail.

The intricate plot takes us through the various levels of corruption within the State Administration, Government and the Police all of whom are involved in the flourishing business of kidnapping. At the centre of it all is Ajay Devgan’s Ajay Shastri, the disillusioned youth who can no longer take his father’s (Mohan Agashe, restrained and subdued) Gandhism, choosing instead the path of crime. Ajay Shastri’s evolution from an ordinary youth to a hardened criminal and the clashes between father and son, particularly the denouement, all stand testimony to Mr. Jha’s abilities as an established director.

Mr. Devgan’s knockout performance is flanked by Nana Patekar and ably supported by an ensemble cast that includes the ever-bankable Yashpal Sharma, newcomer Chetan Pandit and the under-rated Murli Sharma.

So, assuming the average Bombayite chooses “Apharan” in the first place over simpler (read “time-pass”) fares, will he appreciate a movie about a state he jokes about and prefers to have separated from his country? Sorry, Bihar is as much a part of India as Bombay is.

Come to think of it, what's the difference between an educated Bombayite and a Bihari? If Ajay Shastri kidnaps people, we break the law with comparable equanimity. For example - bribing, buying tickets in black, giving a false address for a car to save on taxes, talking on our cell-phones while driving, jumping rail tracks, ad infinitum, ad nauseam. And so all of us step into some kind of crime because we prefer to beat the system to save on our time and money.

So, then what is the difference between us and them? That their crimes are “larger” than ours? That we are more educated than them? What has all the education gotten us if we still break the law and worse, have no respect for it? Or is our law in the city different than what it is from Bihar? No, don’t pass judgment. You can’t. Just think about it. And meanwhile, go watch “Apharan”. Because it’s a story that must be told.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Big B and Kat K



The Times of India does it again. Trust our trusted newspaper to do celeb-spotting at a hospital. A frail and weak superstar recuperating in a hospital makes for great front page stuff. Throw in a demure Katrina Kaif and you've got an eye-grabber.

TOI's offspring, Mumbai Mirror, was gracious and provided photos of the more boring and mundane fans - the usual pujari, knife-sharpener, etc - camping outside the hospital and praying, like all other Big B fans for his recovery.

But then what else would you expect ? Remember when The Economic Times had covered Dhirubhai Ambani's death and mixed mourning with celebrity-spotting ? Madhur Bhandarkar had a scene in his brilliant Page 3 on pretty much the same lines.

It's tempting to criticise the Times, but note that even Hindustan Times did the same thing. Yet they were kind enough to feature a motley crew of Akshay and Dimple, Vijaypat Singhania, Ajitabh and Swami Ramdeo Baba (!).

I'm sure we all want to know how our one true Indian Icon and superstar, the Big B, is doing. Just as I'm sure we all need to be comforted by seeing the beautiful women who visited him. Hey, why wait till Page 3, when you can catch it all on page 1 ?