Those following fuel price hikes in India would often remember the drama that happens on the day the fuel price hike comes into effect. If the price increase is significant, petrol bunks close early. Typical reasons include a lot of people rushing to re-fuel their vehicles to save a bit on fuel costs and some (very few) really silly minded petrol bunks trying to sell their stock at a higher cost on the next day.
This time we also had a Rs. 50 hike in the gas cylinder price. I happened to come across the drama played by the gas agency with people at my own home. This is what happened
We had a cylinder booked 2 days before the price hike. It was delivered the day after the price hike. The gas agency guys had the old price on the bill ( it was booked earlier right ). So far so good. However , they asked for the new price. Trained to handle such situations, we refused to pay. We gave the gas agency two choices. 1) accept old price 2) give us a new bill with new price. They refused to comply with both options and took the cylinder back.
We called up HP and promptly complained the cheating attempt by the gas agency. After couple of calls, the gas agency brought a new cylinder ( of course with a new bill ).
While we did lose 3 days in the process, at the end of it there was a satisfaction that we refused to accept bad behaviour.
Kathipara project coule be compared to the Junoon TV serial show of DD times, and today’s TV serial Selvi / Arasi. To software engineers travelling through the region, it’s a Crisis Software project that never ends.
Recently, one segment of the flyover was openedup making it easy for a lot of people. Alongwith that came in a lot of changes to the way traffic is routed, making Kathipara traffic jams come back.
Current problem? people from coming from Koyambedu / Porur side go through a patch of road that merges with GST road towards Guindy Railway flyover. Our people typically have a problem with merges ( maybe it’s global problem, but I observe that a lot here). As the road merges towards the right, traffic slows down adding a lot of pressure to the 100 meter connecting road(which is also a bad road due to construction work ).
Will CCTP look into this and find an alternate arrangement???? BTW, is there a team / cell in CCTP who LISTEN to feedback from people?
In many countries police patrol cars have sirens and lights on the top of the car. When these are switched on, it typically means there is a chase or is an indication that the vehicle in front of the patrol car is signaled to halt.
Those following developments in CCTP here might remember the police were donated with 100 Hyundai Accent patrol cars. While these cars spend most of their lifetime parked at some shadow in road sides, they do engage the lights ( if not siren ). However, in that “chase” / emergency , they drive at a maximum speed of 20kmph.
I could never understand the theory behind it, and have been waiting for a chance to findout 😉
Yesterday, I happened to meet a traffic police officer. Conversation below ( of course, translated to english )
Me: Sir, I need a clarification, would you mind if I ask?
Officer: Sure. go ahead.
Me: this is regarding the new patrol vehicles…
Officer: ( interrupting ): yeah.. the hyundai cars
Me: yes. in many countries abroad, they switch on the lights and siren in emergency. most people either leave way, or stop as required by law. However, I see that our officers have the lights on, and go at the slowest possible speed. once they did that behind my car, and I was thinking if I should stop. May I know what’s the logic behind these?
Officer: ?#!???#???. You see in this country, nobody respects rules.. blah blah blah….
While we didn’t have adequate supply and very less demand of CFL few years back, things seem to be much better now. Most supermarkets and all electrical shops have them for sale, at reasonable cost(Rs. 90 to 130 for branded 11W). Shops and other commercial organizations are leading the way. It would only be few more years before their price becomes on par with tube lights.
I’m seeing many shops shifting to CFL ( probably 1 28 to 36W CFL replacing 3 to 4 60W incandescent bulbs). It is quite beneficial for the shops, as they could recover the cost of buying a branded CFL within few months from saved electricity bills.
While I can understand this trend in Chennai, I was pleased to see this at Tirunelveli during my last visit. More interestingly Bombay Theatre there had most of its lighting from CFL. It was nice.
By using CFL fixtures, we get the following benefits
power consumption reduced by as much as 70 to 80%.
they generate less heat than incandescent bulbs, requiring less cooling.
They last 3 to 5 times longer than a incandescent bulb
They’re much more environment friendly, considering their energy efficiency.
I use energy efficient lighting fixtures at my home. Do you?
Most of us get paper / printed statements from many sources (a.k.a hard copy ), like phone bill, credit card statement, bank statements etc. Many a times, these statements may not be necessary. In this post, I’m covering why these are harmful to the environment, and how can we be more environment friendly.
A typical detailed phone bill has between 2 to 5 pages, along with one envelope , and some brochures that we never read. This means, we’re generating a lot of paper statements, that promptly go back to the used paper vendor or get tossed into the trashcan, indirectly making more trees cut for the paper that we (don’t) use.
Can we opt out of Print / hard copies of statements?
Yes. Here are the options. Go ahead, try them, and share your thoughts.
Most telephone companies support electronic statements, instead of sending you an electronic copy. I know Airtel does it, I hope BSNL also has an electronic format. You can easily switch to electronic format.
Most banks support sending statements in electronic format.You can easily switch to electronic format from their online banking sites.
Some banks don’t send you a credit card statement, if you didn’t have any transactions during a reporting period. Using one ( or very few ) credit cards can help this way.
Apart from the feeling that we are being eco-friendly by saying no to physical statements, you also get some additional benefits by going online.
If you’re computer savvy, it’s much easier to review / record statements into your accounting software easily from a online format, compared to a print / hard copy format.
It’s more secure not to have a print copy. You can’t afford to have your bank statements weighed and sold. Not many of us have a shredder at home 😉
You can always request for a print copy, when you need it.
No statements could also mean, no one drives to your home in a fuel hungry vehicle to deliver a courier / statement.
If you would like to know how to opt out of some of the Indian private institutions, I have some experience :-), feel free to write to me.
If you are in India, and suffer from these telemarketers calling you with all nice offers that you don’t want, register for DND immediately. it would take 45 days before they stop calling you ( hopefully 😉 ).