The Pram Saga in Chennai

Driving through the crazy Chennai traffic I was recollecting the hard time we went through finding a quality, reliable pram for our son Matt. Then the success in finding one such thing and then wondering whether I should put it right here so that someone else might find it useful. My wondering materialized when I saw todays comment on my FB status.
Now we started checking out prams from Just Born (which has only their own brand), Mom & Me(Very few prams – cheaper but shabby), Born Babies (in Anna Nagar- Decent enough with a few models by First Step), BSA (yes BSA cycles which we had in our younger days) but unfortunately they have less productions, Mere Toy Shop had a few models from First Step and some other brand. The shocking part was I checked with Angels in Anna Nagar and they had a few models like Zauhaou and apparently you know where it is made 🙂 LOL Made in C%^&*.  None of the parents would risk their babies life with that.
HUNKY DORY in Kilpauk – I am gonna give this a 100% rating because I really liked this shop for their collections and more important excellent customer service. When we first went there Matt was just a week old and he started crying and the staff there made if so convenient for us to handle the situation very well. And when I went in last week when the hunt for Pram started they had a few models from First Step and one from Chicco which was really good. But when I went in a few days back they had ran out of stock. Meanwhile in Ampa Sky Walk I met this nice lady who was using Chicco for their kid and enquired where she had got it and she said “I got it from Switzerland” Wow! But she advised that I check with a few stores in Express Avenue which I did but my attempts were futile.  
So we finally decided that we will go for Chicco because it is branded and will have international service as Matt would be travelling soon. The Chicco will also be smart enough to be handled well inside the flight as I cant take a risk trusting the baggage handlers. We all know how our baggage is handled! Broken Handles, etc etc. 🙂 Checked online and as always South in India means Bangalore and Chennai is part of Sri Lanka. 🙂 This discrimination starts right from a news channel ignoring Chennai to Chicco who opens up shop all over the north and in South in Bangalore. But Hunky Dory guys are smart. real Smart! Within 50 minutes of telling them the model number they got me the pram. It was a nice piece and Matt enjoyed it as well.
Thank you Hunky Dory for making my day.
Advertisements

Mission Passport – Chennai Passport Office – II

I was glad that the mission to get the passport for Matt was over on March 14, 2011. But I was WRONG. Unfortunately have underrated our Indian Officials. The online status page always showed that the File No was incorrect. I am not surprised but definitely pissed off! So I wrote an email to the passport office on the email address mentioned in the receipt on March 17 – Yes you guessed it right. NO RESPONSE. Then another reminder on March 18 but this time with a copy of the email to others as well. BINGO! No response yet 🙂 LOL. The TATKAL scheme was to issue passport in 7 working days and that is gonna be March 22, 2011. Not to take a risk I have sent Ansari my super duper office guy to check in the passport office. Yes not to forget the futile attempts to SMS the application number to the automated system that gave the same response that the application number is wrong 🙂 and the unanswered phone calls to numbers 044-28203591, 93, 94 and the automated voice ” The Number you have dialed is currently busy, Please try after some time”.

A few questions that came to my mind….

>When will our Government Offices stop FU**ing us?
>Why can’t we just outsource the paper work to VFS or some agency like that instead of having touts and brokers doing this at the ground floor of the passport office?
>Why cant we have some polite people at the passport office guiding us instead of BULL DOG officials who treat you like SHIT?

from Raja Selvam 
to rpo.chennai@mea.gov.in,
jscpo@mea.gov.in,
pptgrievance@tn.nic.in
date Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 9:00 AM
subject File No: MASF00555011 in the name of MATTHEW GREGORY SELVAM dated March 14, 2011
mailed-by gmail.com
hide details Mar 18 (3 days ago)
– Hide quoted text –
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Raja Selvam <selvamraja@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 11:05 AM
Subject: File No: MASF00555011 in the name of MATTHEW GREGORY SELVAM dated March 14, 2011
To: rpo.chennai@mea.gov.inDear Sir,

I have applied for a passport under TATKAL and was given the above mentioned file number. However when I tried checking the status of the application using the file number the system shows that no such file number exists. I would appreciate if you can provide me with the status of the application. Thank you so much for your help in advance.

Thanks & Regards,

Raja Pannir Selvam |
Selvam & Selvam | 9/3 Valliammal Street | Kilpauk | Chennai – 600010 | India
T: +91 44 43532502 | F: +91 44 45558221 | E: selvamraja@gmail.com |

Update:

Apparently, the Regional Passport Office in Nungambakkam does not offer Passport services anymore. As you pointed out, TCS has opened Passport Seva centers (3 in Chennai – Aminjakkarai, Saligramam and Thambaram). Children under 3 and senior citizen do not need any prior appointment at Thambaram center. However for Aminjikarai and Saligramam, we have to schedule the appointment online. Just thought I’ll share this info with you. Thanks again, for your blog.

– thank you – Ghuru for this update.

Google Customer Service – Hilarious

This was really funny. I finally decided to migrate from Godaddy (loosers who rip their clients – I am writing about this here). I created an account in gmail but deleted it again and unfortunately gmail stated that I need to wait for 5 to 7 days before I can recreate it again. Today I thought it would be nice to recreate it as its a weekend and the migration could be smooth but still gmail popped up saying I cannot do it now without giving me a timeline so I write to the worlds largest and popular IT giant GOOGLE.You need to read my email followed by his reply and then you get what I am talking.

Hi,
I tried Google Apps for my domain XXXXXXXX.IN for a few days and then wanted to take Google Apps for business but then we were planning a re-branding. Hence got the apps deleted. Now we would like to migrate to Google Apps for business and we are unable to do so as we need to wait for some days as we recently deleted it. I am not sure when was it that I deleted it last week. Can you please let me know when should I try creating it again or is there something you can do to get this started asap; I thought it right to try today being a weekend and the migration could have been smooth. I look forward to hear from you.

regards,
Selvam




and Viola the reply


Hello Raja,

Thanks for your interest in Google Apps.

Google Apps for Business is USD$50 per user per year. One user account includes one 25 gigabyte email inbox and access to

   * Calendar (with resource management)
   * Gtalk (Instant messaging with video/voice chat and file transfer)
   * Docs and Spreadsheets (Document creation and management)
   * Google Sites (intranet/portal building and file hosting service)
   * Google Video for business (a company wide video hosting service).
   * Control panel (to manage the account and users)

A Google Apps for Business domain, with any number of accounts, is also eligible for phone and email support, and our 99.9% uptime service level agreement.

To learn more about the benefits and advantages of Google Apps, please visit http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/details.html. Also, you can visit the FAQs page at: http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/faq.html.

Please feel free to let me know if you require more information or if there is anything else that I can do to assist you in your decision making process.

Regards,

****************
Google Enterprise Sales
India