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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Last warning:Reach Barbados or dont come back from Trinidad

The placard held by a seemingly disgrnutled(the question here is why.....) fan of the Indian cricket team said it all.This inspite of the fact that he was witnessing a record breaking game(well atleast it was a world cup record....).Never mind that we were giving a good spanking to the world beating team from Bermuda (note from here onwards i am using we to refer to the Indian cricket team,to show the constant (!*&!) and unwavering(!&*&$)support to them from ourside) .Bermuda you might be aware has been nicknamed the sharks of the cricketing ground.In fact one ad playing in their hometown shows the cricket team from Bermuda,when kept from having their favoured brand of fizzy drinks getting transformed into SHARKS(come on how silly can these guys be...).The metaphor 'like a fish out of water' could hav been coined after observing the hapless reaction of the Bermuda(n??) cricket team being belted out of the cricket ground by the graceful(#%#*#@) blade of Sehwag. Keep in mind that we were always the underdogs in this tournament...After having failed to realize success(doesnt it sound fancier this way???) against the Bangladeshi cricketers, we really gave it back to them darned cricketers from Bermuda...

Yeah trust me when i say underdogs do have a say in this tournament...not just the established Bermudan cricketers who thanks to the huge salaries given out to them by their cricketing boards have had an element of complacency in the way they go about playing their game.Yes my friends,the past few exploits of the bermudans at the world stage (both in the long form and the short form of the game) had given them a sense of (fake)superiority that nothing in the cricketing world can derail their worldcup campaign.AHA!!but we showed it to them(and to a few doubting Indian cricket fans,who dared to defile the image of our valiant boys).Well probably if the Bermudan Cricket fans had weaned their oversized cricketing babies (with their upsized ego and their supersized salaries) from their fizzy drinks and unleashed the sharks(y does the image of a TIGER-shark come to my mind???) within, probably this wouldnt have been the case, Hell Bermuda could have even gone on to win the tournament.....or better still the BCCB(Board for Cricket Control in Bermuda) should have stopped training their senior players to be better actors (so dat they can make more cash from silly advertisements like the aforementioned fizzy adv) and should have selected younger players who actually perform at the domestic(/any) level and still find time to practice at the nets...........

..............but then if they did that.....UnderDogs(i meant the ones with a big heart) such as us might as well have stayed out of the tournament rather than just being comic fillers in between the serious contenders for the world cup.........

which brings me to the big question.....Why was the cricket fan with the placard so pissed at the Indian cricket team??

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Low Cost Airlines-do they deserve the hullaaboo??????

India has a long history of consumers taking all sort of crap behaviour from the ppl who provide them with sales and services.For too long we have been a meek people who think dat it is our moral obligation to accept watever treatment is meted out to them.The quality of a service has always been out of the question for us,ven it comes to certain sectors like low cost airlines even the reliability of that service is very low.We have a consumer court that is very similar to the united nation council of today-harmless,but opinionated as hell.The latest news that i heard was that a flight got cancelled as there was no crew.The airlines in question here used to be know as Aunty Airlines (before they lauched their LOW COST airlines,heard that hasnt changed a thing) for their YOUTHFUL,enthusiastic crew(hey that could be another topic in its own!!!) :-P!!!
Isnt that quite obvious??My question is what where they thinking when they scheduled the flight...Maybe they must have thought the aircraft might suddenly get a mind of its own and like a homing pigoen reach its destination....yeah i can imagine it now-with the officials going "fly birdie birdie....come on u can do it!!!"(Check this link out-
Now lets come to the serious part- why does this happen???
The problem is dat we as a people think that reducing the cost of a product or a service should be at the the cost of quality in the service.Economies of mass and macroeconomics is out of the question. This has been instilled in us from the very basic unit of society-our houses....compromise is the only way cant have your gaajar halwa and eat it too......
I think low cost airlines should be rechristened as No Frills airlines and the naming shud reflect the character.The thing that we forget is that low cost airlines should have the same set of rules for accountability as they are mainly removing the frills such as serving a meal on board the flight and/or providing entertainment.The other method by which they cut their costs is by reducing the parking time at a particular airport and making a quick turnaround .
Sob stories of officialdom and unaccountability used to be the exclusive turf of government sectors like the railways and the public works department( However some of these sectors have made an amazing turnaround from being loss gathering institutions to examples of good management practices).Nowadays such stories have spilled over to the private sector especially in sectors like Mobile services and Low cost airlines.This is mainly due to the fact that we are fast becoming an increasingly consumer society.We think that wat is important is not to enjoy a product or a service but the act of purchasing it. So if things turn out to be just a reason to spend some money then there is no problem even if we get muck for the price that we pay.
The crucial thing we should remember is dat the low cost airlines wouldnt exist hadnt it been for us customers and as long as we dont have an accountable body which has got the authority to address consumer grievances (yeah screw the consumer court), the only people who can make a difference would be us.Some of the things (a few are plain wicked....)that we can do would be to
1) go for a service that offers you some sort of guarantee that they will put you on the earliest flight on some other airlines to your destination.
2)try travelling on the railways, you get the best service and unless some unforeseeable delay comes up, they run mostly on time.Not only is it more comfortable but we would also get to meet interesting people on board the train.
3)the other day my colleague had mentioned to me about how her flight(which was on the day of holi) got delayed and how the people who got irritated started bathing the officials present there in colours(after all it was holi).So the last thing we can do would be to carry colours with us whenever we fly(preferably of the permanent type) and coat the officials in it(i don't suppose that wud be illegal).
4)Better still if you are travelling with your kids give them water guns and/or guns with darts and tell them to aim for the person wearing the funny costumes!!!!!

if you would like to add to this list with ur innovative ideas do let me know!!!!

Monday, March 5, 2007

My very first blog entry ....

warning:This blog intends to put some ideas that most of us would have but we will never get around to saying it out loud...This is written by the alter ego of a poor soul floundering through this is written by an alter ego no one dares questions the id for the content in this blog under any circumstances

Here we go.......Dere is some sort of pleasure almost boundering on the voyeuristic that u get ven u read someone else's blog..... mainly the reason is that people find it very comfortable baring themselves to someone almost unknown whereas v cud live a whole lifetime with a person without knowing his/her secrets.......i have read (obviously on others blogs) how they are overjoyed when their very first blog comes up with some of them even equating it to the birth of their firstborn.Some how i cant figure it out how you feel ecstatic and overjoyed when u get to write a blog??I think those people should go get a life and for starters should try to have a kid(this particular scentence is unacceptable in certain literary circles).Then there is the other possibility that i must b totally mistaken and mite not know the exact feelings associated with the birth of a firstborn.Well the emotion that i am going through rite now is mainly a profound sense of loss somewhat like ven u injure urselves and know u wont be able to play ur favorite sport anymore....u know dat a part of you has been lost and can never b taken back....mayb this is the same sort of feeling that amputees go through when dey have lost a limb; the so called phantom limb phenomeno.U might ask wat is it dat i might lose by posting things that is done by an alter ego, the point is even an alter ego mite have secrets and its shameless of u to ask to bare it before that we have skimmed through the statuatory warning and the intro, i hope to continuously post on some sort of a regular basis...and for the record forgive me(like who cares???) if the frequency of my regular basis is weekly,fortnightly,monthly or even quarterly(dont worry, if the frequency is lesser that then i must have given up on this blog and moved on to greener pastures!!! )