Showing posts from 2016

A Trip to Himachal - Part 2 - McLeod Ganj

Second Destination: McLeod Ganj How we reached there: Khajjiar -> McLeod Ganj (via Jot, Chowari, Dharamshala) : Hired Taxi, takes 4.5 hours McLeod Ganj -> Amritsar -> Pathankot : Hired Taxi, takes 5 hours to Amritsar and 2 hours to Pathankot from there Places to stay: There are number of options available on  oyorooms ,  makemytrip  and  goibibo  as well on  HPTDC . You’ll get good home-stay as well. Prefer hotels near main square. We stayed in Hotel Castle (through oyorooms), near on Bhagsu Road. Places to eat ( esp vegetarian ): McLeod Ganj has a range of food options for Tibetan, Italian and Indian food. Some of our favourites are: Nick’s Italian Kitchen Hotel Tibet Chocolate Log Spring Valley Restaurant Needless to say that one must try momos in this part of the World, and apart from restaurants, there are road-side eateries offering good momos. Places to visit: From nature to history to religion to cricket, McLeod Ganj and

A Trip to Himachal - Part 1 - Khajjiar

How we reached there: Pune -> Pathannkot : Train journey via Jelum Express, takes 38 hours Pathankot -> Khajjiar (via Dalhousie) : Hired Taxi, takes 4 hours, keep the stomach empty as it will be a roller-coster hill-side ride Places to stay: Khajjiar - Hotel Devdar, a part of  HPTDC  hotels, provides the best possible location for this place. Apart from this, there are other options like Mini-Swiss facing other side of mountain. Places to eat ( esp vegetarian food ): Hotel Iravati in Chamba has wonderful dishes of Gucchi (a kind of Mushroom) and Chamba Kadhi. Street-side food options, esp Parathas, are quite good in this part of the region So after a continuous journey of close to 43 hours, we finally reached our HPTDC Hotel Devdar in Khajjiar during the early part of noon. The lush green meadows in front of us instantly removed all the tiredness. Khajjiar is a very tiny hill station of Himachal, sometimes referred to as a Switzerland of India. It has a

The curious care of YU

This is a very interesting account of sadistic customer experience with YU Televentures Pvt Ltd. This unfortunate story started when I placed an order on  for YUFit Band on Aug 05, 2015. Device: YUFit Band Amount (after discount): 999/- Billing Name: Nimesh Desai December 2015 The device worked fine for sometime, but then it developed bluetooth issue for some reason. The device won't connect to phone, thus making it practically not useful. Thus I raised a ticket on the support system via customer care, and device was ultimately picked up on December 03, 2015. They asked (through ) bank details and related information for refund, and like in case of other online distributors, I was hopeful of receiving refund in 3-7 days. Name of bank account: Nimeshkumar Desai But I didn't receive the refund. Nor was any response from them about the whereabouts of device and refund. It was only the beginning of unprofessional


Nehru once told Tata that he hated the word profit.  “Jawaharlal, I am talking about the need of the public sector making a profit,” Tata shot back.  “Never talk to me about the word profit; it is a dirty word,” Nehru retorted.  Tata, unsure of the prime minister’s socialist bent of mind, turned down his invitation to join a delegation to the United Nations on the ground that there was so much to do inside the country. Giving the same argument, he declined Nehru’s invitation to head Indian Rare Earths, one of the first public sector units floated after Independence. In turn, Tata’s Air India, Air India International and insurance outfit were nationalized by the government. -  (Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's discussion with JRD Tata) This was the seed of socialism that had crippled the country since Independence. It took almost 44 years for the country to come out