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Beware of ordering any high value product from Snapdeal!

I had written about how Snapdeal is fleecing it’s customers by showing higher discounts and thought that was the only thing they indulge in. With their peppy “Unbox” series of adverts and sales, they really have picked up the market and looked good.

However, recently one of my colleague – Souvik Kundu, who is very fond of online shopping, decided to order a refrigerator from them which was available at an attractive price. The same was delivered promptly on 31st Jan 2017. However, when he “unboxed” the packaging, his happiness was gone! What he received was a broken refrigerator with shattered glass and inner compartments. He raised it promptly with Snapdeal customer care, only to be told that his residence is at a non-serviceable area and the product can’t be picked up, and that he shall arrange to send the product back to a Gurugram address, the expenses for which will be reimbursed to his Freecharge account (and not his Bank Account).
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What would you do to ensure your intellectual property rights and online presence if you are a Navratna Oil PSU in India with largest customer base? What if the Navratna company is IOCL??

First thing would be to ensure that you get appropriate domain name which is short – absolutely fine! the organisation did that and got a 4-letter domain name.

What next? Would you ensure that you renew your domain well in advance of expiry? Of course yes.

BUT this is where the EPIC FAILURE is!!

The company I’m talking about is Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC) and just noticed that their domain www.iocl.com has EXPIRED and the site link takes you to a page with links to Kasmir Tourism  packages!!!

Here’s the screenshot taken just a while ago…

IOCL Expired Domain

Screenshot of IOCL site taken on 06 August 2014 at 1730 hrs

 

Seems the babudom has been busy and sitting on top of the renewal notices! What a failure!!! 🙁

Kasol is known as mini-Israel of India, owing to large aggregation of tourists from Israel who spend months on months there, soaking in the nature and inhaling (you know what Kasol, Tosh and Malana are famous for). While last month couple of our friends from DoW went, they were appalled by the situation of non-biodegradable waste, being dumped directly into the Parvati River which originates just 58 Kms away from Man Talai Glacier below the Pin Parvati pass. This was when we decided to do something and got into organizing something.

Litter everywhere

Litter everywhere

Litter everywhere

Litter everywhere

Litter everywhere

Litter everywhere

 

With 30 odd participants, this trip was especially for creating an awareness against littering and non-biodegradable waste in Kasol.

On reaching the camp, the morals went down on learning that the Pradhan is absconding and no local support would be there, but of course for the camp owner – Om Negi. The morning also, it was raining quite a lot and our initial plan of going to the town early morning to try to talk and mobilize locals couldn’t materialize. Finally, the rains receded a bit around 09:15 and this is when we finally decided to go ahead with the drive, though on a reduced scale, with or without local support! So we all gathered and marched forward.

Deciding to go ahead

Deciding to go ahead

Let's go

Let’s go

We decided to clean the trail from Kasol leading to Chalal till the bridge, which being on the hind-side of the market, had become a sort of dumping ground. The rains didn’t stopped and intermittently became intense. Not even thinking about it, the Devils as we are, cleaned the entire trail! The high point of the drive was when two persons, smoking and littering were watching us cleaning the area. Suddenly they both got up and started picking up the litter spread by them as well as that in the surrounding. When we asked them to use gloves, they denied stating that they’d go away in 5 minutes and just wanted to undo what they had just done! So the drive is making impact! 🙂

Getting the "equipments"

Getting the “equipments”

Cleaning the trail

Cleaning the trail

Cleaning the trail

Cleaning the trail

Cleaning the trail

Cleaning the trail

Cleaning the trail

Cleaning the trail

Looking at the changed look of the trail, we all discussed further, and it was decided to move ahead and clean the market area too. So we formed groups and started in all three directions, cleaning all the while also talking to the shopkeepers.

Trail done, lets move to the market

Trail done, lets move to the market

Cleaning the streets

Cleaning the streets

Cleaning the streets

Cleaning the streets

Around 13:00, we were through with the entire market too and assembled to have tea/snacks, when some local ladies of the Mahila Mandal too gathered and joined the drive.

Mahila Mandal ladies, joining the drive

Mahila Mandal ladies, joining the drive

We then collected all the garbage at one place and were thinking about hiring a tempo to dump it at a proper dumping ground when the ladies advised us to let it remain there, as it was already packed, and that they’ll discuss the disposal in their meeting that was already scheduled for Tuesday. In fact some of the ladies were adamant to put the entire garbage in front of the Pradhan’s house, which we had to advise against! 😆 😆

Collected garbage

Collected garbage

Collected garbage

Collected garbage

Although it was raining on Sunday, we went ahead with the drive and cleaned almost entire Kasol. The results were lot better than what we expected and the next day we was every shop with a cardboard carton placed to collect the waste. And the trail? Just have a look 🙂

The trail, next day :)

The trail, next day 🙂

Overall, a very satisfying event! 🙂

With almost 110 million eligible voters, the General Elections for the lower house of the Indian Parliament – Loksabha – is obviously the grand-dad of all the elections in the world.

The current term of the 15th Loksabha will naturally expire on 31st May 2014 and therefore Election Commission of India has planned the General Election in 9 phases – first phase starting on 7th April and last phase on 12th May electing 543 members of Parliament. This is the longest running elections in the history of world with results being announced on 16th May. In terms of expenses, almost INR 35 billion will be spent on the elections that too excluding security and expenses by individuals and political parties.

With such huge logistics and expenses involved, we have to make sure that we vote and elect the right representative for ourselves.

I voted, did you?

 

I voted

Ink mark denoting that I casted my vote

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