Archive | April, 2007

BJP’s Karnataka Dream. Going, Going, Gone

30 Apr

I love it when I am right. I have always predicted that the JD(S) will NEVER allow the BJP to come to power. Thats how morally backward they are.

The latest news is that the Congress is offering to support Kumaraswamy so that he can retain his CM’ship. Apparently the “Son of the Son of the Soil” is now warm to that proposal, as is his father the Big “G”. The BJP will be left with the short end of the stick.

Can anything get lower in terms of morality?

Oops sorry… we are talking politicians here.. can’t use them and Morals in the same sentence. I must give full marks to the sleazos from the Congress though.

Here are my previous posts (with predictions)

BJP in power? LOL

Mannina Magaas at Amby Valley

Citibank and Dead People

27 Apr

I had written about Citibank and their peerless customer service before.

I got this forwarded as an email. I think its the funniest one I have received in a long time. The sad part is this is probably true. Here goes:

A lady died this past January, and Citibank billed her for February and March for their annual service charges on her credit card, and added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had been $0.00, now somewhere around $60.00. A family member placed a call to Citibank.

Here is the exchange:

Family Member: “I am calling to tell you she died in January.”
Citibank: “The account was never closed and the late fees and charges
still apply.”

Family Member: “Maybe, you should turn it over to collections.”

Citibank: “Since it is two months past due, it already has been.”

Family Member : So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?”

Citibank: “Either report her account to frauds division or report her to
the credit bureau, maybe both!”

Family Member: “Do you think God will be mad at her?”

Citibank: “Excuse me?”

Family Member: “Did you just get what I was telling you – the part about
her being dead?”

Citibank: “Sir, you’ll have to speak to my supervisor.”

Supervisor gets on the phone:

Family Member: “I’m calling to tell you,
she died in January.”

Citibank: “The account was never closed and late fees and charges still
apply.” (This must be a phrase taught by the bank!)

Family Member: “You mean you want to collect from her estate?”

Citibank: (Stammer) “Are you her lawyer?”

Family Member: “No, I’m her great nephew.”
(Lawyer info given)

Citibank: “Could you fax us a certificate of death?”

Family Member: “Sure.” (Fax number is given)

After they get the fax:

Citibank: “Our system just isn’t setup for death. I don’t know what more
I can do to help.”

Family Member: “Well, if you figure it out, great! If not, you could
just keep billing her. I don’t think she will care.”

Citibank: “Well, the late fees and charges do still apply.” (What is
wrong with these people?!?)

Family Member: “Would you like her new billing address?”

Citibank: “That might help.”

Family Member: “Odessa Memorial Cemetery , Highway 129, Plot Number 69.”

Citibank: “Sir, that’s a cemetery!”

Family Member: “What do you do with dead people on your planet?

The lesson as the email says: CANCEL YOUR CARDS BEFORE YOU DIE.

Can someone tell SET Max that their timing sucks

26 Apr

The bean counter in charge of Ad revenue on SET Max must really be working overtime to realize monies from as many advertisements as possible during this world cup. Either that, or they have employed studio staff from Doordarshan.

They are robbing already disinterested viewers of whatever little pleasure they get while viewing the games with their senseless timing of their Ads. All to make a little extra money.

How else do you explain these morons showing an Ad when the bowler is setting his field and cutting it halfway through because the hes running in to bowl. Even a slight delay by the bowler sends these idiots scurrying off to show an ad.

How else can you explain why the commentary is cut abruptly at the end of the over. The guys can hardly wait to show you an add.

How else can you explain these annoying placeholders from Peter England and Monster that come up screen on when there is a six or a four.

Someone need to explain to these jerks that people dont like watching all these cutesy little things floating across the screen when you see a replay.

Hey SET, take a cue from Channel 9 in Australia. What matters at the end of the day is a good quality telecast. We want you to make money but dont try to squeeze out every ounce of available air time.

And I still hate the Dancing Tiger that does the “bhalle bhalle” dance.

Totally “Not So Useful” Statistics

26 Apr

So, one of my favorite readers sent me a mail today that 33.33% of my last 9 posts begin with a “So”.

Damn.. so did this post 😉

Abi-Ash – Tirupathi Travails

26 Apr

So now the Andhra Govt is ordering a probe into Abhi and Ash’s Tirupathi visit where devotees were made to wait while the star couple took its time seeking the Lords blessings.

While all this is okay, how much do you want to bet that this is politically motivated? The Congress Govt in AP… elections in UP…. see any links?

I had a friend who was in Tirupathi when Madam Sonia (the real PM) was there. His experience to put it in his own words was “Horrifying”. So how come no probe then?

A Different Game…

25 Apr

Watching Australia decimate their opponents in the World Cup brings to mind a quote from the TV series “Bodyline”. “We play cricket, they play something else” laments an elderly British gent as Bradman’s all conquering Australians destroy England. Another suggests “Couldn’t we ask them to use a smaller bat? Time to have those conversations again.

What’s most impressive about the Australians is that they’re not satisfied with being the best. They’re still working hard on their game, fielding and running hard and not slacking off. Yes, they may be boorish but their relentless focus and discipline make them model professional athletes.

Sri Lanka is a sentimental favorite and I hope they beat Australia in the final but if I were a betting man, I’d have to go with the Australians.

Rainy Day Blues

24 Apr

So its raining again and Bangaloreans are going through the same harrowing experience they go through every year:

1. Flooded Basements

2. Flooded Streets

3. Overflowing Gutters

4. General Chaos

The Bangalore Bombat Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is probably stretched beyond its capabilities.

While we are quick to jump up and blame them (nine times out of ten we are justified), some amount of responsibility for this lies with us as well.

I am not talking about the builders who have converted tank bunds into apartment complexes (that explains the flooding in the basement). For instance our road normally has good drainage and street rarely floods. But of late there is this “brihaspathi” who is building a house and despite all requests dumps sand and bricks in the gutter in front of his house thus blocking all exits for the gushing water.

We cant blame the BBMP for this.