Friday, March 28, 2008

Airtel - Accidentaly Charging Rs 99 to its mobile customers in the name of VAS99 Pack ??? Is it so ?

If the already irritating SPAM alls from Airtel were not enough, all of a sudden yesterday both my wife and father got a message from Airtel No 170 stating "Thanks for subscribing to VAS99 Pack. Rs 99 have been deducted from your account". What is this ?

On inquiring from Airtel further they confirmed from us that whether or not we have subscribed to this service (i don't even know if a service like VAS99 exists from Airtel) . On refusing that they registered the complaint and today i have got the messages on one of the mobiles that Rs 99 would be credited back to my account in 48 hours.

Though the amount did come back this set me thinking

Lets assume a situation for a company X (not the real name) and assume that they charge their customers accidentally. Going by experience (and no scientific basis :-) ) less than 30 % people might have cared to call up the X's CC for a refund , for the rest 70 % assuming the current users of X 4 million and assuming only 1% of those were charged accidentally even that meant an extra revenue of 4 mn * .01 *. 7 *99 = Rs 2.7. mn Rs (if my mathematics is right this is approximately 27 lakhs) for X at almost nil costs... Now that sure looks like a business idea ;-) , but i am sure this definitely is not happening. Right :-) ?

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Mithya Movie Review - Don't Miss It.....

There is one thing about "Ranvir Shorey" - I honestly believe he is one of the under recognized actors. He has tremendous potential which is actually very well proven by the way he carries the 110 minutes film on his firm shoulders.

"Mithya" is no regular run of the mill Bollywood film and gladly so. It's about  a struggling actor VK (Ranvir Shorey) who is hardly unable to manage  a living for himself. Call it destiny but he resembles one of the biggest don of the city and the rival gang uses his to settle score with the DON (Raje).  The rest of the film is a topsy - turvy journey for VK and how he faces them.

Mithya also boost of one of the finest actors of Hindi Cinema i.e. Naseerudin Shah, Vinay Pathak and Saurabh Shukla. In addition absence of any typical bollywood songs enhances the pace of the movie. But undoubtedly the movie belong to Ranvir Shorey from the begining to the end. The first half will make you laugh quite a few times and the second half isn't end either. In addition the ending of the movie isn't also filmy style but a bit realistic so be prepared for that .

A couple of scenes in the movie are quite fresh like the one in which goons are trying to take a photo of Ranvir Shorey earlier in the movie, or in the second half when Ranvir Shorey force in his own typical style the other party to sign the contract.

Hats off to Rajat Kapoor for producing such a gem of a movie and undoubtedly this is one of the best movies for me this year. Go Watch it.