Sunday, November 30, 2014

UBER Kochi Promo Code

If you are in Kochi, UBER is giving away free rides. All you need to do is sign up for uber here, or download the uber app from the play store and enter the promo code 'uberequity' in the app. This gives you UBER credits to be used anytime. After this get additional two free rides for Rs 300 each by entering the promo code ‘UberKochiLaunch’ in the app.  Total free credits of Rs 900.

Go to your office or arrive at the beach in style if you are in Kochi, the Queen of the Arabian Sea, commercial capital of God’s Own Country


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Android Lollipop: Whats the whole fuss

Android kids may be swooning over lollipop (android version 5.0), however, I fail to see what the whole fuss is about. My phone recently upgraded itself from 4.4 to 5.0 (its a google nexus 5) and I have failed to see how it changes my life except that, and predictably, it is now slower than before, albeit by a small amount not to cause any alarms. Sure there are a few tweaks but by and large could have lived without it as well.

Which made me seek out what others are saying. Just read the top 10 features that Lollipop has that Kit Kat did not here. If this is really it then its a big {Yawn...}

Update: People are reporting that phones have actually become slower. Also not only is the picture Gallery missing, the camera app hangs occasionally as well

The only worthwhile improvement has been that incoming phone calls don't take over the entire screen and can be dismissed while continuing to play games instead of everything else being stopped. As sign that phone is increasingly becoming a convergence device and not simply a smart phone with additional features.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The UBER Controversy: #StandWithSarahLacy

I am not a #hater and love uber's service. However, I am not A-ok with the company or its executives behaving in the way they have done over the last few days (see here to read about the recent controversy), and some of this is gut turning stuff and enough to shake or at least question your belief in the company.

All companies share a love hate relationship with the media, but the one does not expect them to make direct personal attacks on journalists. While I also understand the frustrations caused by biased opinions, which are sometimes uncalled for, what Emil Michael said cannot be condoned, even if it was said off the record. However, while he has apparently apologized and for his remarks there has been no confirmation of any censure on him from the company, and that is what the journalists including Sarah Lacy, who was apparently the journalist targeted by Emil's rant, seem to be gunning for. She is also asking some difficult questions of the venture capitalists in general and uber's investors in particular. Since I work in a position where I have to take similar decisions, I guess the answers are not going to be black and white. At least over the next few days for sure.

And, more importantly things could change if the media keeps up the pressure and users start abandoning uber en-masse. Egos at the company would have to be reigned in steps taken to pacify journalists and customers . Uber has enough problems with the law anyways and various lobbies that are out to pull the plug, would be delighted to see this controversy being played out. While Travis and co may have been #winning thus far, best course in this battle may be to issue and earnest apology, publically and then keep heads low for some time.

Importantly for uber's top team, because the investors have a fiduciary duty to protect their investments first. And while tyring to be seen founder friendly may be fad-du-jour, any prolonged controversy could mean they would be forced to take swift action.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To Train or Not to Train (Your Employees)

Interesting debate. ha ha...

UBER Paytm Wallet: Get Rs 800 Free

Now get Rs 800 worth of credit on UBER. Here's How
1. Signup on UBER using Promo Code: UBEREQUITY
2. Link your Paytm (new or existing) wallet to your account a recharge it by
Wednesday, November 19 (11:59 PM
to get a FREE ride (up to Rs 800)!*
PS: Even existing users can get Rs 500 more by just linking Paytm account
* You would get Rs. 300 up front .  Rs 500 will be automatically applied to your account 24 hours after you add a wallet. To claim Rs 800.  you must ride by Sunday, November 23rd. else you only get Rs 300.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Internal resistance to new ideas in companies

Internal resistance to new ideas is a function of number of employees raised to the power of management levels. Quickest way for many organizations thus would be to collapse /simplify their hierarchical reporting structures 

Saw this on my linkedin stream. So very true...

Saturday, November 15, 2014

OLA Promo Code for India

Now get free rides on OLA, which is India's premium cab company. If you are a new user sign up on OLA using OLA Promo code: G7P3GJ 

Monday, October 06, 2014

NIIT Limited appoints Rahul Patwardhan as CEO Designate

NIIT, today, announced the appointment of Rahul Patwardhan as its next CEO. Rahul would take over from Vijay Thadani as CEO from April 1, 2015.

Rahul Patwardhan has earlier worked with NIIT for close to 20 years, and  headed the software business for NIIT Technologies in Europe and APAC in his last assignment in 2004 when he left NIIT to head Logica's India Offshore unit as CEO. At Logica he became the MD of Global App Services leading a revenue line of over $1.5 billion.

This appointment is part of succession planning for the founders of NIIT. Vijay Thadani would be elevated to the role of Vice Chairman and Managing Director. P Rajendran, who was the Chief Operating officer of NIIT would become the joint Managing Director.

His global experience would help NIIT which has been seeing rapid growth in its Managed Training Services business  (Training Outsourcing) where it is among the leading companies in the world.


Monday, September 08, 2014

Join UBER: Get Free Rides In over 200 Cities

UBER is now present in over 200 cities. The cab company which was in the news recently for raising money at valuation of $19 billion continues to offer new users free rides for signing up. The list of cities where you can hail an UBER ride is given below. List of cities where UBER operates is given below. f you are in any of these cities, click here to avail free rides and UBER Credits up to $20

List of cities after the jump:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

UBER Kolkata - Promo Code: Get Free Rides on Luxury Cars

UBER has launched its services in Kolkata. The luxury car service which was already present in 6 cities in India, has taken this to 10, with launches in Chandigarh, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Jaipur. UBER offers its services in over 160 cities globally.

UBER offers promotional discounts to encourage users to try out the luxury car service You can get free credit from UBER by signing through the following link or signup here with the promo code UBEREQUITY and be amongst the first few to take the ride on cars like Mercedes, Audi, BMW etc and impress your friends and family

UBER Kolkata - Konkana Sen Rides UBER


UBER Chandigarh Promo Code: Free Geri on a Mercedes

UBER has arrived in Chandigarh. The luxury car service which was already present in 6 cities in India has launched in four more cities with quadruple launch in Chandigarh, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Jaipur. UBER offers its services in over 160 cities globally.

UBER is offering promotional discounts to encourage users to try out the luxury car service You can get free credit from UBER by signing through the following link and be amongst the first few to take the ride on cars like Mercedes, Audi, BMW etc and impress your friends and family.

Or; take a cruise of the Geri-route in a chauffer driven -  S Class Mercedes. Sign up now by signing up here with the promo code UBEREQUITY

UBER Chandigarh - Anupam Kher

Saturday, July 19, 2014

UBER Promo Code - Get Ice Cream

UBER recently served ice cream in their cabs. On July 18 one could call an UBER ride and enjoy free ice cream in 144 cities, in 38 countries over 6 continents. UBER served haagen-dazs ice creams in India. Did you get one

In case you missed the ice cream, you can still get a free ride on a luxury car with UBER. Just sign in with the UBER promo code UBER Equity and take your next journey in style.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

UBER Chopper Rides

UBER is giving you a tour of your city. So what is the big deal you may ask. Well the tour is on a chopper. Yes you read it right 'CHOPPER' . If you are in Bangalore/Mumbai you can chose UBER Chopper to take a scenic tour of the city in a helicopter.

  • When: Saturday, June 14th (Bangalore), June 15th (Mumbai) starting at 9 AM
  • Select UberCHOPPER in the lower menu of the Uber app
  • Press the black bar that reads “Request CHOPPER“. We’ll give you a call for final confirmation.
  • A swanky ride will pick you up and transport you to the helipad.
  • You will be flown around the city’s iconic buildings and locations. You will then be taken back to the helipad, and your car will drop you off to the High Ultra Lounge, for a brunch on the tallest building in the city.
  • Demand will be off the skies and availability will be limited. So you may have to try a few times before you can get a ride.
  • Each request will be for two persons
  • Total fare for two persons - Rs. 4999 (includes door-to-door car service, chopper ride and brunch)
  • Each Chopper ride can seat four persons, so you might share your flight with other riders
Not on UBER yet. As usual, you get additional free credits for signing up with PROMO Code - UBEREQUITY

Friday, June 20, 2014

UBER Launched In Pune: UBER Promo Code

UBER cabs have arrived in Pune. This takes the total no of cities covered in India to 6. Uber had already launched services in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Overall Uber cabs are available in over 100 cities worldwide.
Uber had recently raised fresh funds at pre money valuation of 17 billion dollars. Uber continues to offer free rides to new users. To get your free ride, enter the following code while signing up: uberequity
Or simply sign up at

Do share your experience.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

UBER Vs OLA Luxury Cars - Get Free Rides

Luxury cab rides market in India is heating up and its driven by mobile app companies. Hard to image just sample these

UBER in Mumbai
After lauch of UBER in five india cities, Ola Cabs has also upped its game. The well funded India start up has now tied up with luxury cab companies in India to offer its services across multiple cities. Ola is already present in 8 cities and would be adding other cites soon including Chandigarh.

Ola's Response

Good news for riders in India though. We have cover a long way from our favourite kaali peeli taxis.

Anyways, if you want a free rides on UBER, signup using the following link You get Rs 300 as you UBER Credit. Use additional promo codes after this to get additional discounts.  If Ola is more your thing use the following code while signing up to get Rs 300 in OLA money: G7P3GJ

Happy Riding!


Uber Promo Code Chennai

Ride to and from Chennai Airport is now cheaper on your favourite cabs in Chennai. UBER has done away with the airport charge and now charges the regular fee. Arrive in style at the airport with UBER cab rides

Base Fare: 50.00
Per KM: 15.00
Per Minute: 2.00
Airport Service Fee : 100.00

Certainly cheaper than Meru where charges go up to Rs 25 per kilometre (in Delhi) . Anyways just to make the deal sweeter your get Rs 300 off when you sign up for UBER with

Get another Rs 300 off by entering the promo code post sign up AIRPORTCHENNAI


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Why Congress may spring a few surprises in the current polls

I am no psephology expert, and these are just my thoughts.

Lets agree that, BJP is outspending Congress by a huge margin and their media managers have made very effective use of this spending power. With that as a background, here are a few thoughts for you to consider

Gujarat has certainly grown fast over the last 10 years (next only to Uttrakhand). However 10 other states have outpaced it in growth over the last 5 years (period for which data is available). So while there is much to like about what is called the Gujarat model (frankly, other than a few anecdotes, I know nothing about this famed model), it is certainly not the only 'model'. Gujarat still has prohibition(although per reports there is a 30K crore grey market). Therefore its tough for me to reconcile with the Gujarat model, if I have to buy my weekly fix through the grey market, although my spouse would be happy if it implemented nationwide.

Lets also agree that in cities (certainly the metro cities in North and West India) there is certainly a Modi 'wave'. But it may be imprudent to completely write off Congress for a couple of reasons

1. Anti incumbency vote may get divided between Modi and AAP
2. Congress Government has done tremendous work outside of the main cities in the areas of Education and Healthcare over the last 10 years. Initiatives like NREGA, despite many chinks in execution, are providing livelihood to many and part of the enormous work done on 'Inclusion'. While Congress has failed to highlight this in the media, there is bound to be some goodwill from these initiatives amongst people that have benefited from it.

In any case, if Modi does win, his party may not be the one celebrating over the next 5 years, because it may turn out that the incumbent government is not really more corrupt that the previous government by his party, as is the popular perception. But that this, popular perception, is a result of the tremendous increase in media spotlight/CAG activism over the last few years, This is likely to get amplified even more in the coming 5 years because of the huge expectations being built around him.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

UBER Promo: Free Rides worth 1300++

UBER is participating with Restaurant Week India to offer free rides. If you intend to eat out this week, here is how you can get free rides in luxury cars and make it a special event

How to get free rides on UBER:

1. Sign up on UBER with the promo code UBEREQUITY: This will give you free UBER Credit worth Rs 300 that can be used any time.
2. Now signup on Restaurant Week India: This will give you 2 free rides (worth Rs 500 each ) for a total of Rs 1300 in UBER Credits  (this UBER Promo Code is valid in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai) - Limited time


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Elections 2014: Media inquisitions and Ullu Banaoing

Its elections time once again and a rather elongated period. Our politicians are now facing increasing scrutiny from media and the common man. Journalists are not afraid to ask the rough questions or relay popular resentment in interviews with new or powerful seasoned politicians (except Modi, Sonia and Rahul - which is not unexpected - even Arnab Goswami's interview of RG was rather tame, compared to his usual inquisitions).  Remember they still face accusations about choosing sides, biased opinions and paid news. But have our journalists come of age.

Despite the above accusations, I believe that the biggest failings is their ability to questions the replies they get, to get past rhetoric and not allowing these politicians to escape with jingoism and get real answers. Eg  Q. Why haven't you apologised for the riots that happened in the year AAAA?  Answer: Why does our oppositions not answer for XXX, YYY and ZZZ.  More people died in the these three. They were in power at the centre at all these times including in AAAA.

The journalists are happy at this point. Content that they have got the answer to the questions that were handed to them by their editor. They tick off this question and move to the next one. Politicians have realized that that they can side step difficult questions quite easily. Notice the reply, does not even attempt to the question asked and easily sidesteps it. The interviewer mentally ticks off a box in his list of questions and moves on to the next one. Headlines next days would say MMMM asks opposition party to atone for their sins.

This gets repeated for issue after issue. This "Ullu banaoing" continues. Everybody is happy.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Were you denied the right to vote yesterday? Here is a story you can relate to.

Were you denied the right to vote yesterday? Here is a story you can relate to.


When Reeti Pandharipande walked into the polling booth at 7 am, she expected to vote. Many hours later, she returned home tired and frustrated, with a finger that was not ink-stained.
You voted on April 10. I did not.
Here's why.
I woke up at 6.15 am and was at the polling booth to vote at 7 am. I had my voter’s ID card, the same one I had used in three previous elections, at the same centre where my in-laws and husband vote.
To my shock, my name was missing!
I looked up as many lists as possible till 1.30 pm, moving from one booth to another, trying to find a solution.
My husband and I then went to the voting helpline. The name is irony itself; the voting helpline looked like it needed a lot of help.
There were four staffers who were attending phones that were ringing off the hook.
A typical call consisted of a caller complaining that his or her name was not in the voter list. The helpline operator would take down the details and promise to call “later” if he could find the name in the voter list.
This was easier said than done as the website on which the list could be searched was painfully slow and full of bugs.
The staff seemed earnest, but were helpless.
They couldn't find my name on the list, but they did give me a shocking bit of news: My voter ID, a unique combination of alphabets and digits, was associated with the name of a woman staying at Manewada (Reeti stays in central Nagpur while Manewada is located at the city's periphery).
Disheartened after over an hour's futile wait, hubby came back home.
My father-in-law suggested I meet the district collector and complain about the goof-up.
I went to the collector's office, but the man in charge, Abhishek Krishna, was away on poll duty. I was asked to meet the deputy collector, Pradeep Dange.
After a brief wait, I was granted an audience with Dange and other senior officials.
Already seething with anger and frustration, I told them what the problem was. Deputy Collector Nishikant Suke told me that if my name was not in the voters's list, I could not vote on April 10. Period.
I pleaded with him and explained I had voted in at least three elections previously, had not changed my address or made an application to delete my name from the voter's list. How, then, was my name missing from the list? Who deleted it? And why?
The official said, "It may or may not have been a mistake. You should have checked whether the latest voter's list has your name. It's not our responsibility at all."
So let me get this straight!
It is my responsibility to complete the voter registration procedure, submit all documents, identity and address proofs.
It is my responsibility to stand in a queue to submit the documents and get my picture clicked.
It is my responsibility to not mislay the card.
It is my responsibility to produce it every time I vote.
And, yes, it is my responsibility as a responsible, educated citizen to vote.
But why is it my responsibility to check if my name has been deleted from the list due to a clerical goof-up?
Why is it my responsibility if my voter ID has been allotted to some random person?
And if my name has been deleted due to no fault of mine, why is my responsibility to go through the same circuitous procedure of making the voter ID card?
I got this explanation: "Do you know how much workload one officer has? How can all that work be done flawlessly? The voter list gets updated every January 1. So your name got deleted. Do you expect me to keep a check on each and every name?"
Yes, I bloody well do. Because, sir, that's your damn job.
Our politicians spend millions of rupees campaigning, constituency-hopping in chartered planes, putting out ads and paying crowds to attend their rallies. If they are so desperate for votes, how about making sure that the voter who wants to vote for you has his or her name in the list?
Reeti had to return home with a finger that was not ink-stained.There are many people just like me, whose names were deleted from the list because of a 'clerical error' and who went from one booth to another, one office to another, to plead for that one opportunity to have their say in the country's democratic process.
And all they got was, "Go away. Make a new voter card. You can't vote this time."
The governnment, the politicians, the administration get disheartened by the fact that barely half the voting population takes the trouble to get out of their homes and vote. They make appeal after appeal about how every vote is precious. About how it is a responsibility. A duty. A right.
Yes, my vote is my right. And today, I was deprived of my inviolable, Constitutional right, for no fault of mine.
So, instead of posting a selfie with my inked index finger, I am posting something different.
I am posting my middle finger to this wretched system and to the politicians who don't deserve my vote.
I don't respect the system, because the system doesn't respect me.
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