20 August 2008

Iphone Price in India Revealed: Rs.31000 !!

The news that you all have been waiting for is finally here.Yes, the price of the Iphone is out.But as you have already read, it has come as a huge disappointment.

IPhone from Vodafone has been priced at Rs 31,000 and Rs 36,100 for the 8GB and 16GB models respectively.

This news comes from one of the reader of this blog who has got the following mail from Vodafone :

Thank you for registering for your Apple iPhone 3G™ with us. We are delighted to announce that the iPhone 3G will be available in India from August 22, 2008 It will be available in 8GB & 16GB models, priced at Rs 31,000 and Rs 36,100 respectively.

Be the first to get the iPhone.

We have received a large number of registrations. As there are limited stocks, make sure that you get yours first, by paying an advance of Rs 10,000 to confirm your booking.

Where can you make this advance payment?

The iPhone 3G will be available at select Vodafone Stores. All you need to do is drop in at any select Vodafone Store between August 20 and 21 and make the advance payment by cash or credit card. Don´t forget to show the iPhone booking SMS, which you would have received from us, when you visit the Vodafone Store to pay the advance. To find a Vodafone Store near you, click here

Get an appointment now. No queues for you. Once you pay the advance, we will immediately give you an appointment date and time, starting August 22 when you can come and experience a full demonstration and collect your iPhone, all ready to use with your contacts and settings, by paying the balance amount.

Hurry! Limited stocks. Remember, the sooner you confirm your booking, the earlier you´ll get your iPhone. We have limited stocks and it will be on first come, first serve basis. Happy to help If you have any queries, log on to www.vodafone.in/iphone or call Vodafone Care on 111 (toll free) and we´ll be happy to help. Hurry and be one of the first to make the iPhone 3G your own.

Sanjay Sawhney AVP - Customer Service

If this is correct, then I think both Vodafone and Airtel have got it seriously wrong here.A price even around the 20k mark would have evoked massive response, but I'm not sure how this price will be received by the Indian mobile lovers waiting so eagerly on this piece of news.

Watch this space for the latest updates.

11 August 2008

A shot-by-shot Account of How Abhinav Bindra Shot The Gold

Event: 10m AIR RIFLE
Distance: 10 metres (10.9 yd)
Rifle: 4.5 mm (0.177 in) calibre air rifle
Maximum weight: 5.5 kg (12.1 lbs)

Qualification to Finals:
The course of fire is 60 shots within 105 minutes for men. During this phase a maximum of 10 points are awarded for each shot. The top eight shooters reach the Finals.

Bindra had qualified fourth for the finals with a scoring sequence of 100, 99, 100, 98, 100 and 99, making it 596/600.

His nearest competitors, Finland's Henri Hakkinen qualified first for the event with a score of 598/600 after shooting a series of 100, 100, 99, 100, 100 and 99.China's Qinan Zhu was third, a point adrift of Hakkinen with a series of 100, 100, 100, 100, 99 and 98.


The top eight shooters in the finals shoot 10 shots – each scored to a maximum of 10.9, depending upon their position on the target.The cumulative score of the qualification and the finals decides the final winner.Each shot has a time limit of 75 seconds.

The 8 shooters lined up as the Chinese official counted down to the first shot.All eyes were on the Chinese Quinan, Finnish Hakkinen and India's Bindra.The Indian was 2 points behind the leader.

1st Shot:
The 1st shot is usually the most crucial shot because the heart beat rates are as high as 145-150 beats/second and it is very crucial to keep the early chills in control and strike a telling blow.And Bindra did just that.He shot a stunning 10.7 and announced his entry.A 10.7 means almost at the dead center of the bulls eye(10.9 being the perfect bulls eye).

Zhu opened with 10.2 and Henri with 10.1.

Henri : 608.1
Zhu : 607.2
Bindra: 606.7

2nd shot
Bindra with his great first shot broke into the top three.As the second shot was announced, he shot quicly and scored a decent 10.3.Zhu and Henri followed up with 10.0 and 10.2.

Henri : 618.3
Zhu : 617.2
Bindra: 617

3rd shot
Two shots down and Bindra was within 0.2 points of the second position.Henri from Finland, seeing his lead diminishing shot a telling 10.5.Bindra followed with a 10.4.Zhu lost his concentration and shot a disappointing 9.9.Its amazing that you hit bulls eye but end up being disappointed.

Henri : 628.8
Bindra: 627.4
Zhu : 627.1

4th shot
For the first time, Bindra took the second spot ahead of the Chinese Zhu.The fifth shot was crucial as he wanted to consolidate his position. And he did just that with a 10.5.Zhu followed with a 10.2 and Henri with a weak 10.0.

Henri : 638.8
Bindra: 637.9
Zhu : 637.3

5th shot
with the difference coming down to less than a point, Bindra was keen on narrowing the margin.He shot a cool 10.5 surpassing the 10.1 and 10.2 from the Chinese and the Finnish.

Henri : 649
Bindra: 648.4
Zhu : 647.4

6th shot
Bindra was now two shots away from lead and Zhu was trailing far behind.Showing great composure, he shot a third successive 10.5.Zhu, the last year champion shot back with a massive 10.7.Henri lost ground further with a 10.3.

Henri : 659.3
Bindra: 658.9
Zhu : 658.1

7th shot
This could be the shot that takes Bindra in the top spot.The referee counted down and the Chinese shot a 10.1. The Finnish came up with a 10.0. And Abhinav, keeping all his cool, struck a magnificent 10.6 to snatch the 1st place! As the results tof the 7th shot are announced, a roar came from the Indian Contingent sitting in the stands.The 25 year old Indian lad was three shots away from creating sporting history for India.So this is how it stood:

Bindra: 669.5
Henri : 669.3
Zhu : 668.3

8th shot
With Abhinav in the lead, their was visible tension mounting everywhere.A bad shot here could shatter the dream of a lifetime.It was very important for Bindra to strike good here.Zhu came up with a 10.6.He was adamant on giving the Indian a tough fight. Henri sort of lost it in the intense battle, he scored a 10.1.All eyes were now on Bindra.The Rifle shot, and the scorecard showed a 10.0.Among gasps and fears, everyone quickly looked down to the consolidated table.

Bindra: 679.5
Henri : 679.4
Zhu : 678.9

9th shot
With only a point clear of the Finnish Henri, Bindra looked to seal it off in the 9th shot.He took up his gun, aimed and oh G0d! 10.2. This was nail biting stuff.All eyes were now on Henri.A good shot here and it could be curtains. He shot immediately afterwards, and it was a 10.3! In the background, Zhu continued to climb up, he scored a 10.4. A look at the table:

Bindra: 689.7
Henri : 689.7
Zhu : 689.3

10th shot
God!! It came up to the last shot. One good shot, and he could become the first Indian to win a Gold in an individual event in Olympic history ever, a bad shot would land him a silver.For a success hungry India, a silver is as good as a Gold, but as some say, 'you don't win the silver, you lose the Gold'. Being the best in the world is an entire different level in itself, and Bindra knew i t well.He did not want the Silver.He remembered Athens, where he missed out by a whisker, he remembered all the hardwork and training he had done for this one very moment.
As he took up his rifle to shoot for the last time, little did he know that their would be millions watching eagerly back home in the early morning hours, hoping and praying for the bulls eye.He could just not falter.The rifle came up to his shoulder.The eyes wide open, Bindra shot. The pellet came out aiming for the center, taking with itself the hopes of a billion people.

All eyes moved to the scoring screen.A breath later a cross came up. And History was Created!
The cross was right in the center of the bulls eye, an unbelievable 10.8, an almost perfect score.The Indian contingent stood up with a roar, they knew their lad had done it.They waited for Henri, who lost it with a dismal 9.7, and Zhu.The moment his score came up, the stands erupted with jubilation and India had won its first medal at Beijing, and a Gold at that.

In the grueling half hour, Abhinav smiled for the first time as he took off his jacket.He knew that he had created history, a victory not only he, but generations of Indians will cherish and take inspiration from!Just savor the moment below, Indian national Anthem on Chinese Soil...

05 August 2008

No Internet in the IT city of India!

For a person like me, who literally eats and drink on the Laptop with an internet connection, it is quite frustrating that even after a month here in Bangalore,I am still looking for an Internet Connection at my place! I have gone through a myriad of options and finally looking to experiment now.

Airtel, with which I had a bitter-sweet experience in Delhi was my first choice.I knew airtel, being the most responsive and proactive Telecom group in our country will get me an Internet connection as soon as possible with minimum documents.So I was a little surprised when their customer care replied that they will do a feasibility check of my area and revert back.Revert back they did, but with a negative.They were very sorry to inform that Airtel does not provide Internet services in that area.

My next option was BSNL.But it was dropped almost instantly.Reason: 3 months waiting period.Again amazing to know with our Telecom minister not happy with the Broadband Penetration in our country and failing targets every year, little does he know that horses of his own stable are losing out on customers like me day in and day out.If Mr. Raja is listening, I guess both BSNL and MTNL need a rap on their wrists for their miserable operations and dwindling customer service.

So, with the top two options eliminated, it was time to look DOWN to the likes of Tata Indicom, Sify, Reliance and Cable internet.A few reviews of Sify on the net, and it was dropped quickly.Also the fact that I wanted a mobile Internet connection which was broadband eliminated Tata and Reliance Plug 2 Surf Data cards.

It finally came down to Reliance and Tata Wimax broadband Internet. Both promised broadband speeds and a mobile internet connection which can be moved in case we shifted our accommodation. They also promised pathetic customer care, limited or no connectivity and poor signal strengths! But now, after a month of waiting I'm willing to settle down for less.So I have now decided to give Reliance Wimax a shot and see how it works.Hopefully I would be surfing the net in the comforts of my home from this weekend!