Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Gemini Inn (OYO Rooms), Chennai Hotel Experience

We stayed here recently (Sep 2015) for a night. The main reason for staying in hotels was it's proximity to US consulate, which is just 5 mins walk from this hotel.

We reached the hotel a little before the 12 PM check-in time and the hotel staff didn't allow us to check-in until we paid Rs.500 extra (no mention of this Rs. 500 in the final receipt !!). We booked 2 rooms and they allowed us to check-in to 1 room and said the second room is still being cleaned. As we were going out, we informed the staff that we will check-in in the evening.

When we came back at 7 PM, they gave us the keys to the second room. Upon entering the room, we were shocked to see the room was not cleaned at all. There were no blankets on the beds, and they were all over the room. News papers were thrown all over the floor, floor was all sticky as if something was spilled, the bathrooms were not clean, there were no towels etc. The bed sheets and blankets were so dirty and it was so disgusting to sleep on these beds with these blankets.

The complimentary breakfast was not bad, but didn't seem hygienic. There was no WIFI in room as advertised/mentioned in the booking details. Added to our woes, when checking out, we were charged extra for some room service and food which we didn't order at all. 

The name of this hotel was Gemini Inn and was probably re-branded or some rooms being offered by OYO rooms. We paid Rs.1500 per room which was not at all worth the price. I would NOT recommend this hotel to anyone.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hahaha .. just messing with a scammer who asks me send Rs 19,500 to their account before they transfer Rs.25,612,500 to my account. Read entire thread below. LOL :D



I tried to transfer the amount today. But it is saying that the account details are invalid. Can you please send me any other account where I can send the money to?


On Sat, Aug 4, 2012 at 1:36 AM, customer service <customerservice.rbi009@live.com> wrote:

ACCOUNT NUMBER:20113230993

Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2012 00:24:43 -0700

From: xxxx@gmail.com
To: customerservice.rbi009@live.com

As I am not currently not in India, I can not make a cash deposit. I can only do a online transfer. Please provide me with the branch details. or let me know if I can mail you a cheque.

Thank you,

On Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 7:59 PM, customer service <customerservice.rbi009@live.com> wrote:
Thanks for your mail, you are advise to make cash deposit.

Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2012 15:39:43 -0700

From: xxxx@gmail.com
To: customerservice.rbi009@live.com


I am trying to send the money to your account, but the online service which I am using is asking the branch details also. Please send me the branch address also along with city. Awaiting your reply.

Thanks a lot,

On Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 2:39 AM, customer service <customerservice.rbi009@live.com> wrote:
Find the information for payment below

ACCOUNT NUMBER:20113230993

After payment your are to send the scan copy of the payment slip as proof of payment.

Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2012 00:41:20 -0700
From: xxxx@gmail.com
To: customerservice.rbi009@live.com


Where exactly should I send the money? Please reply immediately.


On Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 12:29 AM, customer service <customerservice.rbi009@live.com> wrote:
Ref: RBI.

From: Reserve Bank Of India
To   Customer
Date: 3/8/2012
                                             YOUR TRANSFER INQUIRY


We received your email and have noted its content, I forwarded it to the Residential online transfer department for verification of your transfer and the reason while it requested for the Transfer as fast as we can.

You have to pay the Crediting-Fees which is 19,500 INR ONLY ( nineteen Thousand Five Hundred Rupees Only) before we can transfer your money into your bank account. Once you make the payment immediately, your money will be transferred to your bank account. According to the transfer department officer, he said all Residential online transfer is surcharges to the Crediting-Security Banking Fees before your transfer can be completed. 

The RBI order that the Crediting Fees to be paid to the Foreign Exchange Department before your funds can be transferred successfully, And it was state in sec 3(n)4 RBI law initiative that the minimum Crediting Fees you will have to deposit for the total lump sum of your amount is Rs.19,500/INR, this amount is your funds and it will be credited to your online account in addition to your Rs.25,612,500.00 INR

The Foreign Exchange Department is in-charge of the endorsement of your funds transfer Certificate/Fund Release Order, authorizing the Reserve Bank to Transfer immediately the sum of {Rs.26,339,917.56 INR} to your bank account.

We advice you do the needful and effect immediate response to deposit fees for the Crediting-Fees, so you can complete your transfer to your home account immediately and have satisfactory of your funds.


NAME: MR John Richards
MOBILE:   +918860455668

We await your swift response for immediate action.

Reluctant to this email will result to immediate termination of your online Transfer account and your funds will be revert back to the Reserve Bank Unit.

Kindly confirm receipt of this email 

भारतीय रिजर्व बैंक ... बैंक सुरक्षित और .. भारतीय रिजर्व बैं आरबीआई ... सुरक्षित.

Reserve Bank Of India

Saturday, May 29, 2010

After a long time...

here i am in university of florida.. grad student in computer science.. one yr has passed so quickly.. i think it was one good decision to come to US for higher studies.. one year ago.. i was almost at the edge of the cliff and i had to do something before i fell off .. then came the plane that rescued me (i think so) .. done with 2 semesters.. did some hard work .. screw the grades.. felt like i have learnt something..

tried hard for an internship.. finally managed to get an unpaid intern in a gaming development company.. it has been one week since i joined .. the first week work was kind of boring.. i want to learn and do some good coding stuff.. the company i work for.. it is a pretty small company.. the CEO is 24yrs old (i am 25 !!) .. the guy seems like a genius... he said he dropped out of UF after sophomore yr.. he has been coding since the age of 7.. needless to say his programming skills are very good.. so i am looking forward for some coding learning experience in the summer..

i took 2 credits for the internship.. so most probably i have to graduate in the next fall.. i really hope to a good job with fat salary.. though the internship is unpaid.. i'm working for my personal satisfaction .. i want to improve my communication skills, programming skills.. i'm sure this summer is gonna be a good learning experience for me..

Saturday, May 30, 2009


All India Engineering Entrance Examination(AIEEE) - 2009 results are out. The exam has been conducted on 26th of April.

The link for the results is http://cbseresults.nic.in/aieee/cbseaieee.htm

Monday, December 22, 2008

Tell us something about you

- is the question that is frequently asked in interviews. In this post, I will try to analyze this question, what I think when someone asks me this question and what are the possible answers that can be told and in the end I try to summarize to reach the best answer. I don't think all this can be done at a time, not because of the length of the post but because of the importance and value that this question holds. The answer has the strength to make or mar chances of getting through the interview process.

So far, in the interviews that I came across my answer to this question was to start from the past, the places where I was born and brought up, my education etc.

" I was born in XXXXX. I had my schooling at different places in Andhra Pradesh as my father had frequent transfers in his job. Finally we settled in XXXXX and later I appeared for engineering entrance exam and secured so and so AIR and got admitted into XXXXX institute and I completed my bachelors and masters. "

Now if I look back at this answer, I doubt if the interviewer ever expected this answer. WTF can he do by knowing my place of birth and my AIR in the engineering entrance exam. I now feel that what I've told him is about my past and not about me. As a prospective MBA student, if I answer this way in my interviews of B-School's, I am sure they will not be impressed. What I lacked was the preparation for this kind of questions. Knowing oneself requires a lot of introspection and I've always evaded from knowing me. I don't know why. May be I was too sluggish or I didn't wanted to stress my brain or it was somekind of fear that I may fail to find the answer. But now the time has come to break out of the bubble surrounding me, so that I can realise where I stand in this world and to know my limitations.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Process of getting selected into a B-School; Analogy

B-Schools - Market or the consumers

Students - Products

Written exam conducted by these B-Schools - Undergoing the quality control test before getting into the market

Cleared the written test - Passed quality control test and launched into market

Interview process - Advertising so as to sell the product

Candidate with work experience - Product already exists in the market aiming for a new high

Fresher - Newly launched product

Extra-curricular activities - Product getting endorsed by a celebrity

Selected - Product successfully launched and reached it's target customers

Rejected and preparing to do well next year - Failed to reach the expectations of the customers due to poor advertising and should be re-launched some time later with some other strategy

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

HTC mobile service center in hyderabad

Recently, one of my friend, who is working in gwalior sent me his HTC mobile to get it repaired in hyderabad. The problem is that the display is not showing anything though the touch screen is responding well. So, I googled a lot to get the information of HTC mobile service center in hyderabad. There were many dealers of HTC mobiles in hyderabad listed on HTC website itself. But when I contacted them, they told they don't service these mobiles but only sell them. Atlast I got hold of authorised service center of HTC mobiles in hyderabad. So below is the contact address and phone number of this service center.

Salora International Limited
1-1-167/2 1st Floor Abdulla Mansion, Behind Hari Hara Kala Bhavan Alexander Road, Alexander Road, Secunderabad, Hyderabad - 500003
Phone numbers : +(91)-(40)-27807315,27807316,27807317,27807319,27807320
website : www.salora.com