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Doomsday by Murray Gold

Doomsday instrumental composition by Murray Gold for Doctor who was so apt and captivating for the Doomsday episode. I have it in my playlist for my return rides from Office to home to play on HMDX bluetooth speaker. And while watching very first episode of the new season of 2005 with Christopher Eccleston as the doctor on Amazon prime videos, I noticed the same soundtrack being played from 27th min into the episode as background score.


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AC? Check!

Okay, took the final risk and booked Reconnect 1.5T inverter AC  (XS-183B8) for hall - http://www.reliancedigital.in/home-appliances/air-conditioner-coolers/reconnect-1-5-ton-3-star-xs-183b80-inverter-split-air-conditioner.html and http://www.reliancedigital.in/media/wysiwyg/Reconnect-AC-Brochure.pdf. Why Reconnect despite all suggestions against it?  Blame it on the IT background. I personally prefer specifications of  individual components over the brand. Godrej did not respond to email  communication in last 7 days except for their automated email reply of  reverting back as soon as possible. With no body selling their ACs  including Croma and Reliance Digital, I doubt they are overloaded with  sales and support. Amazon did not release R290 edition of Godrej in  copper till date. Godrej AC with copper condenser were being sold with  only R410 which has zero ozone depletion and 2000+ worth higher global  warming quotient. I was left with next best thing post R290 which is R32  with zero ozone depletion and 675units of global warming quotient.  Reliance was selling 3 Star 1.5T Inverter AC with copper condenser and  R32 refrigerant in 28500 bucks post 5% instant discount on HDFC card  (thanks to Nipun) and with free standard installation and 2 year comprehensive warranty including 2 free service visits per year. 

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For all those seeking to buy/switch to road bike/bicycle...

Pleae don't! You are going to be miserable despite your love for road biking which will naturally grow multifolds after you take on to saddle.

Don't know if this is problem of Decathlon Tubes or that roads are really miserable, road biking between Andheri and Bandra is really really cumbersome. I must have spent more than 2000 rs alone on these tubes issues, even if I leave out the two tyre/tire replacement cost and the two puncture kit costs. Road bikes give you the best workout, much better than you can get on MTBs but they are economically infeasible on suburban roads. I am thoroughly frustrated with constant puncture repairs and really scared of taking my bike out because of delicate tubes/tires and horrible roads which are always under construction by PWD or Metro train folks.

In short, if you are looking for cycling experience especially for commute, just buy a simple MTB with hybrid or 2.1" tires with single speed or 6/7 gears in rear. Your MTBs will do justice to Mumbai roads and your pocket.

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Steps in grievance/issue resolutions with your electricity supplier

This is my version of how things went with Reliance Energy folks. Since all of them have to obey regulations and orders of MERC, I believe something equivalent must exist across energy/electricity board irrespective of being managed by Govt (MSEB) or Private entity (Reliance/Tata Power/Torrent Power etc).

Step 1: Write email to their customer support

All service provider will share customer support toll free number and email address. While it may be tempting to talk to customer support, it usually is not straightforward to get hold of the representative as their IVRS will waste your precious 10 minutes navigating you through plethora of menus and quite often, instead of person attending the call, you will simply hear dial tone indicating your phone has been disconnected. Happened three times with me. Plus, there is no guarantee same person will attend your call, meaning you will end up wasting time again and again in repeating issues afresh with the person. Hence, my first recommendation is to write your issues along with attachments such as invoice copies, meter reading photo etc and email it to customer support. In case of Reliance Energy it is energyhelpdesk@relianceada.com. Quite often you will receive an automated reply with a ticket number. Save that ticket number as it will serve as single point of reference for all future communications. If your problem is solved in first go, congratulations :)

Else, move to second step.

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Review of Mahesh Tutorials, Bandra

This is the time when every parent will be rushing out to get their kids into classes. Since, options are very very limited in Bandra with only two classes standing out on main roads with rest hidden in some lanes or chawls, I would like to share experience of my kid studying in Mahesh Tutorial, Bandra. 

Summary feedback: Teacher/Faculty staff is good, mostly available and quite reliable. Robomate app sucks half of the time because of its complete dependency over internet with them refusing to load content in microsd; robomate tests don't work half of the time and following up with local coordinators is big pain. Teachers are ok but peers among students aren't great especially the boys section. In short, for the price they charge, it isn't worth it.

Detailed review:
1) Teacher quality: This is one part I will go lenient on about Mahesh Tutorial. One thing I appreciated was them rotating few faculties from other centres. You don't get to see such a thing in single location classes like DGT. Teachers are good and supportive and try to do justice to their job in short span of time. They are also available to connect on phone or extra classes just for doubt solving before or during exams. Their ready availability is one plus you can rely upon.

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Demise of Indian Telly...

did not start with Ekta Kapoor. That honour lies with makers of Junoon and Swabhimaan in 90s. Ekta just took over the mantle to make it more mental and psycho-pathetic mirrors of rich folks who would murder-marry-murder-marry-divorce-marry in no particular order. What was it prior to these modern day series which has simply numbed your brain to any kind of tragedies through overdose and normalization of what was never normal in Indian society. Yeah, there were ugly breakups like that of Amol Palekars and few other such personalities but these were outliers. It wasn't norm. Now, we treat heartbreaks and betrayals as the new normal and yet almost everyone keeps succumbing to some sort of depression for various reasons.

If we want to save the upcoming generation from degenerating mental disease, we gotta get responsible and spend more time, our experience with them and reduce the telly time. Don't cut it off. It's not possible to switch things off abruptly. Besides, they also need to learn to coexist with the ones who are addicted to telly crap. They need to understand rationale behind their broken minds and abnormal behavior. This is the times when learnings of Shiva makes so much sense. To be involved and being disconnected at the same time. Shiva doesn't try to correct the world. He/she accepts whoever comes to her/him whichever form he/she comes to him/her. Hence, he/she is the god of deity, humans and demons alike. He/she supports without judging and just because she/he is not judging, she/he remains emotionally uninvolved. Yeah, it's mythical. But it's the only mythical character that makes all the sense :)

BTW, why did I use he/she for Shiva? Oh, that's because Shiva is formless :D

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Aha! A certificate!! And a medal!!! But the most prized item would be blue bib :D

And incidentally, that's the thing whose picture I won't be posting. 

Bib

Free ka ride/rally ka second event was scheduled today. Decathlon folks were pretty awesome in gifting Bib on 26th itself. Ride was scheduled between 0600 hrs and 0800 hrs which meant that I had to get up early for ride which I hate. I was literally in two minds about skipping the ride altogether but then that blue bib made me feel guilty. Getting a cycling jersey and not a cheap tshirt thingy that usually others give, I owed at least one ride on it to Decathlon folks. Second dilemma was which Bikey to carry. Raleigh Elevation was used for the first free rally thingy on 7th Jan. It had to be T3 but I was damn scared of parking it in Atria's basement fearing for theft. Second issue was the previous experience of Hutchinson Equinox II Tire blowing out after completing 2000 KMs in aggregate. I did replace that one with Resist 1 700X25c while retaining the Equinox on the rear wheel. Didn't want to go through that burst thing again. Somehow gathered courage to take out T3. Kinda started late around 0615 hrs from house, reached by 6.35/6.40 to Atria Mall desk and completed ride. 

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Strava - 60.9 @ 17.8, Runtastic - 59.46 @ 9.56, Bike Computer - 29 @ 9.7 and Google fit - 77 @ 40.86

Strava probably normalizes Google GPS stats since that distance calculated along same route between Google map and Strava has variation of few KMs. Runtastic skips pause calculations and hence its stats are kinda discouraging. Google fit calculates on the higher side but this 40.86 thing is definitely messed up. But yeah, that kinda avg is a dream average and I don't know if my legs would like to take up that sorta ride in real on an empty stretch some day. 

That's why I love Google fit. 40 KMPH average that I can only dream about, is made possible in google fit :p
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Perks of being God's favorite child

For starters, apart from keeping safe and sane amidst all weird things happening around, the fun comes from the fact that you get what you need in some of the amazing rates/discounts... Yeah yeah, I know my resolution was to stop spending money on things I don't need. Well, I am taking baby steps in ultra slow motion towards that direction :P

Triban 300 started leading to frequent punctures in tube. Realized multiple cuts in the both rear as well as front tire (Hutchinson Equinox 2) courtesy uneven and always under construction roads, paverblocks of Mumbai.

Cuts in tires of road bike.
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