Friday, June 14, 2013

BSNL landline complaint booking - Pune

Come rains and the telephone line has gone dead. After 20 years into the business of landline phones, one would expect BSNL to be better equipped with predictable events of Nature, but alas, expectations always lead to disappointment. 2 days ago my telephone suddenly dropped dead in the afternoon. Have been trying to find the complaint booking system since then, and found some interesting blog worthy stuff.

And these should work for you all across India, I would presume.

When your landline phone goes dead, you have two options:-

1. Call this number 21982198 preceded by the STD code of your city - and this will dial into the Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) for Automatic Complain Booking. Just follow the instructions of the IVRS and you complaint should be lodged. Keep a pen and paper handy to note down the docket number.

2. OR, if you are an Netizen, like I am, you can go to this URL - - And follow the link "Register a complaint" on that page. But a few warnings - a. Every page will take 5 minutes to load. So be prepared for that. b. Remember to take a screenshot of the complaint number that the web application generates, it wont show that number when you type your number again at a later date.

For now, I have lodged my complaint with the self care portal above, but lets see how soon this gets fixed.

Update on 16 June 2013 - My phone got fixed yesterday and I got a phone call from the telephone exchange and the telephone complain department, them checking up if the line is indeed working. Something finally worked without reminders! 

5 years And Alive

Its true.
I realized it just now as well.
5 years. Thats how long this blog has been alive, and thats how long I have been in this programming/software tech circuit. Its been a struggle, no doubt, but I have survived and pretty well at that. And I have grown (in every sense of the word) phenomenally in these 5 years.

When I started this blog, I was not sure of anything in life, and I never thought of anything beyond the next two-three days then. And definitely did not think that my blog would live for 5 years at a reasonable level of activity.

To all you faithful readers, here is a promise - Will continue posting interesting and no doubt 'eclectic' stuff here. And looking forward to the next five years in life.
P.S. - Yes just completed my 100th post, this is the 101st. :)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Instrumental Music - My Instrument My Voice My Recording

Hi Guys,

I just recorded a small piece of music, its a culmination of roughly 12 months of experimenting with my mandolin, exploring what is "my" music, and a lot of related matters.

You can hear it at -
Nothing path breaking about this song other than the fact that I picked up the mandolin last June, was a total beginner with qualitative music till then, picked up enough knowledge to play the preceding tune in the song at the link above.

Stay tuned.

P.S. - recorded with trusty INR 150 worth headset mic, so just about reasonable audio quality. not studio level and all.