Should you get iPhone 7 from Airtel?

I have not written anything on this blog since over a year. So, I have decided to write something today. One thing that had caught my notice recently is iPhone 7 offer from Airtel. Is it worth it to buy iPhone from Airtel? Find it out.

So, Airtel offers iPhone 7 32 GB for a downpayment of Rs. 7,777 and you need to be on a postpaid plan of Rs. 2,499 per month for 24 months. On Airtel website, the cost of the iPhone is Rs. 47,777. As Rs. 7,777 is the downpayment, the loan amount is Rs. 40,000 and you need to pay for it in 24 EMIs. If you get a loan of Rs. 40,000 at 14% interest rate for 24 months EMI then the EMI will be Rs. 1,921. So, here you are paying Rs. 578 for the postpaid plan and Handset Damage Protection which costs Rs. 49. So, you are paying effectively Rs. 529 for the postpaid plan. Normally, that post plan costs Rs. 649. So, that’s a saving of Rs. 120.

But here is the catch. iPhone 7 32 GB are much cheaper than Airtel price. You can get those as low as Rs. 38,999.00 at You can also buy it on an EMI if you have a credit card or a Bajaj Loan Card. And get a prepaid or postpaid plan as you wish or stay with your current plan. Save money.

Why uberAUTO is no evil

Yesterday I was present at the uberAUTO launch in Bhubaneswar. At the event, Shri Anant Narayan Jena, Mayor of Bhubaneswar, told that Uber should work towards making auto rickshaw unions happy. As the tariff of uberAUTO in Bhubaneswar is almost one-third of the tariff decided by the Govt. Otherwise, they may go on a strike. When it comes to the public transportation in Bhubaneswar, auto rickshaws are a staple. So, if auto rickshaw unions go on a strike, it will be a problem.

I don’t agree with the mayor that uberAUTO’s tariff is almost one-third of the Govt. tariff. If you are riding with uberAUTO, then you need to pay Rs. 15 as base fare and pay Rs. 1 per minute during your ride. Only the Rs. 3/KM sounds cheaper. So, uberAUTO’s tariff model is more complicated than normal auto rickshaw tariff prescribed by the Govt. So, it might not be one-third of the Govt. rate. I am trying to find the tariff prescribed by Govt. Once I find that I will update this section. I guess you understand why it’s hard for me to know Govt. prescribed rate. I will talk about it next.

It’s good to know that the mayor has some concerns about auto rickshaw unions and looking for a healthy competition. But when was the last time you saw an auto rickshaw with a working meter? When was the last time an auto rickshaw charged you as per the Govt. tariff? Has the mayor taken any step to make sure that all auto rickshaws use meter and charge customers as per the Govt. tariff? So, the mayor is not concerned about citizens of the city, but the auto rickshaw unions.

Normally, auto rickshaws in Bhubaneswar charge double the amount of the actual fare as per the Govt. tariff. So, it was very hard to negotiate and hire an auto for anything. So, when Ola launched its service in Bhubaneswar, it was a relief. Even Ola costs cheaper than a traditional auto rickshaw. And it comes with many advantages. Four people can travel comfortably in an air conditioned car. And the best part is you don’t need to go to auto stand and negotiate, pay less than the average auto fare. But auto rickshaw unions never liked this idea. They attacked Ola drivers. Then Uber launched. And then there came Jugnoo. Jugnoo is like Ola/Uber for auto rickshaws only. Jugnoo is cheaper than Ola or Uber.

Now Uber launched its service for auto rickshaws in Bhubaneswar. If the auto rickshaws would have used the meter and charged customers as per the Govt. tariff, the suggestion by the mayor would have made any sense. Almost a year ago, when Uber launched uberAUTO in Delhi, the customer needed to pay the fare as per the Govt. rate in cash directly to the driver. That model could have been applied here in Bhubaneswar without much complaint.

On the other hand, shared auto service works well in Bhubaneswar and no service available now can harm it.

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Thought Processes of an Engineer

  • I am an engineer.
  • I code for a living.
  • The word “pride” is associated with LGBT Pride.
  • Facebook had created an application to celebrate and show your support for the LGBT community, by adding a rainbow filter to your profile picture.
  • It’s recommended to reuse the code.
  • I will reuse the code of a good application which was developed recently to build a similar application, provided the license of the code allows that.
  • Engineers improve by experience.
  • It’s difficult to name properly to all variables, classes, methods, IDs etc. in a code.
  • If I am developing an application for cats, I don’t think I will use the name ‘tiger’ in a class or id.
  • Engineers can be wrong.

Beware of OnePlus Two Scams

Few days ago a friend asked me whether I can arrange a OnePlus One invite for her. After a couple of days I received an email with an OnePlus Two invite. When I waked up in the morning I saw that email and got a little surprised and a little excited to get an OnePlus Two invite so early. Either I was not fully waked up or due to the excitement, I missed to read this on the email: “We have tied up with Aliexpress and we ship worldwide through Aliexpress only”. What I read on that email is “We will not be able to offer country specific invites anymore
All phones come with an international warranty” and I translated it into “This is not a country specific invite, which comes with an international warranty”. The email looks so legitimate that I immediately shared it with the friend.

OnePlus Two fake invite

Later in the day, I got little suspicious as how I got the invite so soon. Then I checked the email sender and found that it’s from Then I clicked on the link and found that it goes to Aliexpress. (I even did not read the email properly then. I read it properly while writing this post. I noticed “We have tied up with Aliexpress and we ship worldwide through Aliexpress only” just while I started writing this post.) I realised that it’s a scam and I have made a mistake by sharing this with my friend. I immediately informed her not to purchase the phone from that link and luckily she had not purchased it by then.

A couple of weeks ago, I saw an ad on Facebook regarding OnePlus Two invites giveaway. I did not feel much suspicious as it looked so legitimate. And I submitted my name and email ID. Normally, I don’t fear spam, so I don’t think much before sharing my email ID. But this one was more of a stupid act of mine. On the next page, when it asked me to share this with my friends on Whatsapp, I got suspicious and realised that it’s a scam and I was so stupid to come this far. But I also saw similar ad on Facebook one more time. I clicked again to see what does it say this time. It recognised me as a returning visitor who has already provided his name and email ID before. So, it showed me some interactive stuff to win OnePlus Two as a prize and share it with more friends. I thought I should write about this scam. But I was so lazy to do that and later I even become more stupid to share the email from them.

OnePlus 2 scam ad on Facebook
OnePlus 2 scam ad on Facebook

Facebook is so greedy that it does not verify ads for scams.

Today I decided to look under the hood as I thought to do previously. I found that this scam is run by a person named Rajesh Patel from Gujarat, India (as per the Whois info of the domain So, friends beware of such scams.

How WikiPedia and Google can fight against vandalism?

I wanted to find some information about Marissa Mayer and what could be better option than searching on Google? But I got amazed when the saw something unbelievable in Google Knowledge Graph. It says “Marissa Ann Mayer is the current president and CEO of KD Interactive since August 2014.”. She recently completed 2 years as CEO of Yahoo! Inc.. When did she move to KD Interactive? WTF is KD Interactive?

Screenshot of Google Knowledge Graph displaying Marissa Mayer

WikiPedia is perhaps the quickest source of knowledge. Anyone, even your neighbour’s dog or a monkey in the jungle can edit WikiPedia. So, someone had vandalised the information on the WikiPedia page about Marissa Mayer. And Google was too quick to index WikiPedia and update its Knowledge Graph.

As anyone can edit WikiPedia, I undid those couple of vandalisms. But this incident raises some questions. Open Source software can be contributed by anyone. But the community takes care so that no one can harm the software. Similarly, the community of WikiPedia should be stronger to act again vandalism. And Google should get some intelligence, instead of blindly copying content for knowledge. Knowledge can’t be gained by just copying something. You need to understand it.