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Commuting in our cities

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Any Indian city news paper or magazine have/had a series like this?  It’s a brilliant write up and left me wondering when downright crap such as TOI or DC or HT or even The Hindu will do something like this in their city columns rather than the useless junk they are filling it now with?. I would love a similar series for any Indian city. Just imagine how good a similar series can be written for our cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai or Bangalore(!!) ?

Although our public transport infrastructure is pathetic it’s better that residents of the city learn how their fellow people commute. It’s high time we make people aware about existing public transport networks in each city. Many people don’t have any clue about public transport modes and all they know is their own bike/car. I have seen people residing in Chennai for quite a period wondering  when i say that suburban trains can take you around 15km in about 30mins in peak hours for which they are spending around 1-1.5 hrs now in their bike/car. I agree that all people can’t use public transport due to lack of network or their own convenience. But people who live in areas which are covered by public transport can at least give it a try. You will know that it’s not that much bad. For example, It’s good to hear that Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS service via IT corridor has picked up some good reception and i believe its the best mode to commute if you live along its network.

On a side note, all Indian news papers’ websites looks crap. Just check NyTimes.com and TimesofIndia.com. Publishers, plese try to give us a site which is at least half good as nytimes.com and which will give us a feeling to read your content.

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Written by Lakshmi Narayanan

October 31, 2008 at 3:23 am

Posted in India, Travel

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Apple. Are you here?

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No. I’m not writing this post praying  for earlier launch of Apple iPhone,i’m writing this because of the age old iPods. I recently searched in Google for “Apple store India” and this is where the first result took me to.After some more digging i found out that Apple Store-India page is down for a long time .

You have to look at that Apple store page. Its awful and in much contrast to Apple’s brand name. Information saying “Sorry for Inconvenience” is in English and Chinese(or may be any other) . Chinese? Yes. Apple, Wake up!!! (Eventhough it is  Apple-Asia Pacific site the page is of India’s store ).

 I also found that there are no exclusive Apple stores at all in India.(even in Metros).All it has is some resellers and dealers. India may not be an attractive market as like U.S or U.K but it has enough potential buyers conisdering its population(it may  exceed some present markets of Apple). iPod is a global brand name and Apple need not spend a great effort on marketing  it. All we need is a trusty place to buy ,a service to support and  a little marketing(I have never seen an Apple ad in TV or magazine in India. Anyone?).  Such stores will also benifit existing iPod owners(like me)  who are in need for a support. 

The only thing i could foresee to fail for Apple is if it decides to launch an India customised iTunes store.(Is it the reason?)

Steve, Here lies a vast market to tap. You can’t ignore India for long .

Hoping this news to be true.

P.S:- Can anyone tell how I can send my iPod to Apple to replace battery or for any repairs if needed?

Written by Lakshmi Narayanan

October 4, 2007 at 8:02 pm

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