Monday, July 25, 2011

Killing in Norway vs India

Recently in a terrorist attack by a fundamentalist in Norway, more than 80 people died. The response of the politicians there was quite different to the response that our politicians gave when people recently died in Mumbai bomb blast. Nobody offered excuses in Norway, and they were sad. In India, our politicians were found to be proud in the fact that we had 31 months without any blasts.

These 2 incidents happened very close, and the stark difference in reaction by 2 governments is something we all need to notice.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Safari Vs Scorpio

This question still comes up to me many times. Now with almost 4 yrs of safari ownership, i wanted to pen down the response.

I loved the refinement in engine in  Scorpio when i first took a test drive. Also Mahindra has a good reputation with jeep/diesel engines. What however made me buy a safari were 2 major points -

1. Safari base version was about 1 lac cheaper and more loaded.
2. Safari seating comfort and middle row are much better than Scorpio.

Safari has its issues with engine stuff and occasional undiagnosed engine behavior and weird noises. However when i bought they were offering 4 yrs extended warranty, which assured me that i would not be bearing high costs of maintenance. However now that warranty is expiring and i am a little worried. To give credit, safari has not given me much troubles in last 1-2 yrs. The initial time was a little bad, probably as they had launched the 2.2 VTT engine only then, and did not know of the issues. But now this engine is almost 4+ yrs old, and lot more improved in terms of components.'

My ownership review and experience till now can be read at Team-BHP.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Parkland hotel membership

Last year I decided to enroll in the parkland resort membership. The offer was fine, for around 5k, they were offering the vouchers for room nights, cakes and wines.

Their  restaurant Delhi masala in green park property is good, but only issue is it is v small and barely enough for the hotel crowd. So, if you want to book a table it's never done. There is lot of wait on weekends.

Another restaurant is grapes in Safadarjung enclave. The restaurant is fine but quite expensive. The experience was fine, but nothing great. The cake is available only at this place.

When i went to book rooms, the whole issue started. The reservation desk number is almost never picked up. I tried talking to the person who had sold me the membership, but he also started sounding dicey. Finally whole year passed and I was unable to book the rooms. Now that my membership is up for renewal, i am being asked to renew, and promised the nights which are already expired.

A very sorry experience. I hope in all the zeal of marketing, they think about customers and forging long term relationships.