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Sab's world
low cost ?? 
last week, we had to make a reservation in one of the 'low cost' airlines in india for some domestic travel. the fares advertised were atrociously low .. this one was for just Rs. 24 from bangalore to trivandrum. however, once the reservation is made, we get to know the 'actual' cost .. here is the break up ..

COACH - 24.00 INR (INR = ruppees)
Special Service Request 1.20 INR
Fuel Surcharge 900.00 INR
Passenger Service Fee 225.00 INR
Congestion Surcharge BLR 150.00

special service request ?? what the heck is that ? we never asked for it ! but anyway, if they want to make us feel 'special' for rs. 1.20, so be it :)

fuel surcharge ?? more than 37 times the airfare ? shouldn't that be the part of actual advertised airfare ?

passenger service fee .. another name of tax .. quite understandable but again 900% of the airfare ?

congestion surcharge .. 6 times the airfare .. since when is the sky congested with aircrafts that they have to charge everyone a congestion charge ? or are their aircrafts 'driven' through the narrow roads from bangalore to trivandrum to keep the costs low ? :)

having said all this, i'm still happy that the total is just rs. 1300 which is probably cheaper than a rail ticket for the same destination !! let more people start making use of these low cost airlines so that they have a steady revenue and hence do not have to go bankrupt or increase their charges. let the common man fly whenever he wants to.

go low cost airlines !

this is sabs signing off for today.

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forced bachelor ... 
its been close to 3 months since i wrote something in here .. what the heck am i doing ??

life has been a bit hectic .. but now i've enough time to update my site. reason ? i'm a forced bachelor now .. my wife and kids went back to india (bangalore) for their summer vacation. and guess what ? i too will be going to india next month (july mid) ! tickets are bloody expensive but i guess thats easily offset by the satisfaction of meeting parents, sisters, other family memebrs, childhood friends and last but not least - eating the thattukada food after 2 years !!!! :)

i had a list of things to write (mostly political) but cant recollect now what those were .. probably when i sit home and have nothing to do, i might spit it out here.

for now, this is sabs signing off .. till the next bored evil spirit gets into me ..
  |   ( 3 / 2398 )
i'm alive .. 
those who are wondering (i know no one really cares, but just for my satisfaction i'm writing this :) ) what happened to this site, nothing happened - i'm still alive and its just that i dont have the same enthusiasm as i had in the beginning to keep updating this site. i knew this would happen some day when i started this, but never knew it would be so quick :) anyways, i hope to make atleast one post a month (wow !!) from now on.

on a personal front, i was down with influenza and a stomach virus attack and is currently on the recovery mode. hope to be back in full health atleast by this weekend.

and, i've decided to take a vacation this year to go to india. yes, i will be going to india this july for 3 or 4 weeks. talking about vacation, this pic which i received from a friend in keralachannel.com tells you the importance of why you should go visit your home back in india once a while. this bike is supposed to be owned by a gentleman in saudi whose last vacation back to kerala was in 1985 :)



this is sabs signing off for today ..
  |   ( 3 / 2312 )
rape for sale ? 
here is a news which i saw yesterday in economic times .. checkout the the last sentence !!



in a related news, the villains of movies were planning to do a harthal in protest against the high cost of rapes !! :)

this is sabs signing off ..
  |   ( 3 / 2094 )
secularism ? 
i just happened to read an article (sent to me by raj of keralachannel.com)

There are as many as 2,07,000 temples in Karnataka and the total income of these temples amounts to 72 crores and only a sum of Rs. 6 crores is being spent by the Government for their upkeep. On the other hand, the Government spent a phenomenal amount of Rs.50 crores for the madrasas and Rs.10 crores for the churches, and for the Hindu temples only a partly sum of Rs.6 crores is being spent


complete article with more stats here

it is very interesting to note that while a section of indian citizens are taxed left right and center, the govt pays subsidy to another section of indian citizens (to the order of rs. 75 crores annually) to visit their holy place outside of india ! now that is what i define as true secularism. long live such secularism in india .. and long live their proponents ..

this is sabs signing off for today ..
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