Monthly Archives: March 2013

7-2013 Why e-commerce does not work in India

Why e-commerce does not work in India

This is about yet another irritating scam, propagated by unscrupulous and greedy businessmen in India. This tip of the iceberg hides many other filthy tricks played by most of these vendors, in the name of ecommerce.

In almost all ecommerce transactions we have to forcibly give away our mail ID, so that the vendor can get back to us with relevant information. Some greedy vendors use this as bait, to harvest our mail IDs which they can use later for sending us unsolicited and irrelevant marketing rubbish. These idiots do not realise that no one will fall for their propaganda, just because of their spam mail. In fact, even if I need their product/or service, i will surely not go back to them, for fear of inviting more spam. This is in fact an excellent way of losing goodwill and clientele. It is also very easy for me to set my mail filters, to trash all such spam mails from such spamsters. You will never be able to force yourself on a disinterested client.

My list of such spamsters includes :: Flipkart (aka flopkart), Bookadda, Yatra, Makemytrip, Airtel, Nokia, Countryclub, Foodpanda, Thyrocare …. the list keeps growing. Shame on you all !

Stay away from such unscrupulous spamsters.


6-2013 Beware of bogus journals

Beware of bogus journals, soliciting a paper/article from you. They will use enticing wordings like this, to trap you :: “open access scholarly, online, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, monthly, and fully refereed journal” And once you bite the bait, you will get very convincing requests for money, under several pretexts. And of course, you will get irretrievably deeper and deeper into the scam. Notice their copyright transfer form which is rubbish, one-sided, and irrevocable. Notice that their website gives no details of where exactly they are located (so, even the Police cannot help you). All you get is an anonymous email addressand some dubious mobile phone numbers. Take a look at the low intellectual quality of the papers already published in this so-called “international journal of advanced research”.

This is just another way to earn some quick money. Do not encourage such impostors and racketeers. Beware ! Dont say no one warned you !

5/2013 I demand an explanation, Spicejet

My main complaint against Spicejet is given in the post below “01/2013 Shame on Spicejet”, And now I get a lukewarm ambiguous and evasive lipservice from the Customer Relations of Spicejet. I demand an explanation from you, Spicejet ::

What is the point of responding to my mail AFTER the date of my flight ?

Do you notice that your response is still incomplete and indecisive ? What is the point of redirecting me to some other person without answering my enquiry about flight confirmation ?

What is the use of having a so-called customer relations dept. if you cannot even answer simple queries in time ?

What action have you taken on my earlier complaint about wrong and misleading information (about fares for excess baggage)given by your call centre ?

What action have you taken on the delayed response to my query about flight confirmation ? Why are you not capable of assuring me that such lapses will not occur again ?

Do you think you can get away with such an evasive and ambiguous and meaningless response ?


4/2013 Make the difference

My friend was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As he walked along, he began to see another man in the distance. As he grew nearer, he noticed that the local native kept leaning down, picking something up and throwing it out into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things out into the ocean. As my friend approached even closer, he noticed that the man was picking up starfish that had washed up on the beach, and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water. My friend was puzzled.

He approached the man and said. “Good evening, friend. I was wondering what you are doing.”

“I’m throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it’s low tide right now and all of these starfish have been washed up onto the shore. If I don’t throw them back into the sea, they’ll die up here from lack of oxygen.”

“I understand,” my friend replied, “but there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can’t possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many. And don’t you realize this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all up and down this coast. Can’t you see that you can’t possibly make a difference?”

The local native smiled, bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, “Made a difference to that one!”

Moral of the story :: never stop trying. Every blog like this can still make a (big) difference !