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Natholi Oru Kananda Meen Thanne..!

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There are so much of negative reviews about this movie, that I felt compelled to share my view after watching the movie.

Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla by V.K. Prakash, staring Fahad Fazil in the lead, is a variety movie, far different from mainstream Malayalam cinema. It is a ‘new generation’ movie, if one wants to go by the popular terminology.

Fahad Fazil, plays the role of an apartment-caretaker, who dreams of becoming a film-write. His animosity with a lady living in the  apartment, makes him write a story revolving around her and having his revenge on her though the story. The fictitious characters of the story later takes the movie forward, and finally gives it satisfying conclusion.

On a whole, it a big gamble, from VK Prakash and Fahad Fazil. The gamble works to some extend, thanks to the excellent acting by Fahad and the sexy looks of Kamalinee Mukherjee.

According to me, the movie is “WORTH A WATCH” just to see the novel way in which it is presented. You would enjoy the time and money spent in the theater, if you don’t take any prejudices along to the movie hall.

Movie is 3½*/ 5

Criticize a judge, or not..?

Law lords are the only class of people who are bestowed with the to right to a hang a man until death, which according many religion, is the prerogative of the God himself. Being equated with the God, question I am pondered with is should they be criticized in public or not? Like, should I blog about them, their shortcoming, mistakes, the arbitrary procedures at times followed in court etc., would it be contempt of court, or disregarding the law lords?

I am confused. I was known of speaking the truth, however difficult, from the roof top. Now I am confused. I want to criticize, point out the mistakes, shout about the malpractices of courts, and the law lords. They are deviating at times, and have become culpably delinquent. But I am the one to point out? Confused.!

Malayalam Unicode Inscript Keyboard !

Being a lawyer requires lot of typing in Malayalam, its printing and emailing. Although there are different methods for inputting Malayalam in computer, the most widely used and favorite is undoubtedly ISM, which is created by the Government of India. The cracked ISM v3 is the basis of all publishing houses and DTP centers all over Kerala. However, ISM has stopped its development and is incompatible with Windows 7. Moreover, malayalam documents created using ISM cannot be emailed or sorted nor searched.

Therefore, I was in search of a new keyboard/malayalam typing tool, for almost six months. It has to be said here that the currents malayalam typing standard is Malayalam Unicode Fonts.There different methods for inputting malayalam in Unicode. The most popular among them is the Google Transliteration IME. The said tool is however, not suited for professional malayalam typing since it relies on typing manglish to get malayalam.

The next choice is malayalam unicode keyboards drivers (inscript). These drivers let you type in malayalam, like in ISM, but using unicode fonts. However, the problem is that many of the available inscript keyboards are inconsistent with each other and produces different outputs . The main inconsistency lies with the letter ‘inta’ ( ന്‍റ ), as different keyboards uses different key-sequence for typing the said letter.

After much research and testing I understood that there is no single keyboard which is compatible with the current windows and unicode standard(of 2011). So I created a malayalam keyboard which is compatible in all Windows versions and resolves the discrepancy over the letter ‘inta’ ( ന്‍റ ) , by assigning it with a single key. I would like to share the new keyboard with all!

Click here go to the download page of Malayalam keyboard.

Burfis : Best Arabian chicken outlet in Kochi

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There used to be a time when I used to travel all the way from kakkanad to kaloor to eat Chicken Alfam from much renouned arabian chicken outlet -Real Arabia. Such trips faded lately owing to several reasons like increase in prices, change of guard, imposition of charges even for extra mayonis, and finally on discovery of blood once within chicken. I also hated the new system of bills being presented inside tip-diaries. Real arabia, although has massive popularity, is nevertheless a glorified thattukada where according to me, it should not have a tip system. Customers are after all served on plastic tables & chairs laid beside footpath by extremely busy bearers. So my frequent visits  to Real Arabia became a part of my past and I started relying more on Hotel Galaxy of Vazakala. Appam n Kadala Roste of Galaxy is simply superb and inexpensive.

Yesterday evening, when I was really hungry, I decided to explore a new arabian food joint by name Burfis, opposite Town Hall, EKM North. There I was surprised to see many familiar faces, especially ones from old team of Real Arabia like Alfam-Chef Rauf, the white-panparag-guy and others. I was well received and attended recollecting my old patronage with Real Arabia and was severed with a massive breast piece for quarter chicken alfam.

The food tasted exactly like the old original Real Arabia, if not better. The menu was big and it  contained even Karemeen & Naimeen Polichathu [yet to try]. I talked to Rauf and found out that he owned the place along with two other capital partners. The place has good ambiance and its  really neat. I have no hesitation to declare that presently Burfis is the best Arabian chicken  restaurant in Kochi. Every one should visit it at least once!

Why all KSRTC buses have to enter Aluva bus stand?

I’m furious about the new traffic regulations implemented in Aluva. All the vehicles coming from the Perumbavoor side are deviated to the court-road and demanded to travel an additional distance of 2kms to reach the railway station junction instead of the direct approach of 200m by A.M Road. This stupid traffic novation is done to reduce the traffic congestion at Bunk junction.

But what I understand from the ground realities is that all the congestions in alwaye are caused by KSRTC buses which insist on unnecessarily visiting the bus stand located deep inside aluva town. Even buses destined to Angamaly and Airport unnecessarily deviate 5-6km into the aluva town from National highway to make this stupid trip. Its a funny fact that even passengers intending to board these buses do not choose to wait in KSRTC bus stand, but they wait near NH junction. If these trips are to help train passengers, then they are very few and can be accomodated in other buses flying frequently along the palace road.

Therefore, its a matter of general importance that a public opinion needs to be formulated about the necessity of every KSRTC buses to visit the aluva bus stand. According to me its a general waste of money,time and fuel; and also the real cause for traffic block in Aluva

Airtel preventing porting of postpaid customers

*This is the copy of the complaint sent to TRAI

I am writing this complaint to expose the unfair outragious trade practice adopted by Airtel regarding its Postpaid customers with respect to the Mobile Number Portability service introduced and mandated by the Government of India. My mobile number is 98956***** (Airtel Kerala circle).

I applied twice for porting my  mobile number into Tata Docomo. But the Airtel management rejected the said requests illegally without stating any reasons whatsoever, inorder to tie me to their damn network, levy postpaid rentals and discourage and frustrate me from attempting MNP service hereafter.

In my first attempt, my Unique porting ID was AL438856 (expiry on 8/2/2011).  On 25/1/2011, I signed the necessary documents at Tata Docomo office and waited 7 days to get the number ported. In the mean time I contacted customer care(121) of Airtel several times inorder to understand the procedures of MNP and my responsibilities, if any, for smooth transition. The customer care of airtel MISLEAD me and gave me wrong informations and assurances that any balance outstanding in my account needs to be settled only within 15days after successful completition of porting. However, on 2/2/2011 i received a sms stating that Porting request has been rejected by Airtel ‘due to outstanding payments‘. When I contacted the Airtel Customer Care, they discovered hitherto hidden information that in my pervious bill there was an outstanding of Rs. 0.15, and it has caused rejection of my porting request.

Although i tried to get my number ported after clearing the due of Rs. 0.15, i could not, because of non-exipry of expiry date of Unique Porting ID. Therefore I waited till 8/2/2011 for reciving a new UPID. Between on 6/2/2011 my postpaid bill for month of january was generated as Rs. 609/-, and i remitted an amount of Rs. 620/- on 7/2/2011 itself (Rs.10 extra as an abundant  caution to utilize MNP service).

On 10.2.2011, i received my second UPID – AL979514 (expiry date 25/2/2011). I informed the Docomo people about my new UPID and they again began the process for MNP all over again and I waited for another 7days. It is relevant to mention here that i completely stop using my airtel mobile so that not even any unbilled amount accures in my account which could disrupt the MNP process. I was continiously in contact with the customer care people of both airtel and docomo, as i was desperate to leave airtel for 3G available docomo network.

I contacted Airtel Customer care on several days, several times(12/2/2011,14/2/2011, 15/2/2011, 16/2/2011-3times) to know the status of my MNP request and to check whether there is any problem or difficulty in Porting out. In all those conversations, which are charged conversations, the Airtel customer care assured me that I have no deficieny or disability to Port to Docomo. According to them, if there was any problem i should have recived a sms within 4days(I received none). As the 121 customer care of airtel was a chargeable service, I topup-ed my account further with an additional Rs. 100 on 14/2/2011 so that there is absolutely no due in my account, even any unbilled dues. My balance outstanding shown presently is Rs. -110/- (because I paid extra amount). My rough unbilled amount is only Rs.15/-, much below the additional advance amount i paid.

However,  on 17.2.2011 the docomo officer informed me that my porting request was rejected by ‘doner operater because the number is blacklisted or due to balance outstanding‘. I was outraged to know that despite all the waiting and efforts i took to port out of airtel, my request was illegally rejected by airtel stating an untrue and incorrect reason. I called up their 121 customer care and nodel office and sought information about my MNP request rejection. None of the executives when faced with true facts and figures could state the reason for my MNP rejection. I was taken for ride by the customer care representaives of Airtel and they gave me totally incorrect and absurd solutions. One guy asked me to travel 10kms to their main customer care at kadavanthara, kochi to resolve the issue. Another guy asked me to contact docomo people, but it was never their fault. Their nodel office asked me to wait for another 15 days and try again. None could point out a single reason or any balance outsanding as alleged, for  rejection of my MNP request.

On the whole the Airtel is fraudently rejecting MNP requests of their post paid customers in order to continue milking them. They are illegally retaining customers by stating one reason or none to carry out their hidden ajenda that none should port out of Airtel. . Modus oprandi of Airtel is to fustrate the customers with MNP service and retain them in their own network.

The excessive waiting period of 7days to process MNP requests and non-generation of new UPID code even on its rejection until expiry of its 15 days exipry date, are helping the airtel to perputrate their fradulent malicious taticts to defeat the interest of its customers and mandate of the Government of India. Besides, absence of facility to properly track the MNP process or contact the MNP-Middle-Agent which faciliates porting, are causing severe difficulties to customers. It also helps Airtel 121 to state what ever they want and mislead, disappoint and frustrate the customers.

Therefore, its high time that some action is taken against erring operators like Airtel which prevents postpaid customers to port out, so that there is proper implementation of Mobile Number Portability.

PS: I successfully ported out of airtel on the third try, after much difficulty and many more arguments with 121