[Lavanya Deepak]

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

#VENS -- Problem with Sri Ahobila Mutt Portal Reported

While navigating Sri Ahobila Mutt URL (http://www.ahobilamutt.org/) and trying to register on the website to personalize we observed a technical glitch. The issue has been duly reported to the Board/Committe Members of the mutt in order to facilitate the web development team to be informed and have the same addressed.

The copy of the email is enclosed below for readers' quick reference.

From: deepak.vasudevan@....com
Subject: Problem registering to Sri Ahobila Mutt Portal
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:21:19 +0530

Dear Team,

I was trying to register to Sri Ahobila Mutt Portal but after submitting the details at the following URL (http://www.ahobilamutt.org/us/login/register.asp) it throws the following error:

CDO.Message.1 error '8004020c'

At least one recipient is required, but none were found.

/us/includes/email.inc, line 26

Can you get the appropriate web development team to fix the error please?

Thanks and Regards,

Deepak Kumar Vasudevan

#VENS -- (V)oluntary (E)rror (N)otification (S)ystem

Whenever we find something amiss, it is always a good gesture to be proactive in helping out the victims by informing them or taking them to a safe place away from the issue. On the cyberspace front, I just thought of creating a system called VENS -- Voluntary Error Notification System where when we find something we can text/email/fax the victim or appropriate authorities so that suitable redressal action be taken.

Please note that VENS should be purely voluntary in nature and no duress or force be appearing in any form. Also no monetary or remuneration is guaranteed for helping out and/or is not entertained either. The humble and good intent is to help everyone grow in a positive perspective away from the lot of mess ups and miss outs.

This was conceptualized in 2010 and a few incidents were reported however due to time constraints and other factors it was dropped. I am trying to rejuvenate the same here.

Monday, April 18, 2016

An opportunity to donate blood ...

Last wednesday (13th April 2016) there was a blood donation camp organized in our campus.  I have been eager for the past week to participate although a little fear regarding extraction of blood was present.  They did the following checks like HB (HaemoGlobin) count, body temperature, pressure etc. One condition was should not have done a root canal treatment or dental extraction. Fortunately in my case this is a future plan so I was eligible to donate.

When the syringe was applied and blood was being taken out, I had no issues. However, no sooner the syringe was taken out than a black cloud of darkness surrounded with bouts of unsurmountable giddiness. The paramedical staff helped with a couple of fans and first aid to overcome the giddiness which took around 30 minutes to subsede.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Purging of unneeded data card numbers. Thanks for assistance from @VodafoneIN and @BSNLCorporate

It happens at times that we end up getting superflous SIM cards and they remain inactive in our names. And interestingly our service providers are not willing to listen for churn/deactivation if it happens to be prepay services. For me I had four such numbers with the following providers:

  1. Vodafone Data Card Number obtained in 2013. They confirmed churned and out of my name as of 21st March 2014
  2. BSNL Data Card Number obtained in 2014. They confirmed churned and out of my name as of December 2015
  3. Vodafone Standby Number obtained in 2015 during the issue of 'Gender Harassment'. Pending confirmation from Vodafone
  4. Datacard Standby Number obtained from BSNL in early 2015. Ported to Aircel for a while. Ported to Idea Cellular for a while. Idea Cellular did not now how to deactivate churn. So ported to Vodafone in 2016 and requested deactivation and churn. Process of churn in process.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

What is causing Lenovo A6000 to name Sulekha and Chennai Matrimony numbers as Bsnl Pune and block them?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

@VodafoneIN Flash Offers Are Undependable

Recently I had an experience with Vodafone USSD offer. I saw an  offer of INR 50 full talk time and tried to recharge  but got only INR 40. When I wrote back to the appellate officer I am just getting back the response to send the screenshot of USSD. Since the offer is time bound the same USSD is not coming back and as usual it is too difficult to make the customer care parrots to understand the same.

Hence lodged an issue to CpGrams (


Dear Team, I had a daily offer update and recharged 50. But it credited only 40.67. Why did it debit 9.33. Looks like there is a discrepancy between offshore in *111 and the recharge system. Date of Charge 18th February 2016 Last Debate with 198 and Nodal Team: 20th February 2016 Can you help credit the balance 9.33 in my account please? Thanks and Regards, Deepak Vasudevan


Kindly refer to your grievance registered under the above docket number. The said grievance was forwarded to the concerned service who has intimated that. Customer disputes not received FTT of Rs.50 post recharge, We have reversed the remaining amount of Rs.9.33 on 02-Mar-2016

@VodafoneIN RC70 delayed credit

There is an interesting and very useful offer from Vodafone Karnataka Circle that if you recharge INR 70 within 60 days of activation you would get full talktime. However when I did the recharge on 10th March 2016, I got only INR 58. I had lodged a CpGrams complaint (
) and the response from the network is as below

M/s Voda, the service provider/company reports " Customer disputes he got an offer of Rs.70 FTT • But post recharge received 58.14/- • As validated customer has received the remaining credit of Rs.11.87 as per the offer ". Case closed pls. PG Cell, DoT, Kerala.

The interesting part here is the complaint was posted to Vodafone Karnataka to TRAI New Delhi but is serviced and responsded by DoT, Kerala. 

Job Offer from Rajyasabha for this writer

While back I have discussed about a potential job offer from Rajya Sabha that this writer got as part of verification from  local police station You can find out the description here  To cross-verify the same, RTI CpGrams has been dispatched to the following ministries:

  1. Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
  2. Department of Labor
  3. President Secretariat (Rashtrapathi Bhavan)
  4. Office of the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India
I would keep you posted with the responses from the pertinent ministries. 

@VodafoneIN Cheeka is Back

The most enchanting advertisement in India, the pug which was  introduced by Hutchinson Essar and carried forward by Vodafone India is now back with the 4G Launch of the operator.

Wuff! Wuff! Hello! Tring! Tring!!

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Happy Birthday Darling!

My sweet little girl, www.sitagita.com, is ushering into her 16th birthday on this International Women's Day (March 8 2016). It is quite a holy coincidence that the day is also Maha Shivarathri. She was my first web portal initiative in 1999 for Apcom via the software house of 3rdAgenda.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday Blues

Looks like a combination of Monday and Ashtami has a bad effect on me since early morning.  Right at the start of daybreak a husky text message broke my mood.

Boarded a wrong bus and recognized it quite late and hence had to walk a bit in the shortcut to catch my route bus.

The destination buses were far less today unlike its regular frequency of 1 in 3 minutes. The one that came after a long time was jam packed.

And the courier I was expecting to deliver today shows 'Already delivered on Saturday'. Not sure which prankster lifted my shipment illicitly.

Omg! It is monday!