Kiruba is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, podcaster and a farmer.

My Internet bill ran a whopping Rs.6100 this month and I decided to do something about it. As part of my research to cut down on my atrocious bill, I called up a known person at my ISP’s office and he advised me to disconnect my net connection at 10:30 p.m and then re-connect. This way, he said, I would take advantage of the half rate during night times. oh boy! I had always thought this half rate billing would automatically begin by itself. But no…. it wouldn’t take effect until I re-connect. Now, why don’t the company publish such useful information in its instruction booklet. Sigh!

BSNL can give you trouble even when you don’t subscribe their services. Today, they came with an army of people and dug trenches to lay their new cables. In the process, they damaged the Touchtel telephone lines which left me without phone and net connection for better part of the day. When confronted, all they did was shrug their shoulders and promptly said they cannot repair Touchtel telephone lines. Looks like they only have rights to damage other lines. Grrr. Thankfully, the touchtel repair guys responded swiftly and managed to stem the damaged wires.

Oh No : It’s a dissapointment that will no longer allow an Indian living in India to withdraw money from paypal through their website. This is a huge blow to the Indian freelance community who saw XOOM’s new service as a blessing.

I won’t blame XOOM, its their Indian partner Wall Street finance, part of the Patel group, who is posing a problem. They say this violates the RBI guidelines. *What bullshit ! * When an Indian professional in the US is allowed to send across money to India, why is an Indian residing in India denied the same opportunity. Can’t an Indian staying in India send across money to his parents for personal expenses? Why is there this discrimination?

The funny thing is that XOOM is extremely interested in continuing with the service. Its the Indian partner who is being spoilsport. I was pleasantly surprised when an executive from XOOM’s US office called me up to apologise for the termination of service and took great effort to explain to me why they had to do so. The indian partner, Wall Street finance, didnt even bother to send an email. Bah!

I have written in to XOOM advocating the continuance of this service. Lets hope things get resolved soon.

The Rise of India : There’s this nice cover story in BusinessWeek on how Outsourcing is becoming a tricky issue in the US. An interesting read on how India’s brain power is reshaping corporate amercia and why most US companies are beating a path to India.

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