Posts Tagged ‘Experiences’

Here we are , the 11th of November. I am going to start this post with the following I read long time back..

” when life pulls you,wrenches you, the same life hugs you and kisses you and love you back.. we just need to know to be strong and be positive about life. ” by Aswathy here.

That is such a lovely thought ,  I know LIFE is such that you either love it or you hate it .. and those who love LIFE have a lovely life too and those who hate soon learn how to love life.

Today is a special day too as its Diwali so it seems the whole world is going to celebrate my birthday 🙂 and everyone knows how much i love fireworks, if I could I would light some fireworks all day long, since childhood i have been crazy about fireworks But sadly this year I am not celebrating Diwali due to a family mishap.

Since morning everyone has been sending messages -emails , whatsapp these days has become a necessity.

Before I get carried on let me first of all wish every reader and Visitor.. Wishing you-Your Family and EVERYONE Around you a very happy Diwali

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I always say God has been very Kind to me, I am sure he has a special place for me 🙂 Over the years I have had some dreams , actually a LOT of dreams some have come true , some have got lost and hopefully Some more will get fulfilled as time goes on. So today is My birthday too 🙂

11th November 2010

In college we had these dreams that as we grow old and start working, we will become independent , do this and that.. but it’s not that way.. as you grow responsibilities grow, priorities change , looking at the world differs, things which mattered than .. Don’t matter NOW. All those dreams we had, all friends will take up a job in same company and have fun but it was not to be. I am an average person. Everyone or well most people are confident in themselves to a level, but there is always self-doubt, should I do this or that , will I be successful, am I doing the right thing. I have my doubts at times. I also long for what everyone longs for Love, caress, appreciation, (you guys reading this write a comment HOW GOOD IT IS.. yes go on please please please .. he he he he )

In all these years I have done a lot of wild things, a few wishes have come true like

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Wanted to fly….. did it ( gliding and then the Flying

Wanted to be a good at sports – I been in nationals for hockey

Wanted to visit places — work in progress, been to Spain-America-Canada-Australia- Brussels- Dubai-Singapore- France-etc etc.

Wanted to do a few of the dangerous sport activities Bungee jumping, parachuting, skydiving, Have done the Sky dive and NOW have given up the idea of bungee jumping , don’t like the idea for some reason.

Wanted to do white water Rafting and other silly things , have managed to do them all now 🙂

I want to go to Disneyland in Florida.. Oh yes I do .. its nothing of being childish .. every person has a child hidden in them.. I do want to go and do it some day …

I also Want to do something like this 🙂  I want to Do this stunt myself .. I told my friend and they said “ARE YOU MAD“… But what fun it would be, and in case it goes wrong then No chance of surviving so all the better, because I would not want to be in an accident and live a broken life.

The one thing I am dyeing to do is go on a Safari in Africa , in a Hot air balloon, Imagine the drift flying you and then in the middle of it Pffft Pfffft Pfffft oooops the engine or whatever  it is stops … and you are slowing going down.. down .. you look down .. GUESS what .. A PRIDE is watching with those sweet innocent eyes , tongues hanging out , occasionally slurping with the thought of fresh MAN MEAT .. YUMMY .. .

Another thing I want to do is drive all the way to India, Yes , drive it all the way to India..at some stages actually had serious talks with a group of maniacs like me to do it , we just did not have that much money to buy the cars , else we just might have done it .. Just imagine .. wow.. I am getting an adrenalin rush just thinking about it… A road trip exploring various places around the world, Turkey, Istanbul,  Greece, Italy,Iran, Austria, Pakistan.. imagine the amazing places. I know a lot of people have done it so why not do it myself. ONE DAY GOD WILLING I TOO WILL.

More maybe next time .. What about you people out there anything ….

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2014 and also 2013 have been a roller coaster year for me , Lots to learn , Although I say that I learnt but I wonder DID I .. I can vouch i will make the same mistakes again as I am yet to learn the art of thinking from mind rather than heart. I am still letting my heart take a lot of control over a lot of issues and stuff involving me – my life. I wonder what is that mantra or HOW does one learn this art, as I mentioned the last couple of days have been very chaotic for some reason the start of every year has been very chaotic for me.

Here is an example remember the Gyan I gave on How to live and Die (2 and 3) I had mentioned about lending money , yes you can guess it right I went ahead and lent some more 🙂 , yeah SHOOT ME PLEASE SOMEONE, as I got carried away with the dialogues how I am like an elder brother to the person, How I am part of family , How he respects me blah blah blah. I just can’t learn from my mistakes, I know he is taking me for a ride a couple of my friends have told me that too buttttttt ALAS ME- MOI- MYSELF are just IDIOTS 🙂 (you guys who know me please stop nodding your heads)

So not sure if this post is valid or that do I have the Right to post this one BUT nevertheless here I go riding on my “god know’s what” cloud Sky high 🙂 yeeeeeeeee haaaaaaaa , Some of the things that I learnt if put in a funny way will include ..

Before that here is a DISCLAIMER alas I get shot for copyright infringements

Disclaimer:- The Following Statements have been taken from different resources from public forums, I have changed some according to my needs , feelings. So if they are infringing anyone’s rights , then I am sorry please let me know ASAP and I shall remove that line as the following is what I have learned and how to put them in English differently I would not know. If I have hurt anyone’s feelings than I am sorry in advance ..

I’ve learned the Saying “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feelIS BULLOCKS.. people whom you have made feel good Will forget within a SECOND.. the only people you have HURT will remember.

I’ve learned that No matter how much some say they are your FRIENDS they never will be , cause they don’t know the meaning of it…

I’ve learned that no matter how much I care Some people are just ARSEHOLES

I’ve learned that it takes years to build up TRUST and it only takes suspicion to destroy it.

I’ve learned that you can get by on charm for about fifteen MINUTES After that, you’d better have a big Wad of money in your wallet or beautiful FACE..

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t compare yourself to others they are more screwed up, then you think…

I’ve learned that we are RESPONSIBLE for what we do Unless we are CELEBRITIES..

I’ve learned that regardless of how HOT or STEAMY a relationship is at first Passion fades, and there had better be a lot of money to take its place …

I’ve learned that the people you care the most about in life are taken from you too soon.. and the less important ones NEVER GO AWAY

I’ve learned that The only people you need in your life are the ones that Prove that they need you in theirs

I’ve learned that You will never know how STRONG you are, Until being strong is the only choice you have left …

I’ve learned that there is a point in your life when you realise Who Matters, Who NEVER DID, Who always Will and Who wont anymore

and last but not the least …

I have learned that you can-not Make Someone love you.. All you can do is STALK them and HOPE they panic and give in.. 🙂

Enough Gyan for a day .. Have a good day everyone 🙂

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Very Wordless this one.. Not sure what I can write 🙂 I took this picture in Prague and this was middle of the afternoon We were heading for a event we had booked , When this site greeted us .. and “J” wanted to Pose with the HERO in the pic he he he he 🙂

Ps:- Sorry have not replied to the comment will do as soon , I am not ignoring them 🙂

UPDATE:-
07th may 2014 :- I have now received the Cheque for the amount, I had paid . Wish I had blogged and written on Twitter 2 months ago , I could have saved myself the pain. Why could the people at the hotel not do it at the First time , is still a mystery. Thank you all for the concern..

I have till now been to a lot of countries and different cities in india, even here in UK I have visited a lot of places , checked into hotels to stay for the night or more, In all my life I have never had any problem at any of the places I have stayed.

This year when I was planning to come to india , I had a plan to stay in Mumbai for a couple of days so as i could meet my friends. Someone suggested me the name of The resort hotel (@theresortmumbai). So i went ahead and booked, I called them before hand and they were very polite , so I went online booked the room and paid in full. Their website takes you to a third-party portal for payment.

So a couple of days later I rang the people to confirm , thankfully the room was booked all confirmed.. I did not bother about the email.

As it happened the plans got changed and I no longer needed the place to stay as my friend from pune planned something else , and here is where the NIGHTMARE started.

15th February :- I wrote an email asking the hotel to cancel the room, No reply came.

16th February :- I called the office , I think it was just about 5pm in evening india time The lady on the phone asked me to call “TOMMORROW” , as the accounts department had closed.

17th February:- I called again to be told the guy has not come and I should call tomorrow again, I then emailed them.

18th february:- received the following email as a reply..

“Dear Mr Bikram
Sorry for the trouble you have faced. Sir you need to cancel the booking through the hotel website only. We cannot cancel the booking verbally.
Thanks and regards
Ajeet nayak”

But to my utter dismay the cancel button doesn’t exist on the site. you can book AND PAY on their official website but can’t cancel, After trying my own clicking every button on the site I managed to find the cancel button , but this took a lot of my time and at least 10 to 15 phone calls , I was passed from one person to another , so much so that a guy actually said to me that If I am having so much problem I should call the PA to the general manager. He gave me her number , So I call this lady who at first tried to pass me on to someone else, but then when I told her the whole story, she apologised and said If I could call her in half hour as she was driving.

NOW, usually people who are in the wrong call you back , but hey that does not work , I told the lady I will call her in ONE HOUR, giving her plenty of time to sort out things. So after an hour I called again and GUESS WHAT SHE DID.. in all her intelligence passed the phone to a guy , who I think was playing cricket because I could hear a lot of shouting and Out , OUT etc etc and other cricketing words.. Now this gentleman again tells me the same thing “if I have done a booking online , I got to cancel it also online.. ” or call a Mr. Sagar who deals with the ONLINE side of the hotel.

This Mr. Sagar is a person who is very hard to contact, I called and left at least 2 or 3 messages on his voice mail saying I am having problems, I had no response.. finally late at night I found how to get to this dubious cancel button . You go to their MAIN OFFICIAL Website , then at the bottom we see the Follow us icons for facebook, twitter etc etc in the end is a Blogspot.. You click that ..

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Go to a another link .. and do you think you can see the Cancel button .. You must be joking .. Not that easy , You click the Online booking icon at the bottom of the screen

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and then you see a cancel\modify button ..
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Click that button you go to another web page 🙂

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So I went there entered my booking id, pressed the Cancel button 🙂 NOTHING happens, I tried a few times when all that did not work , I wrote another email AFTER calling the hotel and talking to the lovely lady. Also an Email to this elusive Mr. Sagar. this is still the 18th of February. I was very very polite so far requesting every time..

20th February :- Another Email to Mr. sagar , along with a couple of voicemail on his phone at different times.

22nd February :- I finally get a reply from Mr. Sagar which says the Following

“Dear Bikramjit, Sorry for late reply as due to tech issue I didn’t received your mails in my inbox. As per your request we will cancel your booking and will process full refund for the same.
Due to URL issues webpage is not supporting online cancelation TAB.
Best Regards
Sagar Chandane
Corporate Online Revenue Manager
The Resort,Mumbai H.O.
K.Raheja Corp. Pvt. Ltd.,
Raheja Tower,Plot no. C-30, G-Block,
Bandra Kurla Complex,Bandra East,
Mumbai : 400 051
Tel. No : 022 – 265654239
Mobile No : +91 9819744321
E-mail id : rev.mgr@theresortmumbai.com ” ”

Finally I found out, how great the communication is between the Online Team and the team that is running the Hotel , because none of the people that I had talked to on phone had any idea , that the online cancellation was not working. I must add here that by now the lady at the reception started to recognise my voice , the moment I said Hello, She would say Hello Mr. Mann, Hasn’t Mr. Sagar got back to you . 🙂 .. so to that lady.. THANK YOU , for always being so polite

2nd March :- 10 days go by no refund , Another Email to Mr. Sagar, along with the usual voice mails.

5th March :- I was mad by then and fuming so I wrote an email to Everyone.. “rev.mgr” , Lobby Manager , Reservation , Front Office Manager . The email was Not Polite. It was in Bold, Capital letter throughout and highlighted RED..

DO you think anyone from this hotel lot would have any decency to reply to that , OH NO.. it did not work.

12th March:- I email again , Requesting the people to at least give me a contact with whom I can talk and get this sorted — NO RESPONSE

31st MArch :- By now I had been to india and Back.. still no sign or reply from anyone , Not a single person from the any of the departments who were CC’ed in the emails responded. I emailed again. This Time again the email was in capitals, Bold and highlighted in RED.

LOTTERY time it was .. I got a reply the very next day .. So the people only work when shouted at 🙂

1st April :- I get another reply from Mr. Sagar
Dear Bikram,
We are truly apologies for inconvenience which you have faced while coordinating for your booking refund.
I have given approval for your booking refund it will reflect in your account in 07 to 10 working days.
For fast process if possible please provide us your bank account details so we can deposit cheque .
Best Regards
Sagar Chandane

Now this Approval as far as I remember had been given before my trip to india, as I can clearly remember the lady on phone telling me that , she has had a word with Mr. Sagar and he has approved it.. BUT let us give them the benefit of doubt and agree that Mr. sagar gave the nod on 1st april 🙂

I thought I was in Luck finally they will do something , So I replied on 2nd april Telling them they can Refund the money to the credit card used , Or they send a A/C payee cheque to the address and I will ask someone to deposit in my indian bank, I in my STUPIDITY also thanked Mr. Sagar for a Quick Reply.. OH WHAT A SHAME..

A MONTH PASSED ..

1st MAY 2014 :- I had to write back to Mr. Sagar , reminding him .

2nd MAY 2014 :- I sent a Tweet to them .. @theresortmumbai Can you REFUND my money please .. I have been requesting since 16th February

3rd MAY 2014 :- They Replied – Hi the payment is under process, kindly furnish us with your postal address so that we can courier the cheque by next week., so another 7 days to go ..

I have replied to them “@theresortmumbai The details are with EACH email address , Reservations, front office, Lobby manager , Mr. sagar .. Sent on 1st April

I am still waiting for that refund.. now people tell me What else can I do. I have thought that maybe Each one of you who are in India can Make ONE phone call everyday to these people asking them have they refunded the money I have about half a dozen phone numbers of people whom I have been asked to Talk to and NONE of these “MORONS” have any idea how to refund or what can be done .. It seems this Hotel had a refund request for the first time in their History. Or can tweet them on their twitter handle @theresortmumbai..

I would love to write all the names that I have been talking to but I shall refrain as some of them might be decent human beings but JUST can’t be bothered to do their work, or do what they are being paid for and understand How they are harassing me … I had first thought of publishing all the emails that I had sent but I thought otherwise , this should be enough of a wake up call for them .. BUT THEN DO YOU THINK THEY ARE INTERESTED .. NA

Any help will be greatly appreciated, If anyone of you can go and pick the cheque it would be great, I would prefer giving the cheque to some charity or just throw it in the bin , rather than have these bunch of CROOKS keep it .. A Week more and it will be 3 MONTHS of harassment caused by the so called Prestigious hotel. They are worst then the politicians even they have some shame .

Thursday Challenge LEISURE (Vacation, Sports, Fun, Rest, Relaxation,…)

It seems this blog is turning into a PHOTO blog now , I promise to write something soon 🙂 bear with me please..

Here we go.. Lets change clothes

Lets get the Gun loaded

Fun Time

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Paint Balling Any-oneeeeeee… come on lets have some fun.. It hurt a lot though got a lot of bruises to prove 🙂