Broadband Customer of the Month!

by Vinaya HS on October 26, 2006

in Technology,The Bangalore Blog,The Mumbai Blog

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Now that I am an elated owner of a shiny-black 80GB iPod – whose review is yet to come – most of my free time is spent in searching for and downloading audio and video podcasts. Audio sounds so delightful, I had to threaten good old Notary with dire consequences before he reluctantly agreed to part with the iPod. Videos look so gorgeous on the iPod that I can’t help but download them by the dozen – I just can’t have enough! If you are on the lookout for a portable player, my suggestion is to go out and grab the first 80GB iPod you can lay your hands on.

Much to my mom’s dismay, I have shifted my entire digital gunk into the living room – laptop, desktop, ADSL modem, external disk drives, thumb drives, and a whole bunch of cables. I had no choice but to do so, because the telephone line enters our house through the living room and if I stayed in my den then each time a call came through the data link gets cut, thereby interrupting my 24 * 7 podcast downloads. There are four applications you absolutely cannot do without once you have an iPod. They are:

  1. The Google Search Engine
  2. NetAnts Download Manager
  3. Firefox + Sage RSS Reader
  4. iTunes (sorry! you don’t have a choice)

My ADSL link is literally on fire. It’s spewing out bits each of the 86,400 seconds in a day. I think BSNL is going to commemorate me with a “Broadband Customer of the Month” award. It’s a good thing that I am off to Mumbai before next month’s telephone bill gets dispatched. That way I can feign innocence from 800 kilometres away. And it’s a good thing that my mom doesn’t read my blog!

So what’s the price of the 80GB iPod in Bangalore, India?

Your wallet would be lighter by INR 21,600. It retails for $349 in the US – certainly there’s a price differential, but not everyone would know someone returning from the US. You would also need to invest in an external hard-pouch to protect your INR 21,600 investment and that’s going to cost you INR 1,560 for a Targus make. Since the iPod does not come with built-in support for FM, your next investment would be in a FM Radio + Remote and that’s going to cost you INR 3,600. In total, you need to walk into the Apple store with INR 26,760 – cash or plastic.

Trust me. This is one investment you won’t regret.

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Anoop October 26, 2006 at 7:15 PM

Iru Iru magane.. notary ge heltheene ee blogs na printout thogondu vinay thaayeege ke kodu antha!!! haha

Anoop October 26, 2006 at 7:15 PM

hey when did u visit Ranganthittu? esp did benazir come back from America..she said shel be dropping by Singapore..and give me a call..she hasnt

Vinaya HS October 27, 2006 at 10:07 AM

Benazir inna bandilvo. I have no clue when she is going to come back. Email maadu avalige.

Shankar Andanappa October 28, 2006 at 2:01 AM

I too bought a black 60GB iPOD from about four weeks ago. It costed me 299 dollars (plus 24 dollars for the cover) and they delivered it to me on the 6th day after the placing the order (good example for customer service). It is really amazing. The first words went out of my mount after talking iPOD in my hands is, “It is so sexy”. I am loving it (TM of McDonalds) more and more as the days are passing. Now I started downloading episodes of my favorite comedy series (like Joey, Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond) and using it as a portal TV with DVD player. I am using Videora iPOD Converter (freeware; you can download from to convert AVI files to MP4.

Anoop October 28, 2006 at 7:52 AM

Aiyo reply madthaaillvo avalu..3 times mail maaddhe..yenu replies illa..naanu mobile number bere change maadthaiddene..yeno nodona kano

Vinaya HS October 28, 2006 at 8:45 AM

Hmmm…Ninna hosa number notary ge kodo. He was planning to email her. She is leaving on November 2nd.

Vinaya HS October 28, 2006 at 9:07 AM

@Shankar: Yeah the iPod’s one sexy device! Most of my free time is spent hunting down information about the iPod.

adelineb October 30, 2006 at 6:25 PM


We will open a French bakery (Parisian Café) in Hebbal area ( Bangalore ) around the month of December, I am making a market survey concerning the expatriates.

I would like to meet the maximum of Europeans people and expatriates and Indians people in order to know which kind of products they will expect from a French bakery in Bangalore .

I will be glad to present to you our products like croissants, brioches…bakery products.

Here my address email:

Our Blog :

(we live in Bangalore )

Thank you


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