I don’t know why, but many visitors to my blog have this annoying (and completely mistaken) habit of thinking that: I am the Branch Manager for Bharti-Airtel, Chennai who has the [mystical] power to cancel Airtel cellular connections. I am the Head of the Billing Department at Bharti-Airtel who can solve all billing related problems […]
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I’ve been patiently waiting for a video of the Hyundai i10’s television advertisement to show up on YouTube. So far it hasn’t. It’s a shockingly pathetic ad with a mind numbing musical score in the background (sounds as if they are taking the i10 out to burn it down). The ad seems to be selling […]
It pays to conduct due diligence before you dump your hard-earned money into any of the harebrained NFOs (New Fund Offers) from Mutual Fund houses in India. For example, ICICI Prudential Real Estate Securities Fund The fund manager says that this is the first of a kind offering in India and with back of the […]
This is another ad that freezes up my neurons (but not as much as the Airtel ad, which makes me feel like a toad on a hot pan) and is a great lesson on why you should not consume the actual product while making an advertisement for that product. Drinking too much Fanta probably screwed […]
We have seen two different patterns; the Japanese investors are still sending in the money, the Korean investors seem to have pulled out some money. Source: Moneycontrol India. Either the Japanese know something [about the Indian equity markets] that the Koreans don’t or the Koreans know something that the Japanese don’t. But what about you, […]
All that is required is a bit of diligence from your side. Follow these simple steps and you are good to go. Step 1 Ensure that you have received all the canceled post-dated checks that you had issued — as guarantee — to the bank/finance company when you took the personal loan. Step 2 Ensure […]
In October, I paid the final EMI (Equated Monthly Installment) on my car loan from ICICI Bank. Back then, I wasn’t sure about the steps to be followed next. Now that I have figured out what exactly needs to be done once you’ve paid off your car loan, I thought I’d document it here. Step […]
Lt. Col. Rajesh Yadav who had a savings account with a Delhi branch of ICICI Bank was erroneously billed by the bank for an amount of Rs 45,623 on a â€œrenewed debit cardâ€ that was never issued to him. Read the complete story on Lt. Col. Rajesh Yadav’s fight with ICICI Bank at An Interview […]
All that’s left of Taylorism among management consultants today is a pretense to scientific precision in whatever it is that consultants do, which generally involves parachuting into some situation, being smarter than everybody else, coming up with a solution — or at least a PowerPoint presentation — and then leaping into onto their horses and […]
Do I need to say more? I haven’t actually seen this advertisement on television. Must be one of those crazy ads that are inserted at the beginning/middle/end of rented movie VCDs. Related Post(s): Lame Advertising: Lux International – When Personal Fantasies Come In The Way Of Advertising.
Amway’s multi-level marketing scam is alive and kicking in Bangalore. A close friend V recently experienced a “recruitment attempt” by an existing smooth-talking Amway distributor/prospector/agent/whatever at The Forum Mall. S tells me that the situation is no better in the United States of America. She’s experienced a “recruitment attempt” just days after landing in the […]
Each time I see this ad, a couple of my sense organs stop sending messages to my brain for a few minutes. There’s certainly no doubt that advertising in India is surely headed down an abyss. But what about corporate management? I wonder who at Airtel approves these ads for broadcast? What do you think?
Background: Lame Marketing: Funsters And Their Economic Significance To Airtel. A couple of months later, For a monthly subscription charge of Rs 30, Airtel Live Music on Demand gives you 30 minutes of free listening time with a validity of 30 days. If you exhaust your 30 minutes within the stipulated time and want to […]
You get a truckload of expert, but totally lame, advice. For example: This Diwali, invest in equity without risk (a must read). To summarize: I start with INR 500,000. At the end of three years I still have … surprise … INR 500,000. In between, I speculated (actually, gambled) INR 88,000 by dumping it in […]
When I first heard about HCL’s Leaptop range of laptops, I had this to say: You donâ€™t know whoâ€™s embarrassed more — you for possessing a Leaptop or your friend for asking you whatâ€™s a Leaptop. I donâ€™t know about you, but I already feel like Leaping from the Top. Fast forward a year and […]
I am not a fan of Acer laptops (see here and here) although I own one — unfortunately. I couldn’t help but find and publish this advertisement featuring Hrithik Roshan singing praises about Acer products. Itâ€™s glaringly obvious that Hrithik Roshan has never booted up an Acer laptop in his life. He wouldnâ€™t be singing […]
I am not managing the fund, the model is. There is no fund manger required for a fund like this. You’d be handing your cash over to a mathematical model running on a computer if you decide to invest in Lotus India’s Agile Fund — a quant fund currently doing its NFO (new fund offer). […]
From a full-page advertisement in today’s edition of Bangalore Mirror: Bharti AXA Life Insurance presents a unit-linked insurance plan that guarantees you return of your first year premium of up to 175% at maturity and invests up to 100% of all your subsequent premiums. What kind of financial misguidance is that? Incredible. I am being […]
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