Private and Public Sector Banks in India – Difference

I experienced two different situations when it was really urgent for me to go to Bank personally for getting 6 month Bank statement for Visa processing. I have an account both in private sector bank and public sector bank. Private sector bank is not that large as compare to public sector bank. Ok this is not making sense. Let me give the names. I have account in Citi Bank and State Bank of India. Now people in India knows which bank is bigger. For those who do not know, Citi Bank (Citi) does not have large number of branches as compare to State Bank of India (SBI) and SBI is one of the oldest bank in India.

Scene 1 – Visit to Citi Bank (M.G. Road Branch)

I entered Bank, and found the temperature pretty cool as compared to outside. It was a hot day. It is a two floor branch in which ground floor is for the customer care and first floor is for all the transactions. I find a lovely looking lady sitting on her seat working on something and there was a plate in which “May I help you” is written. So I went to her and

Me: Excuse me!
Lady: Yes
Me: I want my Bank Statement for the last 6 months.
Lady: Sir, you need to write the application. Here is the page, have a seat and write it.
(I wrote the application and gave it to her)
Me: Here is the application. (I saw her concentrating on something seems to be very important)
Lady: Sir, I am counting something very important. Can you give me 2 minutes?
Me: Ya sure, take your time.
(After 5 minutes)
Lady: Sorry for the delay Sir.
Me: Its Ok!
(She entered my account number and gave the print command)
Lady: Sir, our printer is upstairs. You can collect your statement from there and get it stamped from me.
Me: Ok
(I went upstairs and got the printouts. I went downstairs again, got my statement stamped and signed. I thanked her and came outside.)

Scene 2 – Visit to SBI (The great Indian bank for common people)

I entered the branch and it was chaos all over. There was no AC working. I was lost and couldn’t understand whom should I ask for bank statement. I found a man sitting on his chair working on something. His age seems to be more than 45.

Me: Uncle Ji! (Ji is for respect given to people who are above our age)
Man: (Without saying anything)
Me: Mujhe apni bank statement chahiye last 6 months ki. (I want my bank statement for the last 6 months)
Man: Account kis branch mei hai? (Which is your home branch?)
Me: Koramangala Branch
Man: Wahin se milegi. (Go there, you will get it from there only)
Me: (in my mind): WTF!
(I thought of asking the same thing to the bank manager who was sitting some seats away busy in discussion with somebody)

I tried to enter his cabin. I thought may be he will ask me about the problem. But he ignored. My friend who was with me from the start said: Yahaan kuch nahi hone waala. Chal..(This place is useless. Lets go!) I agreed and we came out. I cursed the public sector banks and said to my friend, that is why these banks are so backward.

There is a bank whose ambiance was superb and services are world class. Even though I do not have my account on this branch but they gave me my bank statement. And then there is this bank who does not care about their customers. Its only our last choice that we have to open accounts in these banks so as to approve different services. These public sector banks really sucks!!

Places to visit in Bangalore (Part 1)

Hi Blogdosts,It was quite a sometime after marriage I wrote any post related to the place I traveled inside Bangalore, So here is the one

Every time in each weekend, we ended up with the question “Where we’ll go in this weekend?” Same roam around koramangala, visit Forum (movies and food court), or visit commercial street or Brigade road),it quite boring now, so I decided to search some places near by where we can go in a day or in evening and come back to home at same day.

I have taken reference from many travel site and local travels, so here is the list ,some of the places I already visited and some I am planning to visit in near future.

1) Lalbagh :- Well, This place is very common among tourists travel to Bangalore,You can know more information s about timing and places to visit inside Lalbagh from its official site here

“The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore is of royal origin and was started initially as a private garden in an area of 40 acres by Hyder Ali, one of the most famous rulers of old Mysore in 1760. Initially designed in Mughal style, on the model of an extensive garden at Sira in Tumkur near Bangalore, this garden was further developed by Hyder Ali’s son Tipu Sultan and subsequently by the British and Indian doyens of horticulture by extension of area and addition of a number of plant species.

2) Tippu Sultan’s Summer Palace :-   The palace’s construction was started by Hyder Ali and completed by Tipu Sultan in 1791. This was one of Tipu Sultan’s summer retreats hence the name. It is a two-storied palace built of teak wood completely and has ornate pillars, arches and balconies. There are floral motifs painted on the walls and ceilings of the palace. There is a huge well-maintained garden leading from the entrance to the palace. Again, parking can be a problem as it is a very busy market area.

Timing :- Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 6PM , Sunday Close.

3)  Government Museum:- This is situated on Kasturba road. The museum, constructed in 1876, is one of the oldest in India and has a beautiful well maintained building with two exhibition floors. The museum has a wonderful collection of coins, weaponry, sculptures, inscriptions, old paintings and excavated items including those from Mohenjodaro!

Timing :- M-Tu 10 AM to 5 PM ,Wednesday close, Th-Sunday 10AM to 5PM.

4) Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium:-  It is situated near Raj,Bhavan Road also known as Kasturba Gandhi road / Cubbon park area as if you are new to Bangalore and going by Auto/Taxi,they know the road.

The planetarium was founded in 1989 and has a dome with 15 m diameter upon which the show is projected. There are exhibition halls which offer more information on astronomy. There is a weighing scale which shows one’s weight on all the planets and gives a print-out. Also there is a Science Park outside the Planetarium.  I have already visited this place, Camera is prohibited in show, but crowd did all photography.

Timings for show :- 12:30, 3:00,4:30,5:15 (For English), Monday close.

5) Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain and Park:-  It’s can be seen directly opposite to the Baal Bhavan Or ( Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium)  It is spread over 17 hectares of land and includes a play area for children. At the entrance to the park, there is a railway engine placed in honor of the then Central Railway Minister, C K Jaffer Sharief, who presented the musical fountain in 1995. The musical show consists of synchronized rhythmic dancing of the fountains based on multimedia technology along with both Hindi and Kannada songs and lights which makes it a visual and audio delight.

Timings:- Show timings 7PM and 8PM, Monday close and second tuesday of the month close.

6) ISKCON Temple :-   The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple in Bangalore city is situated near  Harekrishna Hill, West Of Chord Road, Rajaji Nagar on a hillock called “Hare Krishna Hill”. The huge cultural complex is quite wonderful and has all the facilities. But one has to give all belongings (except purses) including camera. But people still take snaps using mobiles!!!!!! there is  the “buffer” system; which is quite tedious to be frank and especially when you fall behind someone who traverses the path actually stepping on stone tiles one at a time while chanting the mantra( Hare Ram Hare Ram, Ram Ram Hare Hare, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare). And after all that one gets to see the idols and pray for just two seconds and is forced to move along!! ,there are three temples mainly, one higher than the earlier. The construction of the place, the interiors, the gold-plated Dwajastambha (flag post) at 17m high and the gold plated kalash shikara at 8.5m high are pretty impressive. On the return path, there are all sort of shops selling various mementos, dress materials, stationery items, idols and even tasty food items and sweets. we also purchased some Krishna Idols for gifting and some for home use, and we tried Dhokla and Samosa also..:D , One does get hungry after all that walking! There is free distribution of prasadam too. The place can get very very crowded during evening so beware! you can get more information on it’s official site here

Timings for darshana: 4.15 am to 5 am, 7.15 am to 12.50 pm and 4 pm to 8.20 pm everyday.

Will be continuing this in next blog post. Happy weekend to you all.

The ever increasing to-do list

Just to add some stuff to my otherwise-empty blog, I put this “things to do before I die” list that I had prepared sometime back. Flicked some points from web and added some of my own. Read this and let me know if we have something in common. This list seems to be increasing in magnitude at a very fast rate. It will soon become infinite.

1. Attend at least one major sporting event: the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the U.S. Open. (National Football- NFL)
2. Swim with a dolphin, for that I have to learn Swimming first.
3. Have your portrait painted.
4. Learn to speak a foreign language and make sure you use it(Even I tried with French..:P)
5. Watch the launch of a space shuttle.
6. Spend a whole day eating junk food without feeling guilty.
7. Tell someone the story of your life, sparing no details.
8. Own a room with a view.
9. Fall deeply in love, helplessly and unconditionally with someone who loves you equally.
10. Learn how to take a compliment.
11. Buy a round-the-world air ticket and a rucksack, and run away.
12. Be a member of the audience in a TV show.
13. Ride a camel into the desert.
14. Plant a tree.
15. Be the Boss.
16. At least watch one world cup final in which India would be one team.I know I know I didn’t do this time.
17. Write the novel you know you have inside you.
18. Be someone’s mentor.
19. Shower in a waterfall. (Niagara Falls)
20. Learn to play a musical instrument with some degree of skill.(Again Hard luck with Guitar).
21. Teach someone illiterate to read.
22. See a lunar/solar eclipse.
23. Spend New Year’s in an exotic location. (At the Times Square Ball drop, NY)
24. Get passionate about a cause and spend time helping it, instead of just thinking about it.
25. Experience weightlessness. (on a water ride in Disneyland)
26. Learn dancing (preferably Salsa or Belly Dancing).
27. Sleep under the stars,(Started doing it,as my new house is having stars at the roof top.:P)
28. Donate blood (I m ready to give, none are ready to take).
29. Find a job you love.
30. Overcome your fear of failure.
31. Travel in a ship.
32. Donate money and put your name on something: a college scholarship, a bench in the park.
33. Buy your own house and then spend time making it into exactly what you want.
34. Drive a convertible with the top down and music blaring. (Does being a passenger count here?)
35. Learn to use a microphone and give a speech in public.
36. Scuba dive off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
37. Attend one really huge rock concert.
38. Give to a charity — anonymously.
39. Create your own web site.
40. Skiing on Alps in Switzerland. ( Going on 22nd April 2011).
41. Set foot on each of the seven continents. (Just 2 covered India and Europe..:P)
42. Trek Himalayas.
43. Take African Safari.
44. Visit the source of one of the world’s great rivers like Amazon or Nile.
45. Climb an active volcano.
46. Photograph an endangered species.
47. Lose your way in a Forest/Jungle and then meet wild animals.
48. Kiss in rain.
49. Stand at the North or South Pole.
50. Ride a military fighter plane. (Have just seen them)
51. Climb the Great Pyramid of Egypt and shout.
52. Visit Disneyland.
53. Play Roulette in Las Vegas.
54. Visit Hollywood and the studios there
55. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
56. Have your picture in the newspaper (for being a best student in my 12th)
57. Attend a school/college reunion.
58. Go to a film premiere.
59. Invent or discover something that changes the world for the better.
60. Spend a romantic evening with someone special in Paris.
61. Learn how to fix my own electronics gadgets.
62. Get a photograph taken by me published in some reputed magazine.
63. Own my own Island.
64. See a real missile/rocket/space shuttle
65. Get a tattoo.
66. Watch the sunset on a beach
67. Smile at strangers.
68. Become a pro at Cricket/Tennis or any sport.
69. Meet a childhood favorite actor/singer.
70. Write an article for a national newspaper.
71. Convert a room at home into a library and collect at least 10000 books.
72. Vote for someone on a TV reality show.
73. Get married to girl of my dreams and have a happy family with her.

Will add more to the list. What is on your must-do list? Suggest me more items to add to this list 🙂

Grrrrrrr…..:-(:-(

Grrrrr

Every time I plan of resuming blogging, workload increases by twofold.

Every time, whenever I open someone’s blog post to read/write, my manager comes to my desk and exclaims,” Ahh, so this is what you do all day!!”

Every time…….

blah blah stuff happens……..

Blah!!

So thats it, goooo I am busy with German clients.

Cheers and Blah
ambrulz

Attrition rate high?

What is this stupidity? I know the word stupidity doesnt exist, but it is the word used by my highschool maths teacher on situations like this and I like to use it.

Why do companies recruit people from outside and pay them more, and they are ready to loose their own valuable resources to other companies? What good is it to companies? Everytime they recruit new people they have to train them, give them KT on the project, make them understand the rules of the company..still the new person may or may not perform as well as the previuos guy, atleast he takes some time.
I understand very well working in the same project for one two years drives any person crazy….
Everyone wants change, wants to improve themselves in technology and domain skills.
They need salary hikes and want to work comfortably.

Sure every comapny can provide all these things, they just need to plan and follow.
Companies have to be employee friendly.

Why dont companies conduct internal interviews and selected ones get increased salaries, good designations, desired working locations, chance to work in the technology they need?

This will really reduce the Iteration Rate, I feel.