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Rico’s Cafe My Experience

August 23, 2014 1 comment
Hi, I ain’t a food blogger and can’t write as good as those guys. In this and future food and restaurant posts I’ll try and share posts from my POV in a simple language.
We visited Ricos yesterday(22-08-2014) evening for dinner. Really liked the food and the Mojito Pitcher was, my gosh, huge is an understatement. Ended up ordering the following.
Chicken Peri Peri Pizza
Fish & Chips
Garlic Chicken
Lasagne Chicken
XXL Burger
Roller Coaster Shake & Mojito Pitcher
Chocolate Waffles & Choc Brownie Sundae for Deserts.Their deserts left something to be desired and didn’t like the Choc Waffles at all. I’ve read so much about their Waffles but they were VERY VERY chewy and no fun to eat. Maybe the regular guy who cooks Waffles wasn’t there, or something else, I don’t know. They were useless. I’ve tried and simply love the Waffles they serve at OohLaLa at #DlfPromenade and without any doubt, I’d say that they’re much better. I actually left 3 of the 4pcs I got.All in all loved the food, would surely leave out the deserts the next time I’m visiting and am definitely ordering the Pitcher. Its a must have.

IMHO it’ll be nice if they start doing more Pork preparations as all the variety of food that have is in chicken except for the lamb Burger which comprises of Lamb patty.

Cheers

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30DayChallenge – What Is It & Why I Did It?

August 17, 2014 Leave a comment

When I started this #30DayChallenge I didn’t know whether I would be able to complete the challenge which I was about to attempt. What was this challenge all about? Well, without going too much into details let me briefly attempt to explain.

I’ve never been fond or let me say, I’ve never been a guy who’s fond of going to the gym and working out. To be frank I’ve never enjoyed it. So the options left to me were swimming and then other form of exercises like walking and cycling. Though I love swimming, the lack of good and affordable options to us Delhities ‘#MangoPeople’ who aren’t members of any elite social clubs are far and few. So the second best option left to me was cycling. I purchased my 1st cycle in 2008 and started cycling off & on. I wasn’t documenting it as I never cycled that regularly.

This went on for about 4 years  and during all this time I didn’t even cycle for more than 25-30% of this duration. Then in 2012 I purchased my 2nd cycle. A TREK Mountain Bike Model Gary Fisher Wahoo. The lure of a new bike made me very regular in cycling for the better part of 2012 and I cycled for a good 7430 Kms. Look at the monthly graph below.

 

Harjeev 's Cycling Stats for 2012 on Endomondo

Harjeev ‘s Cycling Stats for 2012 on Endomondo

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My Experience with Re-Issue of Passport

September 20, 2013 2 comments

Recently I got my son’s Passport Renewed/ Re-Issued and thought that I’ll share my experience. Though the old passport had expired way back in 2011 I wasn’t getting it renewed as, as soon as I thought about getting it done, I was reminded about standing in big long queues and that too early in the mornings for hours at ends and still, the previous time, it took three visits to the passport office for me to get the documents submitted.

When earlier this year in May someone told me that Tata Consultancy Services had taken over the initial process, I was hopeful that things may be different and decided to try my hands on this.

Upon searching on Google I visited the Passport Seva Website

Registration on the Website: Initially I had a little trouble registering a new user but soon got the hang of the website. Registered a new id (in my son’s name).  Once I was registered I logged into the website and choose to apply for a new passport. The instructions and menu’s in the website are self explanatory.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FOR A NEW PASSPORT, EDIT & UPLOAD XML File: Upon going to the section of APPLY FOR A NEW PASSPORT I downloaded the Application File (PDF) from the site itself which has to be saved on your local machine and then data has to be entered in this PDF file itself. Once the data was entered, upon saving it, a XML file is generated. This file has to be then uploaded to the web portal itself.

PAYMENT & GETTING AN APPOINTMENT: Once the xml file was submitted successfully I was issued a RECEIPT for the same. Thereafter one has to make the Payment Fees for issue of the passport which in my case was Rs.1000 + Service Tax. And then an Appointment needs to be taken for submitting the originals and the rest of the formalities.

I was given an appointment for a date which was a good 25-30 days from the day of the submission of the documents. Perhaps it was due to the rush in the holiday season, nevermind I was in no hurry.

NOTE: though I made the payment in advance, I observed that some applicants were paying in cash at the venue itself.

DOCUMENTS TO CARRY FOR APPOINTMENT:

There is a document checklist on the Web Portal itself where the applicant can choose what kind of a service he/ she is availing for example Fresh Issue/ Re-Issue/ Re-Issue within 3 years after 3 years of expiry and so on. Once this is selected correctly the web portal will give you a set of documents which you need to carry in original for the verification on the date of the appointment.

In my Son’s case it was

1. OLD PASSPORT IN ORIGINAL (this was verified, cancelled and returned)

2. ANNEXURE-H (Required in original in case of Minors with signature of both mother and father)

3.PAYMENT RECEIPT

4. Self Attested photocopies of Mother’s and Father’s Passport

 

THE D-DAY. VISIT TO THE PASSPORT OFFICE: So on the appointed date I visited the Passport Office. After wasting a good 2 hours & going through 2 different verification processes I was informed that the Applicant needs to be present in person.

As my son was in school I had the option either to drop this and reapply later OR to pick him up from school and rush back to the passport office before the close of public dealing hours which was 1PM.

If I choose the former then I would have to let go of the thousand bucks and go over this hassle all over again. So I decided I would try to get it done today itself. As it was already close to 1130AM and the office closed at 1PM I spoke to the supervisor there, explained the situation. She agreed to let me in by 2PM. Reached school in a quarter of an hour and again I had to meet the supervisor at the school and explain the situation and she too, kindly agreed. All the while from the school back to the passport office my eye was constantly on the clock and we made it barely just in time around 5 minutes to 2 PM.

The forms were submitted and the entire process was completed with clockwork precision. I took some notes that day itself. Sharing them below.

 

Passport Renewal Process – My Experience

Everything was done online including the payment.

The process of taking the appointment was a little troublesome but rest everything was quite smooth.

Upon entering the office one has to take a Token No which is allotted from one of the four counters in the entrance hall. There is a photocopy machine here as well (Re.1 per print) and yes they give you the change back 😀

As the morning token had expired I had to taken a token again. There is a number on this token something like N38/W40 etc. This is the number which is flashed on the LCD Screens.

Then first we went to A8 series counter where the signature of the applicant was taken along with fingerprints and photograph. Also I was made to sign some documents for canceling the old passport.

Then we went to Counter B1. (This took a lot of time as lunch time had just ended and the no of applicants was huge. But thanks to the excellent waiting hall facilities we had some decent coffee and patties.)

When our number came the executive told me that the address of the wife was pre marriage and it needs to be changed. Noted down the details and promised that I’ll apply for the name and address change soon.

Then again after some waiting in the main hall we went to Counter C1.
At this counter the officer was not accommodating and refused to accept the forms due to the difference in the address of the mother and the father.

He directed me to the APO Assistant Passport Officer. This person I believe was the senior most officer in the entire office. We had to wait for at least 30-40 mins before our turn came.
We entered his office he again gave me a lecture that it’s been 10 years since the marriage and we should have done this long back, etc etc.

I told him that we’ll get it done at the earliest and he made me write on the application form itself that we’ll definitely get it done within 60days from today.

Once again the waiting game started for counter C and the number came on counter C1, same as earlier. This time though, it took only a short while for the procedure.
Then I was told that I would most likely get the Passport within 30 days but I should make sure that I apply for the name change at the earliest.
Upon exiting, there’s a last counter where one is given the acknowledgement for the submitted application.

I also filled up the form for feedback.

 

Points Noted

Persons at the Entrance Hall Counters and Counter A series are all TCS employees.

Their services are quite good and efficient.

Toilets are also very clean.

Waiting all is clean, squawky, and with Big LCD screens so that one knows when the number is coming and/ or how long the wait will be.

The employees at counter series B & C including the APO are GOI employees.

I ain’t prejudice but one can make this out from the clothes they’re wearing and their altitude, especially the way they move about doing their work.

I entered the office at 11am & exited at 430pm. This includes 2 hours that I spent when I went to pick up my son from school.

It was raining heavily and I got completely drenched by the time I reached my car.
Parking is free and easily available.

Documents Needed:

Self Attested Photocopies of Father’s Mother’s & Rajvansh’s Passport were required.

Original’s were also verified.

The Print of the ‘Passport Application Form’ were not required (I’d taken them along)

Annexure H was also submitted in original.

Print of Payment Receipt & Date of Appointment Letter

Review posted on FB

“Just returned. It took almost the whole day.

Forms submitted and I should say that the quality of service has increased dramatically. One doesn’t even get he feeling of being in a government office. The 1st and 2nd level of staff is FROM TCS and the 3rd and 4th are of GOI. The best part is that they have well stocked Canteen, Clean Loos, Photocopying facilities, and on top the entire information being displayed on LCD’s. So no standing in lines. When ones number is displayed, just walk to the counter and get your work done.

Looks like India has started TO Shine, in some parts.

Also I didn’t mention that all he documents we submitted 3 weeks ago online and even the payment transferred by Credit Card. So only those people who’ve been granted appointment for a particular day can come and get their work done. No unnecessary rush of people.”

TIMELINE

10th Jun’13:    Application Submitted

02nd Jul’13:    Appointment 1. This was cancelled and post-phoned.

24th Jul’13:     Appointment 2. All the above formalities were completed on this day.

25th Jul’13:     Email recd for Initiation of Police Verification

28th Jul’13:     I don’t remember exactly but the police verification was completed on 27th or 28th of July

05th Jul’13:     Passport Delivered at Home by Speed Post

In hindsight it was a great experience and now I would never shy for renewal and/ or re-issue of the passports. Lets hope other government departments also learn and implement changes like these to make the life of the population easier.

Enclosing some pictures of the passport office to took while I was there

Proper seating in the Waiting Hall

Proper seating in the Waiting Hall

 

 

The Screens in the waiting Hall

The Screens in the waiting Hall

 

Cheers

Toyota Landcruiser – Maintenance Update VIII – (111813 Kms)

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

111813 Kms on February 15, 2011

Post this update the the maintenance log is upto date.

As I had to go for the Desert Storm 2011 I started to drive the vehicle quite extensively and since the last service interval I drove the vehicle for a shade under 1000 kms. And am glad that I did. The issues that cropped up during this period were

  • The Fuel pump had started leaking diesel, and started to leak quite a lot
  • The Head Lamps went kaput, in a span of 10 days. Actually the low beam was working but on switching on the high beams the vehicle was not giving any power on the high beams.
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Toyota Landcruiser – Major & Minor Maintenance Update(s) IV, V, VI & VII

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Post the previous service interval, I had taken the vehicle for an outstation trip to Tordi, Rajasthan for some dune bashing and off-road fun. This was a three day trip and the TLC performed remarkably well during the entire trip both on and off-road.

However there were some parts that conked off during/ after the trip and I had to replace them after I came back to Delhi. The following was the job done

110295 kms on November 22, 2010

Power Steering Pump replaced

Brake Master Cylinder replaced

Rear Differential Seal Replaced

Oil Pressure Switch (This was not working since the day I bought the vehicle)

Radiator Cap

Differential Oil

Power Steering Oil

Brake Oil

Grease

Washing

Labor Charge

Power Steering Change

Brake Master Cylinder Change

Differential Seal

Front Guard Setting

Washing

110295 kms 7591

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Finally completed 10000 Kms on the Cruiser

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment
1st 10000 kms finally done...

1st 10000 kms finally done…

Hey Guys,
I had to share this one fast. Sorry for the bad picture quality as it has been taken from my mobile phone camera.
My Cruiser has finally completed 10000 kilometers under my belt. After completing this small journey, I am still now sure whether I liked the Cruiser more when I bought it or whether I like it more now. This vehicle is growing on me and I’m simply loving…reminds me of the McDonalds tag line, but you can get a sense of the feeling
As I got the mechanical fuel pump re-calibrated, I’d taken the Cruiser for a test run to Karnal, Haryana. What was the reason for this, well? Well, I am taking the vehicle for the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm on this sunday 20th February 2011, so I wanted to check the vehicle for any faults, shortcomings, etc etc as if anything cropped up, I’d have time to sort it out.

Anyways more of that later, during this time the statistics of the vehicle are as under

Total no of Kilometers under the belt 10,132 Kms
I’ve owned the vehicle for 171 days
It has given me a Fuel Efficiency of 8.52 KM/ Liter
Total Value of Fuel Consumed Rs.45,686.90
Cost per Kilometer Rs.4.51 per Km
Total Fuel Consumed 1189.60 Liters
Average Cost of Fuel Rs.38.40 per Liter
Cheers
Harjeev

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Toyota / LandCruiser / 80 Series GXL 5-dr wagon

February 8, 2011 2 comments

The other day I was reading a review of the LandCruiser and found this one to be really interesting. So I though that it would be nice post it on my blog so that I could share it with everyone.

All credit to the following goes to

1990 Toyota LandCruiser 80 Series GXL 5-dr wagon Overview.

This page also includes links to a full list of Toyota car reviews, Toyota model news and Toyota family tree
http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/C43E9E7EE55B3F31CA256D600006328D

 

1990 Toyota LandCruiser 80 Series GXL 5-dr wagon Car Review

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