Staying Young – TIL

Something I read today, which has been my motto for long: to learn everyday. Now I have a good reason to!

Henry Ford said that “anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

Schmidt, Eric (2014-09-23). How Google Works (Kindle Locations 1491-1492). Hodder & Stoughton. Kindle Edition.

Hospital chairs – TIL

Hospital chairs have to be set of 4(or any even number). Not 3(or any odd number).

Today I visited a hospital where the seating was sets of 3 chairs in a row. They had space to place 4 in a row, but they had only 3 in a row.

The problem with 3, is that, usually there is someone to accompany the patient, i.e. usually there are two people who come together. So when you place ‘3 in a row’ seats, then there will always be people who will not be able to sit with the one whom they came with.

‘3 in a row’ might work for banks but not hospitals.

Exodus Movie – NO.

Longest 150 minutes. Not only for me, for a lot of people, because like this tweet pointed out


The movie is neither based fully on the Bible nor are the effects and graphics a treat.

The problems:

BIBLE: “12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

MOVIE: Moses kills one Egyptian and wounds the other because those two call him a slave by mistake.

BIBLE: 18 Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.” here

Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”

19 Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.” 20 So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.


1. Moses leaves his wife and goes.

2. There is no staff of God.

BIBLE: 27 The Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him. 28 Then Moses told Aaron everything the Lord had sent him to say, and also about all the signs he had commanded him to perform.

29 Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, 30 and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, 31 and they believed.

MOVIE: Aaron is introduced to Moses through Nun.

There are a lot of discrepancies. If you want the real story as per the Bible, check it out here. Do read, it’s pretty interesting.

Even the effects were not great. Ridley Scott could have done so much better with the plagues and dividing of red sea but somewhere in the middle of the movie he seemed to have lost interest.

If you have read the Biblical version, then you won’t agree with the movie. If you have not read the Biblical version, then you won’t understand. Either way, I would recommend you give this movie a pass.

Lenovo s850 mobile phone review

Model: Lenovo s850

Price: Rs.13,100 in Amazon India, from where I bought it.

Specifications (important ones):

  • RAM – 1 GB
  • Quad core
  • Storage – 16 GB (no ext memory slot)
  • Dual SIM
  • 5 inch screen
  • Android 4.4.2 kit kat
  • Primary camera – 13 MegaPixel
  • Secondary camera – 5 MegaPixel
  • Battery – 2000 mAh – not removable
  • Flash present

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Star


For what I wanted this offered the best value for money. I have loaded it with a lot of apps and its fast, there is no lag. But you should know that I am not a gamer and have not installed any games. I liked the image quality and resolution it offers. This is any day better than buying a MOTO G, as the photo resolution is bad for moto g. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the box had case for the phone.

Primary camera photos:

The quality is superb as you can see in the below pics. But I must warn you that the image stabilizer is not great, that is if you are shoot a pic while in motion, the pic is not good.



Depth of field:

The camera has a lot of options such as Macro, Auto, Beautify and more.

I will be posting more pics on my instagram accnt:

Security suite:

It comes with a security suit that is pretty cool and easy to setup. One of the features is a user can delete all his phone data by sending a sms with


I have 3G on all the time. I use twitter, Instagram, whatsapp and mails regularly. The battery stays for close to 12 hrs.

App availability:

It’s Android, so there is no problem with that.


It comes with in-ear ear plugs and comes with a case – good case(shown below)

Overall I’m pretty happy with this as of now. This is after less than a week of usage.

Images of Lenovo s850 mobile phone:


Lenovo s850 images

The rich display

Lenovo s850 images

home screen

Lenovo s850 images

Pretty slim

Lenovo s850 images

The stand is part of the case, it came with. cool huh!

Lenovo s850 images

the back LED. the name glows

Lenovo s850 images

pretty slim, even with the case. Notice the side speaker. Headphone jack and charger port are on the top.

Bajaj Allianz Insurance Payment – appalling

Recently, I had a hard time trying to pay the premium online for a Bajaj Allianz Insurance. Bajaj Allianz site is so badly designed, it is horrific. Most of the links take you to buying policies online and not for premium payment.Their support is terribly bad. The executives are not equipped and they don’t stick to the scheduled time of call.

Finally after a lot of man-hours, I found the useful link and was able to renew.

Note: I will not be buying insurance(any!) from these guys again.

This is more of a bookmark for me and a help offered to other poor souls who have to renew their Bajaj Allianz Health Insurance online – here is the (secret) link –



Cleartrip, clearly bad service.

I had booked a resort (Wild Elephant Eco Resort) through Cleartrip and I must say both the resort and Cleartrip service was really bad, especially Cleartrip’s.

1. Wrong offers, without clarity.

cleartrip offer screenshot

Cleartrip offer screenshot

“Flat 25% off, use code WKDBRK” was what it said on site. I booked a hotel(Rs.6000) and saw only Rs. 1000 discounted. I called their customer support and spoke to one lady who said that a maximum of Rs.1000 off was the condition (it was not mentioned anywhere as you can see in the screenshot), to which I told her that it says “Flat 25% off”, then she put me on hold and transferred the call to one other person. This guy tells me that a maximum of Rs. 1000 was the condition, when I repeated to him that it wasn’t mentioned anywhere, he said “sir, next time when you see offers, please call and check with us”. Crazy!


2. Hotel Location – wrongly provided.

cleartrip screwup - wrong location of hotel in QR code.

cleartrip screwup – wrong location of hotel in QR code

After booking the resort I received a “booking voucher” from Cleartrip which had a QR code to locate the hotel. We drove from Cochin to Munnar and it was not an easy drive. I wanted to reach Munnar before sundown and reached by 6:30 PM following the location given by Cleartrip as per the QR code. On reaching the location, there was no resort there, it was the middle of the Munnar market/town. We called up the resort to check where it was and that resort person said it was 30 Kms before the Munnar town and he wouldn’t cancel that night’s reservation. Because of which I had to find another hotel for that night in Munnar town.

That is how unreliable Cleartrip is and next time, even if you are booking on Cleartrip (dont!), remember:

1. Call them about those offers/discounts. What is displayed on their site is incomplete.

2. Dont believe that QR code. Call the hotel and ask for directions.

Cost incurred because of this mistake by Cleartrip: Rs. 4000.

UPDATE(10th Sep, 9 PM): Cleartrip support has informed me via email that they will refund the booking amount and I’m happy about the way they have dealt in this case. They have retained a user today!