• Economy

    Walmart buying Flipkart is dumb for its shareholders

    Before Flipkart came to India, I was buying technical books from Amazon.com and having them shipped to India by paying ridiculous amounts for shipping. I am unashamed to say I am addicted to Amazon for well over two decades now. Then as soon as Flipkart started, I started buying from them – in those days they sold only books, yet their customer service was exceptional and was unheard of in India before them and they rocked. The growth they have achieved now was set in stone in those early days. But as soon as Amazon India opened in India, I switched from Flipkart and getting a Prime subscription sealed the…

  • Articles,  Economy

    Ecommerce in India between 2004 and 2022

    🛒In 2004, I made a presentation titled eCommerce reality and myths in India. It was interesting to compare how many of the points that I covered then have remained or changed in the last two decades. One thing is unmistakable and that is the scale, which has now grown to a level unimaginable then. In this post, let me use the data points from 2004 and 2022 to discuss how online shopping & digital payments have changed & remained the same in the two decades. 🛤️In 2004, IRCTC (Indian Railways ) sold 100,000 tickets per day, today they do more than 500,000 (half a million). In 2021, Swiggy delivered 🚚1.5…

  • Gadgets

    Sony Bluetooth Headset WH CH510

    I have been using for some months now, the NG Earsafe which are open-air Bluetooth headphones and Soundcore Life Note. Recently my son took the Soundcore from me, so I wanted to buy a new headset for me, this time I wanted an over the ear headset so that it is less damaging to my ears. I went with Sony WH-CH510 for INR 2999 (USD 40) from Flipkart. Disclosure: I write reviews about products that I have bought for my usage and paid in full. There were no sponsorship or advertisement, or commission of any sort involved in this post. It has been a day and I like the headphones;…

  • Gadgets

    Round power strip for India

    This is one of the simplest gadgets I am writing about here. It is about the ubiquitous power strips or (as called in India) extension box. These are boxes that you use to plug a gadget to power when the cord doesn’t reach the wall outlets, or you want to connect more than one appliance to wall socket. Disclosure: I write reviews about products that I have bought for my usage and paid in full. There were no sponsorship or advertisement, or commission of any sort involved in this post. Till about two decades ago, I remember seeing our electrician or the local electrical shop making these extension boxes by…

  • Gadgets,  Homepage,  Speeches

    Mesh Wireless network in my house

    Prelude I have been writing here about my home networking experiments for more than a decade. In 2010 I shared the daisy-chaining wireless access points, in 2014 about installing a load-balancer to get failover between the two TELCOs (Airtel & BSNL), and, in 2019 on the two wi-fi routers (TPLINK Archer C50 & Mi Router 3C) I had bought. On the last one, it seems I had erred in my choice, as the routers didn’t have a Gigabit LAN port which I needed. In the recent weeks of 2020, I have been facing issues with frequent call disconnections during video calls and spotty connections in many places in the house – these…