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Aug. 19th, 2008 | 10:57 am

Murphy's Law is a bitch. My new restaurant and lounge project are taking longer than I planned due to various little things screwing up.

The latest blow comes in the form of the morons at Airtel, with whom we had lodged an application for phone line transfer about a month ago. The engineers came for a site inspection, and left. Now, four weeks later, we're being told that they can't shift our phone lines to the new location because they don't have any trenches in the Ring Road area, and can't provide phone lines there.

This is a serious pain in the ass. It means we have to get another line from either BSNL or Tata Indicom, and give up the phone number we've used for the last 4.5 years: 4116 1800, a number that is listed in various directories and web sites, not to mention in the phonebooks of all our customers. There's so much potential business that could be lost right there. And Tata Indicom says they don't offer a "hunting" facility: Having one number act as a front to 3 different lines, a feature we used for the Airtel number. I'll have to get multiple phone numbers instead. :(

Anyway, painting work has started, so we should be getting done in another two weeks. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that nothing else gets screwed up.

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from: sriniram
date: Aug. 19th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
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Transfer the Airtel connection to your home and forward calls to the new numbers. Publicize new numbers, and cut off Airtel once the calls to the old number become rare.

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deponti

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from: deponti
date: Aug. 19th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
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I too was told that Airtel service is good and went to ask them for a connection...and it took them five weeks to come and "inspect" my place and tell me that they can't give me a connection!

Hope Murphy stops his work with Airtel...

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from: sriniram
date: Aug. 20th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
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Surprised at this; I've had DSL + phone lines setup by Airtel in less than a week in both Bangalore and Hyderabad. Of course in both cases I was promised it would be up and running in 48 hours. I had to shout myself hoarse, but it did happen in less than a week.

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poocha9

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from: poocha9
date: Aug. 20th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
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All the best and hope to rock that place soon;)

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Karthik/SK/Wimpy/SKimpy

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from: skthewimp
date: Aug. 21st, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
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damn
it's opening AFTER i'm moving away from Bangalore.

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