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dreams of flight

This is totally awesome. A retired airlines engineer in India bought himself a decommissioned aircraft, plonked it on his backyard, and now runs what is probably the world’s first static airline. Complete with ticketing, safety instructions and air-hostess-served in-flight refreshments! According to the video below, tickets must cost Rs. 150 but it’s free for poor school children.

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illegal use of public spaces

Kiss in public space, get fined Rs. 500. Hmm. Is that Rs. 500 total, or Rs. 500 per kiss?

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of travel and bad planning

Train to Dadar: Rs. 8
Bus from Dadar to Pune: Rs. 150
Bus from Pune to Dadar: Rs. 150
Taxi from Dadar to Powaii because I was a wee bit late and that the last train to Thane had left Dadar 10 minutes ago:: Rs. 260

Moral of the story: Sure, Mumbai is a city that never sleeps and all; but it's not a 24x7 show either.

Side moral of the story: Never ask a taxi driver to turn on the music at such times. Taxi drivers who run at such times possess music of abyssmal qualities that might scare you shitless.

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selling your own brother

From Bhavya's blog:

Bhaiyya's Matrimonial

Aadisht Khanna: Fair, 5 foot 8.5 inches Punjabi boy; Engineering graduate, currently doing first year in IIM Bangalore. From a liberal and open minded Business family, owning property in South Delhi Locality. Teetotaller and non-smoker, occasionally vegetarian. Religion/height no bar. Dimples and curly hair preferred. Horoscope not required.

Please send in your biodata and a cash amount of Rs. 100 enclosed in envelope to be considered, c/o Bhavya Khanna, B1/40, Safdarjung Enclave.

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great oefl

Just made a Rs. 12, 000 phone call today. Just the fact that I was spent so much money during a 2 minute call freaked me out. I could almost feel the money slipping out from the credit card I had in my hands as I provided the details. The lady on the other side was like:

...
"Ok, so what date would you like the TOEFL exam?"
"Um, is 30th free?"
[pause as she checks]
"Yes it is free. Would you like me to book it for you?"
"uh, no. Is 1st free?"
...



So it's fixed: I'm giving my GRE exam on the 29th of September, and TOEFL on the 1st of October.

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