Archive for July, 2013

Heading for the lights

July 19, 2013

On Wednesday evening, around 11.30pm, a Goan motorist was heading through Goa’s capital, Panjim. He was going the wrong way down a one-way street, on the wrong side of the road, when he encountered lights coming towards him.

What are those, he wondered? Well, at least we hope he thought something before colliding head on with the lead police vehicle of the Chief Minister’s convoy.

When Alison took her Indian driving test, the examiner told her to be careful, as ‘there is no lane discipline here’. He wasn’t kidding.

Still, if you’re going to get it wrong, you might as well do it with style.

Lines and cables

More excitement on the telephone front this week – we might have a breakthrough in our quest for broadband. The secret is you have to personally bribe the line man. Five hundred rupees on installation, then 100 each month, does the trick. That’s about £6 to start with and £1.20 ongoing. In theory these sums guarantee you a swift installation and a good ongoing connection. Maybe.

On the TV/Satellite front, mini drama this week. TV service began to pack up on Tuesday night. Not good news with the Alpe D’Huez stage of the Tour de France looming on Thursday. Painful conversations with Tata Sky’s customer service people and their local engineers eventually delivered some help to the door on Thursday.

The upshot is hard to credit, but I’m going to tell it just like it is. The problem was that the dish was not connected up properly when we first moved to Macazana. It should have two cables when we only had one, and with the heavy rain we’ve been having the resulting signal was not strong enough. Now, Tata Sky charge for reconnecting you when you move. So we paid for this. And guess what – we had to pay again for them to come and rectify their original mistake. Not impressed. Very Indian – probably all the result of sub-sub-sub-sub-contracting.