India’s speed post is underrated.

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Last year, I was supposed to send few T-shirts to my big bro Nair Saab who was in Mangalore. Simple plain T Shirts, along with some Metallica pins. I had packed those in a cover, the cover which comes with threads. As I was staying in Electronics City Bangalore. There is one big Professional Couriers shop, by default went to them, thinking it will be a 5 mins job.

They straight forwardly declined, saying they can’t ship the valuable items. They don’t take CD’s, USB’s, electronics, other valuable items. God knows what they ship as “everything has some value”.

Later I went to DTDC, an another courier service. Even they declined with the same reason. I had to catch a train next day at 5 PM, thankfully a friend suggested to try “Speed Post” of Indian Postal Service. Electronics City has a main post office at BDA Complex. I went to them after lunch. Speed Post guys happily agreed to handle my shipment, the final price came to 60 Rupees along with internet tracking.

Next day, I was bout to catch my train, got a  call from my friend saying shipment has reached that too without a scratch. I was an one happy customer.

Another occasion, I had some official Liverpool FC merchandise to ship to Kanpur, Kolkata and Bagalkot. Packed those pretty well, small packets, as they were accessories. This time went with BlueDart. Those people billed me around 1400 in total, saying its for air travel, internet tracking and national shipping.

I thought, 1400 was way too much, I visited “Speed Post” to get quotation, surprisingly they gave the quote of 190, to all the three shipments. Of course I went with Speed Post.

The Kolkata and Kanpur shipments, went with air delivery, Bagalkot was a local delivery. Almost in 3 days, everyone received their shipments without any problems.

Conclusion:

1. Speed post is pretty reliable. On the other side, the handle all types of items. No fuss.

2. Comes with internet tracking by default, if needed air travel. No extra costs as other private courier service brags.

3. Even their shipping rates are pretty cheap, compared to others.

Moral of the story: “Give Indian Postal Service a chance.”

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India’s speed post is underrated.

The day I met a Pakistani…

I was in Little India, Singapore other day, it was around 8.15 PM, it was time for the Isha namaz. There is a mosque called Angulia right in front of Mustafa Centre.

I din’t knew the exact time of the Isha namaz  at that mosque. So to check the timing of the Namaz, I went inside the mosque. Rather than going completely inside, I asked a guy who was wearing his shoes while sitting on a small chair.

Looking at his appearance, I figured out he is an Indian or a guy who knew Hindi.

Me: “Assalamwalaikum, Isha ki jamat kab ?”  (What’s the namaz timing ?)

Him: “Walaikum as salam, namaz 8.47 PM”   (it’s at 8.47 PM)

I smiled, thanked him I was leaving back thinking I had time so that I can have my dinner, then come back for Namaz.

By that time, he wore his shoes and asked me,

Him: “Kidhar ke ho ?”  (You are from ?)

Me: “Ji, Bangalore, India”  (Bangalore, India)

He smiled at me, shakes hands with me.

Him, proudly said: “Mein Karachi, Pakistan se.” (I am from Karachi, Pakistan)

I nodded, then it came it stuck to my mind. OMG, I met a Pakistani, yeah, Pakistani. Remember, how the India vs Pakistan is there. Also, growing up with the atmosphere to think Pakistan is as our enemy.  Also, that stupid thing Muslims belong to Pakistan and all.  I was nervous, cautious, all the idiotic things came to my mind. I know I was stupid to think like that, but also.

We had a chat bout both the countries, with me bragging bout Biriyani back at home, then he suggested me couple of hotels in Singapore to try, especially the Pakistani cuisines, also Afghani Kebabs. And tea.

I happily said will try, then we both said bye, both went in different directions. Did the event changed my mentality over nation and countries ? Yes.

Don’t know how to conclude this post, upto you think bout it.

That day, it again made me realize, “World is Small”.

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The day I met a Pakistani…