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Get Train PNR Status On Your Mobile For Free

Posted: November 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Tools/Service | 4 Comments »

If you live in India, chances are you know the pain of getting a confirmed train ticket to your destination on a desired date. If you book a ticket months in advance and you are lucky you can get a confirmed ticket, however, most of the time you get a ticket in waiting list. Going online every time (and wading through the pop-ups of Indian Railways website, even after pop-up blocker) to check the PNR status is such a pain.

Tada, enter myPNRstatus, just enter your PNR number along with your mobile number and forget about checking your PNR status every few days/hours. myPNRstatus will send you an SMS as soon as there is any change in your PNR status, did I mention it’s F.R.E.E. It will also keep you updated about train timings, if there is any delays or change in timings of your train.

No Internet? no problem, you can still use myPNRstatus service, send MYPNR <Your 10 DIGIT PNR NUMBER> to 9220092200 and you will start receiving your PNR status information SMS. The number is a non-premium number so you will pay your normal SMS charges. Remember, the service is still in Beta so you might expect some bugs.

While, there are free services which provide you PNR status for free, e.g. Google can send you PNR status on your mobile for free ( send your 10 digit PNR number to 9773300000) but you’ll have to send an SMS every time you want to know the status but if you are using myPNRstatus service you don’t have to do anything after submitting your PNR number and mobile number. The service will automatically send you SMS as soon as there is any change in your PNR status.

From usability point of view it’s a very good service, however, from business perspective I suspect how long it can sustain without revenue generation. Presently, the site has Google Ads which might generate some moolah but how much and for how long? If the service gets enough traction then SMS cost will rise and it would be interesting to see how myPNRstatus.com plan to generate revenues.

Go, give myPNRstatus a spin.

Thanks @shankargan


Pune, The City So Far

Posted: November 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Musings | 9 Comments »

It’s been almost 6 months in Pune. it’s enough time to get to know the city and form an opinion about it. I wanted to write this post for long but got busy in something or the other.

So, here are my observations about Pune.

The very first thing you’ll notice when living in Pune or even passing by it, is the real estate hoardings and billboards. The Pune real estate market is booming like Dot Com of 90s. In fact the only billboards you will see will be that of buildings only. These ads make sure that you are teased every few KMs that you can’t afford a home (at least holds true for me). In these ads, you can see some real interesting and creative ad which makes you at least think about buying a home.

The other very common site is, girls walking/riding like bandits. They’ll dress up and all but will cover their face under a veil. So, it’s kinda boring to drive when all girls have their face covered :-(. I believe the pollution level in Pune is far less than Mumbai or any other metro but still girls might have their own reasons to hide their pretty faces behind a piece of cloth. Also, I haven’t seen so many girls riding a motorcycle in any city but a girl riding a Royal Enfield remain to be seen though.

Something which amuses me most is the names of places in Pune. Some are lovingly awkward to pronounce. For eg. Bhosri, Dapodi, Ghorpadi, Pimpri, Pimple Saudagar, Wakad, Khadki, Pashan and Hadapsar are to name a few (Tip: Pashan (stone) is one of the posh areas of the city :-) ). During my initial days in Pune, it was pretty difficult to remember the places’ name. I still struggle to reach from point A to point B without asking for direction when Google Maps doesn’t help.

If you travel through auto-rickshaw then be prepared for a dual surprise although the auto rickshaws do have fare meters, they hardly ply by it. If they do then fare is calculated by a formula which I have no idea about. But, you can improve your bargaining skills by hiring a rickshaw.

Pune is not a cosmopolitan city and practically has no night life. As most people in Pune are from Maharashtra, you can earn some brownie points if you have basic knowledge of Marathi.

The city has well laid cycle tracks in most of the part. Cycling on a dedicated cycle track is fun. It’s a different thing that when traffic is on it’s peak these track work as additional road for motorcycles and auto rickshaw and sometimes mini vans too.

If you love visiting new places during weekends/holidays then Pune is the best choice. You can visit beaches, forts, plateau and hill stations; all not more than 150 KMs away from Pune.

Still, 6 months is not a very long time to get to completely know a city like Pune. I still find something surprising, amusing and fascinating about city every day.