Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Spoke Too Soon...

Well, Etisalat was all over the press today proclaiming the return of 'normal' Interweb service. Other mortals expressed doubts that website browsing is still slower than usual, and I have to agree with them. For the last couple of hours it's been back to the August snail's pace.



Blogger redstar said...

Etisalat's arrogance is breathtaking.

We had a power cut and noone's mobile phones worked. 'There was no interruption in service', claim Etisalat, no acknowledgement of the problem, no apology, simply a statement effectively telling us we're all either stupid or liars.

The cable gets damaged - same things happens.

The cable is allegedly repaired and users still report problems. Once again, Etisalat's spokesman claims that nothing is wrong and that it must be our systems that our to blame.


9:50 pm  
Blogger Deepak Morris said...

Thank your feathermucking (fistersucking too) stars you aren't being subjected to two hours of random electricity shutdown every day.

You have to admit, whatever the faults of Eat Your Salad, you have regular, unfluctuating (if that's not a word, it should be - I'm one hard disk the poorer due to a lack of it here) electricity.

Wazmypoint? I forget... I can legally drink here and that makes for fuzzy logic. :-)


11:08 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Hey Deepak

Explain, if you can, the discumbobulation surrounding the Dabhol Power Project. That was the first time I'd ever heard of Enron,and about a year later they plummeted into mega-bankruptcy.

But, why is India not able to provide all of its population with a constant electricity supply? Not too much to ask, surely.

11:47 pm  
Blogger Deepak Morris said...

The problem, Keith, is that we have to ask... we are just being given the power and opportunity to ask for good service. Upto now, we were not allowed to ask.

Space is too short here to explain how we moved out from British Raj into Licence Raj and thus empowered politicians and bureaucrats to hold a nation to ransom for over half a century.

About Dabhol, this comment by Dr. Wagle (Associate Professor in the Indian School of Political Economy, Pune) in his monograph says it best:
"...the Enron project is not an isolated event but one of the first manifestation (sic) of the ongoing process of privatization of the power sector in India. This process is marked by excessive political interference, abject neglect of the interests of tax-payers and consumers, bypassing procedural and legal checks and balances, and overriding existing regulatory institutions."

So you see, even when we try to set problems aright, we just get deeper into the mire.

If you're interested, I'll email my monologue "Letter To The Prime Minister". It's a humorous look at the situation.


11:16 am  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Hi Deepak,

Please send me the letter, mesales at eim dot ae.

11:41 am  

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