Hyderabad Airport Lodge
If you wanted to sleep at the Hyderabad airport, there are a couple of options.
There is a Transit Hotel right near the exit of the airport. It should set you back by few thousand rupees.
There is another hotel by Novotel nearby which seems like a 5-star hotel, so prices should be accordingly.
But if you wanted a frugal option, there is a lodge right within the compounds of the airport, less than 1KM from the exit.
Visit the official website of the airport, click on the others tab – you’ll see the prices:
But that page does not have any more info. We found the rest on our own after arriving at the airport which I’ll share here.
This lodge is on the first floor of a building whose ground floor functions as a stop for people to wait for buses to the city, there is a food outlet with limited menu [thali & chicken biryani etc], 2/3 conveyance stores, a gents barber shop, a HDFC ATM etc.
How to reach there:
There is a (truly) 24 hour free shuttle bus service between the airport & this bus stop/lodge. Walk out of the airport, look up to locate a tall pole with India flag on it, walk near it & wait for the free shuttle bus. It drops you directly at the lodge building, no other stops. Go inside the building, go up the staircase on the left & find yourself at the lodge lobby. You’ll need to provide ID & next flight’s details to book accommodation.
We have stayed in both deluxe room & dormitory, both are clean and well maintained, we have arrived/left in both regular times as well as late night/early morning, staff is available 24/7 and they are friendly.
If feels more hassle than it really is, we took a chance & were very happy to get much needed rest during long connecting flights. We’ll definitely stay there again if needed.
You can even call them on +914024008371.
We went to Singapore for 2 weeks to celebrate New Year. What a magnificent country and such awesome people!
This was also our first time staying in an AirBnb accommodation which went very well due the great host.
I would love to go back any day in a heartbeat.
Personalize HDFC User ID
I recently noticed HDFC bank has added an option to set a customizable User ID to login to NetBanking! Prior to this you always logged in using your 8 digit Customer ID number which was cumbersome to remember. This is better. ICICI bank already does this.
This option to change from Customer ID to User ID is available on top navigation of the screen after you login to your NetBanking account.
HDFC Fuel Surcharge Reversal
One thing I have recently noticed regarding refunding of fuel surcharges, the extra amount that is taken from you when you pay for petrol/diesel at fuel pumps using your debit/credit card is this:
If you pay for it via HDFC credit card, then it takes away some amount, say x rupees. But after few days when the bank refunds you the amount it won’t be whole of that x rupees. The bank keeps a small amount from that for itself.
But when you pay using a HDFC debit card, the amount that you are charged is completely refunded back to you, to the very last paisa!
Now I don’t know the reasoning behind this, but this is correct atleast for the EasyShop Business Debit Card (MasterCard) that I got.
This photo is small and your profile picture will be less clear.
Facebook shows this warning message when you try to upload a 180/180px profile picture which is the recommended size.
By inspecting the image shown in the preview window you’ll notice it is stretched to 320px.
So the solution is to upload a 320/320px image, that works best.
HDFC Debit Card Transaction Dispute
Allow me to share my recent experience of a transaction dispute I had while using HDFC Bank Debit Card.
I purchased something of value Rs 3576/- and let the cashier swipe my card, they made a slight mistake, received a phone call on the landline telephone which was connected to the point-of-sale machine during payment & that somehow halted the process. As a result the print receipt was not generated. But I instantly got SMS confirmation of money being deducted from my account.
Now I have heard if the print receipt is not generated it does not count as a valid transaction so this seemed like a failed one but you can never be sure. But they let me take the goods in good faith. I left my contact details with them so that in case the payment fails I can come back & pay them.
An hour later after I have left the store I got a SMS saying the transaction has been reversed, meaning the merchant did not get paid. But when I checked my bank account online, the money was not back to me. Well that was confusing. I informed the merchant about this.
And then I registered a complaint with HDFC Customer Care. I received a complaint number. I was told to wait a few days. After 6 days I received an email clarifying the process. It said – the bank allows the merchant 16 days from the date of transaction to claim the payment. If no claim is made within that period then the amount will be credited back to my account after that.
I communicated the same to the store owner as well. They were not going to claim the payment. And then we waited.
And true to their words, HDFC sent the amount back to me after the end of 16 days. Next day I went back to the store & paid them.
Timeline of events:
Failed transaction date: 16th October
Complaint registered: 16th October
Received email clarifying the process: 22nd October
Received money back to my account: 1st November
So now you know if you’re in a similar situation then you just have to have patience and wait, atleast for 16 days.
Get more screen space on Mac
As a coder working on a laptop I can always use some more vertical screen space.
I just found out about this setting. You go to: System Preferences › General › Check ‘Automatically hide and show the menu bar’.
An extra row of space unlocked! In a few hours you won’t miss the menu bar, the same way as with the dock.
You do already show/hide your dock automatically don’t you?
Thanks to Amazon’s latest 5-day sale the iPhone 5s was within my budget & I grabbed one for Rs 17799/-.
Good to upgrade from my 4 year old iPhone 3gs.
More devices at my disposal to test responsive website development work.
So updated both our MacBook Pro & MacBook Air to macOS Sierra as soon as it was available. Will be discovering new features gradually over the weeks.
I have been collecting OSX installer files ever since I switched to Macs. Now my collection looks like this:
The trick to get these installer files is to go to “Applications” folder right after download is complete and find, copy the installer file to another spot on your computer, because as soon as installation is done this file gets deleted from Applications folder. It also comes in handy if you have multiple machines to update without repeated download.
I never thought I will say this but I am loving me some PayPal right now! They deposited some money in my account with the following message:
Dear Merchant, we noticed that there was a small discrepancy in the calculation of your fee for PayPal services for a brief period of time. This difference is being credited to your PayPal ac.
The thing is, few months ago I had noticed on PayPal website about them offering slightly discounted merchant rate [from 4.4% to 3.9%] if your monthly sales volume was above a certain amount. I was eligible so I had applied for it. But I didn’t follow up after that to check what rate of fee I was being charged, because for a freelancer PayPal fee is just one of those things in life that you can not avoid, so best to accept, forget & move on.
Now it seems they might have continued with taking more fees from me for some time, they realized it after a few months, and today refunded me the extra charges taken. I am so glad that PayPal is cleaning up its act & trying to be more friendly towards us small business owners.