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Author: Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Srinivasu is an accessibility evangelist with 16+ years of experience. Currently works as Senior Accessibility Program Manager at Watermark. Previousely held several positions at companies like BarrierBreak, Yahoo, PayPal, Deque, HCL etc., He believes in the teachings of Shri. Adi Sankaracharya, Swami Vivekananda. He is also Founder of ServeOM Inclusion - a platform to pormote accessibility.

Experience with AirAsia

Recently we travelled from Hyderabad to Bangalore with AirAsia and has mixed sense of experience. Check-in was smooth; when we have asked if flight is on schedule, then personnel has mentioned that flight is delayed by 20 minutes. We were given an escort to the gate. There was no announcement even after said 20 minutes; when we approached the counter, we were told that flight is delayed by another 40 minutes. There was no text or call to customers about the delay. When we have questioned, there was no appropriate response. One person said he would bring in his manager…

APSRTC managers are super responsive…

Recently we were travelling from Tanuku to Bengaluru by APSRTC bus and a pipe in the baggage space got broken. Bus was taken to Vijayawada bus depot and got the issue fixed. However, driver was instructed by one of the APSRTC personnel not to proceed further and return to origin which is Vizag. So we were transferred to another bus where seats in the last row were allocated. When we have questioned for water bottles and blankets, response was rude. We called up the customer care of APSRTC, who pretended as a complaint was registered but suggested us to speak…

A child doesn’t know about hatred…

I was recently listening to an interview of His Holiness Shri. Dnyanraj Manik Prabhu, present Peethathipati of Shri. Manik Prabhu Samsthan which he has in conversation with a television channel in Sri Lanka. One example has touched me a lot where he spoke about how hatred is being spread. He has an example of a child. Yes, child doesn’t know hatred. Child loves everyone and everything. It’s we who teach them hatred. That’s absolutely true. It’s often we see that children are told about some one is not good, some place is not good or something doesn’t taste well. We…

Open letter to Ministry of Railways, Government of India

Dear Minister and concerned personnel of Ministry of Railways, Government of India. Subject: Lack of timely information to passengers Recently I have made a reservation on Train Number 17643 to travel from Chennai to Tanuku. I have reached Tambaram Railway station almost one and half hour before. Checked on National Train Enquiry System (NTES) to find platform number and it’s not available. Called 139; there was no easiest way to reach customer service representative. As you are aware, India has diverse set of users and not all of them are familiar with Interactive Voice Recording (IVR) system and we do…

End of era: Yahoo! Messenger is shutting down in July

It was in the year 1999 when I got introduced to the world of Internet and my first email address was created on Yahoo! Mail which also got me access to the use of Yahoo! Messenger. It was the first instant messaging application in the world. Yahoo! Messenger was one of the much needed software in my computer. Though it was introduced to Yahoo! Mail, it was still fun using as a stand alone application. Yahoo! messenger was first to have chat rooms which I have used a lot and made a lot of new friends. Yahoo! Messenger was one…

Movie Review: Rangasthalam (Telugu movie)

Though team has made an attempt to make Rangasthalam an inspiring movie, it does not have enough story. The story is focused a person who is trying to get relief to villagers from a political leader who has been cheating public for about three decades. Here is a quick story. The story then shifts to a village, Rangasthalam. Chitti Babu is shown to be a partially deaf, light-hearted and jolly villager. He earns a living by watering irrigational lands of the farmers of Rangasthalam, using a motor which belongs to another villager and his best friend, Rangamma (Anasuya Bharadwaj), who…

Nominations are open for NCPEDP MphasiS Universal Design Awards 2018

Are you a person with disability and have done incredible work in the area of accessibility and universal design? Are you a working professional working towards the cause of building an inclusive society? Are you an organization believes in universal design and working towards it? Are you someone developed a product or service that works for all? If yes, you surely deserve to get recognized. Do apply / nominate for NCPEDP MphasiS Universal Design Awards 2018. This is a platform that recognizes those who contribute towards universal design. accessibility etc., Here is a brief note from NCPEDP. In order to…

An appeal from Dr. Kiran for the benefit of universe

Appeal from Dr.Kiran ( +91 8019125547) //sumtrupthi.in To GROUP CHANT “Shree Ganapathi Atharva Seersha Maha Mantra By anyone with Sradha & Bhakti. At their OWN CONVENIENCE, daily, preferably before sunrise (06-30 a m), SITTING at a fixed place ( ASANA), facing EAST ( Sun God ), ONCE, TWICE or more. Starting from 11th May, 2018 Friday, ( Sree Vilambi nama samvatsara, Vaisaka maasa, Bahula Paksha, Ekadashi Tidhi ) till 27th July, 2018 Friday, ( Ashada maasa, GURU POURNIMA). The requisite SANKALPAM & SAMARPANA of the JAPA along with audio file & text file of the MANTRA will be sent to…

Congratulations to all those students who have graduated from 10th Class – here is an advice for you all!

What a relief for those students and parents waiting anxiously for results of 10th Class; results are out recently and celebrations are happening everywhere. Congratulations to all those who have passed. If you are someone reading this post and not passed, not to worry, you haven’t lost anything. I don’t say failure is pathway to success; analyze what went wrong, work on it and you will get through… 10th Class is considered as a milestone in tenure of education. This is the time where students probably make their first decision in life time. That is to decide what subjects to…

Experience with Indigo airlines: Positive but time consuming for airlines

Recently I have travelled from Bangalore to Hyderabad with Indigo airlines. Their hospitality is just awesome as always. However, I found they are wasting a bit of time of their staff. Since I wanted to try the experience of Airport Pool introduced by Uber, I have decided to leave home early. I have reached airport almost one and half hours prior to my flight time. At the counter, where I have received my boarding card, I was asked, if I would need assistance and I have opted to go for it. His name is Aditya (name changed for privacy reasons);…