I’ve many experience of getting tricked by petrol pump operators and I must blame myself because it all happens because of my impatience.
Last Sunday while returning from a Movie I went to a HP petrol station in Guindy to load GAS. I asked that guy to fill it for 1000 bucks. He filled it for 300 bucks and he had cut it and then when i told him it is for 700 bucks he again filled it.
After making the payment i started the car and while driving i realized the tank indicator was only half way. I know i was tricked I was so angry and i wanted to get back and show my piece of mind.
Then i proceeded back home because;
- I was almost near to my house.
- Time was 3 AM.
- I was not sure if i can get justice form these guys.
For me this is happening for Nth number of time and still I’m not learning from my mistake.
Same thing happened in Bharat Petrolium in Tirupathi. But that time my friend Suresh was there and he took the pump operators for a toss and they immediately accepted their mistake and filled the balance.
Now the question i’ve is how can we prove it that the operator has not filled to the value we have paid. If someone can give me the hack i can give back to operators who trick customers.
So these are the Petrol Stations that is known for cheating;
- IOC Station ECR Kottivakkam.
- HP Station near to Guindy Railway Station.
A long time plan to visit to Tirumala with my parents, Raghuâ€™s family, Raviâ€™s family & Prasadâ€™s family got momentum during last week of December. Then after confusions because of Andra volatility things got sloppy and we did know if this trip was on till last moment. Anyways Prasad asked me to make it anyways. Since my parents were unable to make it I came along with my friend.Â
So initial plan was to start by 6 o clock from Chennai in Indigo Marina and hand over the car to a driver so that he can pickup raghu and prasadâ€™s family in the morning. Owing to lot of official work we started from office in my Zen by 8.30 and had to fix my puncher wheel. Since the tube was torn we had to replace the tube. I asked Suresh to drop me in my house and asked him to fix the puncher. He returned back by 9:30 and my father parked Indogo Marina in my uncleâ€™s house as some household work was going on. So unable to take Marina out and we had to settle with Zen.Â
Then while filling petrol I remembered that I forgot to pick my data-card. Then went back to home collected it and returned and we had dinner at Motel Highway in Poonamallee. Once when we were out it was 11.30 PM. Then got a call from Prasad and he said Tirumala road will be closed between 1 â€“ 4 AM. So we decided to drive slowly. We were driving at 40 Kmph and still we reached Tirupathi by 2.30. We decided toÂ sleep in the car and we thought we can pick raghu and drive to the hill.Â
En route Suresh wanted to know my entrepreneur journey and I was narrating my experience till date. Since I didnâ€™t sleep the previous night I was tired but restrained from sleeping because I didnâ€™t want to make Suresh drive alone. On reaching Tirupathi I slept immediately. We started taking snaps on reaching Andra Border.Â
As a surprise Prasad arranged for a VIP darshan by 7 o clock in the morning. We had no time to relax and we all got ready in 30 min and we all went to temple. We had very good darshan where in we were able to see the lord at a distance of 5 â€“ 8 feet. We were blessed to get the arathi & able to see lords feet. Also we had a glimpse of lord for 5+ minutes. It is all a blessing as these opportunities are not easy to come. Also we had a bones of worshiping along with actress Rambha.Â
Then we were very tired and we slept for six hours and we missed a visit to goto Tiruchanur and worship Thayar. Again by 6 o clock we had another VIP darshan. Again we got same things what we got in the morning & since we were with Prasad we got some more privilages like getting different varieties of prasadam. Again this time we had the opportunity to prey along with Director Cheran, Actor Dr.Rajashekar, Actress Jeevitha and Actor Tarun. From there we went for dinner and then returned to Guest House.Â
On returning we to guest house we changed the costumes, made some calls, checked mails & then myself & Suresh though of going to walk and I usually do this when I go to any place. We started hunting for good photogenic places and we were taking some snaps. On this pursuit we lost the route and we were repeatedly getting lost. After finding the correct route we found the Goa movie team as they were hunting for a hotel for dinner and time was 1.15 AM. We requested them for a snap and they acknowledged. I donâ€™t know if they were lucky to find a good hotel at that time.Â
Now reached the room and it is time to sleep and wake up by 6 for next darshan.
It is always fun to be tour with friendsâ€¦ My best outing was trip to ooty with my college mates during 1999 when I was in my final year in collegeâ€¦ Next best things for someone who is search of peace, solutions for problems and soul searching is by visiting templesâ€¦
Iâ€™m great believer in Lord Venkatachapathi in Tirumala, Tirupathi. Iâ€™ve been visiting this temple for 9 years. Normally I leave Chennai early in the morning return the same day by night.
But this time I took my friends getting assurance from one of by MBA mates and things got messed up. We reached Tirumala on Sunday morning and we thought my friends would have made arrangement by 9 o clock in the morning. But he forgot to instruct his subordinates and we got a ticket for darshan only on Monday morning by 5.30 AM.
So we had ball of a time on Sunday. It was like tour de spirituality. So we eventually drove all spots in the hill and stayed in a Guest house. Pulling each other and we did some shopping as we didnâ€™t bring any cloths.
Then as usual it was a challenge coordinating and making folks get ready on time and to my surprise we were on time and had good darshan and I was relieved as I missed 2 opportunities to visit Lerd Venky on two occasions.
These are the folks who made up for trip;
Â Left to Right : Anand, Muthi, Vicky, Subbu, Balaji, Sathish…
This is Sudhir who took previous snap…
This is how we went to temple with dothi and angavastaram;