Got cheated at CCD – True story

#CCD #incorrectBill order at #InorbitMall, Link Road, Malad, Mumbai. We ordered 2 Cafe Latte (small), 1 Irish Coffee without cream and a chocolate fantasy. CCD charged Rs. 615. We requested a bill on payment and we were assured the bill would be sent with the order.
We discussed among ourselves that the bill amount sounded higher than expected.
Order arrived, two small Cafe Latte, one Irish Coffee and chocolate fantasy. We asked for the bill again. Both lattes and the chocolate fantasy were served cold. We requested they be heated and asked for the bill again.
A moment later the items were brought to our table. We reminded for the bill again.
We had requested for the bill four times so far. After two to three more requests, the staff said they had misplaced the bill.
We asked how they could have misplaced the bill. We were adamant about the bill, we said we didn’t care how they brought the bill but we needed the bill.

After two more follow ups, someone from the staff brought two order slips containing our order but no bill. On closer examination, we saw the staff was trying to mislead us. The slips had different order numbers and had time difference of an hour between them. I have attached the pic of both these slips.

If you look closely, first slip has two cappuccino and a Irish coffee at 19:30, order number 30, table number 0501 while the second slip had 1 Choco fantasy new at 20:51, order number 100, table number 0101. We had arrived at around 20:00. This was a blatant case of lie and cheating. This couldn’t be a case of human error, when the staff wasn’t providing the bill and the slips had different timing.

We asked the manager again for the bill. He said the system didn’t have an optiont to print duplicate bill. Being software engineers ourselves, we thought that was stupid. After this, two of us went to order counter again and asked the manager to recreate the order and cancel the order before payment, so they could check the amount. He punched in something and they saw the number 615, however they couldn’t read the order properly as the monitor was at an awkward angle. “The staff wouldn’t cheat us and dare to show the wrong order”, they thought. They came back saying they had seen 615, but not the order. It still looked fishy, even with the tax the amount couldn’t be so high, we had checked Zomato for the rates and we had calculated tax at around 21%.

So we went and asked for the bill again, the manager said, “sir, the system doesn’t lie”. But we didn’t budge, we want our bill.

He asked us to be seated and he would find the bill. Then he saw him leave silently. A few moments later, we could see the staff shuffling through a pile of bills and pulling our bill from among them. And it was brought neatly to our desk.

Here comes end to the mystery on how the amount was so high. We had been charged for two Vanilla Latte – large instead of two cafe Latte – small. The extra Rs. 90 and tax put things together.

We asked for the manager, the other staff said he had gone out for a moment and would be back. We waited and inquired again. Waited some more.

Then another staff came with a note of Rs. 50 and some change coins and asked us to take the extra amount we had been charged.

We refused. It wasn’t about the Rs. 100 more that we had been charged , it was about the principle, it was about the malafide intention of the staff. It was about reducing the cool bunch of us out to enjoy an evening into a quarrelling bunch at a mall. It was about the faces other customers made at us when they saw us sternly speaking at the counter. It wasn’t about the money.

We went to the counter and requested for the manager again, “he is coming”, was the response we got, again and again and again. 20 minutes passed, with no sign of the manager.

The other staff claimed they didn’t know the name of the manager. One staff however said the name was Makdum.
We called the CCD customer care and got a complaint number 88484 in SMS, a phone call sometime later. A request to got to the nearest CCD for refund of the extra amount charged and a promise for a follow up call on written apology. It has been two days and no response from CCD so far.

What reason would a manager have to make a bill with higher amount? The extra money wouldn’t go in his pocket, he probably cannot sell the other item anywhere. At first I thought may be the franchise owner asked the manager to charge extra but the CCD at Inorbit mall is a direct shop and not a franchise. So next question is whether CCD has this policy at the company level.


Setting up xdebug on scotch box/vagrant on Arch linux

Install Vagrant

sudo pacman -S vagrant

To install virtualbox

mkdir works

git clone works

cd works

vagrant up

install sublime 3

install package control on sublime 3

install openssh

vagrant ssh
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install php5-dev php-pear build-essential
sudo pecl install xdebug

copy the location
you can also find it with find / -name ‘’


in /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini

; Added to enable Xdebug ;
zend_extension="[enter path here]"
xdebug.remote_host= ; IDE-Environments IP, from vagrant box.

sudo service php5-fpm restart
sudo service apache2 restart

refresh phpinfo to check xdebug

in sublime -> tools -> command pallete

install package

xdebug client

Project -> Save project as

"path": "/home/username/works/public"
"settings": {
"xdebug": {
"url": "",
"port": 9000,
"path_mapping": {"/var/www/public/" : "/home/username/works/public/"},
"super_globals": true,
"close_on_stop": true


Fixing Sony MDR-XB400

Recently I sat on a Sony MDR XB400 Stereo Headphone. One side of the headphone poped out of the socket.


Below are the steps to fix the issue.

Wedge a screw driver below the silver cap and push to remove the silver cap.


A screw will be visible. Remove the screw.


Put the pieces apart


Wedge the screwdriver at the base of the holder to remove the cap.


Here is the cap is removed.


Once the cover is removed, slide the holder onto the headband.


Stick things back and screw it tightly.


Replace the silver cap back.

One thing to keep in mind is to keep the wires straight, you don’t want them looping.



To the bus bay

A different day indeed.
Finosys has been a land of fresh couple falling and learning to swim in love for the first time.
As I walked towards the bus bay, I saw a scene I had never seen before. A girl in teary voice yelling at the top of her voice at a boy much taller than her. She spoke in a language I hardly understood and didn’t want to hear at all at that moment. Her pitch and tone however spoke of a reply to the accusations the boy must have made.

So sad to have seen such a scene.

I moved ahead, the girls shrills had hardly left me when I saw a girl, tall and beautiful, rosy cheeks gazing at the boy walking together her with so much love and affection that it leaked. Her face gave a sense that there was no one in the wide world she would rather gaze.
The boy in return replying with a loving smile with his eyes.
I glanced downwards and saw them holding hands. Are they aware that they are holding hands or is it just second nature?
Had I ever held hands without knowing it?

But now that I sit to write this piece, more sinister thoughts move through me. How long will they be together?
Most love that blossom in Finy is like the white flowers that blossom in Finy’s vast lawns.
So beautiful, so numerous, and so fragile. The beautiful flowers that start blossoming with the coming of rain quickly wither away with a small drop in temperature. Lovers move apart, leave Finosys and leave the loved behind.
New people, new life await them else where.


In a dingy room on the fifth floor sat 4 men on chairs too weak to support their weights. In front of them was an old color television and a DVD player.

“Insert the cd”, said one with the largest belly. The smallest belly guy put the cd into the player and waited patiently. The DVD player was an old machine which stuck more often than it played, placed in the corner on a dusty wooden stool.

The DVD buzzed, the screen flickered, video came to life.

A deep red wall, like the ones you see on television ads. It was a textured paint, smooth, real smooth painted with a trowel and putty knife. In the center, 4 feet from the top, was hung a circular shield, with motifs of elephants in gold. A single hatchet was slanting on it, and a vacant slot for another one.

The video panned, next to the wall stood a man, shaking violently. He dropped his hand, other hatchet hanging from it. Blood dripped on to the tiled floor.

At least the wall won’t stain and the floor will be easily cleaned, thought the man.


Wanted to rewrite this with a different opening but I am a lazy soul.


No, its not that. – cried I.

But they wouldn’t believe me. “It’s the movie that spooked you”. But I know what I saw and it was no figment of my imagination.

You know in the cold, the gas heaters make whistling sound. I always heard the sound and never cared until that night. It was the night I watched the Conjuring. It isn’t that scary, amityville was much scarier.

After finishing the movie, I went to the rest room. Looked out the window, a pair of chappy white lips moved in conjunction with the sound that I had always associated with hot air flowing through the metal pipes. Chill went through my spine from what I saw.

Still today when I look from the corner of my eye, I see those chapped white lips, clear eyes staring at me and making the whistling sound.

But instead of believing me, they put me here. In this padded room. At least this place doesn’t have any heaters.

pip uses Python3 instead of Python2.7

If you are facing issue where pip chooses python3 over python2.7, then you need to use the correct alternative. Follow the following steps:

  1. First install pip for python2 and python3
    sudo zypper install python-pip python3-pip
  2. Choose the correct version
    sudo update-alternatives --config pip

    The following will be displayed

    There are 2 choices for the alternative pip (providing /usr/bin/pip).
    Selection Path Priority Status
    * 0 /usr/bin/pip3.4 30 auto mode
     1 /usr/bin/pip2.7 20 manual mode
     2 /usr/bin/pip3.4 30 manual mode
    Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:
  3. Type 1 (option infront of pip2.7) and press Enter