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Labour license ready

Finalised the kitchen design today. The waterproofing work would be completed tomorrow and also tomorrow, hopefully, we shall finalise the elements of the interiors and put a freeze on the design.
The Bankers wanted to know if Mantri has in their agreement with fabmall a clause which allows them to sublet the first floor to us. Sent an email of the principal lease deed to the bankers which clarifies this point. Hopefully this should do
Udaya shankar called me in the afternoon and informed me that he would be collecting the labour license today.
John would be taking the fabricator to the site tomorrow and preparing a design  for the rear stairway and would also be obtaining a quotation.
(Beautiful shikha didn’t have anything for me today…and that is sadly the end of her.)
I have requested an other manufacturer from madras to give a quote for the exhaust system. He has requested for the drawings of the kitchen and certain other tech specs which I would be sending him next week.                 
The Khatta extract would be delivered hopefully by Monday or Tuesday next. Udaya shankar had wisely held back our application for the trade license, till we get the Khatha extract (tax payer certification), which would mean that we would be saving 20 G’s on that one…


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A funny article on CIA featured in the Onion that I came across yesterday. via Krishna’s blog
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The CBI…??? They are smart they write with black highlighters….
P.S: Blogger snag doesnt allow me to post a reply so will have to do it here….

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Yesterday at Anekal

Received a set of conditions from our bankers along with the sanctioning of the loan last weekend. One of the conditions they laid out was to get the lease deed registered. Having figured out where to get the lease deed registered, I decided to go there myself and figure out how this could be done. Spoke to the Manager and she informed me that the deed should be registered at Anekal.

Left home for Bannerghata and stopped over at the site. Antony who was carrying out the waterproofing work had informed me that he would start the work at 10:30 am. My travel from where I stay right now to Bannerghata takes about a couple of hours with the heavy traffic. Told Antony I’d reach there at 12:30p.m. I reached there at 12:15p.m. and found Antony and his work men had still not arrived…

Dang! I told myself the first day at work and they are late. Anyways called up Antony and he said he’d be there in 10 minutes, which he did. Showed them around and went through the work they had to do. He told me that he’d take 4-5 days to complete the water proofing work.

Went into Pizza corner outlet which would be opening on the 25 of this month ( “hopefully”) to sit down and discuss a few things with Antony. Gave him the advance cheque for the work, when, in walks Mr. Bhaskar Rao, the executive Director of S- Mart who is the franchisee for this pizza corner outlet.

Finished with Antony and waited for Mr. Rao. Spoke to his business development manager Sanaulla who was also there and told him that id like to meet Mr. Rao. Rao apparently was on the phone for a very long time…I knew I was getting late but then didn’t want to leave without introducing myself to Mr Rao.
After a while I walked in into PC and introduced myself. Bhasker Rao is a very pleasant man. From what I could tell from our initial conversation, he was particularly gung-ho about his Bannerghata venture. Bhaskar owns four franchise outlets ( I think) of PC in Bangalore.

Told him we were opening an Indian and Tandoor restaurant next to him. “Thats good” he said smiling…”lots of North Indian residents in this locality.” What about Charcoal?” he enquired referring to the small Indian restaurant located inside the Mantri complex itself. I just shook my ead didn’t want to make a comment. was thinking to myself…We didn’t want to compare ourselves with “Charcoal” and wouldn’t want to bracket ourselves in that bracket…just smiled at him.

“Pizza Hut is desparately looking for a location in Bannerghata ” he said. “Oh! well that doesn’t matter as long as you ensure you take the first mover advantage and consolidate yourself” I said matter of factly. “Yeah, absolutely” he said.

Looking at the painting work that was going on there he said…”we decided to get the lobby painted…Fabmall has been a little slow on getting it done…we would deduct the costs from our first months rentals” he said.

Looking around it was obvious that PC has trying to take over the entire corridor walls for their adverts…he told me that fabmall didn’t allow them to take the remaining part…Man! I thanked Vipul in my mind for not having let them…What if we wanted some space on the walls to put up a sign leading to our restaurant…? Well…it was good that they didn’t get more than the space that they have managed to take control of…anyways it would be wiser if PC remembers that an advert overkill would be harmful for them…remember “Biriyani Merchant?” I thot.

Took leave and went to Anekal. Skipped lunch. The travel took me more and 90 minutes to reach there. Found the registrars office with ease. Went inside and asked a few officials on how to get the lease deed registered. They kept pointing me to different offices…all of which were exactly opposite to where I had gone enquiring. It then dawned on – mebbe they all work through touts…so I went outside looking for them “touts” just to get some information. Sitting outside where these guys who were selling various forms. Approached them and as it was the case with the officials inside…none of them spoke Hindi or English…and I do not speak Kannada…with great difficulty I managed to communicate what I wanted. he then with equal trouble told me that he needs to see the lease deed.” told him I dont have the lease deed on me.

Not giving up hope I went inside again and stood next to an official who looked “educated enough” to answer my queries. Waited for about 10 minutes before getting to go inside. Spoke to the “guy” there who listened to what I had to say and replied in perfect English.” Come with me” and took me outside and said ” wait here for Sadashiv, who will answer you”. After a short while ‘sadashiv’ came in. I told him what I wanted and he told me that I will have to go to Koramangala to get my lease deed registered. ‘You are not in our jurisdiction’ he said.

He also told me ‘you will have to pay 5% of the yearly rentals for the period you want the lease deed to be registered ( 5 years) and an additional 1% as total registration fees”.

That was a lot of money just to register a document for which the bank was not funding any payment I thot.

We have decided to go back to the bankers and inform them that we didn’t want to spend such a large sum of money but instead maybe hand over the lease deed in original to the bank for safe keeping. We have also informed them that we have made fund transfers from the bank itself for the payments as advance for space rentals, therefore they must consider these as validations for the lease agreement itself instead of getting the lease deed registered.

The bank manager has agreed to look in to this and asked us to communicate our concerns to her in writing….this we did and are now awaiting their response. This should hopefully work.

Udaya shankar would be working on the license procurement only from tomorrow. This would mean another 15 days before we get our trade license.
Spoke to venkatesh about the power enhancement. PC has still not got their power enhanced. he said it would be happening soon.

I take Appa and Amma to show them the site and the new house tomorrow. That should take the whole day again.

Bindu my classmate from kochi called up…she’s coming to Bangalore tomorrow. She lost her mother to cancer last week. It was tough on her these last many years…will meet her sometime next week….and for anyone who would be interested in traditional cures for the Big C. Ayurveda offers great help…its a long drawn process…and is completely natural unlike the harmful side effects of chemotherapy.
This is an address I have got from people who have been cured miraculously of the Big C. May it be of of help to someone…
Ayurvedic Physician
Balaendu Prakash
Mandir Marg
Turner Road
Clemets Town
Dehradun – 248001
UP , India
Phone – (+91135) 2640792, 2640405

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We have decided to use the services of one Mr. Uday to liaison between us and the licensing officials. Uday has experience in dealing with the local officials and since we have problems with the local language have collectively decided to go ahead and use him. Will hand over Uday an official letter asking him to go ahead with the licensing work. The electrical contractor has already started work on the powerenhancement from 3kva to 20 kva. Couriered the letter to this effect to him on Thursday. Wemay hire out a generator at 5k a month for 2 years to avoid capitalizing 3 lacs towards the purchase of a 20 kvagenset. We also contemplated getting a genset on 2nd sale….then decided against it when we got this offer on hiring it out. ( keep your winding up costs as low as possibly…sagely words of Sudhakar). Hiring a genset we found works in our favour cozthen the onus on keeping the genset in proper running order falls with the service provider. He would take care of the licences , maintenance, delivery etc. We would only have to provide for diesel and have to treat the expense as an operational expense. The water proofing starts on Monday. Will have to takepictures prior to the start of the work for our records. Almost finalized the interior design for the restaurant…will freeze theinterior and kitchen design by this week. work should commence on the interiors on Monday next. Will also be getting quotes for the kitchen equipmentsand finalising the same by the week.

 Hopefully will move to Bannerghatta by then.

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The beehive is back

Shocking yet true…
the beehive that was detroyed last week is back again at the exact same point on the balcony. Is that a mock “B threat”…? I wonder…what are they telling me this time

Also seen is a picture of my niece, Antra, who put up a brave face when I asked for a picture of her in front of the hive..( of course she was safely inside the room behind locked doors her face clearly shows her fear. One reason why I had to destroy the hive last week and possibly again this week too.

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Corruption and civil society

Its been an eventful two days an eye opener really, The newspapers (
yeah, I am still reading the TOI) and am still not a big fan of the
paper….neways the newspaper in question carried a story on the
raids on police officials in Banaglore city. A police official with
an official salary between Rs 16000 and Rs 20000 per month has
wealth of over 68 crores (i.e Rs 680000000). Now thats
unbelieveable… Ill tell you how it happens.

I do not want to belittle the efforts that the civic society is
taking to clean up this rampant corruption in the city…but what are
they going to do to all the other officials in government offices who
are part of this highly corrupt society??? Now I will hear arguments
that not everyone is corrupt…maybe yes, that is true, but in my
experience so far every one has been very very corrupt. I started off
by being straightforward upholding the rights of a true citizen…but
now I tend to laugh at myself…what a load of bull crap the thought
is… every one I have encountered in these offices have moved my
file and processed it only after receiving “speed money”.

It was also shocking when I heard this evening that someone near
where we plan to set up shop had to pay 10 times more for obtaining a
licence which only costs Rs 5000/-. Every one
pays….every-single-businessman-pays….big organizations pay
generously, they offer more…than what is required and people like
us have to shell out a large chunk of money as a result. Its a shame
really but who is to listen????

Also today the fares of the auto rickshaws have been revised in the
city…The city police have given 3 months notice to all the Rickshaw
drivers to re-caliberate their meters. the reason given was that
there are only 500 service personnel who can re-caliberate the meters
on these autos…I travelled by three autos today and what did I
find…all the four autos have had their meters recaliberated…its
quite easy…and the auto drivers can do it themselves….which means
the meters are running at the new tariff…but the minimum charge is
shown as Rs 10 for the first 2 km…whereas if the meter has been
recaliberated this should show as Rs 12/-…What this means is that
every auto in the city ( I will bet on this) will be charging the new
rates on their meter but would charge an additional 20% for the next
three months to all the passengers who would not check the fare
properly claiming that their meter is not set to the new fares…a
clean way to make money…Cheating, fraud…call it what you
may…not one person will raise their voice and object to this…I
have spoken to a few people….every one listened to me….I doubt if
there would be any action….lets see

Its crazy…Sometimes I feel the corruption and its roots have grown
so deep that maybe the powers that be consider it futile to even
attempt to correct it…and that is such a shame!!!

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