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Auto fare Calculator for Indian cities

Many people either carry copy of auto fare card with them or do remember formula. However, it becomes difficult when you are roaming in multiple cities frequently.

A lot many similar apps available, however they are either platform specific, outdated or requires GPRS or other network connection. Few others are city specific.

This is a very simple attempt to overcome a couple of situations.

The application:

  • Works on almost any mobile with basic browser (internet browsing software)
  • Does not require any GPRS or other connection to run the app
  • Has support for multiple cities of India
  • Support for night fare calculation – based on device time
  • No installation required, just copy to mobile and run
  • No advertisement, no license fee – free and open source
  • Can be very easily updated
  • Has very basic and simple interface, executes and works simply

Grab it : Download http://harit.kotharee.com/app/fareCalc.htm . (Right click to the link and select ‘Save As…’ and save to your computer / or save the copy on your mobile.)

Use it : Open the saved copy of fareCalc.htm from your mobile or equivalent device, in most cases, it should open with default available browser. That’s it. No need to explain further. 🙂

Why HTMLand JavaScript?

  • Most mobile browser supports
  • No formatting / styling required
  • Widest compatibility across mobile platforms
  • No rebuild, easy to update
  • No installation required
  • Easy to share

IT practices

This is a real incident happened with one of my friends during his college placement.

Raju Shastri, student of a reputed institute in outskirts of Pune.
On a working day evening a ring goes to Raju Shastri’s cell phone. He is asked to go to TelSoft, a Pune based IT company, to appear for his second round of interview. On next day in afternoon, after clearing 2 elimination rounds including an aptitude test and a basic interview at college campus.
Raju reaches to the venue five minutes early than said time. The interview takes place in time. Raju talks to the HR after the interview. Komal (the HR of TelSoft) says that Raju has cleared the interview. She asks him again to come for next interview with team lead.
Raju again reaches to the company place in time; again, interviewed. It takes around half hour! So naturally, the candidate’s expectation increases. And yes, up to his expectations, the HR says that he has cleared that round of interview. But again, asks to come for last round of technical interview with the project manager. (Who, is better known as project damager!)
The hope of sun rises next morning. Raju goes to the same company with big dreams in mind. Appears for the ‘last’ interview. And yes, like a quick goal in football tournament, Komal asks to meet, Raju enters the meeting room. HR smiles and wishes him – ‘Congratulations Raju!’ the HR continues, ‘I will soon have a meeting with CEO, and will finalise your selection. But, I promise, you are 99% selected!’
He could not interpret ‘99%’! But, he goes home with smiling face!

He has no idea about the meeting process, how long will it go. Almost 4 weeks passed. No response from TelSoft even after such a long time!
Isn’t it something unusual? It might be, but who can do anything, when the finaliser committee ‘doesn’t do anything’?

An unfortunate end comes when Raju calls the Komal, the HR. Even at that time the response is – ‘We don’t require more people’!!
Naturally, few thoughts are bubbling in Raju’s mind…
Why did TelSoft come to campus? Why did they ‘waste’ their and my time in interviewing and testing my skills? Is it professionalism?

This is just an attempt to make people aware about some wrong practices going in IT industry; that too in good companies. It makes sense if we consider such scenarios and react accordingly. Of course, the incident was happened in mid 2007, so India was not facing recession at that time!

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