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Should Ola Change its Strategy ?

If you are thinking that clearing UPSC exam or getting a seat in an A grade college is the most difficult thing, then you probably mayn’t have booked Ola auto. Before I write this post here’s a small disclaimer, “ This post isn’t aimed at hurting anyone’s feeling and is just a post describing the problems I’ve faced. The problems that have occurred with me mayn’t have occurred with everyone and therefore any remarks made in this post shouldn’t be taken too seriously.”

Okay, now let’s move to the actual story. I am a frequent Ola user and I’ve liked Ola rides most of the time but off late I am facing a lot of issues with Ola rides. First of all the biggest issue is booking.

As you can see in the above attached screenshot, at 7:33 PM there are a lot of autoes inside the green circle.

But at 7:34 PM the app showed no auto available. This isn’t the first time it has happened to me, such instances have occurred many times and is a recurring issue. The same applies with Ola cabs too.

The second issue that I faced was extreme difference in estimated amount and the amount to be paid. The amount to be paid had grown six fold to that of the estimated amount in one of my rides. I think Ola should take some measure to resolve this. For example, develop a code that automatically reports when the above mentioned issue occurs (change in amount by extreme margin). Presently ‘wrongly charged’ can be reported in Ola’s complaint section but many people mayn’t do this (especially old people and less tech savvy people).

Now the question is why do people use Ola in spite of such issues ?

I don’t know about others but let me tell you, why I use Ola. I find it easier to travel in Ola because I do not have to bargain when I travel in Ola. My negotiation skills are very low and I seriously do not know as to, how to come to a deal when the auto driver says, “vonnendhalf ” or “metre mel ivattu”. Not just this, at times I find it harder to question “metre haakalwa ? ” when I’m told an expensive pre-determined fare. So I simply prefer booking an Ola.

Now you might be wondering as to, how is all this related to the title of this post ?

It is related because if Ola doesn’t rectify the common issues faced my most Ola users, there is a possibility that a rival company might emerge in the market and rectify the commonly faced issues and in turn take over the market share and put Ola out of business.

PVR Gold Class Review

I had just finished my seventh semester examinations and it was the first day of my vacation. I was checking Book My Show and as I scrolled down I saw this movie called ‘The Foreigner’ and the best thing, it was being played at the Gold Class of PVR Cinemas. Guess what’s more surprising ? The price of the ticket was only 250 INR. There was availability of ticket and therefore I thought of buying the ticket at the ticket counter rather than booking it online. All this happened at around 9 o’ clock in the morning. The show was at 10:45 a.m. I left my home at 10:15 a.m. and reached the place around 10:30 a.m. What happened next in simply GOLD CLASS…

The tickets were segregated into two types, platinum superior and platinum. The last row of the theatre fell under the category of platinum superior and the rest of the rows under platinum. The theatre had only four rows, A, B, C and D consisting a total of 32 seats. The platinum superior seats were slightly expensive than the platinum seats. I booked a seat in row C, seat number 4. The ticket was handed over to me in a fancy manner, inside a ticket holder ( I don’t know what it’s called ). I entered the lounge through the first metal detector, where I had to show the tickets to the lady next to the detector. As I moved in further, there was a second round of checking, where a strong and heavily built man checked me using a portable detector and yes, I had to show my tickets to him. Now I had entered the lounge. The lounge was amazing and right opposite to the seating area was the food counter. Since I was getting late I couldn’t spend much of a time in the lounge. As I moved further straight I saw stairs to my left and the directions to the auditorium were hanging from the ceiling. The stairs reminded me of the stairs in my favourite cricket stadium. The stairs were wide and beautiful. As I reached the top, I had to steer left to enter the auditorium. I walked inside after pulling the majestic door. My heart was pumping in ecstasy as I walked further to find my seat. I found my seat. The seat was biggg. It had recliner facility and also a small pillow was placed on the seat. In the previous reviews, I had read that a Himalayan water bottle would be given to everyone watching the movie. But I couldn’t find anything like that, neither was I interested to ask for the water bottle. Not because I wasn’t thirsty but I was scared if I had to pay extra for it. You know how much food and beverage costs in PVR right ? LOL !!! I don’t know how much a water bottle costs there but yeah, let’s get back to the seats. The seats had buttons below the left arm rest and I could control the recliner and inclination of the seat and I guess there was a button to call the attendant too. There was a food menu kept in between every two seats. There were lamps in between every two seats and the seats had a movable tray.

The movie started and the first half was done. Now it was time for the interval. I moved out, off the cosy seats and headed towards the washroom through a narrow lane with beautiful flooring and lovely wall décor. The washroom was beautiful too and one thing I noticed here was the presence of moisturizer. Hand driers and premium tissues are common but moisturizers aren’t. But then it’s Gold class washroom you know…

I moved back to my lovely cosy seats and watched the second half of the movie. The overall experience was amazing and I would rate it 9/10.

Now the question is, Is the Gold Class overpriced ? I would definitely say no. If you actually check for the prices on weekdays and morning shows, the price would be less. If you ever feel that “I should take a day off from work and relax watching a lovely movie at an amazing place”, then PVR Gold Class is the place.

But then highly anticipated and overrated movies are really expensive and the prices can go well around one grand per ticket.

I remember paying 400 INR at a different theatre for normal regular seats for an overrated movie. Comparing that experience to the PVR experience, I would definitely say anything around 500 INR ( plus or minus a little ) is definitely bang for the buck.

See you next time with a different post. Byeeieee.

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