Monthly Archives: June 2007

Arzoo.com got fixed

A few days ago I pointed out that Arzoo.com does not have an option to search/buy One Way tickets. They silently fixed it.

arzoo got fixed

Here is the broken version:

arzoo.com

Response from Makemytrip and the update by Arzoo.com is promising. These companies are following blogs/media and working on the feedback provided.

User feedback is free QA :)

Update: I guess I posted the post too soon. Just found – searching for tickets from SFO to New Delhi redirects me to a blank page for both One way and Round Trip on Firefox 2.0.0.4 and WinXP.

Gaming consoles in India may actually work

I was reading about the PC Gaming on Starupdunia. I don’t really agree with the statement:

Gaming consoles and games are cost prohibitive in the Indian market.

I think they can be successful if things are done ‘Indian’ way. Consoles like Wii might actually do really well in India, where 5yr. old kid to his 70yr. old grandparents can play on the same console. They might end up playing slightly different games though. Wifi, over-the-net multiuser playing capability and cheap/free game downloads would help people to adopt these consoles.

One of the biggest issues in India is ‘PIRACY’. If a company can come up with a way to let console owners download or order free games that’ll be awesome. Making money with embedded ads should work. To make it better, if game/console can access the Internet – show real time ads, otherwise show pre-programmed Ads such as Coke banners in the Tennis game. The free-game-with-ads should work for any market.

Selling strategy where selling cheap consoles so that they can make money by selling games, may not work that well in India. I think if Wii starts selling in India (or may be they already do?) it should just around 10,000 INR.

Makemytrip.com not working and Arzoo.com needs some work

makemytrip.com down

us.makemytrip.com has not been working since at least two hours and is still not operational. Sometime back I was getting an explicit error page when I searched for tickets, but now it is trying to load the results page infinitely. I don’t know how a site like makemytrip afford to be non-functional for such a long time. It would mean loss of a few hundreds if not thousands. I wonder if they have process/server alerts set up and they are aware of the problem. It would be really funny if they are not aware of the problem.

On a similar note I saw Arzoo.com’s big banner on O’Farrel st. in SF (near Naan n Curry – location makes sense). Arzoo is a venture started by Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail fame) a few years ago. During the .com bust they had to end the operations. He has now re-launched it as a (yet another) Travel Portal.
Here is the funny part: The site does not have an option to search for a one-way air ticket (at least I couldn’t see it). If they do not have the option, they need better Product Development team and if they do have it somewhere they need a better UI team.

arzoo.com