Google launched it's UPI-enabled Digital Payment app this week in India. Tez came with high expectations as would any app from Google. Since it was a late entrant since several UPI enabled app like PhonePe and BHIM, the bar was already set quite high and Google Tez had to face the heat because of it. The app currently has poor reviews and a rating of 3.7 with over 2000+ 1 ratings.
Higher than expected Traffic
Several users pointed out issues with the app and based on comments from the app support team it seems the app faced higher than expected traffic after launch. It's quite weird for someone like Google which has infrastructure to handle billions of requests to face issues with traffic. This seems to be predominantly related to OTP request.
No support for Rooted Devices
In order to keep user account data secure. Google has opted out to not support rooted devices. So in case if you have your device rooted, you won't be able to use Google Tez.
Google Tez works similar to whatsapp in terms of showing user contacts. Several users has concerns regarding privacy - ability to hide yourself. But the option is in fact available in privacy section of settings.
Issues with getting referral money.
Google promises user ₹51 when someone comes from your referral and makes a payment. At max a user can earn ₹9000 in a year. Several users pointed that they were not getting ₹51 credited even after successful transaction from their referrals.
Money wasted on OTP
This was by far the most common issue faced by users. UPI needs you to attempt integration with same number which is linked to your bank account. Many failed to connect their app to bank account and also lost money in mobile verification attempts.
Seems like it's been a slow start for Google Tez so far!
If you are living in Mumbai/Pune, you must plan to take a visit to the city of lakes - Udaipur! It won't take much, you just need a long weekend 🙂
If you are living in Mumbai/Pune and looking for ideas for next long weekend trip. I have a suggestion - the city of lakes - Udaipur! (Please don't end up going Goa again!)
Here's what I covered in a span of 2 and a half day!
1. Khamma Ghani
We reached Udaipur at 3.30pm, freshened up at a friend's home. (you can book a stay for 900/- per night through MMT/OYO). We immediately headed to have chai and snacks at Khamma Ghani Restaurant . You will get good tandoor here. What better place to chill after a bus ride than a nice lakeside restaurant. You will find plenty of Lakeside Restaurants here.
2. Ambrai Ghat
Then we went to spend the evening in Old City area at Ambrai Ghat besides the great Pichola Lake. I don't have words to describe the place. Just have a look!
3. Dinner at Upre
Time for dinner! You must must must (yes 3 times!) have dinner at Upre, lakeside rooftop restaurant at The Lake Palace Hotel. Its beside Ambrai Ghat and has a beautiful view of the Pichola with an awesome ambience. You can enjoy a meal with the view of beautiful lit up City Palace and the Lake Palace. Enjoy your evening!
4) Dal Bati Churma Thali at Natraj Hotel
You must have this delicious scrumptious dal bati churma thali at Natraj Hotel near Bapu Bazar. I bet you will forget everything and will be happy licking dal bati off your fingers 😉
5. City Palace Tour
The next day we headed out for a tour of City Palace. There is the City Palace Museum. More than the history you will enjoy the intricate architecture and designs of the Palace.
6. Jagmandir Island Palace
Jagmandir Island Palace is a beautiful palace situated in the middle of Lake Pichola. It's an another "must must visit" place. You get the tickets (cost 300 before sunset time) for the ferries which take you to this awesome palace with a wine bar in the middle of the lake. The ferry ride is an experience in itself as you sail past the City Palace and Lake Palace to reach Jagmandir. Quick tip to take a time lapse video of the boat ride.
7. Fatehsagar Lake , Rani Road
Here you can chill with friends beside the enchanting Fatehsagar Lake. There is a "Pal" which is a street banned for vehicles where you can sit beside the lake and have some popcorns 🙂
For Snacks and drinks you can visit Hotel Panna Vilas at Rani road, again a rooftop with awesome view. You can spot the Sajjangarh fort from there and have a look at the solitary Solar Observatory situated in between Fatehsagar lake.
8. The Monsoon Palace
Next morning we visited SajjanGarh Fort (also known as The Monsoon Palace) which is high up above the Aravali. We booked our own cab to Sajjangarh Fort (you can also book a seat in their own bus when you reach Sajjangarh for 90/-). As it's name suggests..it's a must visit place during the monsoons. Though we had the sun high up above that day yet it had a beautiful view from up there. Have a look at the pictures.
9. HathiPole Market
For all the shopping lovers out there this is the place for you to buy those traditional Rajasthani bandhej and leheriya sarees and duppattas. For the photographers -You will find many pieces of artwork and can capture the colourful indian market in your camera. Have a look .
U. Market pics.
10. Saheliyon ki Badi (Queens Garden)
On the way back from Sajjangarh , you will be able to visit this beautiful garden in the middle of the city. It's situated beside Pichola Lake. The main attraction of this garden is that it is full of fountains which work mechanically since 18th century.
If you plan and book well you will also be able to visit the most beautiful Kumbhalgarh Fort. It will take whole of your day to explore the Fort. After the Great wall of China, Kumbhalgarh has the largest stretch of Wall in the whole world.
It's a pity we were not able to visit this fort but you should plan for this one as it is a Must!
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Remember the outrage humanitarians during Chinese Yulin Dog Meat festival? You have to.
If you do not, let me remind you. Yulin dog festival is an annual 10 days festival, where thousands, if not millions of dogs are butchered for human consumption.
Did your heart throb reading this? Eyes bled?
Well, let us think of it the other way. Millions of chickens are slaughtered every day for your favourite KFC meal, thousands of cows for that favourite, mouthwatering stew of yours.
Doesn't sound that horrific, does it?
If people, following their culture eat something that goes beyond our ethical values, we are enraged. While, if it's based on our culture, its fine. Who cares for those chicken? Universally accepted for them to be butchered right?
It is understandable if vegans were the ones protesting, makes perfect sense. But why the chick and beef eaters?
Don't they feel pain? Don't they have a life?
Consider it this way, is it really humane or just the highest kind of hypocrisy from our side?
Let us think for a few minutes.
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