Published April 29, 2011 by Srikanth Eswaran with 0 comment

iPad 2 now available in India, starts at 29,500 Rs for Wifi version and 36,900 for 3g version


Apple finally has launched its iPad 2 in India, at reasonable prices of 29,500 for the Wifi version and 36,900 for the 3g version which is quite competitive to Samsung's tablet prices and also to Apple's USA pricing.

In the USA the same version is available at 499$ and with about 8-10% tax that works out to ~ 525$ which in Indian money roughly translates to 24,675 bucks assuming a dollar is 47 bucks. This does not include shipping costs and is applicable only for USA store pickups and Apple online purchases.


Still the Indian version has roughly about 20% more cost making it viable to purchase one from USA directly if you know someone there. But if you need warranty for a year, immediate pickup and instantaneous nirvana, head to a Croma, or eZone or Staples store or very much to the Apple authorized iMAGINE stores and pick up the iPad right here!

With a super fast dual core A5 processor, roughly about 512MB RAM and FaceTime HD, 10 hours battery that would probably last much longer if you switch off that Wifi, and iPad Smart cover at an extra 2000 bucks, the tablet war really starts to heat up for Samsung, Acer, Asus, Motorola (if they really care about India anymore).


Apple's main competitor remains Samsung though they collaborate within for supplies of memory chips and at lawsuit trials elsewhere! It is to be seen how Samsung prices its 10.1" Android Honeycomb tablet in comparison to this latest salvo from Apple.

Also heating up the atmosphere would be the impending iMAC refresh with thunderbolt port, and Sandy bridge Intel core i5 processor line which will retain Apple's products as the most powerful and easy to use for some time to come. The cost is always a question, but then to own something beautiful, one should not be too iffy about cost factor isn't it ?

Note that its only a matter of time before HDFC, ICICI, Barclays, SBI and Citibank jump into the experience to offer the iPad 2 on EMI schemes which makes it all the more easier to own one!

(all images courtesy apple website)


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Published April 04, 2011 by Srikanth Eswaran with 0 comment

KHB Apartments Allotment announced for Yelahanka New town, Bengaluru

Today the TOI put up an advert from the government which has announced Apartments from KHB at yelahanka new town. You can click on the ad below for a bigger picture.

You must notice a marked shift in the pricing of the apartments this time. While one can agree that this would be in Yelahanka New Town, an 850 sqaure feet apartment is pegged at about 25.60 lacs. If we remove around 2 lacs worth of KEB and BWSSB charges, the rest turns out to be 23.60 lacs.

For an 850 square feet of SUPER BUILT UP area, this works out to a WHOPPING Rs.2,777/- per square feet. With market rates hovering between 2,000 and 2,500, KHB has set the benchmark in raising the rates around the area itself by pegging its new apartment blocks at this figure.

The following however are good points about the new residential developemnt from KHB

  • Focus on rainwater harvesting

  • Solid waste disposal unit

  • Piped LPG gas distribution and supply - one of its kind from KHB

  • Sewage treatment system

  • No common walls between flats

  • Toilets with false ceiling facilitating easy repair work

  • Mainteance and service staff get their own toilets

Lets just quickly understand how the flats look like with the available bad quality of pictures.

2BHK - 850 SFT


The only downside to this type of flat is that both bedrooms DO NOT have balconies. Also there are NO attached toilets in this type of flat.

3BHK - 1200 SFT


In this type of apartment, the following points are good:

  • Both bedrooms have balconies

  • There is a dedicated utility space

  • There is atleast one attached toilet

However, there is NO balcony for living room

3BHK - 1600 SFT


In this type of apartment, the following points are good:

  • Living room and two bedrooms have balconies

  • Dedicated utility space is provided

  • There is some additional seating/puja space next to dining area

  • There is atleast one attached toilet

There are no obvious negative points to this type of flat except its cost, which is close to 50 lacs!

Some other important points to note:

  1. Stamp duty and registration will be about 12-13% over and above indicated cost

  2. Application distribution starts 8th April, 2011

  3. Other conditions are listed here from the AD.

So for those interested, dont miss this opportunity. If KHB has been strategic enough this will come quite close to major bus stands, metro terminals and commuter railway stations in Yelahanka.

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