Today we took Sia’s admission in playgroup. She will be starting from June.

And like every parent, I and Kruti are now wondering, what is she going to do there? :)

Today we took Sia’s admission in playgroup. She will be starting from June.

And like every parent, I and Kruti are now wondering, what is she going to do there? :)

I was working on some code today which dealt with numbers.

It was about doing a sum of numbers from 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + …. + N.

I am pretty sure this is known, but here is how it goes:

**Odd numbers:**

Suppose we are doing a sum of numbers 1 to N where N is an odd number.

Lets consider N to be number 5:

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 = **15**

In the numbers above, 3 is in the center of the sequence, and 5 x 3 = 15. If N is 7 then 7 x 4 = 28 where 4 is at the center of the sequence.

But what if N is huge number like 12345. Finding the number at the center of the sequence is tough. When N was 5 the number at center of the sequence was 3, i.e. 5/2 + 1/2 = 2.5 + 0.5 = 3. This is also true for 7, 11, 13,… Therefore, when N is 12345:

12345/2 + 1/2 = 6173

So the sum of sequence 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +….. + 12345 = 12345 x 6173 = **76205685**.

i.e. For any given Number N, where N is odd, the sum of 1 to N is **N x (N/2 + 1/2)**

**Even numbers:**

Consider the same scenario when N is an even number. For eg:

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 = **21**

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 = **36**

Here when N is 6, 21 = (6 x (6/2)) + (6/2).

i.e. For any given number N, where N is even, the sum of 1 to N is **(N x (N/2)) + (N/2)**

All the above is just an observation, I dont have any proof (yet). It might exist already or I might have studied in school too, but dont remember now :)

My daughter Sia started walking today :)

On 29th of March I got a call from Idea again:

Me: Hello?

Idea: Hello Sir. I am calling from Idea. You complained on twitter about number porting.

Me: Yes.

Idea: Can you explain what exactly is the issue.— We discussed everything that I have written in first 3 posts. Also told him about my discussion and tweets with TATA —

Idea: Ok. I will forward this details to a concerned team here.

Me: Ok. When do you think this will be solved?

Idea: Tomorrow is Sunday, we will surely update you by Monday.

Me: Ok.

Later on that day @ideacellular tweeted this:

@kunalbharati as per your telecon with our customer service associate on 29th March 2014, 1/2

— Idea Cellular (@ideacellular) March 29, 2014

And this:

@kunalbharati we wish to inform u that the matter is currently being followed up and our concerned team will revert to u at the earliest.2/2

— Idea Cellular (@ideacellular) March 29, 2014

This time I was bit more confidant that the issue will be resolved soon.

Yesterday I got a call again:

Idea: Hello Sir I am calling from Idea.

Me: Yes tell me.

Idea: You complained on twitter about porting request.

Me: Yes.

Idea: Did you fill the form?

Me: I have filled the form and I also have the Idea SIM from over a month.

Idea: Where did you fill form from?

Me: Its a local mobile shop.

Idea: Where do you stay?

Me: Virar.

Idea: Ok. Can you hold on for a second?

Me: Sure.— After some time —

Idea: Sir, thanks for being on hold. Virar doesnt come under Maharashtra or Mumbai coverage. You will have to goto Thane or Ulhasnagar and fill the form there in Idea office.

Me: I wont go anywhere. I have filled the form and I also have the SIM. If its possible with currently then do it or else leave it, I dont want to port my number.

Idea: Can you hold on again please?

Me: Sure.— After some time —

Idea: Sir, you will have to goto Thane or Ulhasnagar to fill the form again.

Me: Leave it. I dont want to port my number.

Idea: Ok. Thank you for your time.

Me: Thanks.

Ok. So I am not porting my number to Idea. But now the question is, which SIM do I have with me? If it was never going to be ported, why did I get the SIM? Also did Idea lie that TATA is blocking my porting request? Because this doesnt look like TATA’s issue.

TATA has tweeted that port out request is valid till April 8th:

@kunalbharati your MNP port out has been registered vide docket number PMRS0920542202 on 24/03/14 and expected resolution by 08-APR-2014.

— Tata Docomo (@tatadocomo) March 27, 2014

Right now I am clueless on how this is going to happen. Day before yesterday I got a call from Idea repeating the same that TATA is blocking my port out request:

Idea: Hello Sir, You complained on twitter about your porting request.

Me: Yes.

Idea: Sir I want to let you know that its still blocked from TATA’s side.

Me: What?

Idea: Yes TATA doesnt want to leave you.

Me: But why? I am not even famous.

Idea: You will have to talk to TATA.

Me: Why dont you check their tweets, they have already mentioned that they have registered my port out request with some docket number.

Idea: No Sir. They are not accepting our request. You have to talk to them again.

Me: But why should I talk to them? I want my number to be ported to Idea and hence I filled your form.

Idea: Yes Sir we understand your concern. But we cant do anything.

Me: Do one thing, tweet to me and mention TATA that they have blocked my port out request.

Idea: Hmmm ok Sir.

Me: Thanks.

There was a tweet from @tatadocomo:

@kunalbharati we were unable to contact you, since your call was not answered.

— Tata Docomo (@tatadocomo) March 28, 2014

And I never got a call from them. Network problems?

One more tweet:

@kunalbharati We tried to speak to you personally on your alternate number to understand your concerns regarding activation however,

— Tata Docomo (@tatadocomo) March 28, 2014

Alternate number? I never gave them any alternate number.

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