I have changed my broadband plan once again. That is the second time in less than 3 months and I love the fact that we are getting better plans. So they have a few more unlimited plans and I picked the middle one – 10mbps unlimited at Rs.799. My current plan is 10mbps for 100GB and then 2mbps unlimited at Rs.999 plus taxes! Better speed fulltime for less money – that’s great. And until this year I was at 2mbps unlimited for Rs.999 – so overall I am happy with the plan changes.
However, I am still not convinced with the ISP as I am not that happy with Asianet’s customer care services or their reliability in the last few weeks what with frequent outages, they assure me that it was mainly due to issues outside their normal control. Like, a truck hitting the post which houses their equipment or a large vehicle cutting the cable as they try to pass an area that they are not supposed to.
Ok, I can buy that but when it happens way too many times it starts to get on your nerves. Especially when their customer care call center agents, baring maybe 10% of them, can’t seem to answer the call properly and act as if they are totally outsourced and hence it isn’t their problem and they will inform whoever needs to know about it and are in a hurry to keep your call. Oh and don’t get me started on their replies to your emails – apparently they do not read them.
Pep Guardiola secured his first trophy as Manchester City manager as they overpowered Arsenal to win the Carabao Cup in convincing fashion at Wembley. City responded to Monday’s shock FA Cup fifth-round defeat by League One Wigan Athletic in style as they swept aside Arsenal and now turn their attention to clinching the Premier League and continuing their Champions League campaign. Sergio Aguero gave City an 18th-minute lead when he took full advantage of Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi’s feeble challenge to latch on to keeper Claudio Bravo’s goal-kick and loft a cool finish over David Ospina. Arsenal were toothless apart from one early opening when Kyle Walker stopped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the six-yard area and the contest was effectively over when man-of-the-match Vincent Kompany swept in Ilkay Gundogan’s cross-shot just before the hour.
David Silva put the final flourish on City and Guardiola’s day with a powerful shot past Ospina before City closed out the most routine of victories. There was one contentious note which may draw further attention from the Football Association as Guardiola wore his trademark yellow ribbon, which he displays in supported of imprisoned politicians in his native Catalonia, despite facing a charge from English football’s governing body for “wearing a political message”. If one moment summed up Arsenal’s performance, it was the dismal manner in which Mustafi was left appealing limply for a foul after failing to deal with a routine long goal-kick from Bravo, a light-as-a-feather touch from Aguero paving the way for him to beat the onrushing Ospina.
Arsenal, quite simply, were overpowered with no answer to City’s quality once a lacklustre first 45 minutes gave way to a second half in which Guardiola’s side camped out in Gunners territory. Lightweight, loose in possession and defensively weak, Arsenal were no match for City. When the final whistle blew, the portion of Wembley where Arsenal’s fans were housed was virtually deserted, many taking Silva’s third goal as the signal to head for the exits and beat the rush home. Few could blame them as this was a painful experience. This was a chastening afternoon for Wenger as another trophy hope was ended – faced with the cold, hard reality that Arsenal look light years behind this burgeoning, developing Manchester City.