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Trabug - how it all started

This story is being narrated purely from my (Sunali, Co-Founder) perspective and my journey so far.You can expect to get the following answers from this post: How did the idea come into existence? How was the brand name decided? How did the current founders collaborate? Where are we now, i.e. October 2016? loadCSS("//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Bitter:400,700"); loadCSS("http://blog.trabug.com/css/coupon.css?v=2"); Celebrate Holi with Trabug get 1GB Data Free! Get PROMOCODE Before talking about the history of idea, I would like to tell you that it has changed considerably from the time it was first conceptualise and prototyped. Now, we can see it in real flesh and blood, with all its nuances solved. My partners Gautam and Gurpreet have played a pivotal role in making this dream a reality. Ideas have no value without execution, and you need partners, who have the ability, to look at all its flaws and work towards solving them and making it a viable business. And that is what we have achieved as a team. 1. How did the idea come into existence?The idea came from my visit to Dubai… I was carrying a Matrix simcard ( a service for outbound travelers, very expensive by the way.) and an old feature phone, which I used only for voice and text message. Being an iPhone user I had to carry an additional phone. I assumed I would get wifi everywhere I go and so things should pan out. This trip was not actually planned or lets say I was not prepared for this trip. I did not have the time to do my research online about Dubai and what I could do etc. But since I was travelling in a group I figured it wouldn’t be a problem.Anyways, to my complete dismay, wherever the tour operators took us, there was no wifi. So unless we came back to the hotel in the evening I was totally disconnected with the world (my office). The mistake that I made was, taking an old obsolete phone instead of a smart phone. But my old smartphone did not have a good battery life hence I avoided the burden of charging it etc. In retrospect not such a bad decision.I could not access my office or my team. I couldn’t speak to family or share pictures on the go. Even though I had a great time but this particular problem, kept bothering me. I faced a similar problem in Sydney too.When I came back to India, I decided to give this some more thought. I worked on a mind map, attached here. A typical design thinking exercise starts with defining a problem and then looking at probable solutions. After much deliberation the idea of “A Travel Phone” seemed viable!“What if you could get a phone that has all the information you need and also has data connectivity anywhere you go”?I bounced off the idea to a friend of mine, Lotika, who I thought would be able to look at it more critically. She too found it to be an interesting thought and confirmed that it could be a viable business model.We started the prototyping and Lotika helped me in detailing of product features and content structure. Within a month we managed to build a pretty cool prototype. Have a look….

You Should Know the Protected/Restricted area permit India (PAP/RAP)

PROTECTED/RESTRICTED AREA PERMIT FOR INDIAThe foreigners(protected area) act requires the non-Indian citizen to obtain a Protected area permit(PAP) to visit certain areas in India. Certain requirements have to be fulfilled to get this permit. The protected areas are as follows: Whole state of Nagaland Sikkim Some parts of state of Manipur Mizoram Uttaranchal Jammu and kashmir Rajasthan Himachal pradesh General PAP requirements: Travel with a registered travel agent. Travel in a group of 2 at least loadCSS("//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Bitter:400,700"); loadCSS("http://blog.trabug.com/css/coupon.css?v=2"); Celebrate Holi with Trabug get 1GB Data Free! Get PROMOCODE The PAP has a duration of 10 days, with and an option of extending it for another 7 days. Normally the travel agent you have hired will take care of the PAP. In addition, Restricted Area Permit(RAP) is required by non-Indian citizens to visit the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar islands and parts of the state of Sikkim.

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List of Embassies and Consulates in India

What is the task of an Embassy?An embassy is a diplomatic representation of country’s government in another country. It’s functions are: Transmits the message of its home government to the government of the host country and vice versa. Informs its home government about important political, social, economic, military and other events happening in the host country. Promotes its own home culture, economy and science in the host country. Prepares international treaties and official state visits.Many embassies have a consular section exercising the functions of a consulate. What is the task of a Consulate?A consulate is the representation of the public administration of a country in a foreign town. First of all, it is responsible for its own fellow-citizens, living or travelling in the host country.The most important duties of a consulate are:

How to know the difference between in PIO Crad vs. OCI Card

Who is an NRI?An Indian citizen who is ordinarily residing outside India and holds an Indian passport.What benefits one is entitled to?All benefits as available to Indian citizen subject to notifications issued by the government from time to time.An NRI does not require a VISA for visiting India. Who is a Person of Indian Origin (PIO)?A person who or whose any of ancestors was an Indian national and who is presently holding another country’s citizenship/ nationality i.e. he/she is holding foreign passportA POI cardholder requires VISA for visiting India. loadCSS("//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Bitter:400,700"); loadCSS("http://blog.trabug.com/css/coupon.css?v=2"); Celebrate Holi with Trabug get 1GB Data Free! Get PROMOCODE Who is an OCI card holder?A person registered as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholder under section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955.Who is eligible?Following categories of foreign nationals are eligible for registering Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholder:- who was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after 26 January 1950 who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26 January 1950 who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15 August 1947 who is a child or a grandchild or a great-grandchild of such a citizen who is a minor child of such persons mentioned above who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India spouse of foreign origin of who a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application.

Tips on Medical Treatment in India

There could be various reasons why people travel to India for medical treatments. But the main reason is the cost of medical treatments is significantly less than western countries. So, if you have decided to travel for medical treatment, then there are few things to consider before travel: – Research thoroughlyMedical treatment in India or any part of the world can be daunting. Therefore, being prepared is the best way to get stress free experience. First thing to check is the type of treatment you are planning to get treated. Research is the key to a successful medical experience. So, research as much as possible about the treatment facilities and hospitals, also post-op care. Shortlist the hospitalThere is no dearth of hospitals in India that serve all kinds of medical ailments. But not all hospitals are qualified enough to provide you best care that you need. Choosing a wrong hospital can be dangerous and can cost you your life. So, read reviews of previous patients that have undergone same treatment and see their satisfaction level. Check the success rate of the treatment and the staff is educated enough to converse in English. loadCSS("//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Bitter:400,700"); loadCSS("http://blog.trabug.com/css/coupon.css?v=2"); Celebrate Holi with Trabug get 1GB Data Free! Get PROMOCODE Check Surgeons backgroundsYou may have chosen the best of the hospital for treatment. But if the doctor is not proficient, then it can be life threatening. Take a special look on the qualifications and experience of the surgeon to ensure you are in safe hands. In this internet age, you can easily find all information about doctors on the internet. Keep your local doctor in loop

How to Estimate Cost of Dental Treatment and Duration in India

Procedure Cost Range in India (USD)* Cost Range in India (INR) Estimated Hospitalisation Duration Dental implant - Each 1000 - 2000 63500 - 127000 As out patient / 2 stages over 3 months CROWN full ceramic 140 - 240 8890 - 15240 As out patient Root Canal treatment 120 - 200 7620 - 12700 As out patient/ 3- 4 sittings Facial cosmetic restoration 1500 - 6000 95250 - 381000 As out patient loadCSS("//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Bitter:400,700"); loadCSS("http://blog.trabug.com/css/coupon.css?v=2"); Celebrate Holi with Trabug get 1GB Data Free! Get PROMOCODE COST OF DENTAL TREATMENTIf you can afford to go to the dentist at all, then you can afford to travel overseas for treatment – and throw in a vacation for free!As dental prices climb and insurance cover decreases, alternatives to expensive dental care have become less of a luxury and more of a need.Imagine this: You could fly to Goa in India , lie on the beach for a week, get your teeth whitened and have a new porcelain crown made and placed – all for less than the price of a single crown back home.Explore any city in much better way with the help of Trabug. We provide a smartphone and a 4G SIM card loaded with helpful travel information and services, bundled with voice and a unlimited data plan to keep you connected. If you want to know more, visit trabug.com for further details. Stay connected across India.Getting an e-Visa will also help you to get Trabug.Trabug is a unique solution. It provides you a high-end smartphone and 4G SIM card with unlimited data. All the information about localised services is preloaded and it is delivered at your doorstep anywhere in India. For a better travelling experience get Trabug. You might also want to read these: Tips on Medical treatment in India The City that Never Sleeps: Mumbai Goa: The Portuguese Shangri-La

You can now Compare the cost of Medical Treatment in India & USA

Medical procedure USA India Heart Bypass $123,000 $7,900 Angioplasty $28,200 $5,700 Heart Valve Replacement $170,000 $9,500 Hip Replacement $40,364 $7,200 Hip Resurfacing $28,000 $9,700 Knee Replacement $35,000 $6,600 Spinal Fusion $110,000 $10,300 Dental Implant $2,500 $900 Lap Band $14,000 $7,300 Gastric Sleeve $16,500 $6,000 Gastric Bypass $25,000 $7,000 Hysterectomy $15,400 $3,200 Breast Implants $6,400 $3,000 Rhinoplasty $6,500 $2,400 Face Lift $11,000 $3,500 Liposuction $5,500 $2,800 Tummy Tuck $8,000 $3,500 IVF Treatment $12,400 $2,500 loadCSS("//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Bitter:400,700"); loadCSS("http://blog.trabug.com/css/coupon.css?v=2"); Celebrate Holi with Trabug get 1GB Data Free! Get PROMOCODE Treatment cost is much lesser in india compared to the other countries. Furthermore a foreigner can save his money on roaming charges using Trabug.We provide a smartphone and a 4G SIM card loaded with helpful travel information and services, bundled with voice and a unlimited data plan to keep you connected. If you want to know more, read about 20 ways in which Trabug can benefit you. Stay connected across India.Getting an e-Visa will also help you to get Trabug.Trabug is a unique solution. It provides you a high-end smartphone and 4G SIM card with unlimited data. All the information about localised services is preloaded and it is delivered at your doorstep anywhere in India. For a better travelling experience get Trabug. You might also want to read these: How to estimate Cost of dental treatment and duration in India All about the Royal City: Jaipur 20 reasons why you should get Trabug

How to get Medical Visa for India

ELIGIBILITYYou can get a medical visa if you would like to seek medical treatment only in reputed/ recognized specialized hospitals/treatment centers in india. Upto two attendants who are blood relatives are allowed to accompany the applicant under separate medical attendant visa. loadCSS("//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Bitter:400,700"); loadCSS("http://blog.trabug.com/css/coupon.css?v=2"); Celebrate Holi with Trabug get 1GB Data Free! Get PROMOCODE DURATION AND VALIDITYThe initial duration of visa is upto a year or period of treatment, whichever is less. The visa will be valid for a maximum of 3 entries during the one year. However Medical and Medical Attendant visas are extendable by FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) in India depending upon the condition of the patient on the production of the required medical documents. REQUIREMENTSPassport with 6 month validityPassport size photographsPhotocopy of passportCopy of online Filled formProof of Residential AddressRecommendation from the home country doctor to visit particular specialized medical centre for treatmentPassport copy of the attendantProof of relationship with the attendantMedical reports MEDICAL VISA FEEA visa fee for Medical visa is different by countries. It ranges from $13 to $153.For further details click the following linkindiahealthcaretourism