August 29, 2009

Comparison of online payment gateways in India

Found this analysis here and thought to keep it handy for future needs. The information doesn't seem complete and if you've more information to add or correct this information, please do share in comments. Two of my friends needed this information immediately, so here you go buddies...
GatewayOne time setup feesTransaction Cost (CC/DC)Transaction Cost (NetBanking)Annual Maintenance Cost (AMC)Supported CCsSupported Banks
CCAvenue75007%4%1200VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Diners, JCBHDFC, ICICI, AXIS, IDBI, CBoP, Citi, BoB, BoI
DirectPay (TimesMoney)

VISA, MasterCardHDFC, ICICI, AXIS, IDBI, CBoP, Citi, Centurion, Yes, BoP, BoI, PNB, Kotak, Karnataka, Vijaya, BoR, SIB, Corporation, OBC, Federal
EBS (Axis Bank)60006%6%2400VISA, MasterCard, DinersHDFC, Axis, Citi
ABC Payments (IndiaMart)100007%7%NilVISA, MasterCard, DinersHDFC, ICICI, AXIS, IDBI, CBoP, Citi, IndusInd

ICICI PaySeal300003.5%
10000VISA (no MasterCard)

Installing Agilo - Agile plugin over Trac

[If you are looking for instructions on installing Agilo over Trac, click here to skip to the instructions directly]

Finally a post on my current work in my new organization. :-) Its been running really busy with lot of things going on in parallel; but i must admit it, it feels lively after a long long time here and that's one reason you find me posting this entry at 2:30 past midnight (no.. i'm not working on project related stuff, but i find my enthusiasm back on finding new stuffs that can help my team and the organization perform better).

We, the newly formed engineering team here have decided to follow agile and scrum based processes in all our projects and the organization as whole. We recently installed Trac (a fantastic python based open source tool on one of our servers), but this provided very minimal UI for wiki, source code browsing, ticketing system and milestones tracking and had missing features like user management, ticket hours management, scrum features like (product backlogs, sprint based management and progress tracking). So we explored more and came across this nice plugin over Trac - called Agilo. Agilo is open source and provides some pro features in a licensed version with support. Well what we were looking for was pretty much available in the open source version so we went ahead with the same.

  1. First install setuptools for python by running


  2. Install Trac. (need help? read here or here)

  3. Install simplejson by issuing
    easy_install simplejson

  4. At this step, its assumed that your trac is up and running :-) Download Agilo source code from here (you need to be logged in to download this) and untar it using
    tar xzvf agilo-source-latest.tar.gz

    Go to the source folder and issue
    easy_install [source-untarred-folder]

  5. At this step, you need to enable this for your projects. Assuming that you've a project installed in /var/trac/project1, you need to add the following to your /var/trac/project1/conf/trac.ini

    agilo.* = enabled
    agilo_common.* = enabled

  6. Do an upgrade on the project by issuing:

    trac-admin /var/trac/project1 upgrade

    which should output something like below:

    Creating Product Backlog...
    Creating Sprint Backlog...
    Upgrade done.

    This means your project has been upgraded to use Agilo on Trac. Restart your trac instance.

  7. I wasn't successful in my first attempt because my simplejson installation wasn't proper for some reason, so i did a
    locate simplejson

    removed the simplejson egg and then did
    easy_install simplejson

    again. For me, the path of simplejson to be removed, was /usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/simplejson-2.0.9-py2.4-linux-x86_64.egg

It was very satisfying to see the Agilo UI over Trac. We've already created a/cs for the entire organization (engineering, product management, analytics and support functions) and our CEO, CTO also have an a/c on the system. Everybody is excited about the new system :-)

[PS: if you still have problem, do post your issue here.]

Interesting reads from hbr blog


August 23, 2009


Taken from a video post on Reflections By IITians. IIT Kharagpur recently celebrated its 59th foundation day. It just reminded me my old KGP days and revived the nostalgia. I'm sure it will remind you your college days too..

A life which is to end
Only when i'm no more
A life which transformed me
In a fighter to the core

A season of love and friendship
For eternity which will last
In my future to follow
I will long to relive this past

Memories of this part of journey
I'll carry all life long
Memories of those precious moments
Which made my life a beautiful song

My eyes go teary
Emotions fill my heart
As my days left here are few
Now its time to bid adieu

August 11, 2009

August 08, 2009

Interesting reads from hbr blog

  1. To Get What You Want, Don't Go With Your Gut

  2. Four Rules for Effective Negotiations

After reading these posts, i realized how miserable i was in a recent negotiation (i was desperately looking for a +ve outcome but lost it even before i could start presenting my side of the case)... definitely worth reading; not sure how much a reading can help but something is better than nothing. And in my way of thinking, first step towards fixing a problem is to realize that there is a problem. :-)

August 01, 2009

बस यूँही...

आज फिर उस गली से गुजरे हम
हुए पुराने लम्हे रूबरू
तुम न थे दूर दूर तक कहीं
फिर भी की हमने गुफ्तगू...