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I got to drive a Honda Shadow 750CC bike today, it belonged to my friend in Simi Valley, CA. I thought why will anyone want to drive a heavy motor bike like this one (I know there are more heavier bikes out there). After few minutes of driving in open roads especially on a cold windy day, I understood why. You need a solid body for stability on road especially when you are riding on good speed, second reason being that for you too get the power & speed you need a heavier engine. The drive was delightful!!!

Today I went to T.Nagar shopping area near Motilal street to see a well known Sanskrit scholar. In a hurry to reach on time, I didn’t notice I was parking my new car (Maruti SX4) in a No Parking zone in Dhandapani Street,Chennai. When I came back to the car after the meeting, I was shocked to see the car wheel clamped by Traffic Police. They had left a note in the windshield with a mobile number to call. Calling the number the tow-truck and the cop came to the spot in about 10 minutes and collected the fine of…

It was six years back in April 2007 I purchased my current car – a Honda City GXi. I love this car, it is easy to maneuver in the city roads and you feel comfortable in any of the seats. After much thought  I decided I will make this one as our family car for “Driver” driving to school & household trips. The last family car we had was a Mahindra Renault Logan, which I sold immediately after deciding to get myself a new car. It was time to shop for a new car. I am not an Automobile enthusiast,…

I have written many times about how I prefer Shatabdi train for travel between Chennai & Bangalore, so I will not tire you again on that. Today I had to go to Bangalore for Microsoft TechEd India 2012, I was not speaking this time so no need to go the day before for rehearsals. Being a Wednesday there was no Shatabdi in the morning and if I take the evening one I will miss Day 1 of TechEd entirely. So I decided to try the new luxury bus from Olivea (the same group that now owns Nilgris supermarkets). The one-way…

I have been using the default Audio system (Alphine) that came with my Honda city for last few years, I have done no customization or fitted any other accessory to the car. Unfortunately, the Alphine default system (Car Stereo) doesn’t support USB or iPod connections. After I bought my iPhone I was feeling the need to have this connection option. So after procrastinating for a long time I went out recently (on June ‘09) and bought a new Audio system. It was a Pioneer FH-P6050UB double DIN system for Rs.15,750 inclusive of two Sony speakers and installation in two cars…