LET’S SAY ‘YES’ TO THE ALL NEW DATSUN REDI-GO!

IT Job, decent salary, happily married (oxymoron), own house, what do I miss? I ask myself what is that single line item I miss now? Is the answer a bike…? A Bike, for a family? Or a car, preferably a SUV? But it should not cost a bomb. I say to myself.

Of course, it will not. These days, the designers of car are smart enough to target the right set of people.

Am I a target, I ask myself?

No… no, what I meant is… okay, no more arguments my dear. Watch this video…

The all new DATSUN REDI-GO from Nissan with pride. Looks good! But… will it be cost effective? Will it have all the latest features?

There is more than a dozen feature. Let me brief about my favourite three!

Okay, go on…

It’s a unique fusion of compact crossover and urban hatchback, offering the best of both worlds. It’s compact and sleek, yet robust and aggressive. The exterior is more of a premium appeal, just like you.

Okay, agreed. The look is great! What about the features?

It’s spacious. It can be overloaded! (Tongue out)

I’ll kick your ass. Go ahead and explain the dashboard, music system and any new features that is possess.

Let me start with the adaptive power steering that has unbelievable stability at high speeds. The next for the techie inside you, the drive computer that is loaded with features like shift indicator, average mileage, distance to refill the tank, (of course, your mind will think about the credit card EMIs. Do not worry, it has a fuel economy of 25.17 km/l) and what not? Feel it, techie dude.

Impressive… but is it on highways or on normal roads?

It’s combined. Let me tell you that this sleek car can help you swim in the traffic, with amazing five speed manual transmission and superior air-conditioning system.

I am convinced… but give me one more strong reason to buy it.

Hmm… You can make a full turn around with just a 4.7 metre turning radius. You do not have to worry about driving on small roads or trying hard to work on back gear. I know you suck at it (Tongue out)

I am going to behead you. Before that tell me can I test drive?

People who can drive can test drive, so I guess you cannot. By the way which city do you prefer?

I love to test drive in Bangalore. If I love the experience, and if it is not going to hurt my EMIs, then I may book it.)

How should I make him book the car? Let me think… 1, 3, 5…

What are you thinking?

Give me your mobile, I quickly open Google play store and install DATSUN INDIA. I launch the app and show him the phone.

OMG! LET’S SAY ‘YES’ TO THE ALL NEW DATSUN REDI-GO!

A techie is always a techie!

The conversation between me and myself is impressive enough to book the car. Because all we need is Fun. Freedom. Confidence. And the ultimate Urban Cross – Datsun redi-GO – the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback promises it!

Ideal Yatra!

Life itself is a yatra from birth to peace. We knowingly or unknowingly travel to new destinations with or without our own will and explore the hidden beauty of nature created by the supreme power, God. Out of these yatras we like (at least forced to like) almost all the yatras, but only a very few are our favourites. It’s our Ideal Yatra!

In these 28 years on earth I had been to several places, explored the beauty of nature and have my own favourites. My visit to Poovar Island, Trivandrum, is one of the ideal domestic yatras I had been to, along with my wife. It took five emails to book a floating cottage in Poovar Island and a visit to yatra.com to book the flights. The experience of booking the flight was good: searched for domestic flights, typed source and destination location, date, no. of passengers and hit on ENTER. In almost five minutes I had my confirmed returned tickets in my inbox. I was the happiest man!

On the day of the journey, my brother took us to the airport in the car… we found Chennai Airport so beautiful. Luckily we checked in online (Air India Web check-in). Though we reached at the last minute, still we quickly passed through the security checks and boarded the flight right in time… all thanks to Chennai traffic and surprise diversions.

The flight journey to Trivandrum was smooth and good. Luckily, there was no turbulence. In my previous International flights, I had the worst experiences with seatbelt on all the time. As soon as we reached Trivandrum we got into the cab arranged by the Poovar Islands Team; a kind gesture by the team for the honeymoon couple. Followed by the cab journey, we took a boat to the Island viewing the seas I had previously seen in the maps.

Living in a cottage floating on water was an amazing experience for us. My wife was scared at the start, but within a few hours, she got used to it. In fact, on the second day we sat on the backyard of the cottage keeping our legs inside the water. The days flew faster than we imagined. Be it the candlelight dinner, the specially decorated honeymoon cake, or the backwater ride on a small boat, it was an incredible experience! Not to forget the dining experience, the mouth-watering cuisines, the photogenic surroundings and the amazing seashore that gave us a lifetime memorable frozen moment in my camera lens.

Though we made our itinerary to cover the entire city, the serenity of the Island did not allow us to go outside. On the last day the team arranged a cab for dropping us back to the airport. On the way the cab driver, Sriram Anna, a kind-hearted human being, took us to a famous Vinayagar temple, the chocolate shops and dropped us in the airport. The return flight journey was bit emotional, as we missed the cottage a lot. We decided to visit again and maybe in a few months’ time, we may visit again.

Thanks to Yatra.com for being a part of our ideal yatra. Explore more about Domestic Airlines. Happy Journey! Keep Smiling!

Real Togetherness

It’s not every day you get to watch an advertisement that is worth watching again and again. “Kissanpur – Discovering Real Togetherness” by www.kissanpur.com is one such wonderful AD I watched today on Facebook. The AD is about bringing people together with the help of nature. An old man enters in to a lift where no one cares to greet or smile at each other, followed by a few instances where everyone lives only in their digital world, and this hurts. A group of kids along with the old man bring together the society with the help of nature, and that’s the best part of it. This reminds me of an incident that happened exactly two years ago that helped bring people together and defined the meaning of real togetherness.

It was a summer season. The time was around six in the morning when we four friends initiated an idea to clean the poorly maintained big pathway in the center of our society. We brought the necessary tools from our houses, and started working on the task. We first collected all the garbage in a bin bag, removed all the unwanted plants, and sprinkled germ killer all over the place. It took almost three years to complete this task. We then painted the wall tricolor, and wrote Tamil proverbs on the wall. We planted a mango tree in the dedicated corner and created fence around it. We did all these in a single day. The next day we fixed a big waterproof box naming it “Suggestion Box” with a digital lock. We bought two new benches and placed it opposite to each other and in the middle we placed four pots sowing different plant seeds. All of a sudden the deserted place became a centre of attraction to the people in our society.

Elderly people gathered there every evening and started speaking with each other. Day by day the count increased, and we used this as an opportunity to bring out the hidden talent in each person of our society. Slowly it attracted the youths and even the kids as well. Everyone started revealing their hidden talents like dancing, singing, reciting poems, acting, etc., It helped kids and youths to familiarize with elders and in turn elders understanding the passion of their kids. We even recorded events and reached people in the digital world. By this way we came together every day, spoke with each other, shared our passions, and created opportunities for a bright future. In the meantime, the mango plant became a small tree, the seeds we sowed turned into colorful plants, and this added beauty to our Crazy Corner.

Thus, we experienced the real power and meaning of real togetherness, in this digitally connected world.