Monday, June 30, 2008

Malayalam Movie Stars Meeting

Yesterday, there was a general body meeting of Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) at Kochi. Unfortunately, I was out of town and could not give a try to enter the star filled hall for a photo feast. But my friend Anees did and here are some photos by him.

More photos are available at his site at

Saturday, June 21, 2008

I caught the 'i'!

Today, I bought my first new car, Hyundai i10 from KTC, Malappuram.

Here are some photos of it taken by me and Anees. The locations are Vypin, GoSree Bridge, and my Apartment in Kochi.

In most of the reviews, awards, and user discussion forums, Hyundai i10 stood first leaving other small cars (Chevrolet Spark, Hyundai Santro, Maruti Zen Estilo, Maruti Wagon R, Fiat Palio Stile 1.1, and Tata Indica Xeta 1,2) far behind. That's why I went for i10. It's contemporary looks and well built interiors are a major attraction. It is fuel efficient enough and is backed by Hyundai's fantastic after sales support and service.

The only problem for i10 was its heavy price tag (5.5+ Lakhs) for the top end model 'Magna' that has ABS, Air Bags and Sun Roof. I went for the medium model 'Era' without these features, but with Power Steering, Central Locking, A/C, Front Power Windows, etc. It cost me only 3.95 Lakhs on the road, as I availed 10K Exchange Bonus and 2K Corporate Bonus.

Unlike other cars, the Gearshift of i10 is sprouting out from dashboard center column. This gives ample space between the seats and is best for even bigger water bottles. But the hand require some stretching up to reach this new position of Gearshift, where as in the other cars, the hand can just lay rest on the Gearshift. This was a bit inconvenient during my first long drive and I am yet to see how it affects in long run.

The dashboard of i10 is in beige color as is the interior and seat covers. It works well with the 'Champagne Gold' color I chose, and provides a classy look. (I took a bowl of dust and applied on all color variants at showroom to see where it is less visible... :) Of course, I am kidding!) But there is a catch. The beige dashboard reflects on the windshield whenever there is direct light falling on it, be it sun on top of the head, or a bigger street light at night. It indeed disrupts the visibility a bit. But trust me; I am not going to paint it black... :)

Sunday, June 01, 2008

The voyage of a 106 Wheeler

I saw all the kids in my village along the roadside today twittering and running around, and waiting for something to come. I thought there is a procession approaching, but I was wrong.

It was the 106 wheeler truck and trailer carrying a huge transformer from Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited's factory in Gujarat to an electrical substation in our district Malappuram. The voyage which started two months back carrying a real heavy and tall transformer along the narrow roads was a sight worth watching.

The Volvo truck had 10 wheels and the trailer had 96 wheels. There was another truck carrying a full load of tires accompanying this party. There were many workers carrying long sticks and tools to lift the electric cables up, and to let the vehicle pass. Some tree branches needed a trimming too. It was not just kids, but even the passing travelers stopped by, at its sight.