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Round Peg

Location: Muscat, Oman/ Bangalore, India

Round Peg....in a square hole. That describes me! All my life I have never quite fit in ... now I have just given up trying to live up to the expectations of the square hole or trying to find a round one!

Monday, July 11, 2005

The all-electric Reva car

The Reva – you either love it or hate it.

It’s small as in cramped. Does not look very elegant. Its pick up is poor – 0 – 50 kms in 18 seconds. In fact, reviews say the only reason anyone would buy the car is from a ‘strong desire to save our blue planet.’

But I love the sheer audacity of a little known group entering into the specialised big bucks world of the automobile industry.

And the product is entirely offbeat. An all electric car. Plug it to a power socket every night for a 80 kilometre drive the next morning.

Made right, this could be India’s answer to its burgeoning oil bills. And a blessing to the many millions that ride two wheelers mostly because it is all they can afford and not because they love the feel of the (polluted) wind on their face. And the small size is well suited to city driving.

But the hitch is the big mismatch between price and product.

For Rs 2,75,000 or USD 6,500 there are a clutch of vehicles from established companies that offer much greater driving and riding comfort. Not to mention the security of buying a vehicle from a reputed manufacturer with a global reputation.

And so it’s unlikely that in its present avatar, the Reva will ever become popular or ever come close to being a mainstream vehicle.

The only advantage the Reva offers is that its running costs are extremely attractive, A pittance compared to the running costs of petrol driven cars in a world where one litre of petrol costs more than a dollar, where bumper to bumper traffic ensures you consume much more petrol than you like to think about and where narrow congested roads force new one- way rules which increase the commuting distance.

Even so, I am not sure how long the Reva will last. It’s a great concept and I would really like to see this ‘David’ win.

I wish the Government creates the necessary conditions to make electric or hybrid cars more popular. Reduce import duties, offer more concessions to manufacturers so that they offer their hybrid variants in India. Toyota has the Prius; Honda the Civic, Accord and Insight.

India can probably offers volumes that might make hybrids or cars that run on alternate energy viable. This might result in a win-win situation for all – on a micro level ease the burden on the user’s purse and on a macro level benefit the environment and the Indian Government’s oil bills.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Oh my gosh!!

I just installed Zone Alarm with Anti Virus.

Re-booted the computer and in the last 21 minutes the firewall has blocked 228 (yes 228) access attempts.

Heavens help those that do not have a firewall!

PS: Uninstalled Norton Anti Virus even though there are a good 5 months to go before it expires.To quote McDonalds ‘i'm lovin'it’. Norton slowed the computer unbearably and just got on my nerves.

Nice Mamma

Tonight my 3 year old was ensconced comfortably in my arms as I sat on the rocking chair gently rocking him to sleep.

The soothing melodious tones of Pandit Jasraj played softly in the background and the night lamp bathed us in a warm muted glow.

My son half asleep, stirred looked into my eyes and said ‘Nice’. He reflected on what he had said, smiled and confirmed ‘Nice Mamma’

Made my day. :)