AGM Technologies: Making driving easy for specially abled

Out of the blue, I got a call from a good old friend of mine Amit Gulati of AGM Technologies.He was a modifier of cars, in the sense he could transform the interiors of a car into one that resembled the private room...

Navigating Environmental Challenges in Automotive Manufacturing

In the ever-evolving landscape of automotive manufacturing, one cannot overlook the environmental challenges that persist. Mumbai's recent decision to retire its iconic red diesel-run double-decker buses, in service...

The Role of Design Thinking in Automotive Innovation: Putting Customers First

Innovation has always been a critical driving force behind the evolution of the automotive industry from time immemorial. From the inception of the first automobiles to the development of electric and self-driving v...

What’s with journalists these days?

What’s with journalists these days? Has journalism changed from being a noble profession to one that is ignoble? It seems that it has become a profession of jokers, extortionists, political stooges and spineless boy...

Can MG Motor India bring a revolution in small electric car space?

If you may have noticed, small electric cars are becoming a vogue in several developed countries. These are typically two-door cars that can seat four people comfortably. Take the example of Wuling Air mini electric...

Global NCAP, safe cars and the Indian way of driving

The year 2022 has come to an end. The second half of 2022 had its own share of road accidents, some of them extremely fatal, some of them tragic, horrific and scary.

RIP Vikram Kirloskar: Toyota loses its best friend

Author Elisabeth Foley has rightly said, “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” And that is precisely what Vikram Kirloskar and Toyota have demonstra...

Shipping a vehicle from USA to India, what does it entail?

The U.S. and India have different driving rules. India is a right-driving country (vehicles with the steering wheel on the right side of the car), but don’t let that fool you into believing you won’t run into plenty...

Speed Thrills, It Kills too, but what the hell, let’s have fun!

I love it when a random auto journalist in India writes in his column that a high speed car needs to be driven on a race track. Auto journalists are typically that breed of professionals who “run with the hares and ...

Seat belts, over speeding, velocitation, crashes and deaths

Just the other day a leading English newspaper came out with a report quoting a data released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB). It said that road crashes in India claimed 426 lives per day or 18 every hour...

Atmanirbhar, Really? Do you believe in that?  Part 2 of 2

But all the talk of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” makes no sense if it does not bring in the moolah for the investor. In the early days of post Independence making moolah was very difficult because of the “red-tapism” and co...

Ever been on drugs? Ever quit the habit?

Getting hooked on #narcotics substances can be very dangerous. They destroy lives, minds and souls. The sale and consumption of illegal narcotics are rampant across the globe. The first time I had a narcotic substan...

JOURNALISTS & PR PROFESSIONALS- PART 7 OF 9

A couple of decades back, #journalists were kind of independent when it came to reporting and they never had the management breathing down their necks to get moolah for their organisations. And even if they wanted...

Diesel Ban: Throwing Baby Out with Bath Water

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has passed several orders in the recent past and each need to be criticised for its shortsightedness. It passed an order banning cutting of trees in Delhi. That was ludicrous to say...

Papa says ‘No’, Mama says ‘No’ to traffic norms

Remember the line from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare? “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”. I can truly use that line for India now. There is something very rotten in the state of India. Forget ab...

Ban old vehicles; are you kidding?

It’s easy for any tribunal, whether green or blue, to put a ban on vehicles. Earlier, as per the Motor Vehicles norms in the country, a vehicle life was put at 15 years, beyond which the vehicle needed to be get a f...

Sex, road rage, accidents and bad driving--it’s all in the Indian DNA

Indians at large possess some of the sharpest brains in the world. But when it comes to following traffic rules, they behave in some of the weirdest ways. India is a country where sex is literally taboo, yet prostit...

Autonomous Driving: Apocalypse Now

Every day we hear someone or the other, thinking of ways to replace the traditional human driver from the car, thus removing driver error from the equation all together which seems like a good idea…in theory. But...

For God’s sake keep your country clean

Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a clarion call to make India clean (Swatch Bharat), there has been a flurry of activities, both genuine and fraud, trying to heed to his call. Some have honestly taken up...

Different driving modes

A new trend going around these days in the auto industry is a feature that goes by the name of ‘driving mode’. This option of a driving mode started with the German luxury manufacturers and is now tricking down to t...




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