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...

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...

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 ...

In this “FILTY” world of ours, journalists have to slog a lot!

What began as a personal interaction platform of sorts has taken on an extremely complex form, more elaborate then Chinese whispers. I call it a ‘FILTY’ world. So what exactly is this world? It’s just a word I coi...

From auto journalists to pretty cheer girls, the transition is quite apparent!

Cheer girls have an entertaining task before them. In fact, cheerleading is defined as an activity that involves participants (usually girls in skirts, waving colourful and glittering pom poms) swaying their hips an...

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...

Gurinder is no more; News that never hit the headlines!

“Gurinder is no more you know? He died of gunshot injuries a couple of years back. I was informed about this a few days back when I met a journalist from Punjab,” Shafiq told me. I was aghast. How is it that I misse...

The story of journalists, a martyr and grieving parents

Capt Jayant Joshi along with Lt Col AS Batth was doing a routine practice exercise in their Army Aviation Rudra Advanced Light Helicopter at the Ranjit Sagar Dam near Pathankot when it crashed into the deep waters o...

Dousing the concerns on EV fires

The last several months have been tough for the EV industry, specifically the 2-wheeler segment with multiple instances of fire and even a case of explosion in 2 wheelers using Lithium ion (Li-ion) based battery pac...

Camera, family album, personal conversation & modern day bravado

Circa 1988: Remember the slow old days when things happened at the speed of an Ambassador car? For today’s generation it may actually sound as though we lived in a “slow motion” age! Among the several valuable posse...

Auto Journalists: Do the new IT rules on freebies include us?

It’s been several months since I accepted a car or bike “review” invitation. Yes, I miss reviewing new cars and bikes. There is no denying that fact. OEMs continue to shower journalists with free air travel, free 5-...

My name is Tommy, I am a stray dog (Part 2 of 2)

But strangely, I realised there were humans who loved us. But I wondered whether it was superficial. If they loved us so much, why did they not take us to their homes and adopt us? All I got was a pat on my head so...

Followers, Views, Likes and the Blue Tick

In the good old days, some of us used to pick up the morning #newspaper to read the latest news, whether it was on #politics, #sports, local development or #business. The more voracious readers amongst us spent thei...

A tribute to Pappu; Tussi great ho!

There are some names that will always be remembered with a lot of fondness. Pappu is one of them. I grew up in a middle-class locality in Delhi and as a young lad, I had lots of friends. They were not just from a ...

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...

Auto Journalist or Influencer, or is it two-in-one? Part 3 of 3

Yes, I know auto journalists and the organisations they work for are not rich in the real sense. Auto journalists cannot travel all over the world and drive fancy cars and bikes by spending their own money. No media...

Auto Journalist or Influencer, or is it two-in-one? Part 2 of 3

As a B2C auto journalist, I was exposed to the world of glitz. Almost every car and bike launch, besides first drives and rides, meant free five star stays, free flights, free food and wine and at the end of the d...

JOURNALISTS & PR PROFESSIONALS- PART 9 OF 9

I saw the #socialmedia tsunami coming but could never fathom its intensity. It was around 2004-2005 when platforms like #youtube , #twitter , #facebook , etc were born. Much later #instagram came into being. #tiktok...

JOURNALISTS & PR PROFESSIONALS- PART 8 OF 9

Everybody in the auto journalism world had to adapt to new rules of social media, its charm, its pluses and minuses and its absolute ruthlessness amid the excitement and opportunities it offered.

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...

JOURNALISTS & PR PROFESSIONALS- PART 5 OF 9

In Part 4, I explained what it means to deal with the “Paapi pet ka sawal hein…” issue. After all, journalists and PR pros are humans too. They have to survive.

JOURNALISTS & PR PROFESSIONALS- PART 1 OF 9

For more than a decade from the 1980s to 1990s, I was a business journalist working in different newspapers. #Journalists at that time were known for their ethics, self-respect, high moral standards and their vast k...

Auto Expo 2016- The Motor Show- Asli Naqli Show

Every time the Auto Expo is held in India, the components players have an Asli Naqli pavilion which displays spurious components along with real ones. The purpose is to educate the consumers of the rampant availabil...

ACMA convention records its first major burglary

Journalism is getting murkier by the day and so are some journalists...or should we call them journalists? People ask me as to why I do not want to attend press conferences (PCs) and I tell them it’s getting more an...

Nurburgring lap time bans

The Nurburgring was the Holy Grail for car manufacturers to prepare their cars for the worst lap of its life to break each other’s record. Some manufacturers would bring their cars to the track just to develop them,...

Jeremy Clarkson needs a punch

Jeremy Clarkson. We all know that this man working for BBC and who hosts the show ‘Top Gear’ has a huge fan following. So does Sunny Leone and Pamella Anderson, at least when her silicon implants were in good order!...

Print journalism & the internet world

How was it before the internet became popular? Very simple, people read newspapers and magazines, watched the limited news on television and listened to radio. Then came the internet bomb. Why bomb? Because it almos...

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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