Monday, August 6

a super heavy downpour in mumbai while rest of the country faces imminent drought

Like Cloud burst Watch "Super rain @ palm beach road, navi Mumbai" on YouTube Mumbai monsoons are famous for its sudden heavy downpours that seems to come from no where and will catch you off guard, drench you to the bones and then vanish all in a matter of few minutes. I have often been prey to its fury, but this time I got lucky to capture her in full glory. It was almost a cloudburst and was over within few minutes. While year 2012 monsoon seems to be doing well in mumbai, Gods haven't been kind to the rest of India as forecast continues to maintain a  near drought situation. Even Kerala, where monsoon is always at its best haven't seen much action and the wells are running dry. It's our collective failure that even after a very long history of droughts and floods, we still do not have an effective water management policy or a whole hearted approach by individuals and communities to adopt rain water harvesting. All that's been achieved have been a few isolated attempts by NGOs and communities many of which have been successfull but not yet adopted nationwide. Thought of sharing the vdo here for everyone love rain. It's shot with a  HTC desireHD so the AV quality is just average. 

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Saturday, August 4

Ford EcoSport

Ford 's take on urban compact SUV is slated for a Diwali Launch. Expect a stripped down petrol near 8 lakhs while the top diesel should go above 12 lakhs  if Ford does include features like hill climb assist, Ford Sync and other goodies for the Indian version. 

Ford definitely will find it difficult to match the pricing of Renault Duster.

Will ecoBoost perform that good in real world?

Ford's award winning 1.0 liter ecoBoost engine powers the petrol version and diesel version will come with the current Fiesta engine. I am eager to try out the ecoBoost engine performs as even the current set of compact cars come with a 1.2 ltr engines.  

This may not help sales in India as Diesel is almost 50% cheaper

Ecosport seems perfect from all sides and the interiors are rich and inviting. But pricing is all that matters in Indian market which is inclined towards quantity against quality. Design and other subtle elements take a back seat here.

Good looks, premium built, great fuel efficiency and a feature packed inside must work magic for Ford in India.

Ecosport has an aggressive SUV stance

Titanium edition wheels look cool

Rich and detailed interiors looks premium

Rear looks good too

Wednesday, August 1

Renault Duster

The Renault Duster is a great bargain prized at 7 to 11 lakhs. While the Duster has a true SUV rugged front, its rear isn't really impressive. While the SUV-high driving position is great, the cabin is just OK. 

The Duster is offered in three engine options. The 1.6-litre petrol engine that delivers 104 PS and two variants of the 1.5 dCi K9K diesel engine — one developing 85PS and other, 110PS. The 110PS would be a fun-to-drive car.

Mumbai suburban rail network timetable

Found a simple and accurate online timetable for Mumbai suburban railway network (mumbai local).

It's clean, simple and adfree unlike the many other sites. Hence this one works like butter on a mobile phone browser.

While Mumbai local has a frequency of 3min at peak, this tool will be helpful for planning those early morning or late night trips when the frequency dips.

Smarter still, you now know whether you can avoid that jampacked virar local for the next which could be a less crowded borivili local.