• Random Musings

    Bangalore named 3rd best city to visit next year

    Off late, Namma Bengaluru is in the news. To begin with, the report that Bangalore (Bengaluru) has grown by more than 50% in population in the last decade, then the Metro launch, and now the report by Lonely Planet – the influential travel guide, that Bangalore is the 3rd best city to visit next year. London and Muscat (Oman) are the top two in the list.

    London, which hosts the 2012 Olympics and celebrations marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II tops the list, followed by Muscat.

    Bangalore coming on the list is something of a surprise. I am still trying to search the qualifications required for Bangalore to qualify to this. Though it is a privilege to be in this list, the current infrastructure and state-of-affairs in Bangalore leaves a lot for us to imagine Bangalore to be in the list. Nevertheless, it is a great honor for us all at Bangalore.

    Top 10 cities

    1. London
    2. Muscat, Oman
    3. Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
    4. Cadiz, Spain
    5. Stockholm
    6. Guimaraes, Portugal
    7. Santiago, Chile
    8. Hong Kong
    9. Orlando, Florida, USA
    10. Darwin, Australia

    Original link : http://news.yahoo.com/london-named-2012s-top-city-160022462.html

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  • Random Musings

    Diwali Cracker stalls at AECS Layout

    Good news to all residents of AECS Layout. The water tank park has been granted permission to have diwali cracker sale this year. Saves us all the trouble of going out of our layout for buying crackers. Have to see how many stalls are there, and the status of the garden after the stalls are removed.

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  • Cars & Bikes

    Mahindra XUV500

    Wow, atlast a world class car, designed and manufactured in India. The new XUV500 by Mahindra is sleek, stylish and filled with features. At first look, you find some of the features from Land Rover, Ssangyong and Fortuneer, XUV500 still has maintained to keep the classic Mahindra feel in its grill. Integrated LED daytime lights, prominent standing headlamps, the front grill all add to the style factor of the vehicle.

    The interiors arexuv500.jpg classy, with the right selection of colors. The dash board contains a gear indicative panel, and the console has features for USB/DVD playing, Blue tooth connectivity and GPS support. XUV500 can easily accomodate 7 persons and have enough leg space, with lots of trunk space.

    I have fallen in love with this vehicle, and would love to own it. Priced at around Rs.11,00,000/-, the vehicle is over booked for the next four months.

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  • Random Musings

    Beanstalk – Toy store at Brooke Fields

    Mahindra & Mahindra’s new toy store, exclusively for kids, opened its new branch at Brooke Fields, just opposite to Cosmos Mall. This is their first toy store in India, and they are planning to open stores all over India.

    Beanstalk Store

    Also, their retail store called Mom & Me also opened next to Beanstalk. Both the stores are right in the main ITPL Road. The only problem is parking, and with constant traffic fines levied on no-parking on both sides of the road, I feel the store is not very accessible.

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    Careful when parking opposite Cosmos Mall

    Don’t be surprised if you find a no-parking ticket placed in your car’s windshield or your bike is missing after you left it for parking in the roadside near Cosmos Mall or opposite to Cosmos Mall. As per the traffic cops, the whole street upto the McDonalds is a no parking area. I tried searching for No-Parking boards, and actually found one, which is not really visible to anyone directly.

    Be ready to shell out Rs. 100/-.

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  • Cars & Bikes

    Hindustan Motors new pickup vehicle – VEER

    I am a great fan of Hindustan Motors and love their Ambassador, which still has a cult symbol attached to its design, in spite of so many cars on the road. Now, HM is launching its pickup named as VEER, which is a result of what happens when Amby is converted to a pickup. Surprised at HM moving into pickup vehicle market, which in fact, is one of the fastest growing market in India.

    VEER is the name of the pick-up and the body of it resembles of old Amby. VEER is a 0.8 tonne commercial pick-up, offering a fair bit of comfort to the drivers. And of course the low maintenance factor. VEER will be launched in Diesel version and also in CNG version. Initially it will be launched in East India, and later in other parts of India.


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  • Travelogue

    Drive to Mangalore

    This trip was planned since a long time, and every time we planned to drive to Mangalore, it got postponed or we preferred to go by Airavat. So we planned for 2 day trip to Mangalore, and took the best route possible from Google, had my Scorpio serviced at Carnation, and were all set for the trip.

    We left home at Kundalahalli at sharp 5:00 am. Since the roads were empty, we went through Majestic, Malleswaram, Yeshwantpur and took the new flyover to Neelamangala and were in the Mangalore highway, which is left from Neelamangala in just 30 minutes.

    We had a short break at Cafe Coffee Day, and then resumed our journey. We touched Hassan at around 10:00, and took the bypass road to Sakleshpur. This stretch of road is too good, and it was really pleasant to drive until you reach the Shridhi Ghats (part of Western Ghats). Even though, the roads are wide enough, it took more than 1 hour to complete the 30km odd ghat section.


    We touched Mangalore outskirts at around 11:30, though we had taken lots of small breaks to catch up with nature’s beauty in the Ghat section. Drive back was tiring, as it was raining, and we took more than 2 hours to complete the Ghat section. Leaving Mangalore at 2:00pm, we were caught up in Bangalore Neelamangala traffic for nearly 1 hour. 

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