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Books of July & August 2013!

Read many books in the last 2 months. Following is the list:-

  1. Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim: Reco for Mgmt related ppl
  2. The Confession by John Grisham: A bit boring towards the end
  3. Granta 80: The Group: Interesting stories, worth a read
  4. Bombay Rains, Bombay Girls by Anirban Bose: Time Pass book, read if you have nothing better to read
  5. The Racketeer by John Grisham: Better than The Confession, worth a read
  6. Kitnay Aadmi Thay by Diptakirti Chaudhuri: Must read for Bollywood fans, though media covers all the facts, the compilation is interesting
  7. Dongri to Dubai by S. Hussain Zaidi: Reco to all.
  8. The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian: Reco to all, fast paced story as usual by Ravi
  9. Miss Marple’s Final Cases by Agatha Christie 
  10. The Furnished Room & The Fist of the Magi by O’ Henry
  11. The Secrets of Nagas by Amish Tripathi-> 3/5: a bit boring. Did not inspire me enough to buy the last one.
  12. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse-> 5/5: loved this book. 
  13. My Story by Kamala Das-> 4/5: Must read for all. Specially women!
  14. Arion & the Dolphin by Vikram Seth-> 3/5: Poetic. Time pass read.
  15. Skill with People by Les Giblin-> 4/5: Read, re-read, execute type book
  16. Devils in Pinstripes by Ravi Subramanian-> 3/5: Usual RS book on banking. Don’t read if you have read his books recently.
  17. The Summons by John Grisham-> 3/5: Not the best of his works perhaps, yet worth a read.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Specifications Revealed

IMG_20121231_093932Model: Royal Enfield Thunderbird

Year: 2012

Category: Awesome

Variant: Superb

Displacement: From Prison to at Peace

Engine: Single Soul, 4 Stroke Happiness

Power: More than Enough

Torque: More than Expected

Top Speed: Yet to be achieved


Normal to Special in 2 seconds

Slavery to Freedom in 5 seconds

Riding to Flying in 7 seconds

Questions to Answers in 9 seconds

Domestic to Wild in 12 seconds



Royal Enfield & some interesting stories

I just loved reading following blogs on Royal Enfield, Tours, Bullets etc., hence posting the following links for those who are interested:-


It is about the Journey of two passionate bikers Mr. Harbinder Singh & Vaibhav Nijhowne. Each & every journey & the challenges are elaborated in the blog. The Rajasthan & Ladakh tours are worth reading.




The website of the club whose philosophy is  “You can never come back from a ride”. This is very interesting, informative & helpful website for the bikers in & around India, for newbies & professionals. From the content, it seems to be a well-managed club with adventurous ambitions & professional approach. I found the ‘The Great Rann of Kutch” article by Mr. Paraj Shukla to be very helpful & interesting.


Though is not about the Royal Enfield, this experience of Rajasthan ride on Kawasaki Ninja has many ups & downs. You can take some good tips to ride 700km per day & what to do when you have rim related problems.

Do let me know if you have any other links where such stories are shared apart from


Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 – Made like a Gun, Runs like a Bullet

This article does not contain any technical specifications, dimensions, on road price etc of Thunderbird 500. The best website to get knowledge about it is This article is all about my experiences with the bike!

30 days. Forget about specifications, I got my Royal Enfield in 30 days. I was waiting for this bike launch for a year & had also prepared my mind for a 9 months long waiting period after the launch.


Booked the Thunderbird one day after the Launch on 13th Oct 2012.

This is for those who are slowly dying because they cannot tolerate the waiting period. I had booked my RET500 at Sarabhai Motors Ahmedabad on 14th October & got the delivery on 13th November on the auspicious day of Laxmi Pujan (Diwali). According to the records, my bike was the first one in Gujrat. Proud.

I took the delivery of the bike & travelled 140km on the first day. After 140km with countless head turnings, eye balls popping & jaw droppings around me, I reached the destination without any back ache or tiredness. I was cruising at the speed of 50kmph as it is advised to do so for the first 500km for Engine seasoning. It was indeed an awesome feeling to have 500cc, 27bhp power under you.

Overall Riding Experience
It was awesome. The bike is very good at handling, considering the weight of 190kg. Gear Shift is smooth. Acceleration is impressive. Braking is improved with two disc brakes. Look is sophisticated. It is the owner’s pride! It truly deserves a cruise control in future models. It never lets you down when you are showing off your aggression on the road. In fact, it challenges you to push yourself to the limit where you can hear your heartbeats more than the thump! When you are riding it, respect is not earned, it is forcibly taken out from their heart, through their eyes, compelling their jaw to drop & leaving them jealous with the thought of ‘I always wanted to own this one’.!!

As compared to Classic 500, thump is very low. You can replace the silencer & install ‘Indori’ silencer which has relatively high thump. The cost of that Silencer is Rs. 3,100.

Pre-purchase analysis:
Indian motor bike industry is offering a very wide range of bikes today. KTM Duke 200, Honda CBR 250, Kawasaki Ninja etc. I was looking for a cruiser bike and had an option of Royal Enfield Thunderbird, Harley Davidson, Triumph, Demak Cougar 250, and Bajaj Avenger 220. Harley Davidson & Triumph was ruled out as I am no Rober Vadhra to buy it. Though, ICICI bank gives loan for these bikes (only) & the EMI is also affordable if you have no other liabilities. Bajaj Avenger 220 was out of question, & Demak Cougar 250 was a surprise find which was not having any impressive features to beat the Thunderbird. To be frank, the analysis was just the formality as I had already decided the bike to buy. If you are not looking for a traditional cruiser bike looks, then Duke 200 is really very impressive. The only issue is the comfort of the Pillion rider. If you are looking for too much of plastic then you have many options starting from Honda Achiever, Yamaha Fazer, Honda CBR 150, Hero Karizma ZMR, Honda CBR 250, Yamaha R15, & there would be many more coming soon.

If Thunderbird is out of your budget then do not compromise for Bajaj Avenger. Wait for some time, it will be worth!

My RE was polished and primped by the dealer & was looking at its best. It is the combination of classic & sophisticated look that makes RET 500 very special. During the delivery there was a problem of Oil tank cap not getting easily fit. However the problem was solved by the dealer in my next visit. Such delivery problems is the trademark of RE as I saw 2 different issues in Desertstorm & Electra during the delivery. Dealer is very cooperative in fixing the issue however RE should record all these problems & taken preventive action.

First Ride:
After starting from the showroom I took my first stop at the petrol pump at 200m. During this very short time, I saw many people stalking at the bike. First compliment came from the Petrol Pump attendant saying, ‘Mast bike hai’ (Very nice bike).


Completed 200km in one day at an average speed of 43kmph. I was taking 5mins stop after every 1 hour to let the engine cool down.

As I said, I travelled around 140km on the very first day with the speed of not more than 50kmph. However, after 70km petrol started leaking from the tank. The problem was fixed during my next visit to the Dealer.

Second Visit to Dealer:
My second visit was to take the registration number from the dealer & fix the issue of Petrol tank cap & Petrol leakage. Both the problems were sorted out. Also as I had completed 500km, first service was also done during the visit

First 500km (in 4 days):
First 500km was full of pride & attention seeking rides across the city & 280km between Baroda & Ahmedabad. On an average, at least 2 people were approaching me every day to enquire about the bike, appreciating its look, asking about the waiting period & on road price. It was really very difficult to maintain the speed limit of 50kmph but I was successful in doing so.


My second ride on Baroda – Ahmedabad Highway!!

One Major Mysterious Problem:
I started my third 140km journey from Ahmedabad to Baroda and after 30km I heard a very loud screeching sound coming from the front disc brake. I stopped the bike & called the dealer who advised me to come back. On my way back, just before reaching the showroom the noise stopped. I could not explain the problem & they could not understand. I continued my journey & that problem never appeared after that. This was the day when I completed 200km in a day.

Soon, my family started the shopping of RET500. There are so many online options to buy different stuff according to your priorities. I got the following accessories:-

1. Dirt Sack Long Ranger Saddlebag (Rs. 3,200). 22 litres per side, 14.5”x11”x8.5”.

Other useful features are as below:-
– 840 denier ballistic nylon exterior for durability
– Reinforced side walls and base for added strength and shape retention
– Seams are bound on the inside and stress points are reinforced
– All sides, top and bottom are padded with .25″ foam insulation
– Soft plush interior lining
– Quick release buckles allow for easy mounting and dismounting
– U-shaped open loading main compartments allow easy packing and access to contents
– Six exterior zippered pockets
– 3M – 500 cd lux high visibility reflective tapes on 3 sides for safe low light riding
– Heavy duty YKK zippers & slides


2. DSG Revive Gloves (Rs. 2,250)

3. MOTOtech Stealth Balaclava (Rs. 380)

4. Teflon Coating (approx. Rs. 800)

Got it done at the showroom

5. Front Mudguard logo plate (Rs. 800) with Stickers


I am still thinking of the deserving place to stick it!

6. Glass mounting on the Headlamp (Customized)

The gap between the speedometer and the headlamp was a bit hollow & hence my brother who is a product designer prepared this accessory and mounted it on the headlamp. It has the reflectors on it that enhance the look of the bike!


The Customized head lamp mounting.

My dream destination is Ladakh. One day, when my leaves get approved by my boss, I will be heading for that with my friends!

Now as the production of RE is going to increase, the lifetime opportunity of owning one will be a readily available option for many. As RE has intended, it will successfully penetrate into the market of young IT professionals. With Mr. Sidharth Lal vision, it has already been looked upon as the ‘Cool Urban Bike’!

‘Yeh Bullet Meri Jaan, Manzilon Ka Nishaan’


My Views on FDI

The title ‘My Views on FDI’ is the most common statement made by everyone who may or may not exactly know what the reforms related to FDI are all about. Having said that, this article will also not discuss about its effect on fiscal deficit or growth or on the elections & Congress. It is only about my observations about the intelligent lot of people comprising Software Engineers, Graduate Trainees, Students (MBA, Engineers etc..) etc who are discussing about this subject.

The following are the different categories of experts in our society:-

1. I saw the tweet ‘Too late, Too little’. For instance, I thought that it was an awesome summary in nutshell. Then I realized that these were the exact words said by Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai to Mr. Ajit Ranade 2 mins back on the News Channel that I was watching. So the first lot of people are the one who watch the news & flood their tweets, facebook page with their views! Smart Indeed right? The same people will also read about it the next day & write expert blogs on the subject. 

2. The BJP supporters. or rather the blind BJP supporters. Whatever happens, they will connect it to how the Congress has been looting India. Then they will criticise saying the poor people will lose the jobs because of this FDI. Now there are few sub categories in this group: a) the people who support NaMo & hates Mamta Banerjee b) the people who dont know what Mamta has done but still hates her because they cant relate their hatred to Arindham Chowdhary or Chetan Bhagat in this case c) the people who wholeheartedly support NaMo & BJP.

3. The people who relates this to Inflation without any knowledge. Then suddenly they divert the topic to Diesel price hike & Coal Scam where they have gathered lot of knowledge by Internet surfing through the comments posted by their counterparts sitting in some other corner of the world. Such people do take help of the words which are not familiar to the common man. And mostly these people are the students who have gone abroad for their MBA/MS, or the working class people who are earning abroad to pay back their fees of MBA/MS, or the unemployed Indians struggling abroad who are sitting in the apartment doing nothing but surfing. They all consider them as true patriots!  

4. The people who relates this to Mr. Vijay Mallya’s strategic step to save his Airlines. Then they dig out the historical stuff like how Cabinet ministers of Nehru’s times were selected & how Nehru+Gandhi has fooled the entire country for many decades. 

5. And now the last but the very important category where majority of the people are falling is the ‘Dumper’ Category. The people who don’t know what is happening but they just comment to be socially fit in the above mentioned categories

World is full of different, interesting & foolish people. Let me know if you come across any other Category!! 




अहिंसा प्रतिहिंसा

किसीको गिराना हो 

लात न मारो..
किसको मारना ही है
शेर न बनो..
प्रतिशोध को नियंत्रण नहीं
सिर्फ उसे धैर्य के पंख दो
फिर उड़ने दो अपने आकाश में
तल्लीन अपने ही साजिश में


किसीको गिराना हो 
लात न मारो, सीढ़ी हटा दो..  
किसको को मारना ही है
शेर नहीं, दीमक बनो.. 



Bhukkad Zindagi Mein Niwaala Na Miley

Tooti Kamar Ko Sahaara Na Miley

Bus Aagey Badhna Hai Gar Hai Hosla Toh Bol

Fir Zakhmi Pairon Se Bhi Raasta Tu  Khoj..


Berehmi Ke Patthar Khud Hi Tujhse Takraayein

Footi Kismat Ki Cheekh Jab Tu Na Soon Paayein

Marham Ki Muskuraahat Apne Jism Pe Tu Mal

Mudke Na Dekh, Tu Bus Chala Chal..


Khoon Ka Thakka Jo Mastakk Pe Tikey

Kaali Raat Ki Jab Tujhe Subah Na Dikhey

Uss Raat Ko Dosti Ka Vaasta Deke Bol

Bus Aagey Badhna Hai Gar Hai Hosla Toh Bol

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