BOLT – a real Thunderbolt from Tata Motors
BOLT – a real
Thunderbolt from Tata Motors

BOLT, the name itself suggests
the features. Do I need to say more? As per the Company, the name Bolt itself
signifies speed and represents a winner’s attitude, and believe me, I give it
full 100% on this remark.

The Tata Bolt, the newest
hatchback to hit the automobile is the latest offering from Tata Motors. Though
based on the well known X1 platform which underpins the Vista and featuring the
all too familiar silhouette, it is a whole new animal in terms of features and
overall design philosophy.

Loaded with amazing features, you
just can’t take your eyes off this mean machine. The features are just
breathtaking. We cannot even imagine having these features in a hatchback of
this category.

1.       Revetron
1.2L Turbo charged MPFi Engine with first-in-class multi-drive mode
2.       Harman
touchsreen multimedia system
3.       Video
recognition and SMS readouts.
4.       New
signature front grille
5.       Projector
6.       Speed
dependent volume control
7.       Rugby
shoulder seats.

An excellent ride quality, impressive
brakes, spacious, comfortable, well equipped, better built and engineered,
offers modern engine, rides well, is spacious and smart looking, I can just go
on and on. It certainly has the potential to do well.

The exteriors are just amazing. At
the front, it gets an aggressive fascia, new grille and sleek headlights that
stretch from the middle of the bonnet to the grille, and the abundant amount of
chrome in it it gives it that absolute premium look. The sides are equally
amazing, with the window lines swooping down in a curve towards the rear hatch.

The interior setup features
seemingly premium plastics as well as gauges mounted behind the steering and a
touch screen created by Harman.

I am not a technical geek, but
what I have learnt is that the Bolt offers a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol powered
producing 84bhp/140Nm or a 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel engine. The transmission
option is only a five-speed manual one now, I presume, though I would honestly
love to see an automatic transmission variant also to be launched by the

I just cannot stop boasting of
the amazing new features of the new Bolt, but if I am asked to specifically
identify five features, these are what distinctly stand out:
1.       Multi-drive:
First time ever, we have the option to choose between Sport-Eco-City.
… I would
choose the sport mode when I need a burst of power, Eco mode for efficient fuel
efficiency or city mode for a perfect balance between the two.

2.       Revotron
1.2: Turbocharged MPFi Petrol Engine.
….. This is what would give me an
exceptionally powerful driving experience.

3.       Generation
Next Safety with 9th Gen by Bosch, Corner Stability control and dual airbags.

This helps me stay in control at all times and drive safe with the advanced
safety features.

4.       Space
and comfort: Segment Superior.
…. I would just love to experience the spacious
interiors as I sink into the comfortable rugby shoulder seats.

5.       Connectnext:
Touchscreen Infotainment by Harman.
…. While on the move, this is what would
enable me to access an array of entertainment and connectivity features like
smartphone enabled navigation from MapMyIndia and advanced voice command

Everything about this car boasts of
newness, whether in terms of design (DesigNext), drivablilty (DriveNext) or
connectivity (ConnectNext). Believe me, it’s a car which is expected to
leapfrog Tata Motors to a new era and Tata Bolt is all set to be the
next-generation global car.

The smaller cousin to the compact
sedan, Zest and successor to the Vista, this new hatchback from the Tata Motors
stable comes with not only an amazing all-new exterior, but an all-new interior
and a turbo-petrol engine as well.
As I just keep staring at its
beautiful exterior, I cannot just lay my eyes off the neatly executed grille
and headlight combo on the front, absolutely in synchronization with the new
design tail lights and the chrome bar over the number plate giving the rear a
superb distinct look. The C-pillar having been blackened out gives it a feeling
of a “floating” roof.
Though not tall by any standards
myself, still I would go gaga over the large amount of head and shoulder room inside,
both in front and in the rear, along with the large seats  with long base, and well cushioned to give
absolute comfort, giving me a feeling of a huge car.  The legroom is also amazingly large to put any
large size sedans to shame.

The upholstery is also of top class quality in
fit and finish. The new dash board is also amazing with the new steering wheel
and centre console featuring the metallic inserts that look really artistic.
Giving further push-up to the artistic look is the chrome piping around the
vents, on the gear lever or between the buttons.

as the name suggests, let’s be prepared to BOLT, as Tata Motors has come out
with this amazing car to “B”uild “O”ur “L”ives “T”ogether.

surely delivers much more against its expected price. Rather, I would not mind
saying that it is surely “More Car Per Car”, exactly what Tata Motors has
always promised and delivered till now.

Go, visit to check out on the great features or visit to live and experience it by a test drive.

post is a part of the
Set. Bolt.

And as part of the initiative, here’s one picture of me with the BOLT…

And hey! Last but not the least,
for all those, who don’t get swayed by the features and swear by the technical
study, before buying a car, here is the compilation:

Overall Length (mm)
Overall Width (mm)
Overall Height (mm)
Wheelbase (mm)
Front Track (mm)
Rear Track (mm)
Fuel Tank (ltr)
Kerb Weight (Kg)
Engine Type
Revotron 1.2T
1.3L Quadrajet
Displacement (CC)
Maximum Power
85 @ 5000
75 @ 4000
Maximum Torque
140 @ 1750
190 @ 1750
5 – Speed MT
5 – Speed MT
Dual Path
Independent McPherson strut with Antiroll Bar
Dual Path
Independent McPherson strut with Antiroll Bar
Semi Independent
Twist beam with coil spring
Semi Independent
Twist beam with coil spring
Tyre Size
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Shameful political misogyny

Another year ends and a new year starts on a sad note, with the safety of women and increasing incidents of rape and molestation still being of high concern in our country.

As we boast of leaping towards a developed economy, how developed we would ever be unless the mind-sets of the politicians change on this really sensitive issue. It’s not the country, or its economy, it’s the outlook of these politicians which need to develop.

Shamelessly, our ministers, instead of advocating for stringent laws against it, have been giving bizarre reasons as excuses for this increasing figure of atrocities against the women. These explanations by our elected representatives, which clearly highlight misogyny in politics, as a man I just hang my head down, feel ashamed.

 A politician screams out loud that it has always been consensual sex, and that girls cry rape only when the relationship comes out in the open or fail to extract money from the man. Wow! You have almost classified women as money sharks.

 Another leader has clearly exposed his sexist leanings by attributing the reason for molestation and groping to “skin show” and women staying outdoors after sunset. Not a surprise at all, as this gentleman had remarked a year back that girls wearing short clothes should be banned stating that if one keeps petrol and fire together, it is bound to burn.

 We can’t expect anything else from this leader when the president of his party had remarked some time back that “boys will be boys… they commit mistakes”, condemning the death sentence of the court to some rapists.

 His own son, another politician and the Chief Minister of a State today, when being questioned a couple of years back over the rise of violence against women in his state, had shot back asking, “it’s not as if you faced any danger?”

 Another politician has blamed the youngsters’ “western ways” for the incidents casually brushing it aside with his utterly derogatory remark that “such things do happen”.

 Some Khap leaders have the audacity to say that if the marriageable age is legally reduced, so that girls are married off at an early age, the men can use their own wives to satisfy their sexual urges and wouldn’t need to go elsewhere. How do you explain, my friend, these monsters, most of them already married, satisfying their urges on elderly women too?

 Our ministers have even gone ahead in blaming alcohol for such dastardly behaviour. What these learned men haven’t realized that they could try enacting laws to stop the menace rather than advocating on increasing the age bar on liquor consumption.

 The advertisement industry hasn’t been spared either from this blame game. Some ministers claim that the scantily dressed mannequins in the lingerie ads are responsible for polluting the minds of the men. If a puppet can pollute a man’s mind, would they spare a living woman?

 A “poribortan” driven politician remarks that the rapes are on the rise due to the fact that men and women interact and mingle around freely. If women take a U-turn whenever they see a man, I hope these monsters’ urges remain unscathed.

 A very easy excuse for these well-read leaders is that women are scantily dressed. Wow!, I presume, you mean that it is like showing a red tag to a bull. Banning bikinis, to min-skirts to even suggesting overcoats for girls in schools, these idiots want the women to dress according to the urges of the monsters.

 Our good old minister claims that the pub culture is responsible for the increasing rape cases. Wish he could advise his sons to be in their senses rather than blaming a culture for it.

 Not sparing the movies too, vulgarity in the movies has also been blamed by some of our politicians who have run out of excuses. I am not a bit surprised to see these same ministers grooving to these raunchy numbers in their private parties.

 Ministers have cut across party lines surprisingly to even claim that mobile phones being used to watch porn are a major reason for increasing cases of rapes. They seem to have conveniently forgotten about a couple of their brethren who were caught watching porn inside the parliament.

 And the ultimate was yet to come, when the Khap leaders have blamed spicy food, or non-vegetarian food, which, according to them, lead to hormonal imbalance. I am really surprised that even women eat the same spicy food, why don’t they go around raping men. Perhaps, he feels that women look more like chicken and goat.

Shun this political misogyny and shut up your illogical reasoning, my dear leaders. Rather, try to address on enacting stringent laws to end this menace.

Or just try to keep the testosterone level of the men in control so that they are able to keep it in their pants.



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My reason for falling in love with Melbourne, the most livable city in the world

Oh, the city of
When I think of Australia…. And why shouldn’t I
be thinking of this wonderful country…. Being a cricket crazy Indian, I
make sure that I wake up early morning every single day and switch on the TV
set to watch the scintillating cricket match going on between the two great
cricketing nations.
And every break between over, as we are shown the Australia
Tourism advertisement welcoming us to this picturesque country, I can’t help
but think and dream of only Australia. With the current test match going on in
one the greatest cities of this country, which place other than Melbourne can I
dream about. The modern, cutting-edge designs of its skyscrapers and buildings added
to the fascinating mix of heritage architecture, makes us feel that that this
city is never the same every single time we visit it, with its constantly
changing skyline. But mind you, talking about skyscrapers, building height
limits and heritage controls have kept the city at a human scale while
highlighting its diversity and creativity.
There is a lot to love about Melbourne – just
ask the locals. Melbourne’s lifestyle, the climate and its future plans are all
part of what inspires so much passion in those who live here. With the city’s
vibrant energy, restaurants, fashion boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool
bars, unbeatable galleries, spacious parks and village-like inner suburbs, each
with its own special character, no wonder, it has been ranked as one of the
world’s most livable cities.
We just
need to take a walk through the streets of Melbourne to really enjoy it’s
labyrinth of connecting laneways and arcades which provides us an ‘other world’
experience of intimate spaces and mystery. And believe me, it is while you
stroll through these streets, where you get a feeling of openness and natural
light, but still you find it home to many of Melbourne’s bar, dining and
shopping ‘secrets’.
streets of Melbourne provide a logical canvas for artistic expression and its
laneways are home to sometimes controversial street art. And did I not mention
that the locals also love a party, with the year-round calendar of events
offering something for everyone.
And if you lose your way through this
labyrinth, there’s no need to worry at all, because the locals are known for
being friendly and inclusive, strongly advocating the city’s strong culture of
philanthropy and volunteering. Looking worried and lost, and don’t be
surprised, if you are confronted immediately by the City Ambassadors, the
dedicated team of tourism volunteers.

Being and odd man out in a foreign country is
something which you would never feel in this city. Melbourne has a
multicultural population, being home to people of 140 different cultures:
Indigenous Australians, post war European migrants, and recent arrivals from
India, Somalia, Malaysia and beyond. Yeah, you heard it right! Indians, you
find in plenty there.

And in all these absolutely stunning things
that I mentioned about Melbourne, did I forget about its geography. For those
who are keen on this, Melbourne is located in the south-eastern part of
mainland Australia, within the state of Victoria. It is the capital of the
state of Victoria and the second most populous city in Australia.

But believe me, it’s not the geography, but the
lifestyle that makes Melbourne a magnet for so many people lie in the
combination of these things. It is the sum of its parts – and more.

My entry for “Fly to Melbourne” – a contest by Indiblogger.

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