During my childhood days, whenever I used to travel on the highway with my parents, I and my sibling used to pass our time counting the trucks that passed by and yelling out those words written invariably behind every one of them, which read “Horn OK please”.

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No more of Illogical living, I am going to live Lodgycal
Ever since I grew up to
reach the stage of assumed intelligence when I could differentiate between
wrong and right, quite ironically I have not been provided the opportunity to
really do that on my own free will.

What I should be doing
and what I should not had actually been thrust upon me more as a custom or
tradition than something which I could relate to myself.

I was really crazy to
follow cricket as my career but was told that sports are for the academically
backward and hence I would really embarrass my peers by doing that. I had to
sacrifice my inborn love for the game for the acquired love for academics.

After academically
qualifying reasonably well to the “satisfaction” of my peers, I wanted to
pursue a career in writing, but yet again was discouraged by being convinced
about the risk of failure and that it would be stupendously foolish on my part
to throw away a well set career in accountancy and pursue something that at
least to them seemed not to have any future in sight, even remotely.

Having acquired the
privilege of got a family due to the fact that I pursued what I probably
never wanted, I honestly do not have much qualms except that I have grown
strong in my conviction that I would not thrust upon my reasoning on my
daughters, but just let them spread their wings and follow their passion and
fly high.

When I look back today,
perhaps I do regret that I lived my life illogically. And I get hammered by the
realisation that at least from now on I need to #LiveLodgycal.


I had always painted a
picture of what “my world” means to me and what matters most to me, without
which my life is as bleak and colourless as a white canvas before the colourful
subtle strokes of the brush makes it come to life. Today, as I look back, I realise that it’s time for me to live my dream the way I want.


My companion on this journey would be the Renault Lodgy, a
category defining MPV that brings together the best of the worlds for me. The
three spacious rows in it is what offers me enough and more room for my
infinite possibilities. Trying to tread roads, where perhaps no man has ever
gone before, the powerful and efficient engine is what would make discovering
new roads a comfortable habit and make my journey into my new space a real
pleasure.


The new Renault Lodgy
enables me to take “my world” with me. My world is infinite and so is the Lodgy
which has all that space and more that I can think of. But unfortunately,
everything cannot be like the Lodgy or my wandering mind. The sky has its
limits, it is said, and so is the space on a blog. So here I am restricting
myself to the 5 most important things that I would carry with me as I embark on
my new journey of life on the Renault Lodgy.



My cricket kit:

My cricket kit, something that had been gathering dust since decades, I would like to
bring it out and give it its due share of the part of my life. I would be
carrying my cricketing kit with me, so wherever I go and find a bunch of
enthusiastic kids on the way, I can just stop and play to my heart’s content. 





The ample trunk storage of 207 litres expandable upto 1851 litres enables me to pack it up to my heart’s content, whether it is gear, luggage or whatever I may need to make my journey fun-filled. 


A lot and lot of Books:



A lot and lot of
books
, I would be carrying with me,
because for me books are not just paper bound together. For me books give me
more than the stories they tell, they give me the feeling of I having a
valuable presence in this world.





The user friendly and intuitive audio and phone controls help me to easily handle both audio and telephonic devices while I am on the drive or relaxing in the luxury reading my favorite best-seller.


My family, my daughters and future grandchildren:



My family, my
daughters and future grandchildren
, Of course, all of
them and more. My daughters are my life and I would surely wish my princesses
are with me wherever I am. But materialistically, I understand that it’s
something that I can’t yearn for the rest of my life, though in their heart, I
know I would always be there. So to compensate, I would want them to gift their
Dad with lots and lots of grandchildren whom I can drive around and pamper them
with all my love.





The plush captain seats in the second row with convenient armrests and tumble-fold technology to allow easy access to the third row ensures that my grand-kids have ample playing space even while on the move.


My common sense:



My common sense, yeah that’s what I would like to carry with me. My imaginative and
wandering mind does not permit me to stop my thoughts at materialistic things
alone. Common sense is the most uncommon thing in the world, it is said and I
feel that I am perhaps blessed to be given a little bit of it by the Creator.
So I do not want to lose it anywhere and would be carrying it with me wherever
I go.





The Renault Lodgy has enough common-sense packed into it with the cruise control and speed limiter which helps in maintaining constant speed without having to keep my foot on the accelerator.


My love:



My love, that’s something I would always pray that it doesn’t leave me and go.
It is a possession that I cherish and that’s surely one of the most important things
that I would be carrying with me in my journey of life so that wherever I go, I
can spread it abundantly and magnanimously. I know that love is like a
boomerang, we throw it on someone, it comes straight back at us. And I know
that the Lodgy will have enough space to accommodate all the love that I would
be accumulating in multiples as I would be spreading it along my journey.





The Lodgy surely has been crafted with love with the conveniently placed cup holders in the first, second and third row to keep my favorite beverage by my side in those long rides. The handy foldable flight trays for quick bites or drinks on the go makes me feel as if I am cruising in an aircraft rather than a car. 


So that’s all from me
as I embark upon my journey to #LiveLodgycal and much more to come as I would
be sharing my experiences of living logically in the days to come.





I am now going to live my life packed with everything as the Renault Lodgy can.




I am participating in
the #LiveLodgycal contest with Renault in association with BlogAdda to get a
chance to be part of the #LiveLodgycal Drive in Goa.




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The amazing #BoltDrives
The weekend was spectacular and
so was the occasion.
A lazy me who generally
sleeps over the hangover of the weekend morning blues, surprised myself by
getting up at the first alarm in the wee hours of the morning.
As I sprung up from bed startling
my even more surprised better half, I had almost shook the whole house in
excitement. Excited! Why shouldn’t I be? It was a day; I was going to be
pampered since morning till evening. I had no doubts that I would be King for
the day.

The event was to be a long drive
to Lonavla, and the occasion was the launch of the all new TataBolt by TataMotors. When it is Tata you are sure. That’s true for their cars too. So,
didn’t it add to the excitement? Sure, it did.

The morning chores done in a
jiffy, which otherwise requires my wife to cajole me over at least a pair of
bed tea, I slung my back sack over my back and off I left for CafeInfinito,
our meeting point for the rendezvous.

Slipping in a generous extra few
notes to the rickshaw driver as I alighted at BKC, the awesome sight of
two-thirds of a dozen brand new, crimson red TataBolt lined up on the road,
perhaps making me that extra magnanimous, I pushed open the door to be greeted
by the amazing team from BlogAdda, the organisers and coordinators for the
event.

Pleasantries exchanged, a few
handshakes and a few more introductions, I settled down on the seat allotted to
me, I was to meet the wonderful guys who would be my partners for the day.
Quite surprisingly, though anyone else would have loved to partner with one of
the many stunning ladies around, I felt quite safe and secure in the company of
an auto-engineer-cum-kick boxer and a risk management investment banker.

The breakfast spread out for us
was as lavish as I would have ever imagined, and as I was munching through
them, the enthusiastic team from TataMotors were explaining the
technicalities.

As we hopped into our car, our
chariot for the day, and as I took the wheels, our supervisor from TataMotors
hopped in too explaining us the amazing features of the machine. The vehicle
was quite sufficiently stuffed with a cooler to take care of our emergency
needs on the way, and we were flagged off towards our first halt, the
suspension test.

The first event itself was enough
to build up the adrenaline rush as I had to manoeuvre sharp twists and turns
and bumps, perhaps reminding of the road ahead, but the amazing TataBolt made
it sure that it was as smooth as cheese.

Flagged off from there, our next
pit stop was the Khopoli food court. As we were hitting the highway, we were
called upon by #CaptainBolt on the super amazing #Harman information system built in who
warned us that we need to maintain the reasonable speed limits, which we
sincerely did throughout a major part of the journey, though it made us end up
the last at every stop.

Changing drivers at the pit stop,
I got the opportunity to enjoy the comfort of the back seat too. Tata cars had
always been the epitome of space and comfort and I have had always wondered how
they manage to squeeze in so much space into a hatchback.

As sumptuous as the drive was the
lunch spread at Triose #Dhaba were we relaxed over an hour on the charpais as
BlogAdda was busy interviewing each one of us on our journey so far.

Off to #TigerPoint after the much
deserved break, vehicles switched, we got to drive a Revetron from there
onwards, having driven a diesel one so far, the summer heat was killing but the
amazing sight of the eight TataBolt lined up against the backdrop of the
valleys and the ravines was coolant enough.

The selfies and the groupies and
the videos to keep our memories intact, off we were back on our journey back to
Mumbai. 

The last pit stop CafeCoffeeDay
at #FoodCourt at Khopoli, we had our coolers and cheezy breads while we bid
adieu to each other to end up an amazing and memorable day.

The guys at TataMotors are
really amazing. I wonder how they take care of the minute details, right from
keeping our car chillers stuffed up throughout, keeping the envelope ready for
the toll taxes to be paid on the way, or to the professional chauffeurs, who
took over the wheels from then on.

Some of guys and gals dropped off
on the way, perhaps convenient and faster for them to reach their homes, I
preferred to be dropped back at the starting point. Perhaps, I wanted to have
another glimpse of the place from where this amazing dream started for me that
morning.

An amazing drive, a wonderful
experience, made great friends and fell in love with the TataBolt.

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