No life-altering philosophies. No depressing stories. No war crimes or injured puppy pictures. This is where you come at the end of a long day to smile and relax. So sit back, order a refreshing drink and share a laugh with me, your bartender for the evening.
And always remember that age-old, fluorescent green rule of life : An appletini a day keeps the doctor away.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

CarConnect : Indian Car lovers, rejoice!

CarConnect Experience

Very impressive.
That’s the thought that comes to mind after reviewing CarConnect, the new site for car aficionados. Like many others, I too ventured into the site not knowing what it was about as it was my first time there. That lack of pre-conceived notions worked well to my advantage as I pressed each of the main buttons though, reading post after post & following articles and opinions.

Car Connect looks to bring together car lovers from across the entire country under a single platform and have them speak out about their experiences, opinions and journeys. Here, you are the speaker - talking about your passion to an audience who understands the value of words like ABS, horse power and long drives.

The layout of the drive deserves credit – it’s fairly self-explanatory and easy to use even for a first-timer.

The SHARE EXPERIENCE button leads you to a page where you can choose to either write about your experience with a particular car or conversely, describe a journey you undertook with your car. Options are also available to add pictures and even videos to help showcase your four wheeled beauty to others who drop by.

The Share Experience Page... straightforward and easy to use

So how would a newcomer know where to look for all this? Again, the creators of the site have made it ‘easy-peesy’ : the HOME PAGE directly shows you two options of cloud widgets filled with 
a) the name of the car and 
b) the destination of the journey. 
Click on any of the names visible and you can go directly to all entries for that particular car or place. Conversely, you can also find more places by clicking the LONG DRIVE button.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The role model I never saw

We all look up to our parents and learn from them so it is inevitable that they play a big role in our lives. They will be someone we care for, respect and are proud of, throughout the rocky roads of life. But sometimes, there are certain individuals who cross our path fleetingly and yet leave such an impact on us with their deeds that we remember them even decades later.
I have been blessed to come across one such individual. The irony? I never got to lay eyes on the man.

This incident happened when I was probably in 3rd or 4th standard. 
It was a more serene age back then in Dubai with no Burj Al Arabs or man-made islands around - nothing like the carnival it's become over the last decade. A dirham got you 3 chapatis and 10 dirhams got you an audio cassette. Yet, even then, at those times, there were obviously families struggling to make ends meet. As kids who shared the same bus, played, studied, compared He-man comics and struggled to put on our ties, we were blissfully oblivious to the financial demands we put on our parents with our school fees.

The first time it struck the guys in my class of this problem was when the class teacher called a friend of ours and talked to him in private. The second time this scene repeated itself a few days later, curiosity got the better of us all and we asked him what was going on. His voice cracked a little as he informed us that he'd been unable to pay the fees this term ( there were three terms in a year, if I recall correctly ) and so had been asked to inform his parents that he could not attend school unless he had the cash the next day. 
I remember feeling sad for him that evening after class... I wondered if he's have to leave school and where he'd go or what he'd do next. I was too young then to wonder how much it would break his parents' hearts or how they would feel.