After doing series of Test Drives of Hatchbacks (Punto, Figo, Polo, Swift, Vista etc), have finally booked Ford Figo (Titanium,Diesel).
Yes, it was close call between likes of Fiat’s and Ford’s and my decision to go with Ford Figo was for the features/comfort/space it is offering for that price.
Now, below are the points which I have liked and has decided to go for Figo. No offense to other car owners, as many of the observations are subjective.
- VFM. For 7Lack(On the road price Bangalore) you will get most of the features we can expect in a decent Hatchback.
- Decent look. Not to compare gorgeous look of Punto.
- Decent in-class audio system (compared to most Hatches) with handy features like Bluetooth option. As complementary, I am also getting reverse parking sensor
- Interiors are also very decent. This is one area where I have not really considered Maruthi and TATA hatches. Ofcourse, main advantage for Maruthi has been their Service centers and cost of maintenance.
- Best in-class boot space and leg space (rear). This is one parameter for which Figo is being considered by Hatch buyers.
- Almost nill Turbo Lag. Ofcource, 1.4 TDCi engine is not that powerful compared to the one available in Punto/Swift/Vista Multi Jet but you will definitely love the linear torque which will give you a fun to drive experience in CITY bumper_to_bumper traffic where we spend most of our driving life.
Below are the snaps,
Divyashree dance at school annual day
After a month of search for a decent Point-n-shoot camera, have finally bought Sony Cyber-shot DSC HX9V from flipkart. Got a good deal, 4GB card + Pouch.
- Optical 16x Zoom and 64x Digital Zoom
- Full HD movies
- Built in GPS
- 3D snapshot
- Swipe panorama
I have been using below apps regularly on my Galaxy S with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). So thought of sharing the same.
GO Launcher EX: The best launcher for android offering lots of customization. And it’s free!!! Launcher is equivalent to our Desktop theme on PCs.
Opera Mini / Opera Mobile: The best browser for handheld devices. Mini is suitable for 2G/3G networks and Opera mobile is for WiFi.
Posting from android app on my Galaxy S !
I have been looking out for a smart phone(economical one!) with the features available in WAVE2 on Android. But none of them having all the features. Looks like, hand set companies have intentionally done this in order to make all of their models marketable ?
Anyway, finally bought Samsung galaxy S I-9000 , which has most of the my required features. But one thing which I am not still able to digest is the missing LED flash and a dedicated camera button. How difficult/costly to put a FALSH LED and a manual camera shutter button !?!?
Forgot to mention, I have bought a land in Hebbal(Bhuvaneshwari Nagar), putting a full stop to 4 year search !
We have seen sites in and around areas like, Utharahalli, BHCS Layeout Phase-2, Gubalala, kanakapura main road, BSK 5th and 6th stage, Chennasandra, BEMEL layouts, bhanner ghatta main road, Nobo nagara, Tejaswini nagara, Hulinmavu, Avani shrungeri nagar, Akshaya nagar, J P Nagar 9th phase, Anajanapura etc
Anyway it was a once in a life time experience. Used to spend atleast 1-2 weekends each month on this hunt. My mobile memory was already going full with real estate agent’s contacts.
During this hunt, I have notice one thing. There are only 2 categories of lands(30×40),
1) Less than 15 lack
2) More than 30 lack
If you are looking for a residential land between 15-30 range, you will have to struggle a lot. Just like me
Problem with 1st category is that, it really needs another IT revolution to make them habitable. Hence they are good for nothing except to convert your on-site savings into a Fixed deposit.
Do check on my earlier Apartment hunt . . .
As part of Sankranti festival, we had small celebration where in children and infants are showered with fruits. Diyva enjoyed it.
Also, exchanged sweets with all saying “Take sweets and talk sweet”
Sharing some snaps,
We had been to Mysore for a wedding ceremony. As always, had lunch at Kamat lokruchi, stopped at Chennapattana and visited(again) Sriranga pattana temple. Horse riding with Divya was a memorable one. First time, while sitting with her mom, she was bit scared. But for the 2nd time riding along with me, she was quite OK.
Due to year end and Christmas holidays, it was houseful in Mysore. All lodges going full and we had to get in in to some cheap lodge paying heavy price
ps: After returning from Mysore, had to take bed rest due to food poisoning
Sharing Bday snaps
Today, we had been to Antargange, a famous pilgrim destination located around 70 Kms from Bangalore. Place is also well known for the huge volcanic rocks and caves and is an ideal place for trekking.
Plan was to do Parasailing at Hoskote Lake. Due to bad weather conditions, it got canceled and we had left out with the options for Rappelling and cave exploration. Anyway, finally we did both the activities.
All ‘n’ all, it was a real fun and an adventurous day out indeed
Sharing some snaps -
At last . . . traveled on Hosur road flyover !
Really it was like, dream come true, atleast for those who have been traveling on hosur road from past 5+ years or so. Should say, man it took ages anyway better late than never, right
I was going to Habbal from Ecity, so initially thought of going via jail road(aka hosa road),outer ring road but last moment decided to take hosur flyover. No toll charge was being collected and heard will continue to be toll free for some more days. I would definitely suggest all of you traveling near by to have a test drive on this. You can’t believe, it just took around 7 min from EC main entrance till silk board junction. Might be because, it’s was night time but I think, on an average one can easily clock 80kmph.
Just to mention, off late it was not really that horrible traffic on hosur road. Thanks to NICE corridor connecting Hosur road and Tumkur road. So I guess, many people still don’t mind traveling on the hosur road considering the proposed toll charges. I heard, plan is to collect around Rs.10 for two-wheelers, Rs.30 for four-wheelers. Looks like bit expensive, atleast for daily travelers.
Note: am writing this from Opera Mobile on my Nokia E51