Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tour de Kerala: A 5-day holiday

When was the last time you were truly ecstatic?
When was the last time you wanted to quit your daily chores?
When was the last time you wanted to know more about yourself?





Days spent in Niravana...
Days spent being Carefree...
Days spent in God's Own Country!


4500+ KMs of air travel complimented by 1000+ KMs of road trip...

Prologue - 

Travelling enables us to explore different flavors of life. It offers you unique ways of connecting with yourself, with the nature in its truest form.
Somebody wrote "travel and tell no one because people ruin beautiful things". But unless you share your travel tales with like-minded people, how will you able to learn for future trips".



It was the time of the year when I was all set to undertake one of the awaited trips that I had been planning for long time.
We were planning for a family trip since quite a long time. We wanted to explore south India as I never had a chance to visit that part of the country (Been till Bangalore for work, But I wouldn’t call it a south India tour).






We shortlisted below places for our trip –
- Andaman & Nicobar Islands
- Rameshwaram Via Madurai & Pondicherry
- Mysore & nearby places
- Kerala & Kanyakumari

Out of the choices, we ruled out Andaman & Nicobar, maybe next time. We had hard time deciding between Rameshwaram & Kerala. Both places were important places of tourist attraction.


After a bit of discussion and further pondering over the places to visit, it was Kerala decided as our holiday destination.

It was a 5 days & 4 Nights travel plan. Following places were on must to visit list -

  • Kanyakumari - Devi Kanya Kumari Temple, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Gandhi Memorial, Muttom beach, Vivekananda Rock Memorial,
  • Kovalam Beach, Trivandrum
  • Swami Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Trivandrum
  • Pazhavangadi Ganapathi Temple, Trivandrum
  • Munnar - Various places like Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Tea Museum, Top Station, Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Dam Lake, Rose Garden, Echo Point, Attukal Waterfalls, Pallivasal Falls







We missed out on Boat house, couple of wildlife sanctuaries and other places due to lack of time.

Day 1 - Started from Delhi, our home to airport 3-4 hours before the boarding considering the maddening Delhi traffic these days. Reached airport in time and did the boarding formalities, got busy in clicking pics at the T3 terminal after having some snacks at the airport food court.

Our Air India flight from Delhi to Thiruvanthampuram was a connecting one Via Cochin. Air India's most of the domestic flights have non-functional in-flight entertainment system, torn carpets to say the least!







Anyways, we landed in cochin after 3 hours of flight. Waited for 40 minutes before it started again fir the final destination, Thiruvanthampuram. We also met Thiruvanthampuram's MP Shashi Tharoor on our flight from Cochin to Trivandrum. Appears to be a decent & gentleman!

Cochin to Trivandrum via flight is 30 minutes’ journey. We reached the Trivandrum International Airport around 11.30 in the night and headed our way to our place Hotel to catch up some sleep before starting our journey to Kanyakumari the following day.

Day 2 – We started for Kanyakumari around 7 am in the morning. Thiruvanthampuram to Kanyakumari is around 100 Kms one side. The traffic along the way was quite dense, mostly single lane highway, that too, through the crowded markets that delayed the travel time even further. 100 KMs journey took around 6 hours. We reached Kanyakumari around 1PM and had some typical Kerala lunch served at a local Dhaba. South Indian food served there has a different taste than what we usually eat at like say, Haldirams!

After having lunch, we started our journey to visit Devi Kanya Kumari Temple, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Gandhi Memorial, Muttom beach, Vivekananda Rock Memorial.







For visiting Vivekanand rock memorial, & Thiruvallur statue, one needs to take a boat ride for around 100 meters as both places are away from the beach. Rock memorial was built in 1970 in honour of Swami Vivekananda who attained enlightenment on the rock. Thiruvallur statue is 29-meter-long situated at the India’s southmost tip.

After roaming around these places and sightseeing, we spent some time in Muttom beach and Gandhi Memorial. Devi Kanya Kumari Temple is one of the major shakti peeth.

After covering all these places, we started back for Thiruvanthampuram. We visited Kovalam Beach later in the evening. While our plan was to visit Kovalam beach at the sunset time but due to slow traffic we reached Kovalam Beach around 8PM.

Day 3 - After visiting Kovalam Beach in the night, we reached our Hotel around 11 PM. Since there was hardly any time left to explore nearby places, we had our dinner and dozed off for the day. Next morning, I woke up early and spent some time in the balcony of the Hotel we were staying in, and observed the beauty of Kerala with dawn setting in and rooster’s sound all over echoing in the city. People mostly here have large houses with ample of parking space and lots of coconut and banana trees grown in their gardens.

We started for Munnar around 7 am, but before that en-route we visited Swami Padmanabhaswamy Temple. It was amazing experience there wearing traditional dhotis and having darhsan of Swami Padmanabhaswamy temple. It is known fact that around $22 billion worth of gold and jewels stored in underground vaults. We also visited Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, it was crowded on the occasion of ongoing Ganpati festival.







After that we finally started for Munnar around 9 am. Total distance to Munnar is around 300 KMs. It took us nearly 9-10 hours to reach Munnar via Kottam. The roads, again, were mostly crowded having single lane reducing average speed to 45-50 KMPH. There are lots of scenic views en-route to Munnar. I saw lots of rubber plantations for the first time in my life (have studied about them in school time in the subject of social studies).

Traffic sense is mostly decent in Kerala, I would say, drivers have lots of patience. There is hardly anyone honking madly and increasing BP of fellow riders. People seems to have good temperament in this region of the country.
We finally reached Munnar around 4PM and checked in a hotel.

After having a quick refreshment, we again started for local sight-seeing.There are several places worth vising in Munnar.

But covering entire Munnar itself require 3-4 days if you want to each and every place as the travelling from one place to another is time consuming considering it is a hill station situated at the height of 5,200 ft above sea level in the Western Ghats range of mountains. In the evening we covered few places like Attukal waterfalls, Kolukkumalai tea estates.

One amazing thing I noted about Munnar was that, all our tiredness went away as soon as we reached there. Nice cold climate throughout the year. Travelling from Trivandrum to Munnar was tiresome for sure with not so great roads and slow traffic. A five hour journey took nine!

 Munnar mostly has cold weather throughout the year. The maximum temperature was around 17-18 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature dropped to around 8 degrees at the time of our stay at Munnar. Also there are various places where you will see dense fog & mist throughout the day time.

Munnar is one of the underrated tourist spot of our country. It does not get hype as other places like Shimla or Goa gets. Whereas in my opinion, it is one of the finest hill station of our country and it should be promoted even more.

I first got to know about Munnar from the Honda City i-VTEC – ‘the Race’ television commercial aired in 2009 when the new Honda City was launched. It was such an amazing advertisement shot at Munnar, Kerala and ever since in the back of my mind, Munnar was marked as a must to visit place.

Here is the advertisement youtube video link just in case if you have not seen the ad. The jingle is prepared by Strings – “Bus Khud hi se Aage Jaana Hai” with tagline ‘The race lies within, the acclaim outside’ is simply amazing!

https://youtu.be/FT-COJMiroA

Day 4 – Overnight we stayed in Munnar, had nice dinner at a nearby restaurant serving north Indian/Gujarati food. Next morning, we started a bit early as we also had to reach Thiruvanthampuram by night. After having breakfast, we started covering the places that were left over from day 3. By early afternoon, we covered Tea Museum, Top Station, Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Dam Lake, Rose Garden, Echo Point, Pallivasal Falls.






We started back for Thiruvanthampuram around 1 PM. Took another 8-9 hours with small breaks before we finally reached our Hotel.

Day 5 – Next morning we reached airport early in the morning. Our flight was scheduled at 6 am in the morning, reached Delhi via Cochin. It was amazing journey and experience travelling all across Kerala. Though I missed some places, I will surely cover up next time I visit that part of the country again.







Ending my travel cum photologue with a short 20 second video I recorded. The Amazing feeling of Driving through the city of Thiruvanthampuram, Kerala on the eve of Onam...and it was beautifully lit up. You will forget Dilli ki Diwali! Do watch


Happy Onam and upcoming festival season. Keep Revving!

Complete Set of Pics - Tour de Kerala: A 5-day holiday


Monday, May 30, 2016

‘The motorcyclist in me is awake again.’

It was 7.30 pm this evening when I was reading some text regarding the naxalism in India, how Indian Army should not be used to tackle the naxal problem in affected states and how the local police are so crucial to do the needful.

While reading, suddenly, out of nowhere I closed my laptop and went outside to dust off my bike. I don’t know from where the ‘sudden’ thought of cleaning the bike came to my mind. I uncovered my bike, washed it and it was shining back in all of its glory. I pressed the starter button and the engine came to life as if it was longing to be started. I haven’t even given it any throttle. The sound of the engine cranking was itself soul satisfying.

A bike is not just merely a two wheeler, but a machine which can move the soul. Someone has rightly said “four wheelers move the body; two wheelers move the soul”. What so special do these motorcycles have in them that simply touches the core of the heart of its owners. Even when I am not riding it, I feel the pleasure of having it parked at my place. When I return back from work, i feel like it waits for me. It wants me to fire the engine and let the biker in me do the talking.

A rider like me who do the 9-6 corporate IT regime, often stay away from bike due to time crunch, but the 9-6 regime is required so that a biker can put some fuel in his bike. The thrill these motorcycles carry can be felt only by those who treat their bikes not just like owning a regular two wheeler, but those who keep them like an unseparated part of the rider’s identity.

Lots of emotions are involved as the rider upshift the gear while the throttle is closed and clutch depressed. The adrenaline rush that flows throughout the rider’s body upon opening the throttle makes one feel divine. The rider downshifts, bring the bike to a halt, sits near the bike and feel the contentment in life.

As it is beautifully expressed in these lines about motorcycling, “you live more in five minutes riding a motorcycle than most people live in a lifetime”, i, the biker is awake again and back with my ride. The roads are empty and the night has just begun.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Smart City and Internet of Things – Makes Life Simple Yet Bling

Smart City and Internet of Things – Makes Life Simple Yet Bling

Anmol Sharma
Software Engineer, NIIT Technologies
Email: anmolksharma@gmail.com

              Copyright ©ICICCT-2016.     
           
Submitted for - International Conference on Information, Communication and Computing Technology (ICICCT-2016)

ABSTRACT

Our life has been deeply affected by technology, albeit in a positive way. Technology has not only made life simpler for us but also provided innovative ways to deal with our day to day problems. As they say, that ’Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’, just like that in a similar way, the way any the technology can be implemented in various forms that are useful for different sectors of society. It totally depends on the way any technology enthusiast would like to use it, the way one perceives it. The overall purpose of technology is not mere advancement, but to solve real-world problems. Any technology results in innovation, the moment it provides a solution to an existing problem and makes lives of people simpler. Every once in a while, a new technology knocks our door and affects our lives in an ever-changing way.

Smart city and Internet of Things are two buzz word in the tech world these days. Both of the concepts are equally simple and complex. A lot has been discussed by leading tech innovators around the globe about these concepts. Smart city and internet of things are two interrelated cohesive technologies whose purpose is to bring technological advancement to each and every routine task that we do in our day to day life. In other words, Smart City and Internet of Things brings technology to a whole new level spanning across everything that we come across. For any layman, it can be easily inferred from the terms ‘Smart City and Internet of Things’ is that it is   a people centric technology and improve the lives of the people around the globe.

In the following paper, the concept of Smart City and Internet of Things will be thoroughly described, a sample work is done in the field of actualizing the concept of ‘Internet of Things and Smart City’ by the author and his associates will be presented along with future scope the technology will vary across the dimensions of 21st century.

KEYWORDS

Smart City, Internet of Things, Innovation, Smart Meters, Real Time, Network, Connectivity, Electricity, Power Consumption


INTRODUCTION

The term ‘Internet of Things’ was first coined by British technology enthusiast and entrepreneur Kevin Ashton while working in his research group ‘Auto-ID Labs’ on radio-frequency identification (RFID) and emerging sensing technologies in the year 1999. Originally he was referring to a global network of Radio-frequency identification connected objects in his lab. Slowly the term was globally accepted as an upcoming trend in the world of technology. To simplify the meaning of ‘Internet of Things’, let’s break it into individual words. The word ‘Internet’ as we all know is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite TCP/IP to link billions of computer devices worldwide. The word ‘Thing’ as in general usage means any object, entity or being. In relation to ‘Internet of Things’, the word ‘Thing’ includes every possible object that can be connected to the internet and interact with each other. Combining both we can define Internet of Things as the network of physical objects which are equipped with software, sensors and network connectivity which allows these objects to connect with similar objects and exchange information and data with each other.

Smart City is another tech buzz word that was coined at the beginning of the year 2007 by Professor Rudolf Giffinger, Vienna University of Technology in order to point out an urban development which is more dependent on technology and connectivity. Smart city demands the integration of technology with every aspect of life in a town. A smart city is the effective integration of physical, digital and human systems in an environment to deliver sustainable, prosperous and technological advance future of its citizens. Going by formal definition, a smart city makes use of information and communication technology that improves the connectivity between citizens and various entities like service providers, Government, etc. On a large scale, many sectors are covered in smart city concept including Electricity and power management, transport & traffic management, water & agriculture management and various other sectors.

Smart city promotes real-time connectivity, so does Internet of Things. And that’s where the amalgamation of both takes place. The merger of two concepts - smart city and internet of things take the advancement at all new level because of the uniting of the two techs, we are able to visualize future much better and also implement better solutions of the problems that can be answered with the help of technology considering both the sectors.

In the next section of this paper, we will provide a solution to a real world existing problem that uses and promotes the concepts of Smart City and Internet of Things. The solution – ‘iVidyut’ that will be further described in the paper was an academic project done by the author of this text (Anmol Sharma) and his academic associates (Steve Naupuni & Ratnesh Saxena).


SUBTITLES

The amalgamation of Internet of Things and Smart City helps in widening the horizon where the solution approach could be applied. Not only this will result in much broader coverage of technology but will also allow innovators to work in two related yet separate fields. It is very important to note that these two technological concepts cannot exist without the backbone i.e. Information and communications technology. ICT is an extension of the term Information Technology (IT). Though information technology is the major prime component through which the devices will be composed of including the software and sensors but it will be the Communications technology that will bring the devices to life and help them connect with each other. In the absence of connectivity, all devices are of no use and they cannot perform their intended tasks without connecting to each other. For a very basic example, just consider a PC without internet connectivity. No matter how advance its processor might be, if it can’t connect to the internet, its capabilities can never be actualized.

For the concept of Smart City and Internet of Things to bloom, the existence of strong wireless technology is mandatory. The telecommunication network should be strong enough to provide seamless connectivity. Usually, put as ‘Unified Communications’ that makes real-time communication possible. Real-time communication is the most vital component for the successful deployment of techniques based on Smart City and Internet of Things concepts. Unified communication in a general sense describes the integration of real-time communication services like instant message services, Voice calling over Internet, audio/video conferencing through various devices, desktop screen sharing etc. Unified communication is not a single product on its own, but dependent and combination of various existing services and infrastructure that makes real-time communications possible. Unified communications and communication technology is essential for exchange of data between devices and the devices further convert that data into meaningful information. Though as per the concept and architecture of unified communication technology, it promotes real-time live communication and exchange of data/messages but it can also serve as a server of exchange for non-real time message when either of devices is not connected at any moment or unavailable due to scheduled down-time and outage.

The amalgamation of the concept of smart city and internet of things brings convenience to people. It results in maximum automation. Just for an example, imagine you scheduled your washing machine to wash your clothes and while washing, suddenly the washer motor malfunctions. In today's scenario, the machine is rendered useless until the user manually contacts the repair guy to visit and bring the machine to a workable stage. With Internet of Things in practice, the washing machine is just not a standalone object, it has a sensor, a software and a communication wireless device that can detect failure and ability to connect to a network and register the issue with the concerned persons and the service personnel’s knocks the door to rectify machine on priority even before the user of the machine knows about the failure.

Or just take another example of a refrigerator, you have just made a solution for homemade ice-cream and then put it in the refrigerator to allow it to freeze. In current scenario you will mostly check by 3-4 hours’ time to see if it has frozen properly and if it hasn’t, you will let it be in there for a couple of more hours to let the job complete. Now let technology take its course and let the refrigerator send a personal message to the user that the ice cream is fully prepared.

In layman’s term, internet of things makes devices stay connected to each other and allow them to communicate with their users in every possible way. Yes, the machines too now can speak. The implementation of the internet of things on a wider scale promotes the smart city concept.

Now let us discuss further a real life problem and its elaborate solution being worked academically. The most important component of our day to day lives is electricity. Without electricity, nothing is possible. No matter how advanced gadgets and electrical appliances you may have but all are rendered useless without electricity. Electricity is the lifeline for everyone. Have you ever thought of having a control over your home's electricity supply? All that you can do now is to use electricity judiciously, switch off unnecessary appliances, pay bills, and repeat. Surprisingly we don’t have a real-time control over electricity.

Let’s bring the concept of smart city and internet of things together and propose a solution to this problem
In this section, we will describe a real world problem and the proposed solution that works on the concept of Internet of Things and Smart city.

Every once in a while, a revolutionary technology comes along that changes everything. A technology which eases the burden on human-kind. The automatic meter reading (AMR) or smart meters is a technology that is based on ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Smart City’ will be beneficial for every individual of the country who has an electricity connection in his/her house and a Smartphone.

The author along with friends (Steve Naupuni & Ratnesh Saxena) has developed “iVidyut” -  a prototype of an android mobile application which will retrieve real-time electricity consumption data from the electricity department’s database right on the mobile device of the consumer and offer various other utilities including bill payments, setting alerts etc.

In the past, we had electromechanical meters which were low in accuracy, no communication system, poor theft detection and no remote controlling scope. Right now we have the digital solid state meters which are high in accuracy, have a facility of communication & theft detection at the node level. It still doesn't offer a remote monitoring& automatic meter reading scope.
And the future is smart meters which will be implemented throughout the country very soon and especially metro cities like Delhi will be the first one to get smart meters.
IBM & Tata Power Limited has also tied up for implementing smart grid & smart meters. The App is in prototype stage which will be fully functional once it is supported by required hardware and infrastructure. .

The concept of real-time electricity monitoring promotes ‘Smart City’ in a town as it allows the residents of the city to have full control over their electricity consumption.

 Smart meters basically have an inbuilt GSM modem which sends the near real-time electricity consumption data to the database of the electricity company, for an example the state electricity board via existing cellular GSM infrastructure & mobile service provider, for an example BSNL.

Along with real-time monitoring, iVidyut offers various other utilities like allowing users to set alerts to control monthly electricity consumption, bill payment right from the app, estimated consumption calculator, newsletter, contact information, tips & tricks and more…

The Application developed is unique in the sense that no such application exists till date for this purpose by any electricity board in India. As soon as the implementation of smart meters is done, electricity board can provide the app to the consumers and then it will be very easy and convenient for the consumers to get the near real-time statistics of the electricity consumption.

FUNCTIONALITY OF THE APPLICATION

  • Along with real-time monitoring of electricity units consumption, iVidyut offers Various utilities including the bill payment from the mobile application, an energy calculator through which we can estimate the units & cost on running an appliance for a specific period of time in a month.
  •  Energy tips module which offers consumers tips and tricks on energy conservation, safety        tips, and various other related information in a user-friendly manner.
  • Grievance and complaints section provides handy information regarding the contact numbers of concerned electricity departments for handling complaints like no supply, fire and safety issues, street light etc.
  • The billing module will allow consumers to pay bills right from their mobiles by selecting their location & concerned service providers. Payment gateway could be implemented in the future versions of the app as soon as it is implemented by a particular service provider. The app can also be used by multiple electricity boards for the payment of bills.
  • The alerts module will allow users to set alerts on the basis of units consumed weekly, twice in a week, thrice in a week or monthly. The alerts module has a dedicated button to switch on/off alerts.
  • The newsletter module lets the user view latest tariff rates and  consumer-centric information like consumer meets, offers and other latest happenings in the industry for the benefits of the users.
  • Last we have the about us module which has the details of developers and their contact information including website & email address.

Right now the application is made as trial and initial apk is available for the android platform. This concept will enhance the user experience in such a manner that right at home the user will get the near real-time monitoring of  the app and such in case the app will be developing the name of the consumer number according to the customer’s consumer account number. Other utilities will make unforgettable user experience & build a strong healthy relationship between the company and consumers. Can you imagine switching on and switching off your home’s electricity supply from your smartphone? Yes, that’s possible. And all this is made possible with the concept of ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Smart City’.

This technology can be implemented by any electricity board in any city once the smart meters along with required infrastructure becomes functional. The mobile application can be made available to all the consumers of a particular electricity board for example if Delhi becomes the first city to have the smart meter installed for its consumers then the app could be implemented for the consumers right away.


CONCLUSION

In the era of information technology, mobility, connectivity and being ‘smart’ are the buzz words. The aim of technology has to make the life of people simple, convenient & technologically advanced by providing such facilities to the people. The concept of ‘Internet of things’ and ‘Smart Cities’ makes new idea possible in unique ways that have high business value as well.


FUTURE SCOPE

The technology ‘Internet of Things’ has tremendous potential in changing the lives of human beings. When united with advance infrastructural concepts of ‘Smart City’, a plethora of opportunities are available and doors of innovation open. With the promotion of initial prototype ideas laid down by tech enthusiasts and support of tech communities along with the contribution from Government and private tech sectors, the days are not far when we would be able to justify the advancement of technology that actually defines the 21st century.


REFERENCES

[1] Wikipedia, IBM and Tata Power websites
[2] http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comment/smart-cities-require-smartplanning/43739.html.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Auto Expo 2016 - As seen from ASP's lens!

I visited Auto Expo 2016 to see some of the new upcoming vehicles and existing revamped ones.

Despite the weekend rush, I could fairly click lots of pictures. Though most people were there for mere selfies and watch out some ladies around the machines, many were drooling over the machines and genuinely analyzing the pros and cons of the cars.

Few points from my observations -

-> The much hyped Brezza, looks much better in the flesh than in pics. It has a neutral stance but it lacks the contemporariness of EcoSport. The car will certainly sell if priced right.

-> Maruti Brezza stall was the most crowded one - that alone reflects the waiting period that might have to be faced across the country. I can forsee many owners selling their 2-5 years old Swift to get a Brezza!

-> BMW/Audi/Mercedes stalls were organised in a much better way to manage the crowds. In the last two Auto Expos that I have attended, I couldn't even manage to click a pic of those cars, but this time, I was able to sit in few cars and personally check both rear and passenger seats as well despite going on Saturday. BMW 6 series and 7 series were looking the most beautiful among all. On a different note, I would like to own a BMW X1 some day, hope dreams do comes true.

-> There is a very small section of people who are interested in trucks/buses and commercial vehicles stalls. These halls are seriously under-rated while ignoring the fact that some world class engineered products are on display.

-> The Jeep stall had some mouth watering and out of budget cars lined up for the mango man! Sigh!

-> Toyota Innova looks fabulous. Well done by Toyota design team for producing such an awesome looking MUV. The image of taxi needs to be dropped from Innova Though it is not much affected by it either. This Innova looks great, modern yet strong. If I have some 15 lacs rupees to be spent on buying a new car, Toyota Innova would be my choice and I won't be bothering to replace it for next 15 years either! But Toyota, please don't bring that dark purple shade into production.

-> Honda City was still gathering the crowd, but I could see the absence of the same enthusiasm people had while checking the City in last Auto Expo. Poor build quality was discussed by few guys checking out the car in this Expo. Still a very promising vehicle, hopefully, Honda will bring back the reliability and decent build quality of previous gen City in the next generation City. I was expecting to see an exterior facelift in the Auto Expo, though.

-> Honda BR-V looks awesome. I personally liked the vehicle. It wears tough SUV looks. Hope they price it well, my intuition says that BR-V will be pitted against the full sized Scorpio/Duster/Safari/XUV instead of EcoSport/Brezza/TUV.

-> Fiat Abarth - simply wow!

-> Few ladies next to machines - again simply wow wow!

-> Mahindra XUV Aero - Did I see a BMW X6 shell in a Mahindra vehicle! This BMW inspired XUV will rule the roads once launched with correct pricing.

-> Mahindra TUV has third class rear seats. I had to step out of the vehicle as soon as I jumped into the rear. The Third row is only for kids/people below 5".

-> Tata Hexon is one mighty SUV that will rule the roads. Only if Tata price it well. It will have an awesome road presence. Tata Nexon/Tata Kites looked extremely contemporary. Can't wait to see these vehicles on our roads.

-> A red hot Jaguar will blow away your mind and would want you to bear an kind of debts to own this car some day!

-> Renault Duster is one car I personally like very much - maybe because I want to own one but practicality wise, it is one awesome car. The facelift might have disappointed some, but overall it is a car worth buying. With high seats, extremely roomy cabin, easy ingress/egress, SUV handling, full-size SUV body - Duster will continue to sell despite new kids on the block.

-> VW Ameo - should sell because of the VW tag, timeless front looks and reliable diesel engine. Though not very well executed boot, it still is not an eye sore.

-> Chevrolet stall was the most boring one - don't know why - rather I don't want to know - don't know why!

-> Hyundai and Ford stalls had some decent crowd, cars and models as well. New Endeavour is a huge SUV! They were still showcasing the previous gen i10 - label on the number plate reads ' next gen i10'.

-> There was a separate section where bikes used in Bollywood movies were showcased. Interesting one.

-> I was least excited to visit any bikes stall to be really honest.
just a quick look and went back.

-> Auto Expo is paradise for people finding a picnic spot, where they can come in with their girlfriends/boyfriends walking in the campus/hall and discussing nothing about cars, having food at the various food courts, focus more on the KFC burger than the car showcased inside the hall. People sitting on the ground and eating their home brought food like they are visiting some shrine or something! Requesting Auto Expo organisers to organise next Auto Expo in the following manner -

Day 1 - VVIP/Bollywood day

Day 2 - Media/VIP day

Day 3 - Auto Enthusiast only day

Day 4 - Picnic day

Day 5 - Picnic day

Though Expo was managed quite well IMO but little bit of ranting is warranted

Below are few select pics of the event -





















For the complete pictorial photo walk of the 13th Auto Expo, 2016 (5th - 8th February, 2016), Please click here - 13th Auto Expo, 2016 (5th - 8th February, 2016)