Tata Nano Superdrive-26 days road trip in a Nano

I’m delighted to share this news with you. I’m one of 3 bloggers selected as Official Blogger by Tata Motors, to cover their 26 day road trip in Tata Nanos, code named Nano Superdrive.

What this means is that starting tomorrow, 2nd June, till 28th June, I’ll be on the road, in a Tata Nano, along with Tata nano engineers and other riders, driving about 4800 kms covering several major cities. The trip involves 3 teams, Starting and ending at Sanand, Guajrat, where Tata Nano production facility has started rolling out Nanos. One team will be heading north (Saffron Route), the other heading east (White Route) and the other heading South (Green Route). Read more

I’m assigned the green route, wherein we’ll be visiting several south Indian Cities, including Mumbai (5th June) Pune (7th June), Goa (9th June) Namma Kudla (Mangaluru, 11th June), Cochin (13th June)… drive across the western ghats to enter Tamil Nadu, visit Coimbatur, namma Chennai (17th June), namma Bengaluru (19th June), drive across the northern Karnataka to re enter Maharastra and finally back to Ahmedabad (27th June) and Sanand. If you’d like to meet me or the Tata team when we’re in your city, do let me know.

As an official blogger and brand ambassador, my responsibilities will be to Extensively document the trip, write daily travelogues, take photos, make videos, share them through blog, facebook and twitter…

Where can you follow the updates?
I’ll be publishing daily updates on “Superdrive-Green route” the official blog for the green route, created by the organizers as well as on event facebook page. Occasionally (probably twice a week), I’ll also publish updates/summary at my primary blog, and MOTA. You may also stay tuned to my twitter account for real time updates

How can you get involved?
You can stay tuned to the Event Blog site created by the organizers, facebook page and youtube channel, comment on the posts, like them, share your thoughts, give a suggestion (for example, what are the finest places/landmarks in Pune in front of which Tata Nano should be photographed.. I think Shaniwar wada and Aga Khan palace are nice, give more ideas for your city)

This will be my longest Road trip ever. Looking forward to it.


From Then … Till Now …

It has been a year now, since I have blogged frequently or updated my fellow blog readers. Yesterday when i came across Mota-blogs, I again felt the same excitement I used to have to write about anything when (Once upon a time) I was a frequent blogger.

I left Satyam in Dec 2008, and from then onwards I started blogging on my personal blog ( http://www.art2eye.co.cc ). Then my frequency of writing dipped from one post in a month to once in 6 months. So let me share with you the story so far, from then Dec 2008 to this Dec 2009 :

I joined another company in Jan 2009, and came to Bengaluru, to redefine my life with almost everything New (to me, atleast). You can read more about this change here .

Then blogging took a back seat in the process of accepting these ‘New things’ and creating my space in bengaluru. I tried to take some time out and write about the things I was experiencing, specially the changes that took place and the new friends I met, the places I visited and Technololgies I learnt, etc. I used to open my blog page, start writing but then there were no words to spell out, I used to write that post while thinking about it and then it was left in the draft. Even today in my personal blog, I have atleast 90 draft blog post pending to be published. They have got the titles or reason but words are missing to explain them. Even those ‘Random Thoughts’ blog post weren’t published, but then those were just random views floating in the clouds around my head. So I wrote a blog post about my infrequency of writing blogs. You can read more about this here .

Then couldn’t pick the pen again to write, may be because my hands were not typing the words my brain was speaking. Then I realised, opinions matter, we can write about things, but if we will not get readers view about that topic, that blog post will be just like a skeleton, because their comments add a lot. They are the only one who encourage us to write what we love to write and what they want to read. It is a simple market philosophy, “demand runs supply” and “consumers run all businesses” and not the other way around. So can say a blog is in many ways a continuing conversation

So once again, I have got my blog-buddies here on Mota-blogs and hopefully there will readers to digest my views too.

“Your blog is your unedited version of yourself” – Lorelle Van Fossen

Lets see if we can follow this quote and write unedited.