Two years and 16,000km with Rosemary – The Maruti Suzuki Celerio
· ☕ 4 min read · ✍️ sathya

Two years back, I bought(rather, Dad bought & leased it to me, I’m still repaying him :-D) the Maruti Suzuki Celerio. Why Celerio? I was looking at something within ₹6,00,000 - that meant the Ford Figo(which I bought, almost took delivery but had to cancel), the Swift etc were out of conisderation.

Dad told me that a new car is coming and is quite within the budget and he was right. The car seemed to be pretty good - looks good(from the front anyway), and with its hype about the AMT(and from Magnetti Marelli of all places) I decided to zero-in on the car.. till I realized the AMT is only upto the VX trim(no ABS/Airbags/BT stereo etc) and with a waiting time of 3 months or so - decided to nix this and went for the Manual transmission Zxi (Optional trim)


Weekend 2-day roadtrip to Srirangapatna, Kushalnagar and Madikeri – Day 2
· ☕ 4 min read · ✍️ sathya

Jo always wanted to pay a visit to Kushalnagar, Bylakuppe  and surroundings and I always wanted to drive down that side, but thanks to our sheer laziness or something always coming up, Madikeri - Kushalnagar trip always remained a pipe dream.

Day 2 continues..

So, for Day 2 we had originally planned like so: Nisargadhama - Mysore - Chamundi Temple - Bangalore. However, since we couldn’t visit the Monasteries on day one, we decided to visit Monasteries on day 2 and skip Mysore/Chamundi since it’d have been way too late by the time we reached home.


Weekend 2-day roadtrip to Srirangapatna, Kushalnagar and Madikeri – Day 1
· ☕ 6 min read · ✍️ sathya
Jo always wanted to pay a visit to Kushalnagar, Bylakuppe and surroundings and I always wanted to drive down that side, but thanks to our sheer laziness or something always coming up, Madikeri - Kushalnagar trip always remained a pipe dream.  Last Thursday, we decided to bite the bullet and decided to go ahead with the trip. Although originally planned as a day trip, I felt that doing a trip till Madikeri, exploring nearby places and heading back wouldn’t be possible in a day(or if indeed possible, it would be incredibly tiring) and decided to split it across 2 days.

The Srinagar to Manali Travelogue: Part 1: Srinagar
· ☕ 7 min read · ✍️ sathya
Few weeks ago, Jo & me went on a 11-day vacation from starting from Srinagar heading south-west bound towards Manali via Kargil, Leh, Nubra Valley and Jispa. During this 11-day visit, we had a blast, met bunch of great folks, visited some breathtaking places and ran into wee bit of trouble. And since it’s been awhile since I posted here, decided to do a travelogue. The Plan So, we booked a tour via A Lifetime Trip.

RIP, Airtel SmartBytes – No More SmartBytes for PostPaid plans in Karnataka Circle
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ sathya
Few months back, Anupam Saxena had reported that Airtel is killing off SmartBytes for mobile customers in Delhi. My first reaction to the story was hoping that they wouldn’t do this for Karnataka circle. SmartBytes was great for the rare occasion that you’d require burst data(for example: when travelling or when your home Internet is down) - if you run out of data cap(I detest the pittance of data cap we get, that’s another different story) head over to their SmartBytes website or use the Airtel app & do a top up for SmartBytes - and you get instant data cap upgrade for the billing cycle.

Ambulance and Bangalore traffic.
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ sathya
Part of this was originally posted as a comment to Nithin's facebook post about today’s news article stating that Cops will send you legal notice if you block an Ambulance. There’s a well known law called Parkinson’s Law which states work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion There are various corollaries on this - and the one which I resonate the most is

Short Review of the Vu 40″ – 40k16 LED TV
· ☕ 5 min read · ✍️ sathya
I was on the fence about buying a TV since I don’t watch it that much, but during their recent sale, I came across an offer from Snapdeal on Vu TVs that was too good a deal to pass by, so I grabbed the Vu 40″ TV(aka 40k16). Delivery, Installation & Unboxing Snapdeal shipped the TV next day, to be delivered by Bluedart - who took a good 10 days to deliver it.

On to a new life
· ☕ 3 min read · ✍️ sathya

I had originally wanted to publish this back in late August when I shifted from Borg Cube to Borg Cube Grande.. ie, my new home.. but #lazybhat happened and I never got around to finishing that.

Since shifting to Bangalore, I’d been staying in a tiny 1BHK house in Murugeshpalya, off Old Airport Road. Back then, I’d chosen this place mainly for it’s proximity to my workplace - at about 4.4km, it takes me an average of 15 minutes to a maximum of 30 minutes to reach office. With 335E plying in copious amounts, heading to office or to Majestic to head back home was quite easy too. 2 years in, I decided to to move to a bigger place, so that things are all set when the inevitable #cpgweds happens.


Hellforge: my desktop after a long time
· ☕ 5 min read · ✍️ sathya

I’ve been tinkering with computers for well over 15 years now - and since 2007 I’ve been using laptops almost exclusively - prime reason being space(or the lack of it) since I moved away from my home, to a new city. Staying in a PG meant there was no space.

Since the past year and half I’ve been in Bangalore, staying in a rented house and though wanted to own a desktop, there wasn’t a decent justification to get it, especially since my laptop, HP Envy 14 was coping well. Till November, my Envy’s main system fan died and my laptop was running on GPU fan - which meant running any application would result in temperatures shooting to 80-90 - could barely run a game for 10-15 minutes.

In mid Jan I finally decided to get a new desktop than fix my laptop. Anyway, after doing some research and settling on a budget(which was stretched by over 6k) here’s what I got: (disclaimer: Flipkart affiliate links follow)


ICICI’s Useless Buy 1, Get 1 offer with BookMyShow & their other farcial offers
· ☕ 4 min read · ✍️ sathya
I have an ICICI Bank Coral Credit card. Part of the ‘perks’ that the card provides is something which is enticing to all: Buy one ticket and get the other ticket free, any day of the week, at www.bookmyshow.com. You can book upto 2 complimentary tickets in a month on a first come first serve basis. Very nice! so I had tried to book tickets using this offer. I think I’ve succeeded maybe once.