I like Indiblogger meets. So it’s obvious that when there’s a meet happening around I wouldn’t dare to say no!

This one was different. It was a meet for 24 selected bloggers from Mumbai and Pune who would get the opportunity to take the TATA Nano Gen X Easy Shift AMT on a road trip.
Oh yeah, a road trip!

So a heads up; I don’t know how to drive, and I don’t have a license either (yeah, it’s high time I get one). So my chances of being selected were on a Nano scale. But hey, where you need drivers, you also need people at the backseat also. So when I got the confirmation call, there was a moment of happiness and a huge moment of shock.

The shock was to wake up early on a SUNDAY morning. It was hard but I did manage to wake up. We left early at 6.30 and post everyone settling down in the bus, had the wackiest ever introductions. Mine happened at 7.45 am and seriously that’s the earliest I have ever given an introduction anywhere!


Post a few hours we were in Pune at the “Tata Lake house” where we were first welcomed by the Indi team alongside photographers clicking our pictures like there’s no tomorrow. Who am I to complain? Then we were treated to a delightful breakfast accompanied with a relaxing view. I must tell you the view from that place is just too mesmerizing. 



Later we got a heads up from the TATA team about the car, it’s features and what gives it the GEN X feel. Post that we 24 were divided into 8 groups. Each car had 1 TATA personnel with them as a navigator.

My team comprised of,
Rohini – Our sole driver for the day.
Pranav – The Cool Navigator.
Shubham – Our Social media guy for the day and
Me – Hmmm, I just was there to enjoy the journey from the backseat.



We were team “D” but that name didn’t sound so cool, so we got ourselves an awesome name i.e. “The Nano Knights”. Anyways, here’s what this Nano knight thought about the car post the drive.

ü  The car looks awesome with 2 new colors i.e. Persian rose and Sangria Red (that’s an awesome choice BTW)

ü  There are 3 main features i.e. the Design next, The Drive next and the Connect Next.

ü  They have done a lot of work on the design and that can be seen in the final product. It does catch your eye.

ü  They also have 94 litre boot space in the AMT and 110 in the manual versions meaning you can stuff in a lot of things in the boot space.

ü  About the drive next, they have sports mode, creep mode and the AMT of course.

ü  Sports mode is for the power loving people who just need an open road and want to zoom away.

ü  The creep mode will be a boon for us Mumbaikars as when you release the brake; the car automatically creeps a bit.

ü  Also with NANO, you have the smallest turning radius of 4m.

ü  The Auto manual transmission (AMT) is a boon for people who like the automatic way and for the traditionalists there is the shift assist manual mode.

ü   As for the Connect next, they have a Bluetooth system where you can connect your phone with the system and take calls while you drive.

ü  There also is the digital clock, the gear shift indicator and distance left till tank gets empty.

ü  In this segment with a price range of 2.75-3.5 lacs ex-showroom, I doubt you’d get so much, so well done TATA team.

Examples:

Click a weird selfie of your team in the car.

Do a flash mob outside with the car in the background.

A best of 3 arm wrestling match for the guys on the backseat.

Click a pic of something red with the car.

And trust me there were many many more such challenges.

Here are some glimpses.

Amidst all this I forgot about the awesome lunch and interview session in Mezza9.
This resto-bar is worth visiting.
I liked the ambience, the welcome drinks, the food and everything.
Some chose to give an interview about their car experience while the rest were chatting like there’s no tomorrow.

Post the lunch and the drive we headed back to the lake house where a test track awaited us. Post driving through that we were treated to delicious snacks again with the breathtaking view and then the finale.

We were taught the tricks to playing the djembe.
And boy that was fun. Mr.Varun Venkit from Taal Inc made sure we were refreshed and yes the madness for 30 minutes was the highlight for the day.


Vote of Thanks:

Yeah, I seriously owe this trip to Indiblogger and the TATA team. Thank you for all the moments.
Thank you for the madness, the laughter, for treating us like celebs ad thank you for the awesome drive experience.

And finally to all the people who came on the trip, I really am glad to have connected with you guys. You all are awesome and I look forward to meeting ya’ll more often. Stay in touch peeps.

We rock!!!

Image credits – Dr.Kiran, Shrinidhi and Shubham



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Lonavla – 19th April 2015

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It’s said that traveling helps everyone in mysterious ways. For me, it’s just leaving everything behind. I mean it… Everything!

Since I’ve started working, the only thing I dream of is going away somewhere. Anywhere but here! I’ve asked friends, colleagues so many times already that I’ve lost count.

Finally, when I got a chance to sit in the new TATA BOLT and get hauled all the way to Lonavla, what you think my answer would be?

Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!

I began my Sunday morning in Café Infinito for breakfast with few bloggers like me who were excited to be a part of this event head by BlogAdda.

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We had been divided into 8 groups. For starters, we had a filling breakfast. Then the introduction round was the icing on the cake. Every group sent one person ahead to introduce the entire group and also spilling some interesting facts.

I was quite impressed with almost everyone. I must tell you the amount of talent in that Café on a Sunday morning is not what you would find any time.

My team had I, Mahafreed and Pradosh along with Ankita from the BlogAdda team.

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Later, after breakfast and introductions, it was decided that 4 groups will drive the petrol variant and the rest would drive the diesel. While returning home the change would take place.

This is the moment when the first drive was flagged off…

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We got the Diesel variant for the start. We headed down to the MMRDA grounds for a test which shook me. Literally! They had a temporary track ready for us with speed breakers enough to give you a bouncy feeling. Whilst on the speed breakers we had to complete a “connect the dots figure” of the TATA BOLT on the sheet provided to us. It was a funny thing to do at that moment but we did manage to draw something.

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Later while we started our journey towards Lonavla we had “Captain Bolt” the virtual leader who spoke to us all the time. (P.S – He did sound like a Radio Jockey)

We took the express way and yeah we left every car behind. Pradosh made sure to test the speed of the car as we zoomed past 120kmph in no time. We left the rest of the cars far behind enough to stop mid way, click a few pics and still reach first.

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Since we had all the time in the world, we gave a review of the car whilst heading to Lonavla itself. The main pointers were covered by Pradosh since he was driving. Here’s the review.

Once at Lonavla, we headed over to a restaurant named “Dhaba” which happened to be on the first floor! How funny can this get?

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The food was awesome. We mingled around with fellow bloggers asking them about their ride and one conversation led to another and the dining hall felt like another day at a fish market… 😛

Post food, every blogger was interviewed about their journey so far. Later we switched cars, headed to Tiger point which is known to have monkey sightings. Yes, I don’t know how funny can this get again?

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We had a lot of selfies, groupies clicked. It was hot since it was 3pm prime time for the sun to shine.

I even clicked one for myself.

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It’s too dark, but that’s all i could manage.

Then we had this one picture of the entire team which is my highlight of the journey.

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We headed back to another stop at Café Coffee Day and finally made it back to Café Infinito.

I’ll be honest. My review might not do full justice honestly since I don’t know how to drive. But still for what it matters, I can tell you what I felt whilst sitting behind.

  • The car is spacious. It has great interiors too
  • It has 8 speakers which can be serious fun for music lovers.
  • It has 3 styles i.e. Sports, Eco and City. We used the Sports mode and by far it’s the best mode because of the power it generates.
  • The “Connect NeXt” which is an infotainment system is by far the standout feature of the car. Its user friendly and I feel it can make the driver’s life very easy. No worries of missing a call, reading a message as you have this system to help you out.

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  • For the price mentioned this is a really good buy under the 10 lacs segment.

Here’s another review made by Pradosh incidentally on the same standout feature as I think. Here’s presenting the “Connect NeXt” system.

Finally I would like to end this review by thanking BlogAdda for making this event memorable for me. Right from the ice box kept in the car, for the food, for the journey and finally for letting me share space with such beautiful people.

Image credits:  Sanjay, Mahafreed and Pradosh.

This indeed was a Sunday well spent at #BoltDrives with BOLT from TATA Motors in association with BlogAdda.

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