Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Ben's Corner #4: This Jawa will script a win for Mahindra

When you ask an automobile enthusiast of yesteryear about the best motorcycles of his times, he will immediately name a handful of bikes - Royal Enfield Bullet, Jawa, Yezdi, Yamaha RD 350 or those old BSAs. But in this 21 century, except Royal Enfield Bullets, all other bikes have disappeared. The prime reason for this is lack of flexibility of these classic bikes to adapt to the changing environment. In addition, bikes like RD 350, Yezdi had two-stroke engines with large displacement which made them guzzle fuel. The stringent emission norms and poor fuel efficiency ultimately led to their demise.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Not One More Parotta!!!

For people who have had at least a brunch with me, they possibly would have adjudged what this blog post is going to be all about. They are well aware that I'm a diet conscious person (well, that is not for killing cholesterol and fat). Yes, I am little selective in eating food, not really in taking up healthy eatables but, by barring some unhealthy ones. And for those who don't know me, I can't take you to dinner, instead I can say in simple words that this article is about the ultimate ingredient of all time, which as well is the Caucasian gay cousin of China clay, 'Maida'.

I had been a rebel in almost all dinner tables (well, not all. BTW, I too had a love story (is a sweet novel by Ravinder Singh)) to avoid Maida which comes as a default statutory warning from me, which suits well for the readers of this blog too. So, before starting off this post, let me give you a statutory warning.

Maida is injurious to health. Maida Causes Cancer.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Ben's Corner #3: Akula Races Past Dominar

When it comes to performance-oriented bikes, Bajaj has been ruling the roost for a good-one-and-a-half decades now. Both Hero Moto Corp and TVS Ltd had challenged the legacy of the brand but, eventually failed. When Bajaj partnered with Austria's KTM, the gap widened further. In line with Bajaj's strategy, TVS collaborated with BMW Motorrad of Germany and everyone expected a game-changer from the duo. But, again, their first product, BMW G 310R produced lower power than its direct rival KTM Duke 390. So, there was not much of a hope on TVS' version of the bike, Apache RR 310S a.k.a. Akula.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Grey Scale #1: Keeping Clothes Clean Over The Years

Here is a new series that is going to speak about the things that are in blind spots of a common man. Through this, I am trying to bring out facts about people, place, culture or anything that is in grey area and left unexplored from places I visit, people I meet and things I get to know. This is going to be written under the banner 'Grey-Scale' from now on. And, to start with, I have penned about a grey area in my home-town Trichy. Hope I can make justice to this series.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

This Article Is Penned With Blood, Not Ink

In memory of my Tamil brothers and sisters who were brutally killed in a genocide in the 2009 Lankan-Eezham war.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Ben's Corner #2: Horns of the Hornet Exposed?

The transition from BS III to BS IV was one of the greatest setbacks for the automobile industry this year. This was due to their blatant neglect of the Supreme Court order on strictly enforcing it from 1 April, this year. Above all, automobile manufacturers were in great disappointment as they had expected the Central government to give more room for selling the old BS III stock.

Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India Ltd (HMSI), was one of the worst hit by the Supreme Court order as thousands of their BS III scooters became useless overnight. To overcome this, the brand offered a discount of up to Rs 22,000 on some models on the last day of the deadline.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Strike is not just striking people's routine

While the entire State is struck with commutation since the evening of May 14, there are voices that have been raising from the people's end against the indefinite shutting down of transport department. With a lot of regular commuters ruing at the transport officials who have stopped working with a seven charter demand, there are some mild voices that are raised with a third angle version. Here is how these voices claim.

When I was scrolling Facebook news feed today, I just struck with an unusual post by a person (probably youth) who anonymously was quoting himself to be the son of a TNSTC bus conductor. In his post, the boy had came up with a couple of points to ponder before the strike of the transport employees.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Dont' stop here: Plus two or SSLC - It's not the end

In this season of Plus two and SSLC board examination results, there could be some unexpected incidents that occur due to extreme decisions taken by students who score marks lesser than their expectations.

Following this, I have decided to bring some facts into limelight through this article. The State government has been taking up a number of steps to prevent these extreme attempts and motivate them. This article would be a small package of all that put together. Hope this would be useful.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Haunted: Jayalalithaa returns to Veda Nilayam?

It was as similar as the horror experience stories shared during childhood among cousins who meet up during summer vacations, when I got to talk with some people recently. This summer too has such kind of a horror myth, that is spreading like a forest fire across the State. I was hesitant a bit for last few days whether to write this on my blog as it might turn my blog look sub standard. Later, I thought that, this article might be a document of the scenarios persisting in the capital city post Jayalalithaa's demise.

Is the term ‘ever-living’ leader of Tamil people, tagged to former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, turning out to be true? Speculations have been rising after her death that her spirit is surrounding her Poes Garden residence, Veda Nilayam. (Please don't laugh at me)

Ever since Jayalalithaa’s death, rumours started to strike the air that Poes Garden has been witnessing some weird sounds and screams at night. When I tried to probe it at ground zero, several versions seemed to support the rumours.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Ben's Corner #1: Dominar dominates! - Review on the fastest bike by an Indian manufacturer

Introducing a new column, "Ben's Corner" which would be penned by Automobile journalist and enthusiast S Ben Raja. Through this column, we are going to bring up some fine stories on analysis of automobile industry, technical reviews about new auto products, test ride experiences and much more on auto and moto things that are trending.

- Team Judgemental Journalist

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Lens: You're not supposed to peep through

Emotions are basically the crux of an art form. Be it a painting, a poem, a stage play or even a movie, it is an in-depth emotion or a social value that will be delivering the message out of it . In recent times, the Tamil film industry has been witnessing a number of quality movies that have received a tremendous welcome from the audience despite of their low production cost.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Of course! For them humour is kind of serious business: Interaction with Aravind SA and Sorabh Pant

Think of a situation where you get a chance to interact with two of the top stand-up comedians of this age. That should be the funniest hour of your life right? Laughing out through intestines and all. I too had a chance to encounter and interact with India's two of the most popular stand-up comedians, Sorabh Pant and Aravind-SA rightly a year back. The duo shared their experiences, efforts and of course lots of humour. Here are some excerpts from the interview.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Karikalan: The Colossus who ruled till Himalayas


In this time of Bahubali fever, I would like to brief up on an emperor who was a colossus of his age. The battling techniques and life styles that were shown in movies like Aayirathil Oruvan (2010), Lion of the Desert and Bahubali, are not just fiction or fantasy but actually the ones that were in practice for a long time in the empires here in down South. I penned this feature for The New Indian Express in July 2016. I just want to post this to make a record of the great emperor of all time and to remind the history we have crossed.