Bike Spotting: Bajaj M80 Custom

The Bajaj M80 has always been the workhorse of choice for people beyond the cities. Spotted nearly everywhere in Maharashtra, the M80 was the darling of people who wanted a hardy machine that could take a beating & go on without complaint or breakdown. Used as a farm wagon as well as a family transporter,…

Bombay to Goa – a quick run on the Royal Enfield Himalayan

Goa calling, again! If you’d known me 5 years ago, then you’d never have said something like this back then. I’d been to Goa just the one time until then, that too on a family trip where we took Aazo along on a pilgrimage to all the major temples that he wanted to visit in…

Aarey Energee: memories of an awesome bachpan

‘Energee’ if you’re a leaf from the same book as me, then the mere mention of this word will take you on the journey back in time. Of blue & cream coloured stalls, selling milk in blue plastic packets & foil-capped glass bottles. Lassi & non-flavoured cow’s milk too.  Decades have gone by with generation…

Bike Spotting: Hero Honda Street

The Hero Honda Street was a revolutionary one for our market. It promised all the control & efficiency of a manual transmission with the ‘clutch-less’ convenience of an automatic. It didn’t quite do too well though.  Maybe it was too bold an idea for regular motoring folks, or the ‘step-through’ riding style of the bike….

Jumla is the new black

Originally posted on Chunauti:
It’s hard to tell whether demonetisation will turn out to be a bold hit or a costly miss, but it appears to many that the government has taken the black money bull by the horns. Announcing the withdrawal of ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi listed several steps that…

The Yamaha RD350: Dream Interrupted

Spotted a RD350 yesterday, being lovingly bought back to life. Was in a workshop the size of a security guard’s cabin in Mumbai, but that didn’t matter. There it was sitting majestically in the classic Red livery. It managed to stop me right in my tracks. The brain drained out all other thoughts. The heart…