Date : 29 April 2017
Place : Silver Beach, Cuddalore

After Krish's (Muthu Krishnan TS, my son) first birthday, on a fine weekend evening, we decided to take him to the beach for the first time. 

At first, on seeing the huge crowd and the beach waves he was confused since he hasn't seen such a huge water body before. 

See the Confusion/wonder in his eyes
He first hesitated to get down but after few minutes he got comfortable and got down to play in the water. He enjoyed the waves thoroughly. When there was some delay between the waves he couldn't wait and started calling the waves to come fast with his tiny little hands and infant baby talk.

See the joy on his face.. !
Here is a small video clip of Krish Enjoying his first beach visit.

He thoroughly enjoyed the evening in beach and while starting to the home he was not ready to leave the beach and started crying. We had to console him very hard to leave the beach. 

Don't know the flower name... doesn't it look beautiful? Shot on iPhone 7 camera.

The purple Globe Amaranth also called as 'Vadamalli' in tamil from our terrace garden. Thanks to the birds/wind for planting this beautiful flower plant in our garden, yes we didn't sow the seeds and its growing on its own.

See the details captured by iPhone 7 camera. No effects added in this photo, still it looks like it has been taken from a DSLR camera....
The best selling RE is finally in our garage. This is our fifth bike starting from the very old Hero Honda CD100 SS, Hero Honda Glamour, Honda Shine, Vespa VX 125 out of which Hero Honda CD100 SS has been sold due to its old age and non maintenance.

My father was comfortable with his HH Glamour... but the bullet craze started haunting him. He decided to get a Royal Enfield. We looked into all the RE models and finally decided to get a Classic 350. The next step was to decide the color. My suggestion was to go with Chestnut Brown, but his idea was to get a White one. After seeing both the colors side by side he changed his decision and booked Chestnut Brown.

After around a months time we got the bike delivered to us. The bike weighs a hefty 192Kg (Kerb weight with Fuel). Initially my father felt it difficult to ride the bike, but in due course of time he became comfortable. 

While you ride the bike, you really don't feel the weight. You can ride it with ease even in cumbersome city traffic.
Pros & Cons:

Looks - The retro look is the main USP of this bike. As the name says this bike is really a classic. It is not a modern bike, you don't get alloy wheels, the torque and power figures are low for such a high capacity engine and the worst part is you don't get a fuel gauge and not even a low fuel warning indicator instead you get an amp meter which is practically of no use.

The engine is not a very refined unit. You get loads of vibrations in low rpm's which annoys(my father), but most of the owners love that(like me :-P). I don't like it to be driven harsh and in my opinion its meant for mid range cruising. 

Overall we are satisfied with this cute little(?) beast.


Classic 350 is powered by a 346cc, Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark engine. The power output is 19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm and the max torque 28 Nm comes in at 4000 rpm. 


This flower is a common sight in our areas. Popularly known as ' thatha thala vetti poo ' in tamil.

Steady candle flame.. clicked after numerous failed attempts.

New set of leaves emerging from Adenim bonsai after pruning.
The Tata Tiago has been launched in India at a price of between Rs. 3.29 (Base Petrol) - 5.79 (Top Diesel) lakhs (ex-Chennai). Tiago comes in 7 different variants – XB, XE, XM, XT, XZ , XZA and XTA where XZA and XTA are Automatic Variants.
I got my Tiago XZ (P) on November 16, 2016 and its going to be one year since I got this cute little beast.

First Photo of My Car during PDI


1. Styling - The car is stunning to look and has got a very premium look in its segment.
The new IMPACT design language has worked well.
2. Build Quality - Tank like build quality induces confidence. No cost cutting at all.
3. Driveability - The EPAS is easily one of the best, its light at low speeds and gains weight on high speeds which makes it a fun to drive hatchback. The ergonomics is good for long rides. Both the engines are newly developed units and has a  good driveability.
4. ICE - One of the highlight features of Tiago is its 8-Speaker Harmon entertainment system. Hearing music in this ICE is pure bliss. The sound quality is a notch higher compared to the cars one or two segments above.
5. Safety & Features - ABS, EBD, CSC, Two air bags, Rear Parking Sensors, close to 22 Utility spaces, 242L boot, Two driving modes (Eco, City) for manual and has a additional Sport mode in Automatic variants, Speed dependent auto door locks and much more.

Getting Delivery of my Tiago
My son taking his seat


1. Engine - The 3-cylinder Engine's performance is not upto the mark.
At times the petrol engine is not as fun as it feels in the highway, to drive in bumper to bumper traffic. I had few occasions where there was no power delivery for about 2-3 seconds while in second gear.
You also need to plan your highway overtakes by reducing one or two gears so that you can press the gas pedal to get more power/torque for overtaking.
2. Tata should have concentrated on the NVH levels.
Wind/Engine noise creeps inside while you cross 80KMPH. Vibrations are felt inside the cabin while on low rpms and on idle.
3. The main concern is TASS - Tata After Sales Service. TATA is mainly concentrating on ASS and I can see a significant improvement from my first Service to third Service, but still there are plenty of room for improvements.

Washed and Waxed

I personally like the Sunburst Orange Colour(which I own) which looks dashing when properly washed and waxed. Its a feast to eyes to look at this little beauty in sunlight. The shine and glitter makes you go wow...

Added Ambient Lighting - The Blue light looks awesome during night ride

Overall the experience was so good.. had many good moments with my little beast but there are also few bad moments. Within a month of purchase got a big deep scratch from a two wheeler on my rear left door. Felt very sad but consoled myself since the roads are filled with these kind of idiots. Got few more scratches too but made up my mind 'Don't Feel for this. It Happens'. I really enjoy driving this car in Highways... it gives you lot of confidence even at high speeds and the stability is awesome. Thanks to the solid build quality.

The added weight also impacts the mileage. The average is arund 12-13 KMPL in city and around 18-20 in highways. A number of instances/accidents around India proved how tuff the build quality is in Tiago.

Wonderful 10K Kilometers

If you are a first time car buyer then you should surely have a look at this cute little beast. You wont be disappointed.

This Zinnia is a Pink-Violet flower which looks awesome and will post the flower in another post.. and this is also from our terrace garden...

Cherry Tomatoes from our Terrace Garden... 

I really dont know the name of this flower(?)... if anyone knows please comment it in the comments section.

The Bud - Rose bud which is going to bloom into a beautiful red rose.