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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Me Nano Superdrive in TV9...at namma Bengaluru

To watch video of me speaking to TV9 Journalist, click here
DSC08776June 18th, 2010: We re-entered Karnataka from Hosur side, at around 5PM and were expecting lot of traffic after crossing electronic city. Surprisingly there were none. Probably due to the recently opened elevated flyover, traffic was minimal and we reached our destination, Concorde Motors near Dairy circle, ahead of time. Weather was nice and for a change, we stopped AC, rolled down windows and have a pleasant drive. Also spotted a new variant of electric car, Reva, which was being at a fairly high speed, which Nano couldn’t chase. Later, while heading towards the hotel, got to see this beautiful rainbow.

The next day, we set out for our landmark activities. First destination was Bangalore Palace.

We passed through MG Road, which seemed to have lost its charm, due to al the construction work of Namma Metro. An auto driver, named A Joseph, who had a badge of Ka. Ra. Ve (Karnataka Rakshana Vedike), asked us curiously if Nano is available in diesel. After briefing him that it is not, I just asked him how is Narayana Gowda. After a minute he realized whom I was referring to and reply was “he he!”

Doordarshan’s TV Tower and a giant wheel opposite to hit looked majestic. After a brief stop at Bangalore Palace, we headed out to Cubbon Park, our second destination. The media was invited here and they turned up in larger number, compared to other cities. I spoke to couple of TV Channels here, including TV9 and Kasturi, about the Superdrive.

Also met Prashant (who blogs at Payaniga.com). The right hand side photo above is clicked by him. TV9 report was telecasted same day evening, a poor quality recording, which I made using my camera, can be found below.

Also check: Bangalore classic scooters at Central Library

Then we headed towards Vidhana Soudha. Taking photographs here was very tricky. Busy traffic and with no permission and space to park the cars, we had to click while cars were moving slowly, hoping that no other vehicles come in between. Managed to click some decent shots (Check this post for more Vidhana Soudha shots)
From TataNanoSuperdrive
The 3rd location was Lumbini Garden, Hebbal. FM Radio winners were invited here, but the turn out was very less. (Attributing to the fact that Lumbini garden is at the other end of town and on a Saturday afternoon people would have many other things to do) Nano was also kept on display at Garuda Mall, competing with Volkswagen Beetle for attention, which was also displayed in the same campus.

In the evening, a customer get together was organized at Crown Plaza, electronic city. This also had lesser than expected turn out, again because Electronic city is on the southern extreme of the city. But over 200 people who turned up had good time.

That’s a brief on Bengaluru visit. Next day we drove across Karnataka, from Bengaluru to Kolhapur, just bypassing Hubli, Davanagere, Belgaum… Road (NH4) was superb and we could cover 630kms in 12.5 hours, including all breaks and stops. More about it later.

4 comments :

imntjack said...

Who is Narayana Gowda??

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Narayana Gowda is the convener or president of the Ka Ra Ve- Kannada activist group..

Mridula said...

I like the rainbow best. Have been waiting for one all these rainy days but no luck yet!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Its raining around Delhi right.. hope you get to see one soon... Camera tayaar rakhna....