Sunday, July 1, 2018

A First-Hand Impression of Driving the Tesla Model 3.

Birthdays are always nice.

As a kid belonging to a lower middle-class family in India, I experienced birthdays always with a certain thriftiness: some new outfits, and a special sweet dish my mother would make to suit the birthday child's interests — usually my favorite ಕಡಲೇ ಬೇಳೆ ಪಾಯಸ for my birthdays — for the occasion. No cakes, no 'Happy Birthday ...' singing, etc., that is very much a modern cultural landscape in most households. Thus, imagine my excitement when very close to, and just days before my birthday in 2018, I got hold of my Tesla Model 3, delivered to our home. I was one of those who stood in line patiently for several hours on March 31, 2016, to register for a Model 3, based solely on a test drive of a Tesla Model S a few years earlier.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Silicon Valley, 2.0.

After spending about 2.5 years in the Seattle area, I'm back in Silicon Valley, in Northern California. Seattle region is a good place to be; some people even have called it the next Silicon Valley. The lush greeneries everywhere throughout the year have even provided a tag line for Washington State: The Evergreen State.

Why this turnaround?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

From a Future Owner of a Tesla Model 3.

Everyone has a reason to buy, or acquire, what they wish for.

Most of the things we buy routinely are the ones that we need in our daily lives: groceries, clothes, ...

And, then, we have the big-ticket items such as homes, cars, ... Note that some of these big ticket items, we don't have to buy; we can rent. Cars are more of a necessity in some parts of the world although, if the Ubers and Lyfts and have their way, even those can be rented as need arises. (There are taxis, of course).

Why this long preface?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Down the Memory Lane at Airlines Hotel, Bangalore.

You listen to an inspiring convocation speech by Nani Palkhivala for your engineering graduation. Commencement, they call it, in America. You move on to go for a celebration dinner. To Airlines Hotel. Masala Dosa, ice cream and the whole bit. The prime mover, and sponsor, for this kind of graduation celebration, was my uncle, himself an engineer.

That was January 1972.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

UberX, UberBLACK, UberCHOPPER, UberWEDDING, ... ?

Uber, the Silicon Valley transportation company that recently raised $1.2B at a post-money valuation of $18.2B, has been expanding its services quite frequently, thanks to the capital infusion.

It seems to be expanding everywhere in the world, including in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India.

The latest service to go online, starting today, is UberWEDDING. The black limousine and the whole bit. So, what could be next?