Saturday, May 05, 2018

Changing wiper blades on Ford Figo

It has been a while that I have not paid personal attention to our Ford Figo. This vehicle has run 80 thousand kilo meters and served us well for close to 8 years. I recently had changed the front tyres on it from Yokohama Earth 1 to Apollo (cannot remember the brand) stock size. The rubber cost me about Rs.9000. And then I spent some more on rubber this weekend.

But today I decided to play attention to the broken rubber on front wiper. The picture on the left shows what had become of it. This was also causing damage to the windscreen. There are probably some scratches there which will need 3M care. I remember changing these just last year with the Authorised Ford service station in Hyderabad. But, I really don't know the life of the wiper rubber, so cannot complain. 
I guess this is mostly the result of lot of heat making the rubber brittle and running the wipers without water. The later happens a lot in case of Ford Figo because of it's unconventional placement of wiper controls. For the uninitiated, Ford, Chevrolet and some other car manufacturers have the wiper and light controls on opposite side to the Suzukis and Hondas. So when your car gets driven by someone else who is used to driving a Maruti, the wipers are run dry 99% of the time. The last time I got the rear wiper changed, I remember being fleeced for Rs.900 in Hyderabad. So, this time I decided to take the matter in my own hands.

While I had gone to Noida, Sector 18, Atta market to drop the Bullet with the Ustad for a servicing (separate post on that), I decided to pick up a pair from the auto market there. Always note that both the wiper blades are mostly different size. On the Figo they are 22 inch and 16 inches. The pair cost me Rs.250. Yes the pair!

Removing and replacing the wipers is easy peasy. The instructions are also written on the packaging of the new wipers. Basically, you simply slide out the old ones and slide in the new ones till they click in place. If you cannot do this, do not read this post any further.

Now, the easy part is over. But there is a catch. In my opinion, I did not have to replace the entire assembly. Only rubber refills (the rubber portion that actually wipes the water off the glass) should be available. It can surely easily be removed.Look at the picture on the left. I removed the rubber by simply sliding it out. However, I have not been able to find only the refills online. I will definitely look for them in the auto market. If available, the same replacement will take less than half the cost. Essentially the metal assembly is in a good shape and does not need replacement. So there should be a place where they would sell only the rubber. Expect and update on this post as I get some conclusive evidence that money can be saved on replacing the wiper blade refill rubbers!!

Saturday, April 28, 2018


रात्रीचा १ वाजला आहे . डोळे झोपाळले आहेत , पण मन झोपू देत नाही . एक साधा सोपा सिनेमा एवढं करू शकतो?
अर्ध्या तासा पूर्वी 'कील्ला' हा सिनेमा पहिला.  एखादी गोष्ट , नव्हे भावना किंवा संवेदना म्हणू कमीत कमी शब्दात कशी सांगावी याचा उत्तम उदाहरण म्हणजे किल्ला हा सिनेमा. पावसाळी ओला चिंब आणि हिरवा कोकण, १९९० च्या आसपासच साधं सोपं राहणीमान, मोबाईल / इंटरनेट च्या विळख्यात न सापडलेलं 'बाल'पण हे सगळंच खूप नॉस्टॅल्जिक वाटत. गोष्ट सांगता नाही येत, पण भावते नक्की. दिग्दर्शक स्वतःच DoP असल्यामुळे प्रत्येक फ्रेम ने डोळे दिपून जातात. मराठीतला संतोष सिवन आहे हा अविनाश अरुण. बदल , त्याच्याशी जुळवून घेण्याची माणसाची धडपड, आई मुलाचे नाते हे सगळं एका पौगंडावस्थेतील मुलाच्या दृष्टिकोनातून दाखवलं गेलंय .
मला या फिल्मने जाग ठेवण्याचे मुख्य कारण म्हणजे, माझ्या आणि माझ्या कुटुंबाचा आयुष्यात मागच्या एका वर्षात झालेले बदल मला एक वेगळा connect देऊन गेले. जुलै २०१७ मध्ये आम्ही हैदराबाद हुन नोएडा ला आलो. मी नोकरी बदलली आणि त्यामुळे घरही बदलावे लागले. ८ वर्षं हैद्राबादला राहिल्यावर, तिथून उत्तर भारतात येणं हा एक खूप मोठा बदल आम्ही अजूनही पचवतोय. पण किल्ला मधल्या चिन्मयमुळे मला माझ्या थोरल्या मुलीच्या मनातली घालमेल, तिचे नवीन मित्रांशी जुळवून घेण्याचे प्रयत्न आणि या सगळ्या मधून दिसणारी तिची maturity मला जाणवली. कदाचित हे कारण तुम्हाला फार फडतूस पण वाटेल, पण कधी तरी या बदला बद्दल सविस्तर लिहीन. सूतोवाच करून थोडं बरं वाटतंय सध्या . 😊

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What I am outside my job

What defines you? 
Your job? Career? But that is a 20th century invention. People did not have 'careers' before that and still lived happy life!
Your kids? Spouse? Parents? Family? They are important! But does your happiness define what they think of you? That is difficult to control. Are you always going to try and please them to maintain an 'image'?
Your friends? What kind of friends? Those who like you? love you? speak their minds or dont speak at all? Who will back you up even if you have done something wrong? 
Neighbours? Colleagues? They are integral to your life but you will keep changing. What do they mean then?
Your hobbies? Would you do them if no one appreciated you for them?
What defines you is 
- how you would treat others if you had nothing to do with them
- what you would do if no one was looking
- would you do something if it did not pay you

Friday, March 10, 2017

1000 kgs of Goa - Book review

1000 Kilograms of Goa1000 Kilograms of Goa by Rohan Govenkar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This brilliantly written book is a good movie plot. The Author, Rohan Govekar, being a Goan lad himself, lends authenticity to some of the facts about Goa.

If you are a Goan yourself, his narration takes you through some of the well known landscape and portrays a few typical Goan characters quite realistically.

The only part I would say could have been completely done away with, is the protagonist's philanthropic redemption of his ill-gotten wealth towards the end of the book. It comes across as a little too self indulgent and guilt ridden.

Having said that, awesome first book!

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

The origin of God

Long long time ago, the human race was just evolving, and was learning how to cope up with health, hygiene and disease. I don’t know what ‘era’ or ‘age’ it was. Monolithic, bronze, stone or some yuga like dwaparyuga, tretayuga…etc. But it was an era when diseases spread fast, even simple ones like lose motion ! And people died of these little diseases. This was way before humans knew the benefits of personal hygiene or fresh cooking. I am talking about like really old times.

But we were evolving. There was this one guy who took bath everyday (probably because he liked it). Lets call him the ‘clean guy’. He even had bath multiple times a day. He had learnt the art of cooking over fire. He knew how to make fire, and how to use it to roast or cook. So he cooked everyday in his cave. And he had bath before cooking, after cooking, before going out, after coming back to his cave…all the time! Now, other people who did not know how to cook, would hunt animals or get fruits and vegetables to this guy and he would cook and serve them fresh cooked stuff. Also since bathing and cooking is all he did, he had lot of spare time on his hands for art. He made sculptures and decorated them. Other people who visited the ‘clean guy’ loved his sculptures too.

And then one day, there was an epidemic. Humans caught a strange infection through air, food and touch. Since they never had bath or cooked food daily, the disease spread very fast. Only one person was not affected. The 'clean guy'. Everyone looked at him with admiration. He looked like the wise one now. They went to him for help. He kept serving them cooked food. Since the food he served was hygienic, it slowly cured rest of the people.

So, thus was born prasad - that cures  all illnesses, the pujari - the wise one and God - his sculpture and creation in spare time.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

The perils of urban living

I have been living in a city for more than 10 years now. Before that, I have lived in a village in Goa, India. The total population of my village was less than five thousand. Whereas, since 2004, I have lived in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune & now Hyderabad. Being raised in a village, I have always had difficulty liking a city. In fact, the first time I visited a house on 14th Floor in Mumbai, I got a very weird feeling. It is a perspective I had never had in my village! Since then, I have tried to blend in, albeit forcefully.
Over the last decade, having lived across cities, with all the constraints of a family man, I have zeroed in on 3 main issues that stare us in the face. And these issues have remediation (if not to resolve, at least ease it) at individual level. We need not wait for the government to do anything. I have already started doing my bit.
This post is only for setting the context on each of these issues. I will dedicate another post individually to how I am trying to handle each of these by doing my bit.  

  1. Waste Disposal - if you feel you are not being creative or not able to 'make' something as an urban dweller, here is the good news! Our life styles create one thing in abundance - garbage. garbage of all types, textures, weight and colour. And we know nothing about where and how to put it. We think that a garbage fairy picks it up from our doorstep where we put it every morning. 
  2. Commuting - we all commute within the city in private cars and hate the traffic. If you do not commute in a private car, please leave a comment and then we have a lot to catch up on. Traffic (which is basically us!) causes delays, pollution of all sorts and unnecessary fuel expense. All this can be avoided.
  3. Water - I rest my case!

Just 5 minutes into discussion on any of the above topics, you will know that the root cause of all these is us - the people. So it is upto us now to solve these issues.
Another issue that is at the root of these three problems is the social divide (urban / rural, rich / poor, them / us etc.) For instance, we keep generating waste till it is not disposed in our own backyard. We do not mind if it gets disposed in a nearby village (from where our water also comes). Unless we take responsibility for these problems and accept that we are creating them. We will never (yes, NEVER!) be able to solve them.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Should women be allowed in religious places?


Having settled the matter there, let us move forward with some rant since this is a blog...

There are a lot of religious places that are banning women from entering. This includes temples, mosques and not sure if also a few churches. In retaliation, women and feminists are going all crazy calling it their fundamental right, challenging the diktat in court etc. I have a different view point on this and may sound crazy to a few, but since you are reading till now, go on further...

  1. Practicing your religion is your fundamental right, not going to a specific building. So just chuck it and practice your religion somewhere else. Just like if you want to gulp a few drinks but are not allowed in a specific bar because of dress code, you don't go to the judiciary or stage a protest!!?? You just go to the theka, get some daaru home and get high. 
  2. Why do you desperately want to go to a place that does not want you? Would you visit a jewellery shop or saari shop if they ill treated you, even if they had the best stuff in town? (afterthought: I guess women would go to a saari shop even after being ill treated...wrong example...but you get the point. Right?)
  3. I would suggest ban those religions places back. Like remove them from your 'must visit' places. Don't go there even if you are not menstruating or not pregnant or not wearing a lungi or
  4. We need to start parallel belief system. E.g. movies, theatre, parks, libraries, museums, zoos don't stop you from entering and are so much fun. Go there! worship those places! If I ever have the money, I will start a temple with an un-delcared god inside that allows just about every living being to enter the sanctum sanctorum.