Siddhesh is car enthusiast and calls himself a 100% Certified Car-Crazy guy. He loves sharing and talking about cars! Writes another blog for everything not cars! (http://supersiddy.wordpress.com/ )
He is a Post Graduate in Computer Science and currently works as a Front End Developer at a startup!
What’s this? Why am I not writing about CARS and starting a post on why I started writing a blog?? Relax! I know this is ‘The Best CAR Blog Ever!!‘. I haven’t forgotten, its all about cars, more cars…just cars! Let me tell you about when I started blogging.
For those who know me and have followed this blog since the beginning,they know I started out in October 2012. But that will not tell you about the reasons or the situation at that time.
I was pursuing my Diploma in Journalism, had reached half-way through it & it wasn’t that easy. I put in efforts & equally learned from my mistakes. For the first time, I had pursued writing at lengths. From the admission interview to all the classes that I attended, I had only one answer about my interest in journalism – “I am interested in getting into Automobile Journalism.” I was exceptional in terms of my choice then; there were many brilliant students (most) with mainstream journalism interests.
I felt a bit disconnected, because I would be speaking Latin & Greek for others, if I spoke about automobiles. And neither could I really speak well on other fields. I tried to write in other streams, I wouldn’t be able to even beat my previous assignments.
So, some how I needed to write about what I really wanted to do. A professor suggested me to take up blogging as a practice for topics of my interest (and still improve on my writing on the rest of the topics of the class).
That’s where my blogging journey started; my journey of excellence. I had a different take when I started out, I focused on covering news, but I would be left behind (I was new to writing and slow!). Then I understood, even if I don’t cover each & every news, somebody else would. I had to only focus on my writing, my topics. If I want to do better, I need to strive for excellence. And here is what I wrote about excellence in my previous post:
“It is about giving your best, exceeding expectations & setting standards for others. It is the constant achievement through hard work, dedication and discipline… ” –
I did the same what Mercedes-Benz did; we strove for excellence. They achieved their goals, they set a benchmark at making the best luxury cars & were awarded for it. I had the goal of making this ‘The Best CAR Blog…Ever!’, I have written posts that I have been appreciated for, I got rewarded with a chance to be part of interesting car events, meet various people from the industry and interact with them, all at the completion of just a year in blogging.
Here is one thing that Mercedes-Benz and I would agree on & follow too:
Make it your habit too, in whatever you do, not just blogging! Its your life; so take excellence very personally!
Share your thoughts on what excellence means to you!
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When discussing about CARS, one or more of the people in the conversation will say “This FOO is an excellent car! That BAR is no match for this one!”. We would have our own choice and thinking of what makes for an excellent car. But there is a specific set of CARS that have proven this year what excellence means.
Before getting to these cars, let me clear what I think of excellence to be (and should be).
Excellence is the quality of being excellent. It is about giving your best, exceeding expectations & setting standards for others. It is the constant achievement through hard work, dedication and discipline.
But, excellence is NOT success. There is a difference. Success is when we compare our achievements with what other people have done already. Excellence, on the other hand, is when we compare our achievements with what we have done before; and when we see that we have grown, we have beaten our own records and achieved — excellence.
“Competition with oneself, is the way to excellence.”
You’ll find lots of links to explain you on that topic, so lets get to what we were talking about here. So which cars have i think proven their excellence??
Take a look at this.
Their excellence has been appreciated and reflected in the awards they have got. Being awarded as the ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at six different award events of a single year is no joke. It is a sign of excellence. If you’ve seen any of the award ceremonies of this year, you will have guessed by now, I am talking about Mercedes-Benz.
It hasn’t ended there. Ten other awards (16 in total), across various other categories have been awarded. The A-Class, B-Class, E-Class, the E63 AMG and the GL-Class have won these awards.
Here is a snap to show who got what!
Mercedes-Benz marked 2013 as the ‘Year of Offensive’ and launched fascinating products, expanded its network spread and provided its customers value-added after sales service, according to their strategy. Setting benchmarks in the luxury segment (for its competitors), is their strategy of the ‘Year of Excellence’ – 2014.
They have already began the year’s celebrations, by the successful launch of the new S-Class, while showcasing the CLA 45 AMG, GLA and the M-Guard at the Indian Auto Expo 2014. [Photo Gallery: #MercAtAutoExpo2014]
Here is what they’ve got to say, while they celebrate – “When you pursue the path of excellence, the world makes you a winner.”
The #Experience before the #HangoutWithHonda Fri, Nov 8, 2013, 21:15
I was going through the usual round of checking my mail, that’s when I saw a mail that I should have had expected earlier in the day. I had completely forgotten that I had given out my email id the previous night to a person who contacted me through my blog’s Facebook page for some auto event.
I had received an invite for an experiential drive with Honda! So I was reading it and checked for further details. When was it going to happen? Nov 9. Where was it going to happen? Drive from Navi Mumbai to Lo.. Wait A Minute!! Nov 9! The day was to start in another three hours! (I say so because no time was mentioned in the Invitation)
I went to dad with my laptop, asked him to stop all his work and just listen to me! I showed him the invite and said that I wanted to go. He said no because I was gonna be on my own with unknown people, that too far away from home.. “You don’t even know whether they are real or fake!”.
Before I could speak up, I got my answer. And the real reason, I had college to attend for some placement training also the next day.
I calmed a bit, thought about the whole situation, weighed in all the profits & loss I would make depending on the decision I would take.
I had to deal with this situation now! I asked my dad if I could at least call up the person who mailed me the invite and get a few more details, what’s going to happen, what would I have to do, etc.
I got all the details & then had a 15-min long discussion with mom & dad, since this was the first time I got an invite to some event like this (because you guys read my blog so lovingly! Thank you friends! 🙂 ) and I was gonna be on my own for the next day, IF they said yes.
Everything went well, I finally got the approval! 🙂 I was super-excited now! So I called back and confirmed that I would join them. So did a quick review of what I would carry along tomorrow & then packed my bag. I went to bed early too (I don’t usually! 😀 )
The #HangoutWithHonda Experience Sat Nov 9, 2013, 06:00 :
I was up early today and was waiting for my pickup car to come & take me to Hallmark Honda, Navi Mumbai, from where the journey would start.
I got picked up at around 06:30 & reached the assembly area around 07:30.
All the CARS were getting ready for the drive. The CARS were being numbered, stuffed with some food for the journey, some goodies, the itenary, first aid kit, map to the destination.
It was scheduled to start at 08:00 hrs, but we finally got allotted our cars & started our journey by 09:00 hrs. And so we began our journey towards Aamby Valley City, Lonavala (our destination) in our cute-blue Honda Amaze (diesel)!
We were briefed regarding the competition among the 11 Honda CARS (7 Amaze & 4 Brio), where the four teams with the best mileage from the four categories Amaze Petrol, Amaze Diesel, Brio MT & Brio AT, would win! 🙂
Before reaching Aamby Valley, we took various halts, and one at the Tiger Hills point
Here are the journey pics:
The journey continues!
Keeps you connected!
Got pretty wheels too!
Can go Off-roading too!
The People and the CARS at the Hangout!
U, Me n our Brio!
That scenic view!!
I guess that was the Tiger Hill!
Nothing is too big to stop it from moving on!
And Natural too!
And that’s Deepak sir with his camera!
It does look better this way!…
And that way too!
This ones from that ‘Natural’ pic!
WHITE! Simply Amaze-ing!
This one’s for you to guess how I took it! Let me know if you can figure out!
We then continued our journey & reached our destination around 12:30 hrs.
We were joined here by the officials from Honda, who then did a presentation on Honda, what they do, the Amaze, the Brio, the diesel engine, etc. Here’s the video that we got to see over there. Do watch it!!
We broke out for lunch and then it was followed up with a bunch of games with the Honda CARS! Yep, two different games, one where we had to make an ‘8’ with the Brio followed by a reverse park to complete the track. Winners were decided based on the time taken to complete it.
The other game was kind of similar, we had to create an 8 again with the Amaze and do a straight reverse back to the starting line to finish the track. And here’s the twist, the Amaze would have a bucket securely taped in place, filled with water, on top of it. Winners were decided based on the least amount of water spilled, followed by the least amount of time taken.
We didn’t win either of the two games… But we did win the best mileage competition in the Amaze Diesel category! 😉 It was a truly Amaze-ing experience!! Thank You Honda!! 🙂
Lately, I haven’t been able to get a few posts up on the blog on time… So here’s a public to-do list for me to follow and you to look out for…! I hope this will push me towards meeting my deadlines and keep you looking out for the following posts! 😉 🙂
Here are the posts that I shall get done with by the next week:
1. My #HangoutWithHonda Experience (Update to article: #HangoutWithHonda Sneak Peek)
2. Mumbai Car Garage Real Photos! (Yep, I got them finally! 😉 Update to article: My Visit to CAR Garages in Mumbai!)
3. Alert: Awesome CAR Sketches ahead! (Not mine! But a friend’s sketches..)
4. New Page for ‘Auto Performance Show 2013 photo coverage’ (Oct 17-20 ’13)
P.S. I also shall try to add a new sketch to the Sketches Page! 😉
TBCBE had been on a #HangoutWithHonda all the way to Aamby Valley City, Lonavala on November 9. All the experiences and the fun will be here soon in another blog post till then here is a sneak peek! 😉 Enjoy! 🙂