• Memoir about Running a Weed Clearing Service in Kerala...

    Vaisakh Weed Clearing Service was a micro enterprises founded by me in 2011 to remove weeds and grass in plantations and agricultural lands on contract basis using a worker equipped with a Brushcutter machine by investing 75000 indian rupees.

  • How to run a roadside dosa business (and make it big).

    Interesting video explaining the math behind a roadside dosa business...

  • Munnar Holidays 2017

    Munnar hills you get the blessed presence of Maneesh Jayachandran , a visitor from plain lands. It is me At Rivulet resort, Pallivasal in last week of May. Photo taken on my mobile phone.Apologise for the terrible quality.The background shows river flowing near Rivulet resort.....

Friday, November 23, 2012

PSU Malabar Cement Website Doesn't have sufficient Bandwidth

Malabar Cements is a public sector company owned by the State Government of Kerala.It is notorious for rampant corruption.Everyone knows that recruitment in the company happens in a shady way.This time when job recruitment is happening for managerial and non managerial posts for which candidates need to apply before 21st November 2012, the website is inaccessible.How on earth are the public expected to know about the required qualifications when your website is down.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sabarimala Online Darshan Booking Website has a new Domain

Last year we have written about Online Darshan Ticketing System at Sabarimala.This system is operated by Kerala Police.Now queuing system is more ayyappa swami friendly with it's new domain www.sabarimalaq.com .

Another noticable fact is that they have started running online banner ads to make money from the ayyappa swami visits.

They are making $$$ over the service which is FREE!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Yamaha R1 Sports Bike Review

Superbikes or Sport bikes are motorcycle tweaked for high speed and acceleration.These vehicles can be braked at higher speed,cornered well at high speeds.They will be powered with engines that burn lot of fuel and hence will be less efficient vehicles.These vehicles are made for excitement and not for commuting.Yamaha R1 is a litre class superbike sold in India.

Design


It was in 1998 that R1 was first spotted on the roads.Dark twin headlamps and pilot lamps look like a bull staring at you.Powerful and massive engine is located beneath the big twinspar frame in the side.Further top is the chiseled like muscular fuel tank.The front view is made majestic by 43mm front fork with independent damping, big disc brake with six piston caliper and wide tyres.The controls located behind the big visors shows the vehicle 's speed, engine speed, gear position, temperature, time, trip meter,service indicator etc.The attractive feature in the rear is it's exhaust.Underseat double exhaust has been replaced by american company Tosi's performance exhaust.

 

Engine & Ride Quality


The vehicle is powered by 998 cc liquid cooled four stroke DOHC four valve engine.Yamaha has designed this bike with the crossplane crankshaft design similiar to that of the yamaha's motogp race bike M1.The engine is known for it's high torque and throttle feel.The weight of the bike is 206 kg and it feels that most of the weight is concentrated on the front rather than the rear.Like other bikes in this category this vehicle has six speed transmission.Sudden throttle response is achieved by yamaha's chip control throttle system.180 bhp @ 12500 rpm is it's highest power and 115.55 Nm @ 10000 rpm.Good handling and cornering is another feature of R1.Aluminimum frame and CF diecast magnesium frame in the rear has contributed to this aspect.The rear 190/55-17 sized tyre offers excellent road grip.R1 superbike which can race at speeds of 285 kilometers per hour is controlled by 310 mm twin front disc brakes and 210 mm single rear disc brakes.
Yamaha R1

Suzuki, Honda and Duccati are competitors of yamaha in india.However Yamaha R1 is the early bird.This vehicle's showroom price is Rs 14 lakhs in India.

Specification

Engine

Liquid Colled 4 stroke DOHC 4 valve

Displacement

998 cc

Max Power

180 bhp @ 12500 rpm

Max Torque

115.Nm @ 10000 rpm

Gear Transmission

6 speed

Suspension

(F) Telescopic Fork
(R) Swing Arm

Brake

Disc (F&R)

Tyre

(F) 120/70ZR17M/C(58W)
(R) 100/55ZR17M/C(75W)

Wheelbase

1415 mm

Kerbweight

206 kg

Fuel tank Capacity

18 litres

Price

Rs 14 Lakhs

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Missed Call Alert Service FREE on BSNL Mobile

After doing MNP and changing my number 9947202625 from Vodafone to BSNL Mobile, i learned about that missed call alert was FREE for which Vodafone and Tata Docomo was charging me for the lack of their network coverage.

How to Avail FREE missed call alert service?

  1. Go to settings of your mobile phone.
  2. Go to Call Settings.
  3. And then to call Forwarding
  4. And to Voice Call Forwarding.
  5. Locate when unreachable part of the setting.
  6. Forward your calls when you are unreachable to +9117010 or 009117010
  7. You will then get status there itself that this service has been activated.
Good Day!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Trekking at Inchakkad Hill Kottarackara

maneesh sitting on inchakkad hill, kottarackara
Sitting On Top of the Hill
While traveling through the MC Road from Kottayam to Thiruvananthapuram, there is a good hill to climb.On top of it, 360 degree view of the villages beneath and windy atmosphere is refreshing and positive.

Here is the way to get to the hill.
Adoor --------->Kalayapuram _----->Inchakkad ------>Turn left at BT Service Station (Maruti).

There is an arch of a temple.The service station is on the left side where we deviate through a bridge.Go Straight to a road.Ask for directions to a Quarry. One side of our hill is being broken and sold piece by piece over the years.



On top of the hill, there is a temple.The temple is an isolated place and only annual puja in the Nov/Dec month of Vrishchika. So not much people will be on the hill on other days.Every evening local youths climb to catch the sunset and to breath some fresh air.

Maneesh J with brushcutter operator Sujith Kumar Naik
With Brushcutter Operator Sujith Kumar Naik
 There is a small water pocket which is perennial on top of the rock.The top portion is flat.There is no good road or entrance to the top.You got to climb the hill to reach the top.I have made two videos for you to get a feel of the location.I have a confession to make that i am not a professional photographer or cameraman.That is why the video is shaky.



The visitors on the rock are not expected to bring nonvegetarian food or alcohol to the top as there is a temple present.



 Both the videos are in high definition.You may select HD option in the youtube video playback settings.

Our brushcutter rental service was hired on a plantation in the valley on the hill.That is how we heard about the hill.I am expressing my sincere thanks to Mr. Rejish , Kottarackara for the inputs and for inviting me to this beautiful  hill. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Premier Rio SUV 2012 Review

SUVs are becoming popular in India. The shabby quality of indian roads and introduction of fuel efficient diesel engines in SUVs are making the adoption fast.High cost of ownership, price, maintainence cost have ensured that only the rich can use SUVs.Premier's introduction of SUVs were aimed at common man's vehicle.They failed miserably in the first attempt with Rio.They are back with Rio refresh.

Design

It is a big vehicle.The design has been updated from the model released three years ago.The change is intended to make it contemperorary and beautiful.Clearlens foglamps is designed to look modern.5 Spoke steering wheel and mirrors fitted with side indicator has changed the look of the vehicle.

Eventhough the look is of SUV size is of a hatchback.So moving around is same like that of a hatchback.Since seats are placed at a height 360 degree vision is a bonus.This will help city drivers.Parking is also easier with the small size.

Rear seat designs reminds us of old CRV.Spare tyres are fitted in the rear door as seen in offroad vehicles.Tail lamp design is made for SUV.The modernity gets lost when you enter the vehicle.Dashboard design reminds us of ALto and WagonR.Plastic quality and operational quality of the switches are only average.Sporty seats do not dampen our spirits on long journeys.However the rear seat does not give back support.

The remarkable change is that 2DIN music system is present in the LX variant.The absense of special open/close switches for ac vents on door and central console and bottle holders is a negative of the vehicle.Even the top end variant does not have rear power windows.The colour of door trim and door lever shows the antiquity.

In the instrument panel, everything is digital except odo reading meter.Everything can be read clearly.ABS, Electrically adjustable mirrors comes with DLX,LX models as standard features.15 inch alloy wheels, spare wheel cover,2DIN stereo etc are optional features of LX variant.

Driving Experience

Old Rio had the same engine of Fiat Punto,Swift,Tata Indica.The Common Rail Fiat engine is the same now also.71 bhp is the power at 4000 rpm.Even though engine is the same driving lacks force compared to Swift and Indica Vista.The culprit here is the weight of the vehicle.Turbo lag is present below 2000 rpm.Accelerator response, gear shifting and noise insulation needs improvement.Engine noise in more at higher rpm.

Mcpherson Strut suspension seen is cars is in the front and 5 link suspension seen in SUVs is in the rear.Unlike Renault Duxter and Mahindra XUV500, Rio is a rear wheel drive vehicle.Good stability at rough roads is the plus of 5 link suspension.200 mm ground clearance makes you possible to drive Rio on bad roads.No problems for the passanger when travelling in damaged roads.Stability at higher speeds and performance of steering is satisfactory.

Specification

Engine: 4 cylinder cRDi 4
Displacement: 1248 cc
Max Power: 71bhp@4000 rpm
Max Torque: 183 Nm@2400rpm
Gear TRansmission: 5M
Suspension: (F) MacPherson strut type with coil spring
(R) 5 Rods System
Brake: (F) Disc (R) Drum
Tyre: 205/70 R15
LxWxH: 3970x1570x1730 mm
Wheelbase: 2420 mm
Kerb weight: 1145 kg
Turning radius: 4.7 m
Mileage: 16 kmpl
Price: 6.72 to 7 Lakh rs Exshowroom price

Mileage

18 to 20 kilometer per litre of diesel can be expected at highways.In cities and at high speeds you will get something below 15.

Rio is good for village and city roads.IT is a good vehcile to go for a tour.For those who want to own an SUV but are not doing it because of high price can go for Rio.