Saturday, January 8, 2011

Toyota proves why it's at #1

Took a test drive of the Toyota Etios today. ( I don't really have much else to do now-a-days )

Toyota, relatively successfull in the MPV segment in India, was seeming just dipping it toes in the Indian markets for so long. And now it seems as though it has finally decided to jump into the competition with the Etios.

It is one helluva car to drive. I won't bore you with the technical aspects of it, but I would like to point out a few aspects which blew my mind away. No one expected it to be rough ended, but I was positively surprised by the amount of refinement in the cheapest Toyota yet. The vehicle is quite torquey for a petrol one.

No doubt it'll eat up its competition in it's class - sure to give the Dzire and the Manza a run for it's money. But, I actually find the Etios to be a much better car than the higher segment car Honda City. Though the City may lead when it comes to refinement and class, but the Etios knocks it down when it comes to pure drivablility. If the diesel variants and the hactchback variants are equally as good, I believe Maruti will have to pull off a real miracle to maintain it's position as market leader in India. The Etios is truly a car for India.

They even gave me a Toyota Etios branded cap. Toyota has finally discovered that these tiny insignificant gestures are exactly the way to win Indian hearts.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Soya on a pizza ??

After a long time, I ordered from Dominos Yesterday. One of my orders were pizza mania singles.

Out of the four available toppings, three were always classic good ingredients : Onions, Tomatoes and Capsicums.. but the fourth one is always, shall I say, "Odd man out".

Shallots - Not even the juicy part, the leafy part.... So whenever I ordered pizza mania I always asked to substitute them with some other topping.. So when I called the other day, I was in for a surprise.. The'd finally scrapped shallots and added a new topping - Soya .

When you consider soya on a pizza, you'd normally think of bean curd or some other fresh form of soya.. NO, these guys decided to put little chunks of soya fibre on a pizza. It tastes like bull-crap ( I'm assuming ofcourse, I've no idea what bull-crap actually tastes like, but i'd bet it tastes very similar to a Dominos Soya Pizza Singles ). Even the dog just took a sniff and left it alone.

I would really like to meet the person who came up with the idea --- " Hey, you know those chunks of soya fibre, which have to be hydrated before they can be used in cooking because they don't taste good dry; Lets put them in an oven so that they get re-dehydrated and serve them to stupid-@ss customers who'd be paying us to do so..."