What to buy – NS 160 or Hornet 2.0

What to buy NS 160 or Hornet 2.0 ? I was obsessed with NS 160 for long time. But, i am afraid to ride Bajaj bikes after having bad experience with Discover 150F. But my passion for NS 160 is not stopped until Hornet 2.0 launched.

Launching of Hornet 2.0 by Honda, shakes my obsession with NS160. Hornet 2.0 is a 180cc bile. It has better torque than NS160. It has broader rear tyre than NS 160. It has upside down forks. It has gear position indicator. But Hornet 2.0 is approximately 20000 rupees more than NS 160

NS 160 has almost same horse power as Hornet 2.0. It has perimeter frame. It has lessor torque than Hornet 2.0. It has less high speed stability compared to Hornet 2.0. It has four valve engine. It has oil cooled engine. It is approximately 20000 rupees cheaper than Hornet 2.0. It has better mileage than Hornet 2.0.

If i purchase NS 160, then i will retain my Honda shine for a while untill I settle down with NS 160 both physically and mentally.

Action Vs Thoughts

Is our thoughts deciding our life?  Is our life goes as per our thinking?  What is the impact of thoughts in life?

Thoughts are nothing to do anything with our life.  It is our actions deciding our life.  Life goes as per our actions.

Then, why so much important to thoughts?  Thoughts stimulates actions, our action impacts our life.  Our actions are influenced by our thoughts.

So thoughts are important, because it controls our action and in turn our action controls our life.

Can we detach actions and thoughts? Can we remove the influence of thoughts over action?  Yes, we can.   We can act by our intellect or logical mind instead of emotional thoughts.

Let our thoughts be anything.  Let it be positive, negative, happy, sad or anything.  But if we are alert while doing action or speaking, then we can execute our actions without the influence of thought.

You may think negatively, but do not let your negative thoughts influence your actions.  Always act positively and speak positively irrespective of your thoughts.

Be alert to not to let your thoughts influence your actions.

Don’t control your thoughts, let it flow.  But, control your actions, control your speech and be alert while acting or speaking.

What RAM size is suitable for Web Developer using PHP, MySQL, Apache

If your objective is to learn web development via PHP, MySQL, Apache or practice projects in your laptop or computer, then 4GB of RAM is more than sufficient for you.  You will be installing XAMPP in your laptop and a normal editor, say Notepad++.  You may probably need a FTP client software to upload your project files to a web server to make your project viewable publicly. So that you can put your learning projects in your resume.  In such learner requirement, 4GB of RAM is more than sufficient.

If you are a professional freelancer or working in small company say 10 to 20 employees, then you will be working in real time projects for your clients. You need 8 GB of RAM.  You will have your XAMPP setup with FTP client. Along with Notepad++, you will be having a decent PHP Editor to do faster coding.  Your client might send the requirements in word document, where you need to open Microsoft Word or any other open source text editor.  You might also uses Source Code Repository (say Git) client software to check-in or checkout project files, which depends on the client.  Some client may prefer Git or some prefer direct access to server via FTP or Cpanel.  In such freelancer requirement, 8GB of RAM is required.

If you are working in corporate or enterprise project, and want to use your laptop for office use, you will need 16 GB of RAM.  You need to attend daily status calls using your laptop. You have to join audio or video call using your system.  Often you will engage in screen share session with client to demonstrate your progress today.  Definitely, you will be working with Git or any other source code repository.  You have to undergo DevOps orchestration to get your code deployed in production.  You might need to have Virtualization enabled in your laptop or system.  Though you are still a PHP developer using XAMPP now with a licensed PHP Editor, your communication tools, DevOps requirements to undergo release process, Usage of Word, Excel, Powerpoint – say document, deck preparation – all require more RAM and CPU power.  Or you might be using your laptop or system as thin client and connect to your client’s virtual machine to do your project related activities.  Your virtual machine will have all the necessary software required to work in the project. Hence, If you are PHP developer, working in corporate or enterprise project, then you will definitely need 16 GB RAM to manage including your non-coding activities

Datsun Redi Go Ownership Experience after 1700 KM in 2020

Last March 18th 2020, I purchased Datsun Redi Go 1 Litre S variant, with Manual transmission

I have already driven Alto, K10, and Swift.  My opinion is mostly in comparison with these cars.

Back seat of the car is similar to Alto.  Two passengers can sit comfortably.  Three passengers can sit little stressfully

Front seat is more comfortable than Alto, K10, and Swift.  In Alto, I feel like going down and sit.  But in Datsun Redi Go, front seat is taller.  I can sit comfortably in a taller stance.

I get mileage around 19 km/ltr.  I drive within 2000 RPM.  In fifth gear with AC on, car can cruise in 70km/hr at 2000 rpm comfortably.  I believe as long as I maintain the speeds below 2000 rpm, I will get good mileage.

Due to lockdown, I did not have the chance to drive long distance, say 400 to 500 km stretch.

I feel, fuel tank capacity should be equal to Alto.  I often refill due to smaller fuel tank.

Datsun Redi Go 1 liter S variant has gear shift indicator – Downshift or upshift –this was very useful to me during initial days with the car.

Car has speed alert.  If you drive beyond 80 km/hr, you will be alerted.  I like this speed alert since I like to drive below or around 80 km/hr speed in highways.

As far as the engine, It is above Alto but below K10.  Refinement and peppiness of K10 is missing in Datsun Redi Go.  But it is better than Alto in Power and refinement.

In Redi Go, you will not get the feel of Alto.  Driving feel of Redi Go is different.

Buying Datsun Redi Go in 2020

Can I buy Datsun Redi Go in 2020?  The car never sells in numbers.  In roads, I hardly see this car.  More Nano runs than Datsun Redi Go. I am afraid anytime this model might be discontinued, due to poor sales.  How would be service and support if production stopped for this model?

But, march month offers enticed me.  I saw Nissan advertisement in Internet/Google for Datsun cars.  Upto 85000 rupees cash benefits and 6.99 rate of interest for loans.  I am attracted by the cash benefits and rate of interest for loan.

I submitted the enquiry form in Datsun website.  Later sales rep from Datsun called me and speak with me for 10 minutes.  He concluded that nearest dealer to my residence, will call me and provide more details.

If car’s final onroad price after discounts come to 3.5 lakhs then I will think of purchasing this car.  Will Nissan continue this car for another 5 to 10 years?  Will Nissan be in business in India for next 5 to 10 years?  We all know Chevrolet story. 

I can not predict now, I should not be surprised even if this model car discontinued post march when BS4 vehicles can not be sold any more in India.  Right now, the offer is for BS4 vehicle.

There was a great bike called GS150R from Suzuki motor.  It was not adorned by Indians. The bike sold in few numbers.  Suzuki discontinued this bike.  My friend owns this bike even today. He rides it for commuting.  For maintaining the bike, he struggle to source spare parts.  Authorized service centers of Suzuki abandoned this bike.  My friend has to depend on roadside mechanic or private workshop to repair it.

There are cars, which still running even after their manufacturer stopped production. Old alto, Maruthi Ritz, Chevrolet vehicles.  Discontinued cars still run on roads and their owners find clever mechanic to maintain, repair it. Chevrolet still support the service and maintenance of their vehicles.

I am taking a risk if I am buying Datsun Redi Go in 2020.  The car may be discontinued any time due to lackluster sales.

I have a tight budget, so, I have to take risk.  I will be safe if Nissan continued the sales and support of Datsun Redigo for minimum 5 years from now.  My car loan EMI will be completed by the time.

Let me hope for the best.  Assume, sales, service, support, spares will be available for 5 to 10 years for Datsun Redi Go car.  Even production stopped, let me hope Nissan may continue the service support like Chevrolet.

Youtube and Internet are increasing Sales

Youtube and internet are increasing sales like anything.  Sell anything, promote anything, market everything.  Ultimately sales get increased both online and offline.

Before youtube, we go to shop see, touch, and feel the product we want to buy.  We do not take decision then and there.  We return home, think, discuss with family, friends whether to buy or not.   After returning from the shop, we are not obsessed by the product we like to buy.

But, now, in youtube days, we see the reviews of the product repeatedly.  Mostly reviews will be positive about the product.  Smart phone in hand will obsess about the product.

We are in a sort of self-compulsion to buy the product after watching youtube reviews and reading reviews from product reviewing websites.  If we have money, nothing can stop us from buying.  Scarcity of money is the only procrastination to buy.  Otherwise, obsession created by youtube, internet, social media are beyond tolerance.

If you stop connecting to internet for a while, your purchases will be reduced.  Tendency to spend will be less.

Stop connecting to internet, you will see the change in you.  Internet is full of marketing, promotions – surfing internet will drain your bank account like anything. Internet is also a selling platform.  It triggers both online and offline sales.  It is a sales trap.  Do not be victim of it.

Youtube Addiction

Like alchoholic addiction, I am addicted to watching youtube videos.  Everyday 2 to 3 hours before sleep, I watch youtube – 10 PM to 1 AM – three hours I watch youtube.

I would not get sleep, If I do not watch  youtube. It has become an habit before sleep.

I take Outh as not to watch youtube.  I consciously do not watch youtube for a week.  Then I break my outh and watch youtube videos as usual.

Because of youtube watching my sleeping duration has reduced.  It is hard to resist youtube, it continuesly shows likelyhood videos automatically as per our interest.

I am trying to stop watching youtube, but failed in my determination many times.

Late night youtube watching has reduced sleeping duration, diluted sleeping quality. No time and energy for other activities.   No talking with family members.  Every bit of freetime, will be used for watching youtube.

I realised that I am addicted to youtube now.  I do not know how to get rid of this addiction.  I am not getting sleep even I goto bed by 10 PM.

As usual, I have token Outh yesterday as not to watch youtube.  I did not watch youtube yesterday.  But today I am sleepless.  Post midnight, I will start sleeping as usual.

Hope, this time, I will succeed in my Outh.

Nothing wrong with the bike

Nothing wrong with Bajaj Discover 150F bike.  I had severe back pain when I was riding that bike.  I tried this and that to resolve the back pain.  But nothing worked.  Without having any clue as why that bike gave me back pain, I sold that bike for cheap price.

Then I purchased Honda Shine.  No back pain with honda shine.  I am riding Honda shine for the last three years.  Everything went well.

Last six months, I am riding Shine for 50 kms up and down per day for commuting.  Saligramam to Okkiyam Duraibakkam.  I started having back pain nowdays.  I am not blaming Honda Shine for back pain.  The same bike I used ride for three years without any problem.

50 KMS ride – 5 days a week, irregular sitting posture in office, restless weekend, latenight or till midnight mobile addiction, job stress – all causing back pain.  Nothing to do with Honda Shine.

In the same way, something wrong with me, my life style, triggered back pain, when riding Discover 150F.  But, I mistaken as bike was the problem.  It was a good bike with strong bottom and midrange speed, gave 70+ km/ltr mileage in highway if ridden around 60+ km/hr speed.  I was using the bike in both city and highway. Only problem I noticed was, bike was not stable and not confidence inspiring beyond 60 km/hr speed.  I sold Discover 150F without knowing why I had back pain.

Honda shine is a good city bike, but it struggles in highway, engine feel stressed above 50 km/hr speed.  We should not push honda shine beyond 50 km/hr speed.

Now, I am looking for second bike to ride in highway.  When I searched Discover 150F in quikr, olx, I hardly see it.  Even listed but overpriced.

Today I saw an ad for Discover 150F in OLX for 18500 rupees – six year old bike. Suddenly I noticed another ad for pulsar 220F for the same price – 18500 rupees.  It is a 10 year old bike.

Pulsar 220F is a far better bike than Discover 150F.  I oscillate.  My quench for riding a bike in highway is not satisfied yet.  The crush for highway machine is still burning.  My speed is not 100 or above 100 km/hr.  My speed is around 60 to 70 km/hr.  But I want a stable machine in highway against cross or head winds.  Engine should not stressed.  It should be relaxed at those speeds.

Discover 150 F engine is not stressed at 70 km/hr speed, but not stable and confidence inspiring at those speed.

I could push Honda Shine for 70+ km/hr speed, but engine is stressed, bike is not stable and shaky in winds.

Since, I already ridden Discover 150F, I know it was stable in 60+ speeds, engine relaxed.  It matches my speed and expectation.  But, it is hardly sold in used bike market,  that too not in affordable price.  15000 to 20000 is my budget, 50 to 10 years old, spare parts should be available. Any mechanic can maintain it.  I prefer the highway machine with kick starter.

Discover 150F, pulsar 220F, pulsar 180 are my choices now.  Budget less than 20000 rupees.  I will keep my honda shine for city usage, agile, nimble, and light weight bike.

Self Pressure – Self Image

We have self image about ourself.  We expect what is happening to us should be within acceptable range of our self image.  We can not accept if something happening breaching our self image.

A person studying good at school and college, started to believe about  himeself as a good performing guy.  He can not accept, if he is given low rating in his job.  Poor feedback in job is breaching his self image as good performing guy.

We develop a belief system about ourself by seeing our face.  If anything  happening to me beyond my belief system, I can not tolerate.

I have a belief or opinion that I am a good programmer.  I understand business models and implement them as softwares. Sometimes if I can not understand a business model and not able to implement as softwares, I can not tolerate, I will start to doubt my skills.  My confidence dilutes.

The fact is nobody knows everything.  There are things which we can not do.  Not everything we can accompolish.  When the task is within our command, we get it done, and develop confidence.  When the task is beyond our comand, we are not able to do it, and loose confidence.  We afraid what will happen bad because of the failure.

Failures, not able to uderstand, not able to complete a task all are part of life.  If our self-image allows failures too, then we will be comfortable in embarassing moments too.  We are not special, not to be scolded, criticized, embarassed.  As long as our self image is flexible, we will be in a bliss.

Buying a Car

I am planning to by a car for a while.  Today I visited three show rooms – maruthi, renault, nexa.  Cars enquired are swift, expresso, kwid, triber, baleno.  On road price will come from 5 to 7 lakhs.  I have to pay down payment and remaining will be paid in EMI for several years.

My car usuage is simple.  Daily commute to office, monthly once or twice city outting with my family – total four members.  Yearly once or twice travelling to native place – to Trichy from Chennai, That’s it.

Challenges in having big car is parking, driving in city traffic, highway cruising will be a bliss.

Challenges in having a small car is congested and cramped travel when driving with five passengers – three in back seat. Riding in hills too is challenge.  Highway cruising will be boring, we have to maintain 60 to 80 km/hr speed.  Parking and driving in city will be blissful.

I have a craze for Tata Nano.  Many times, I felt I missed purchasing tata nano.  The thought of buying second hand used tata nano car instead of buying new premium hatch bag car, haunting me often.

I could usily buy a old nano within one lakh rupees and without committing big long EMIs.  But reliability of used car is a question – especially Nano, which is discontinued.

I postponding buying a car.  It is a decision paralysis now.  I do not have eperience and knowledge to take a decision in buying a car.  I am not ready to go for big EMIs now.  I have a craze for Nano.

Commuting by bike gives pain to my hip and back.  Switching to four wheeler for office commuting is a must now.

So, Let me take the risk of buying old nano.  Low risk, low gain, low loss too.  It is like a upront decision.

If my experiment with used nano goes well, after six month or one year, I could buy a new nano by exchanging the old car.  If the experiment does not go well, sell it.  Either case loss will be less.

We do not know, what is right decision.  State of decision will change from time to time.  Sometime our decision looks good and other time it looks bad and vice versa.

So, I will follow my will, buy a old nano within my budget, no need to avail loan. Due to my simple usecase with car, I don’t want spend too much and commit EMIs for years.

Spare parts availability is another challenge for tata nano.  Because of this spare parts fear I missed Suzuki GS150R bike, but it is still running on roads.

Even If I get finance for my second hand Nano, then I could keep my lumpsum money with me.  EMI will be around 3000 rupees and tenure would be 3 years.  I could keep my one lakh with me for safer side.

I am stuck by decision paralysis many times.  Henceforth, I have to follow my will or fear to move on from decision paralysis.

I followed my fear in buying a used car, and I did not buy used Tata Nano.