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Old 22nd August 2013, 14:52   #1
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Ciao everyone, this is Somitra.

Sitting in the office today morning I receive this email that my membership has been approved and I am ecstatic wondering what to do with this news. There is no one around me with whom I can share this happy moment. Thatís ok; I end up carrying a smile on my face for no apparent reason (for others).

My whereabouts, I am currently based out of Bangalore where I ply my trade in IT along with my better half, both of us work as a Business Analystís. Previously Iíve worked with the banks on the business side moved over to the IT side around 2 years back as a Business Analyst.

I have moved across the length and breadth of the country (Kanpur, Indore, Jaipur, Raipur, Chennai, Noida, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore) for various reasons. I was born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh so officially I am a product of the badlands of Uttar Pradesh as people put it.

Coming to the interesting part, I currently drive a Hyundai I20 Diesel, which I fondly call ĎThe Roadrunnerí; itís been with me for around 2 years and close to 50,000 Kmís. Itís treated me pretty well till now; letís see how it goes in the future.

I am no automotive tech expert by any stretch of imagination, but I keep my self fairly informed. I like to keep my vehicle in stock condition. So the only additions so far have been the Vkool sun films, a puncture repair kit, a manual foot air pump, a LED torch and a Victorinox swiss army knife (Handyman).

Apart from automobiles and long distance driving, I love watching football, Italian Serie A & UEFA Champions league to be precise plus the international cups. Used to follow Formula 1 closely until the elder Schumacher retired from Scarlet Ferrari. Playing lawn tennis is also one of my favourite past times.

Thatís briefly about me; itís nice to be an insider now. See you around. Ciao!
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Hello Somitra!

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Coming to the interesting part, I currently drive a Hyundai I20 Diesel, which I fondly call ĎThe Roadrunnerí; itís been with me for around 2 years and close to 50,000 Kmís. Itís treated me pretty well till now; letís see how it goes in the future.
Neat oil-burner. I'm quite a fan of the i20 diesel. Might not be an outright driver's car, yet it is very practical + nice to live with. Hope to see an ownership report of your ride.

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Neat oil-burner. I'm quite a fan of the i20 diesel. Might not be an outright driver's car, yet it is very practical + nice to live with. Hope to see an ownership report of your ride.

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Hello GTO,

Nice to see a response from you on my intro post.

I throughly enjoy all of your new launch reviews(both with or without the membership).

Well i20 was not my first choice to start with, i wanted a rugged long distance tourer, with Scorpio being the first choice.
But then i was supposed to travel for a long term onsite assignment, so i gave up the decision of buying a SUV. It was then that i started looking for a hatch back which my spouse or my parents could use within the city in my absense.

I was completely sold on to the Punto 90 HP, i was ready to live with the poor A.S.S experience as well. But then again with family angle firmly in place, i gave up on it, as i didnt want either my spouse or parents to tackle the lousy FIAT A.S.S in my absense.

It was then i20 came and conquered, there was literally no competition, it just bowled every other option over.

I have never really missed the fun to drive factor with i20, probably because i am a defensive and a sedate driver. Yep i do agree that beyond 120 KMPH there is a complete disconnect with the road, steering is so very light that i have to concentrate real hard.

Ideally i would want to replace i20's handling, cornering & steering characteristics with the Punto's, that i guess would be the best outcome.

Hope to come up with a detailed ownership review soon, thanks
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