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Neeraj Here

Post by yayawar » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:36 pm

Hi All,

Let me be the first to post my introduction here. :)

I'm Neeraj Sinha, aged 59 years with a bit of exaggeration (Hint: The second bit is the one! ;) ), born & brought up at Samastipur (Bihar), studied at Samastipur, Hyderabad & Delhi (majorly). Aspired to be a lawyer who turned into a wannabe doctor, then a politician, then again a lawyer, but finally ended up becoming an IT Engineer! Strange? Indeed! Had been to places like Kolkata, Varanasi, Gwalior, Gorakhpur in relation to studies. Father was an officer in railways and hence traveled a lot, especially to South India in childhood itself. Had seen the transition of locomotives in India from steam to diesel to electricity driven.

I had been in the IT Industry for long, climbed up the ladders from a software developer to senior management roles and hence don't do coding stuff out of job requirement, but I still feel proud that I can code in almost any language over the web and it's one of my hobby. At ScoutMyTrip, my job is cut to own the technology side of it, so anything good, bad or ugly is my baby. You may shower bouquets or brickbats as you may like for this. :ugeek:

I'm not much techy into automotives, although I drove my first vehicle, an LML NV Trident, in 1987 (was allowed to drive only in a huge railway stadium) that Papa procured. We still own that scooter and it still starts in a single kick. My knowledge about the engines and other things came from my eldest brother, who was an Engineer with IAF looking after Jaguars and then Mirage. He taught me how to open the carburetor, adjust the air and oil jets for the optimum performance and mileage.

First vehicle that I purchased on my own - Scorpio Lx CRDe November 2007 - the 2600 Cc beast which is still with me, and proudly sports #AageSeRight stickers! Although between the LML & Scorpio, have driven the old beauty bikes like Yejdi (the best thing I loved about it is the kick which doubled as the gear), Java (the double silencer thingie), Enfield Bullet 350 army owned & refurbished, Hero Honda CD100, Yamaha RX 100 and a Kinetic Safari, not to forget a Bajaj M80 on which I've clocked over 90kmps fully loaded! And indeed I own a Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500, nicknamed Toothless (yes, yes.. I'm a BIG fan of animated movies :lol: ). The last I rode my Toothless was when I came to Mumbai from Noida this August and then last week when we made a trip to Dapoli! :D
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Somewhere near Bhor Ghats
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A strange thing about my rendezvous with my Scorpio is that I learned to drive it much after I purchased it! I didn't knew driving till about 7 months after I had purchased it, I was afraid that I would slam it somewhere. Then I started learning driving from my brother in wee hours of night which went on for about a month and then I could drive it on my own. By chance, didn't got leave approved in time to get the rail reservation for my hometown in 2008 and then one find day in October, I asked my wife if she was ready to risk her life with me visiting our native place on the Scorpio! Hardly having driven over 200kms in all, this was about a 2500kms drive and she agreed. And the rest is history! Visit to home on the Scorpio has become a bi-annual ritual now!

The drive ignited a passion and since then if I've been on a vehicle, it has been only on the driving seat. I can drive over 1000kms at a stretch (on 02nd May 2015, I broke my own record, driving 1180 kms in 16 hrs 20 minutes) or for about 20 hours continuous single-handedly and hence my handle on various forums in the online world is NonStopDriver! ;) Have clocked Delhi-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Jaipur-Delhi, shorties in and around Delhi like Mussoorie, Nainital, Agra etc, but more than the plains, I've traveled on the Himalayas. Did Ladakh trips couple of times and planning North-East next year now (still on my list). Of course I'm in love with The Himalayas and can't get enough of it. You can rely on my knowledge of the Northern Himalayas (Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir, including Ladakh) and perhaps I would be able to tell you the next signage board when you take #AageSeRight. Of course being a Moderator with Devil On Wheels (DoW - Himalayan Travel Community) helps :). Yes, now that I've shifted to be at the Sea-level, plan to explore the Western Ghats extensively. :)

I have been a responsible driver and my friends even hate for this as I'd not stop the car in the middle of the road to ask addresses, or to drop them off. My wife hates it when I'd not start the Scorpio until she has fastened the seat belt! However, I've not yet ever been caught for traffic rule violation (did one this 02nd May 2015 at Lucknow where my GPS navigation directed me in a one way road, paid a fine of 200 INR) or ever paid bribe for it (yeah, by now I've been a party to bribing a policeman once last year in Punjab). Have never met with accident although I tend to clock higher speeds when I'm on highways (and yes, I don't clock over 100kmph at Yamuna Express Highway!!).

Hope to learn from mutual exchanges on this platform and we all go #AageSeRight to make many memories per kilometer.

Cheers!



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Re: Neeraj Here

Post by earthian » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:38 pm

That is a great introduction, Neeraj and glad to know we are in capable hands when we are travelling...sorry..browsing. I may just about beat you on that age thingy though, being born in 1955. I had my first road trip in a second hand Standard-10 from Ahmedabad to Madras, via Goa and B'lore in 1969. I used to train at a garage after school for a month before we made that trip. While my father was the driver, i was the official mechanic and my mother, the navigator.
That actually started my love for road trips.


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Re: Neeraj Here

Post by yayawar » Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:52 pm

Wow! :o

You really beat me Sir, hands down! Helmets and hats off!!

Well, actually I wasn't even born at the time of your Madras trip (ok, sorry, but you need to solve a nerdy puzzle there to get my age! ;))

Would love to know more about you Sir. Hope you have already posted your introduction here, because that's what I'm going to search right now! :)



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