Articles by rajw

We know it is a sign of the times when new models are rolled out with a bulk of the product information package packed with information about the new body, styling, interiors, trims, potential market and the like. The space that used to be devoted to extolling the virtues of…

How much journalistic licence is allowed in making a story? And at what point does it cross the line to fabrication? BEING a keen observer of events unravelling around the world, I usually find my mornings filled with the sight of smoke rising from bombed out buildings in Iraq, Afghanistan…

This month, I have chosen to go a little further afield than usual with the topic I am handling in Chicane. As it is the column is meant to address almost everything that impacts the world of motoring without actually being a piece about motoring. The topic in question meets…

Among the more doubtful areas of human behaviour is our tendency to generalise the characteristics of masses from a few tenuous examples. How does profiling work to our benefit? There are some generalisations that I am ready to accept at face value. Like the fact that 98.37% of all statistics…

A year end brings a special feel with it. The tone is usually bitter-sweet. After all, a year-end signifies the close of a period of activity and portends more happening around the corner. In the unending cycle of the annual crossover, 2010 had a unique feel about it. It stays…

Road travel is considered to be one of the basic necessities of any human being. In the modern world, journeys that we undertake for going to work, school, the market or just for a leisure weekend are almost as important as the longer journeys we take to meet friends and…

People in different parts of the world will pay varying amounts for the same product. But sometimes the differences can be astounding.   This was a piece of news that seemed designed to shake one out of a stupor. The Bugatti Veyron is now officially available in India through a…

Observers of the automotive vertical would have seen a lot happening in the past few years. Does Moore’s law apply to transport too? And how will our grandchildren travel? Over the past five years or so, we have witnessed quite a few car brands celebrating their centenaries. In isolation, you…

You can’t spend a long time connected with the automotive industry without realising that it stands apart from most other lines of business in the matter of passion. It’s easy to get passionate about cars. Whether it is the seductive styling of cars or their power or indeed the thrill…

Travel broadens the mind, they say and while I am all for the travel, sometimes the broadening does take a bit of time in manifesting itself. Right from trying to understand that flights do get delayed, tickets do get booked at the last minute and that as an Indian, I…