By Toyota India
Hi! How have you been? I’m pretty sure life’s all good and kicking. It’s as exciting as the day before! Waking up, getting ready to jump into traffic, trying to drive and getting ready to jump into the jaws of corporate jungle beasts, wobbling your way through the day, and then getting ready to jump into the deadly evening traffic again, behaving like a drone/worker ant, only to reach home, exhausted, to sleep. EXCITING!
Alright, now that you’re feeling better about your life, let me tell you how I spent a day actually LIVING UP my life! Even if it was for just a day, it felt amazing.
The thing with me is that nothing drives me more than the opportunity to gorge on some absolutely mouth-watering taste-bud-gratifying cuisines. And when such an opportunity came knocking on my door, would I have had the heart to turn it out? Or the tongue? Of course not!
So, on the 17th of April 2013, I set out to discover (and rediscover and revisit) some of the famous eating places in Delhi. And what could’ve been better than going to all these places in the car of a certain Mr. Kohli, who has the entire country’s women drooling over. Yes, you got that right! The all-new Toyota Etios Liva. And boy, was I in for a drive! A pretty smooth one at that.
See, having driven a really small car for almost a decade, I was a bit apprehensive at first when I sat in the car. I found it big! I thought it’ll be difficult to maneuver it and negotiate turns. But it was just my fear. The Liva moved just fine. And there was space inside. A lot of it! Good leg-room. For the front and the rear passengers alike.
Also, being not-so-tall, I felt I might not be able to get a clear view of the road ahead, and won’t be able to see past the hood, that the next surprise popped up. Adjustable seat. Which means I could move the forward/backward, and adjust the height too! Problem solved!
Since the taste-buds were tingling for some good food to be had, I set out for my most favorite place in Delhi to have some scrumptious food – Khan Market.
After struggling a bit to find a comfortable parking spot, I finally parked. Now, if you’re at Khan Market, you know that you’re always spoilt for choice. Whatever you like, you’ll find it all. But, since I had to keep my appetite for the entire day, I decided to go to one of the most famous joints in Khan Market (a place frequented by film and cricket celebrities as well) – Khan Chacha.
So, appetizers done, we were ready to go grab a proper meal, since it was lunch time. But, before that, there was this urge to just take the Liva for a small circular spin around the monument that stands tall and proud, and enchants Delhi – India Gate. So, spin we did. 4 times. Each time more enjoyable than the last. By this time, the Liva and I got to know each other pretty well. The power going from the engine to the wheels was just appropriate. Neither too much nor too less. With an engine that stands at 1197 cc and at almost 79 Bhp @ 5600 rpm, it truly was impressive.
Once again, spoilt for choice, we finally decided that we shall raid Pindi’s. Nice place, quiet feel to it. And awesome food. Mutton kebabs and some butter chicken was had. Along with a cold glass of “Meethi Lassi”! Taste buds satisfied, pretty much! (The happiness is visible on my face, isn’t it?!)
Connaught Place is my happy hangout area. The color, the people, the pulse, the feel… just about everything is right about it. Didn’t want to leave, but then there was the Liva egging me on to drive her around more. So drive I did! Off to Defence Colony! They serve some really amazing Chinese food there. The momos are TO DIE FOR!
The amazing food-trail wasn’t even close to an end. So, we went to this one particular dhaba that we have kind of claimed our own. There wasn’t enough parking space at that point of time, and I was worried we might not find one. But even though the Liva looks pretty big for a hatchback, I was pleasantly surprised to see how easily it fit into the crammed up parking spots that were somehow vacant. At 3775 mm long and 1695 mm wide, it was pretty easy to slide into the slot. Turning radius of 4.80 meters seemed a lot initially when I went through the specifications, but while on the road, it was a pleasure to maneuver. Add the 170 mm ground clearance, and you’ve got yourself a superb ride! A steal, must say.
So, at the dhaba, we had Mutton Keema Paranthas and Shredded Chicken Paranthas, served hot with dollops of butter, which kind of left us yearning for more. And I could easily accommodate a couple more! So we did!
Post that, it was time to leave. Dropped off the car, feeling very elated. The drive back in my own small car seemed a bit disappointing. So, the plan is being made, about when to get the Liva for myself!
So, if you feel that your life will suddenly get hot and exciting with women drooling all over you and your car that might be a little too far-fetched to expect, unless you’re a certain Mr. Kohli (as I mentioned earlier!). But for everything else, you’ll be pretty happy with the Liva!
And that’s how I lived the Liva Life for a day! Hope to do this again sometime soon. Join in next time?