RSS

Tag Archives: Avenger

From The Expendables to The Expendables 2

My all time favourite drunk movies to watch are Expendables & 300 – the crazy action, brilliant star cast & performances, add to that the mad adrenaline, it just does not get better! With Expendables 2 releasing this weekend, this post is a tribute to the greatness that was Expendables. The movie released in 2010, announced itself with a bang considering the star cast which included Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Terry Crew, Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, Jet Li & Dolph Lundgren. Never before in recent memory had a star cast like this been assembled. Add to that the greatness of the movie, scenes which remain in your memory forever!!!

The scene where Sly, Bruce & Arnie come together in the church, Mickey Rourke tattooing Sylvester Stallone, the opening sequence wherein the hostages are rescued in style by the team. Eric Roberts, Steve Austin & the Noguira brothers playing the bad guys to the tee. The scene where Stallone & Statham fly the plane over the dock & burn it to crisp are etched in memory. Also the cars & bikes used in the movie are pretty damn spectacular – Jason Statham rides a Ducati Desmosedici, Stallone drives a 1955 Ford F-100 & Mickey Rourke rides a custom chopper courtesy Bourget Bikes. Also for the movie promotion, Stallone was quoted at Bike Week in New Orleans saying “I personally chose all of the bikes “; Stallone spent time talking with Brigitte Bourget and her builders at G.Smith Motorsports-Bourget Bike Works. The lot showcasing dozens of custom bikes priced upward to $90,000 was a featured attraction during the first Bike Week New Orleans, May 6 to 10. Stallone left with a deal to use several Bourget bikes in the movie.

Memory refresher time! The plot of the first Expendables movie revolves around an “expendable” team, hired to do jobs that no one else can or will, who are sent to infiltrate a South American country to overthrow the ruthless dictator and liberate the country…the dictator being Eric Roberts. Also the plot has some interesting character interactions and storylines stitched in like Jet Li & Dolph Lundgrens issues, Jason Stathom & his story with his love interest, etc. making this movie a full on entertainer.

For the sequel, more or less the whole team returns with additions – some greatness i.e. Chuck Norrris & Jean Claude Van Damme. Rumor has it that Steven Segal was also going to be a part of this flick though his issues with Van Damme were the reason for his non participation. Also the cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Chris Hemsworth aka Thor’s younger brother. Arnie & Bruce also have a substantial piece to play in the movie and are not just there for cameos like part 1. A quick preview to the plot for the sequel is as below. The Expendables are reunited when Mr. Church enlists them to take on a seemingly simple job. When things go wrong, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Catch our review of the movie early next week and also take a minute to view the video of some kick ass action from the movie Expendables 2.

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Helmets & More

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Friday the 13th Trip

Last week on Friday the 13th, Rachita, Ekta & me were heading to work. 15 Minutes away from office we decided to take a detour and head to Panvel which is just off Vashi / New Bombay to have some awesome Vada Pav’s, Missal, etc. There is this quaint but extremely popular eatery called “Dutta Snacks”. Before we move forward, for people who dont know what Vada Pav is, check the image below and also the wikipedia description. Vada pav (Marathi: वड़ा पाव), sometimes spelled wada pav, is a popular vegetarian fast food dish native to the Indian state of Maharashtra. It consists of a batata vada sandwiched between 2 slices of a pav. The compound word batata vada refers in Marathi and Gujarati to a vada (fritter) made out of batata, the latter referring to a potato. Pav refers to unsweetened bread or bun. Vada pav was supposedly devised by snack vendor Ashok Vaidya outside Dadar station in 1971.

Best Vada Pav Ever!!!

Brilliant Open Roads

Doesn’t get any better!!!

Moving on, so post deciding we are going to be heading to Dutta Vada the excitment was immense and uncontrolabale 🙂 the weather was perfect – cloudy, raining and nice & cool! We started to go towards the express highway from vashi & took a turn just before the expressway bridge, the turn connects to the road to Panvel. The road leading to this place is simply amazing, super empty with scenic view of hills and in this season the greenery, etc. is simply brilliant!!! All through the journey we were listening to hardcore Bollywood music, also multiple discussions on random stuff was happening. Ekta, our in-house Google Maps expert, was helping navigate the route. After about 25 minutes of driving from Vashi, we finally reached our destination, parked our car, and then went in for the order…

Our Destination!!!

The Circle where the Dutta Vada is…

The Place is situated at a circle and in a quaint corner next to a garage. Though unassuming, this place draws in some serious crowds basis legacy, quality & taste of food served. Also considering it was a Friday, there was a decent crowd as you had people travelling to short destinations for a weekend getway. While the women went to freshen up, I ordered a couple of plates of Vada Pav, Missal & Sabudana Khichdi. Post getting the order & finding a quiet corner to eat, we devoured the food pretty damn fast as it was totally awesome! Vada Pav & Missal to die for though I didn’t like the Sabudana Khichdi as it was covered with Peanuts. Post the brunch we decided to pack some stuff for colleagues & head back to work… The drive back was absolutely unreal considering we are super excited about the fact that we had actually gone through with a random plan, ditched / postponed work gone had some awesome food, add to that we were listening to music from Rowdy Rathore. Point to note here Ekta believes the first 3 songs of Rathore sound alike… Hmmmm Pagli hai bhai pagli (slightly crazy is the literal translation).

What a View!!!

I have also taken some amazing pictures of our trip which I have posted in the gallery below, do take a moment to check the same out. Also a sincere suggestion post our experience to all of you who read this is do try something like this occasionally, the same just changes your perspective on the day and in turn the week seems so much better. You dont have to go to a eatery only, there might  be days when you feel like having a icecream at work or you feel like leaving on a half day or whatever, my suggestion go with the feeling and see how things turn out. Trust me you won’t be dissapointed… Also what made this trip super sweet is that it happened on a Friday post which Saturday & Sunday happen which is totally Ulti Bakka!!!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bike Ride Revisited, Cookies & Pizzas

Sensational Marine Drive

Our Black Beauty!!!

Saturday started off with a rare and early morning bike ride… Rare basis the rains wherein this time around in the country it is the monsoon season & thus due to consistent rains in the city, bike rides are few & far between. There are people who do ride in the rains, though Mihir & I totally refrain from the same….. to each his own, I say… Coming back to the bike ride – an amazing feeling when you just start the engine, put the bike into gear and start cruising; somehow, even after a break you just feel like the bike is a part of you and the feeling is unmatched. A bit like cycling – you never forget how to ride it 🙂 .

Fortunately, the weather was kind…… actually, the weather was spectacular….. roads were dry, nice wind, the sun was under a cloud cover & all that jazz. Started by riding through my lane & then ventured to ride towards Worli Seaface. Passing Peddar Road & then Haji Ali which is my most favorite stretch to ride past was an amazing feeling, then went upto Worli Seaface where the wind was strong & at times felt the push of the same across the bike. From there, decided to go back as there was a slight drizzle which had started, though by the time I reached the Race Course, the weather was clear again. Decided to then continue the feeling of non stop riding & rode towards Marine Drive which was super awesome! Went to Nariman Point & back home. The brilliance of open roads matched only with the experiance of riding next to the sea was super cool!!!

Yummmyyyyy!!!

Awesome Cookies Courtesy the Mrs!!!

Got home, finished morning chores and then decided to head out for lunch with Mihir, Rachita, Yooti & Mother-in-law a.k.a. JKD. The cuisine to be eaten was Chinese & the place agreed upon was Asia 7 at the Palladium,  Phoniex Mills. Went there did a bit of window shopping & then went and ate some awesome food. Had some raw Papaya Salad, soup which had a distinct thai flavour (coconut milk base), some awesome mushroom starter followed by Rice & some Vegeteable Gravy. The place is a bit steep but definitely worth a visit. Went home & crashed. Though, while I was asleep, the very lovely Mrs baked some awesome cookies; woke up to sensational visuals & smells of the same. Cookies were vanilla, Chocolate & Chocolate with a soft center of Chocolate Truffles… Also Yooti had made some great Apple & Orange Sangria which was drunk through the evening by Vishal, Mihir & yours truly :-). The brilliant evening was then ended with Tacos and the Chocolate soft center Truffle Cookie for Dessert. Also, watched the animated movie Arjun which is a Disney movie though made by Indian companies like Tata Elixi & Reliance. The movie’s look & feel was breathtaking & the story captivating. I highly recommend the same to all.

More Yummyness!!!

Pesto & Jalapeno Pizza!!!

Stuffed Crust Pizza!!!

Sunday started off with Astro’s walk, bath & breakfast, post which the day was spent lying on bed watching movies. Saw a movie called The Philly Kid to start the day, loved the tag line of the film which said “To be out he had to be in”. The movie on the whole was decent & worth a watch. 2nd movie watched was Hijacked, starring UFC legend Randy “The Natural” Courture….. total wall paper movie which had its moments :-). Also ordered some wood-oven pizzas from this local joint called Govinda which is a restaurant run by the ISKON Hare Rama Hare Krishna Trust. The food was decent, though my suggestions if you ever order from there please re-heat the pizzas before eating… Finally, to end the amazing weekend, saw The Journey to The Mysterious Island starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Full on on entertainment movie. After that saw an episode of True Blood and finally passed out…

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Helmets & More

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Mobile Photographer

Off late, I have been obsessed with Instagram, the popular photo sharing tool on my phone. To be honest, I got into phone photography a little late, only a few months back – 2 reasons for this, I own a DSLR so thought using the mobile is beneath me and I had an iphone3G with a 2MP camera covered with dust, so totally avoided taking pictures with it.

My reason to get a high end phone was the camera which accompanied it; currently I use an HTC Sensation XE with a 8MP camera.  I end up using my phone for both, taking pictures and processing pictures on the go, these are images taken earlier with my DSLR. Yes yes I know some of you are saying why post production on a mobile? The answer is pretty straight forward – it is “simple”, Photoshop is fairly complicated and time consuming; layers and more layers, I am all for Photoshop only if I have ample time on my hand, 99% of the time that is not the case.

For shooting while on bike rides, I mostly use the phone’s default camera , it starts up the fastest and hence, my next favourite application is Panorama. The phone makes it so easy, at least 3-5 slide panoramas are just a click and moving the camera left to right, very intuitive and opens a whole lot of options for the rookie panorama photographer. What stands out in all these apps on the mobile is the fact that they come with default effects, Black and White, Sepia, HDR and so on, these are the kind of effects you would only find in a high end software a couple of years back. Personally, I do a lot of correction, mix and match using applications, filters, cropping till I get the right image. Once done, generally the images go up on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – just so convenient using the mobile, no searching in directories and so on…select check boxes and upload one time.

There are multiple schools of thoughts basis mobile photography, there are people who love it and some who say it is a gimmick – let me explain why. Like I mentioned earlier, the current generation of phones offer multiple corrective tools and filters. These help make average pictures look rather dramatic Instagram is a good example of the same. The purists believe there is no effort there; the shot is not setup, the lighting is not adjusted, post production skills are zero and hence even if the shot is nice it is still gimmicky. I disagree just because it is easy does not take away from creativity and effort. Take mail for example, it use to be a painful process until e-mail came along now it’s easier, of course this does not take away that like the original mail the email has to be written/typed, similarly a picture need to be taken.

I still use my DSLR on weekends and will continue to do so, the control it gives me is phenomenal. The phone on the other hand is like a higher end digital camera that I carry around everywhere. Most pictures you see around this post have been taken or treated using my phone while i was riding my trusty Bajaj Avenger. I would highly recommend using the phone to shoot candid shots and difficult to reach areas (I know what you are thinking and that is not what I meant). Below are a few tips that will help you snap some really awesome images using your mobile –

  • Like your DSLR know your phone camera, the newer ones have similar functions, DOF, ISO, Scenes etc, check settings on your phone for more
  • Activate the Grid and use the rule of 3rds very important for all rookie photographers
  • Try and use the phone the same way you would use a DSLR, look at the lighting around you, create the composition in your head and then shoot.
  • Touch Screen phones allow you to focus on objects just by touching the screen, check how that works on your phone
  • Use filters on multiple applications till you achieve the desired effect on the image
  • Crop ruthlessly, mobile devices attract a lot of distractions in the background, it is the nature of the beast, ensure you cut them out as required.
  • Share your pictures in social networks, beyond the morale boost it will keep you clicking
  • Follow professional photographers on various social networks, try imitating them, there is no shame in that.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading the post, do share links to your pictures in the comment section below, my instagram ID is mihirshah1975 if you are there drop by to say Hi!

 
1 Comment

Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Our Awesomely Sensational Bike

The Awesome Visor

Today’s post is about the crazy-ass modifications done on our bike! As some of you who have read our previous posts are aware, we own a Bajaj Avenger – purely because its the only bike in the country which is affordable that gives you a cruiser look & feel. Also, we have talked about it in multiple posts before but we wanted to consolidate the same & thus we are here. So over a period of 2 months of owning a bike, we have added a lot to the same and tried to make it as cool as possible (at least in our heads).

The Eagle on the Fender

Please note, we have also spent a minimal of money post discovering the chop shop lane in Bombay & getting a specialized mechanic to work on our bike. So let me start from the fact that the first addition wegot done on our bike was the customized visor / wind shield. Mihir, from day 1, was very clear that we needed to get this addition on the bike. It gave a good retro feel to the bike and also, for all practical purposes, was a good purchase. This buy was done directly through the dealer from whom we bought the bike. Post this, and realizing we wanted to customize our bike with further modifications, we accidently stumbled upon thechop shop lane and found out that getting the bike customized isn’t going to cost much…

The Awesome Grips

So then we found a store which catered to our needs and was cost effective. From here, our first buy was the handle grips which were chrome platedand very retro looking. By now you would have figured we are kind off retro junkies J.Next thing bought were foot rests; this piece of equipment is an amazing buy as the standard foot rest you get with the Avenger are foot pegs and are not comfortable for long rides. The foot rests are comfortable and also don’thinder in the gear changing process. Also bought was a stand for the bike shaped in the leg of an eagle, which is one of the coolest features on our bike. This was also chrome plated andsuper!

The Stand and Foot Pedal

Indicator Caps

So this was more or less the first phase changes added to the bike. Phase 2 was bags. Somehow, always wanted a cool set, so went and got 2saddle bags & 1 mini bag for the bike as you can see in the pictures. Then, the mini light chrome indicator caps were bought which add a whole different feel to the bike. Finally, the seat of the bike was sorted wherein we got chrome tags across the length to match the saddle bags & before I forget, the final piece of the puzzle added to the bike was on the chrome plated eagle head with illuminated redeyes!!! Currently, this is all the work done on the bike. Do take a moment tocheck some kick ass pictures of the bike, courtesy Mihir. Also if you areinterested in our previous posts “Chop Shop Heaven” & “The Chop Shop” (Featured in the Bikes & Builders section) we have covered more details of not only our bike, but also the place where we got the same modified.

Mini Saddle Bag

Now, the Overall Cost –

1) Chrome Handle Grips – Rs. 600/-

2) Foot Paddles – Rs. 100/-

3) Eagle Side Stand – Rs. 2000/-

4) Front Visor – Rs. 3000/-

5) Saddle Bags – Rs. 650/-

Amazing Saddle Bags

6) Indicator lamp Caps – Rs. 100/-

7) Seat Chrome Tags – Rs. 300/-

8) Eagle Head Chrome Emblem – Rs. 2000/-

Grand Total = Rs. 8750 to get the bike looking insanely awesome!!!

.

.

.

 
9 Comments

Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Incidence & Coincidence

Friday evening, decided to go to the local drinking hole, Mini Club House with Mihir & Vishal; on reaching there, was told the place was shut and would open by 7pm. Oh! here i forgot to mention we went there by 4pm. Decided to dunk the idea of drinking out, saved some money and decided to drink at home. Bought Haywards 5000, went home, got shit-faced and closed the day.

St7 Totally Superb!

The Saturday morning bike ride as always, was past worli seaface, shivaji park, upto bandra reclamation and then back to nariman point; though on the way back, an interesting incident happened wherein, past shivaji park I noticed a Hyosung St7 – dude! that’s one killer bike! Like an excited kid, I started chasing the bike. This is where it got interesting – wherein the St7 rider and I started riding together without uttering a word. This was so super awesome! We also had enough people staring at us past prabhadevi and century bazaar. Finally, before he went his way at passport office and I went towards city bakery, we gave each other a thumbs up & cruised away… Total feeling of brotherhood had happened!

Pretty Average Pizzeria

That’s Vibha

Got home, decided to go to Pizzeria, a local pizza joint at marine-drive. They serve the most awesome Bombay masala pizza (regular cheese pizza with Indian herbs). Reaching pizzeria, we realized the place has been totally re-done and looked quite cool; the same, though, could not be said about their service and food as it was horrifying – firstly the service and then the food. They have changed the recipe for the Bombay Masala Pizza… Immediately called up a Shlok (friend) with whom we have eaten 5 Bombay Masala’s and have been regulars to this restaurant. Spammed social media about the disappointment and the general stuff.Also note Shlok has a Royal Enfield Twin Spark 350cc.  Coincidentally, also met  my old boss and friend, Vibha, who was visiting the place as well. She also had a feeling where she thought she would meet me (premonition moment)! Cribbed to her also about the service and food, then took a photo of hers to feature on this write up check the same 🙂 Post that, came home & crashed.

This is Sensational!

Evening was spent eating amazing frankie made by the Mrs. Also ate icecream bon bons and watched Gone starring Amanda Sefried to end the day. Sunday morning’s bike ride was past lower parel, dadar and back. Also took Mihir for some photography to marine-drive, grant road vegetable market and mahalakshmi. He also went to haji Ali Durga which was fun and scary & he is going to have a post on the same with some awesome photo’s soon. Most of the day was spent watching movies & lazing in bed having Caronas. Saw Runnning Man starring Arnold, a bit of Supernatural & then watched Limitless starring Bradly Cooper which was brilliant to end the day. Started off Monday by hating them i.e. Monday’s. Post that brilliant bike ride happened as the weather was awesome & to make the day interesting, have dinner planned at the in-laws. Hopefully, I won’t hate Mondays that much this week 🙂

Sunday Morning Photography

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Weekend Bike Rides & More

The Stare Down

Kids Killing it on Skates

Revisited Haywards 5000 (Strong Indian Beer) after ages on Thursday evening. Yes, the weekend came in early with the gang assembling at my house fondly  known as the Adda (Headquarters). Finished friday work and moved into the weekend celebrations with alcohol and good food. Then came the Saturday morning bike ride which was past Worli and Nariman Point; there was a brief staredown between me and a Siberien Huskie as you can see in the picture. Also on Saturday and Sundays, there are skating classes for kids where in parents block a certain aspect of Nariman Point & kids race around there which seems like a lot of fun! Then took Mihir to Hanging Gardens through Walkeshwar. Most of the day was spent drinking Carona and watching movies!

That’s One Mean Machine

Jason Statham on the Ducati Desmsedici RR

After watching the trailer of Expendables 2 and in our drunk frenzy we decided to watch the Expendables – it was too much fun watching the crazy action & awesome dialogues in the movie. 300 & Expendebles are a must watch if you are hammered…the experiance is unmatched. Post watching the movie and seeing iconic scenes like Micky Rourke riding a bike, I did some R & D on the movie & realised the movie has some crazy bikes (we will be doing an entire post on the same soon); some interesting bike facts around the movie, The motorcycle that Jason Statham’s character, Lee Christmas, is riding is the Italian made street legal MotoGP race inspired Ducati Desmosedici RR. This sport-bike carries a price tag of $75,000, has a top speed of 190+ mph (305 km/h). This 989cc 4 cylinder produces 200hp while only weighing 377 pounds (171 kg). Of the only 1,500 made, 500 made it to the U.S. and they all sold out within five hours. Tom Cruise was the lucky recipient to receive the first one imported to the U.S.  Evening on Saturday was spent eating the yummiest burittos ever made by the Mrs. …totally bad ass!!!

Killer View

Gate Way of India

Sunday morning began with a bike ride past Apollo Bunder & the legendary Gateway of India; the sites & sounds here were amazing considering you have the Taj hotel and the sea at a stretch of an arm’s distance; also the view from the edge of the footpath is brilliant.

Spent most part of the ride with the bike parked and glaring at the view, then headed to Nariman point to see kids skate and then back. Went to Moshe’s for brunch where the discussion centered around how good The Avengers movie is & the brilliance of the plot, characters, script, dialogue, etc. Got back, decided to watch Mark Whalberg’s Contraband which was a decently exciting movie, passed out for a bit, then woke up to some exciting Grey Goose Popsicles which were made by Yooti (sister in law)  & the Moto GP Portual leg.

Post dinner, lazed watched Super Natural, ate Kaluha flavored chocolate dessert again courtesy Yooti which was the perfect end to the superb weekend!

.

.

Grey Goose Popsicles


 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,