Shrawan Raja- Managing Editor
My name is Shrawan (a.k.a. Jaz), I’m the so called ‘Managing editor’ of this blog. Indian Autos Blog commenced as a place where myself and the other two blokes could talk about cars and bikes that we see around us, after being succumbed to their looks and sounds, way back when we were kids.
We had 3 readers in the beginning, myself and the other two chaps that is, but today things are a bit different.
Indian Autos Blog has close to 100,000 140,000 175,000 200,000 500,000 visitors roaming around its pages and posts with thirst every month. We’re an Alexa top 30,000 blog. We’re hooked to blogging, and as evident as it may seem, we can’t stay away from the computer for very long. We might be affected by a disease, under the spell of some nasty hormones, but we don’t care. We’ll do this as long as our passion and eyesight stay with us.
I was introduced to blogging by a friend in Romania named Vlad Balan, who authors successful blogs. He gave me an opportunity to take in charge of garagelibrary.com, where I wrote with the technical skills attained in my tenure as a trainee at a local workshop, where I still go when not blogging.
Subsequently, I moved to benzinsider.com, purely out of the love I have for Mercs. My dream car might be the BMW 7 Series, but the S-Class staggers me equally.
In July 2008, I decided that it was time to help out Indians in knowing what was happening to our cars abroad. In my agenda were also foreigners, who wanted to know the Indian automotive scene, as it has gained a wide reputation for being the most interesting market in the world.
My favorite car is the Tata Nano. It has placed India on the global auto industry map and invited a lot of attention towards India and Indian engineering. The Nano has substantiated one thing- Any thing is possible if you put your mind and act together. It’s something we Indians need to be proud of.
Now that you’ve learned about me, its time you know a little about the people who work with me everyday on IndianAutosBlog.com.
Kaustubh Shinde – Assistant Editor
Hey yo! This is Kaustubh Shinde, A marketing-techie (by occupation), a complete petrolhead (by heart) and a Jeremy Clarkson fan (since childhood) from Mumbai. The automotive bug caught me quite early when I laid my hands on my first (and current) car, a Maruti Esteem. To make it very clear, I don’t have an automotive educational background but that doesn’t stop me from chasing my dream to make a TopGear India version!
I am always more interested in the aesthetic aspects of the car rather than the technical ones. So no prizes for guessing which is my favorite car..Yes! It is an Aston Martin DBS.
Really excited to be a part of the gang! Hope you enjoy reading my articles.
Shoeb R Kalania – Digital Manipulator
My name is Shoeb R Kalania. Friends know me as “SRK”
I am here because of the same reason you are here i.e. “Passion for Automobiles.” I wouldn’t be here if it were not for that.
My work here is to make Adobe Photoshop-generated renderings of future cars that are going to hit the Indian and global market. I always had interest in automobile design and IAB provides me a platform to showcase my talent to international and local audience.
I am an Automobile engineer from a college near Mumbai. In the future, I plan to launch my line of body-kits in the Indian market.
Gaurav Malik – Delhi State Representative
My name’s Gaurav Malik. Fond of traveling, photography, adventure sports, working with Shrawan and anything related to automobiles. I graduated with a degree in literature from the prestigious Delhi University. From cars to bikes and tractors to camels, nothing is less fun than the other to me. Being committed to this blog now, I will promise to deliver as much as possible.
To capsule it, I believe and believe only in following my dreams.
Shakti Budhiraja- Associate Editor
Shakti Budhiraja, that’s what people call me. A German Language Expert and MBA in Finance. About my love for cars, the first word I uttered to my parents was Caaaarrr.., then they have been part of my soul from even before my birth. I Eat, drink and Sleep with anything on wheels.
I started driving when I could make my legs reach the Pedals of my father’s Maruti 800, since then the wheels haven’t stopped. As a Kid, I also grew up with same wish like all Indians, start with the “M” (Maruti) and reach to “M” (Mercedes).
Presently I drive a Chevrolet Optra Magnum and I’m loving every minute of it
Beauties I would love to have in my Garage: Mustang GT 350, Golf GTI, Audi Q7 & the Soon to be launched in India, VW Polo in Red Colour with 1.2 TSI & DSG gearbox.
Harish Kumar – Editor, International affairs
Hi readers, I’m engineering graduate fortunate enough to have poked his finger deep into anything (and everything) even remotely associated with cars and driving. Currently pursuing a masters in automotive engineering in the US of A to get into the industry and ensure manufacturers make more driver’s cars. His current favorite? Should be the Subaru BRZ.
Dream job? Anything that involves lots of driving (driving a taxi too but only if it were a ‘ring taxi) and definitely host a global automotive program!
Karthik Balaji – Additional Editor, International Affairs
Hi readers, I am in my 1st year graduate program in University of Michigan pursuing Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and not automotive.
Ships or Cars, machines do tingle a mad adrenaline rush when you’re in control of one. My rush started way back in class 6 thanks to the splitscreen NFS II. Since then, I’ve been an ardent fan of cars and Need for speed alike. Admitted that I do not speak the auto language, I do admire a car for what it stands for (and doesn’t). And when you’re so close to the major auto hub of the world, You cannot stop gawking at the high end cars with their ferocious rumbles. You wish to seek and experience how they would feel in your hands, even if it means to test out the beasts in video games. But you’ve to admit nothing beats driving around on a road, cruising or racing.
I am very much excited to be a part of the team. With my passion for Cars and photography, I hope to get the best of cars visually and technically from wherever I am and share it with the blog and auto enthusiasts around the world who read IndianAutosBlog.com.