OK.. so I managed to somehow flash the image zip on to the phone.
The problem with both twrp, cwp and even the stock recovery is that the adb sidecommand doesnt work. Each of them give the md5 verification error.
With CWP i managed to 'adb push' the image zip on to my sdcard and then did an install from the sdcard and the phone booted up
There are still some issues though..
- Initially the boot up took 25-30 mins !! No idea why
- The phone SIM is not latching on the network.. I am getting frequently disconnected from the network. I need to either reboot or clear tasks to get the network.
Gonna look up for these ..
One last Q.. Should I keep the cwp recovery image or shift back to the stock recovery ?
And "simms22" : a BIG THANKS to you for guiding me through all this. I am new to xda-developers and this was my first post. I am mighty happy with the help I got here. If we ever meet in person, I owe you a beer