>Wow!! I just made several changes to my .cshrc file and later found out that for some strange reason, VIM was taking its own time to start. Apparently, VIM was trying to connect to the X server to get additional information.
After searching on Google I found that the -X options to vim would fix this delay and it did. Now vim starts up lightening fast like it used to.
It was probably enabling the DISPLAY variable in .cshrc, which triggered this slow effect.