So I borrowed couple of Indian studio lights, these
from a friend and I can't get 1 good picture with them. I've used umbrellas, diffusers with different setups but nop. 2 things, I don't have a soft/octabox (hence the umbrella + double tracing paper diffuser) or a large room where I'm shooting, how much does that matter?
Also, when I'm shooting with 'lamp only mode', It gives a warm'ish feeling which is "workable" but not good enough.
This is my first time playing with Studio lights so any tip to get me one or two good pictures/setup would be awesome.
Part of the process of learning how to use strobes is learning how to adjust them for correct exposure. That generally requires a flash meter.
There are many different kinds of meters at many prices, but all of them, if used correctly, will allow a correct exposure.
And, of course, you're learning the hard way with no previous experience that a camera must use specific exposure settings for each setup using external strobes. From your message you also learned that strobes' modeling lights don't work the same as the main lights.
You're discovering what many other photographers have learned in the era of electronic strobes: lighting is the most difficult aspect of photography to learn and to master. There is no easy or fast way to figure out the use of strobes. The kind of equipment you use is far less important than the manner in which that equipment is used.
Effective usage of photo lighting is like effective use of a violin. Expect to spend a long time learning and practicing.
A first step to understanding lighting is to find a printed reference. Get one or more of the publications at this link. Be prepared to spend long hours studying what you'll find in those books.
You also may benefit from study with a human teacher or mentor.