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Last evening I got stuck in the traffic snarls of Mumbai. Quite unusual for me, as I prefer to stay in these days. Infact, honestly put, they prefer it that way. A short ride to a nearby destination is all I take up.
So after a long hiatus, to be back on roads left me with a mixed feeling. I was thrilled, at the thought of meeting some old companions. I was excited to hit on familiar routes. All I did not realize was that, the times had changed.
In a new surrounding amidst unfamiliar crowd, my memories flooded back to the early 90’s. When bikes meant Honda and Scooters meant Bajaj, Car meant MARUTI, the obvious Maruti 800.
Back then, we were the cynosure. With no power windows and rare air conditioning we managed to give you a closer to road driving experience. I remember the attention we use to get, with stares and glares of the passers by.
Pulsars, Gladiators were still years ahead. With Fiat and Ambassador our only colleagues, we put millions (of people) on the roads.
Today, I realize the multitude at which our generation has leapt. Comfort Levels have increased. Small-Medium- Big segments, looks like size matters. It leaves me with an eerie feeling to be back on roads. Feel nowhere a part of this community. I understand, you have already bid farewell to the Old Fiat.
And before you take me off the roads, just thought I should say: Good Bye!