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Old 15th September 2009, 18:19   #31
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Welcome Sir.

Your writting style is wonderful.
Whatever be your car i just love reading your posts !
Keep them coming.

Drive safe, wear your seat belts.

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Old 15th September 2009, 19:09   #32
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Hehehe, a most interesting introduction. Happy reluctant driving and may you rack up many miles!
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Old 15th September 2009, 19:24   #33
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....It is only when I faced with the prospect of owning one did I realise the emotional, practical,financial and, not the least,social considerations that have a powerful bearing on our decision to go for a particular brand and model. This is all the more so when it is your first car. ...
Truer words were never spoken!

Looking forward to the rest of your story!! I'm glued.

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Old 15th September 2009, 21:03   #34
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Roameo, I came across your thread a bit late, makes wonderful reading, eagerly waiting for rest of the story.

This is a wonderful forum & you will get addicted for sure.

We are expecting a lot of great narrations from you, may be Singapore experiences - one who is really gifted with words.

Good luck & happy motoring...
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Old 15th September 2009, 23:11   #35
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Part 5
Back to the Future

I looked longingly towards 'Sri Laxmi Condiments', then at the
stationed car. It purred invitingly. The punk with long was still
looking askance at me awaiting my response to his query. I was in two
minds. Hamlet would have no doubt sympathised with my dilemma. But
unlike the blue blooded prince of Denmark, I only had the luxury of a
few seconds to ponder. Gulping a lungful of fresh air infused with the
aroma of filtered coffee, I decided to take the plunge.

10 Seconds later I found myself behind a steering wheel.The road ahead
and the sparse traffic seemed somewhat different from what I had seen
when I travelled in taxis or with friends,slopped in the front
passenger seat.

I had by now realised that negotiating my way on Bangalore roads would
be a daunting task. The extensive international driving experience I
hitherto had was of a totally different kind and would probably not be
of much use here. Driving in India woould prove a different car game altogether.

In Singapore, I could drive with total abandon on the broad, awesome
avenues and with scant respect for the stringent Singaporean laws, my
principle objective being to press the pedal to the floor and bash up
as many cars as I possibly could, drive in the opposite direction if
that is what I fancied, and bring the vehicle to a halt by simply
bumping it into a pillar of my choice or for that matter a wall I found
particulary attractive to dash into. A somersault or two en route only
added to the thrill. Nocturnal drives were sinfully exhilarating.

Dear readers, I take great pride in announcing that in the 7 years I lived in Lion City, not once did I get booked for speeding or reckless driving. Needless to say this type of driving did not meet with sonny's approval. He had just turned 10 and by now developed a deep respect for cars. The dark, gleaming Porche on his LCD monitor was indicative of his ambition and expansion plans for the future. I have to confess I had the time of my life burning the underground tracks of 'Need for Speed'. I would like to add that I also liked 'Carbon'.

The other unique international driving opportunity presented itself to me at a go-carting course in Bangkok a few years ago. Sonny too was keen to give it a go, but was disqualified due to age limitations. This as you can imagine severely affected his spirits.To the great merriment of the onlookers and to sonny's utter dismay, I had the honour of being the sole grown up pitted against a noiseful pack of 13 something brats. Suddenly thrown into the thick of things, it was a trifle too late to withdraw my participation in the competition citing unforseen circumstances. The results at the end of the 10 laps is best left undeclared to the readers of this story.

Now seated behind the wheel of the Wagon R, I prepared to take on the Bangalore roads.
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Great stuff! Can't wait for the rest

cheers

PS: Don't tell me you lost to a bunch 12-year olds gokarting

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Old 16th September 2009, 11:35   #37
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Ok, now I am confused. I thought you had never driven before in your life. But now you say you have driven in Singapore. In that case, why do you need driving lessons from a Bangalore driving instructor who would obvious know lot less about driving than you?
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Old 16th September 2009, 11:54   #38
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But whether I eventually bought an i10, i20, Fiat Palio or Ford Fusion is actually secondory in comparison to my main objective.
Thanks for redirecting me - I understood the theme of your story was the experience you had undergone in the process of purchasing "a car"; from my side (being a part of the community who generally seem to wake-up, think, dream, work, sleep et al with one thing always on their mind - CARS!) I got involved into thinking "which car" and "why that particular car"!

Think time to stop guessing and start enjoying - in fact, I re-read all the episodes, and think it would have made a fine article for the automags (not the changed avatars as of now, but the earlier versions of a decade ago)

Ramesh Prabhu

PS - Please put in the version of the whole episode from sonny boy's side and your wife's!
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Boy o Boy..That was a beautiful introduction from Vishy,my friend for the last decade and a half and until your call came today,I couldnt realise it was Roemeo aka Vishy.
Hearty WELCOME to Team BHP and its addiction.
I can visualise every experiance of your car and that of your Sonny aka Billy and his excitement,as I know the long drawn plan you had to acquire a car.
Now dont lose the Beetle hope too..Im sure,you will notch up a Beetle soon,now that you are an ace driver and a motorist.
Once again well deserved kudos for your intro and will see you on T-BHP regularly.
Cheers
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Ok, now I am confused. I thought you had never driven before in your life. But now you say you have driven in Singapore. In that case, why do you need driving lessons from a Bangalore driving instructor who would obvious know lot less about driving than you?
Hehe, same here, perhaps he means his driving was restricted to only NFS Underground!
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Old 16th September 2009, 13:53   #41
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Hehe, same here, perhaps he means his driving was restricted to only NFS Underground!


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PS - Please put in the version of the whole episode from sonny boy's side and your wife's!
Now that would be quite a project


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I couldnt realise it was Roemeo aka Vishy.
Hi Ramki, I recalled you told me about your active participation in Team-BHP when we met in Hyderabad a few months ago. I recognised you from your picture with the Lancer and immediaetly sent you a P.M yesterday night. It was nice talking to you again this morning. The Beetle dream is alive and kicking: There is a red beauty in the basement car park of my apartment block and I keep ogling at her every morning and evening. Guess you will be the proud owner of one well before me.

BTW, you will be putting a guest appearance in my story at some point. You know why
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welcome to TBHP roameo.
Brilliant intro. waiting for more
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Out with the rest of the story . The intro threads get locked after some weeks
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Roameo, it's feeling great going through your introductory posts.

As you spend more days as a member of this splendid forum, every post that counts (i.e. adds up to your total no. of posts) will feel like an amount deposited into your bank account. Unfortunately, the posts in this "introduce yourself" thread will not count. You might perhaps create a new thread in "test drives and initial ownership report" section from this point onward, continuing with your story.
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Old 16th September 2009, 16:00   #45
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The intro threads get locked after some weeks
Could I know how many weeks? I am not sure I will keep this going for so long.

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Unfortunately, the posts in this "introduce yourself" thread will not count.
That's ok. I will not count my threads.


Next part will be served shortly.
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