Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Chp 161. Auto Expo - 2008

Chilling out at the much hyped Auto Expo for a couple of hours seemed like a great idea, which didn’t turn out to be so once you get there.

All you could see was disappointment after disappointment, making you wish at the end of the day that you could have spent that 100 bucks entrance fee for a more useful purpose like buying blank papers to design origami or enrolling in a “How to wash your clothes using a washing machine” coaching class.

That’s what happens when the media builds up so much to the event that you go there expecting to see at least 50% of what they write about, only to see a bitter -20% of what you read in the papers.

For starters, they kept on mentioning about those ravishing models posing by the cars. My girlfriend and I couldn’t find a single girl that made us go “wow”. And I am not just saying this because of my girlfriend’s sake. We are in a very matured relationship where we candidly point one strangers that we find hot --- guy or girl.

And the few models that could have looked really beautiful, didn’t because they all had this big frown on their faces, making everything feel so… cold and frigid. Their unfriendliness was probably because of all the gazillion requests for their phone numbers demanded by the cheap Delhi crowd, making them hate their job. Unprofessional, but in my honest opinion, completely natural. My girl has been in the entertainment industry for more than 5 years now here in Delhi, and even though she can now let most of the cheap comments pass by, there are times when she still feels like smashing their heads into smithereens.

TOI mentioned about 23 Australian models specially flown in from Down-under for the Czech car giant Skoda, but when we finally reached the Skoda section that day, all we could see was one Australian model sitting on a table drinking some beverage with no signs of the others. Bad timing probably, but it only added more bricks to our big basket of Disappointments.

The only place where I really enjoyed was the Vintage section, where I couldn’t stop drooling over some of the astounding vintage cars and bikes. And also partly because my friend Mapuii and my girlfriend’s friend Anton and his rock band “Black Slade” were performing LIVE at the Vintage section. They completely rocked the section with "vintage" rock songs such as "smoke on the water" and other popular numbers of that era. You can find them performing at "Crowne Plaza" on other days.

I love the Vintage section. Funny thing was, even though I had absolutely no reason to feel nostalgic about, I still felt nostalgic It’s not like my father in black & white used to drive me around in one of those exotic and rare 1947 Chrysler Windsor or 1932 Austin 10. But still, a feeling of nostalgia definitely overcame my senses and I suddenly started snapping my fingers and combing my hair backwards and sporting imaginary sideburns for the short duration that we were in the Vintage section.

The thing I hated the most about the Expo was the over abundance of people. We couldn’t even enjoy the sights of the cars properly because half the time we were jostling through the crowd and the other half I was continuously protecting my girl from all those cheap bastards waiting to feel women up.

And during that entire time at the Expo, we actually counted and it turned out people called us “chinkies” only 16 times (I mean the ones where they intentionally said it out loud so that we could hear them) which was a really good improvement according to my Mizo friends that day, because the racial abuses were much worse the previous year. Wow, Delhi, you are improving! I’m impressed.

Maybe one day the good people of Delhi will actually realize the racial abuses they inflict upon their own fellow Indians (read: north-eastern people) everyday instead of just whining about the racial abuses by the Australian cricket team or other foreigners in a tone that seem to absolve them from any such crime here in our own Country. That would be a great Delhi dream.

Outside the Expo, the Traffic Jams were sheer torture, but we kinda expected that after reading about it in the papers. Good, at least one truth the papers wrote about the Expo. Over all, I didn’t enjoy the Expo at all because I made the mistake of going there with such high expectations.

Special mention must be made about the “gem of the Expo”: The Nano. I was dying to check it out, but when I finally got there, we were barricaded so far away from the display that the Nano actually looked nano-sized. I got a better view at it after raising my hand above the gargantuan crowd and clicking pictures of it with my digicam at maximum zoom.

Likert scale 5 at the two wheelers section though, because there wasn’t much of a crowd when we got there and all the bike displays were absolutely mind-blowing. Plus I met a couple of real time Bikers with large tummies and beard and leather jackets (the complete attire) at the Royal Enfield stall who were extremely friendly, and immediately got into a loooong conversation with one of my friends who was a part of the “Aizawl Thunders” gang in Mizoram.

All in all, I honestly felt the 9th Auto Expo wasn’t as great as I expected but it was a different experience and I can at least tell my children years from now that I was there when the Nano was unveiled, and remind them again that the Nano car was the precursor to the Nano-planes and Nano-rockets they are flying…

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Photos:

[The Nano with me stretching to take the snap]


[More of the El-Nano Effect]


[My Friend Ngura from “Aizawl Thunders” finding his Shangri-La]


[Mapuii, Anton and “The Black Slades”]


[Vintage Bikes]


And the Vintage Cars :










9 comments:

Awzzman said...

wow..van nalh hlawm reuh e...enfield hi chu ka la khalh ve ang maw le...:)ka len hun ah tal..

Fallen said...

Hi..Can't see the photos. Something about the new Mcafee :(
Will check back. muah muah... I got back last week.

Anonymous said...

Lovely pics of vintage cars. I've always dreamt of having a vintage cadillac.

Models en tuma auto expo a han kal ngawt pawh chu aaaaa....i thought ppl normally go there to check out cars :-)

btw,Mapuii kha ka cousin a nih kha

- Mona

Soldiers Of Christ said...

Nice cars, nano, vintage etc. hey tell me more about Black Slade. where can I listen to their music? myspace, purevolume?

illusionaire said...

@ awzzman: Len huna khah chauh i tum chuan i khalh har awm :))

@ fallen: Thats starnge? McAfee's not supposed to block the images. Hmmm... puzzling.

@ Mona: Oh yeah, people do go to the car expo to check out cars too *GRIN* Mapuii's your cousin??? wow small world :) Will let her know asap.

@ Soldier of Christ: Black Slade plays LIVE blues music at Crowne Plaza here in Delhi, usually till midnight. I'll ask my contacts on more accurate info.

3d said...

I'm no car buff but, there's something about vintage cars that i'm attracted to. Oh well...maybe one day I'll be rich enough to afford one.

Fallen said...

Hey..I'm back and I can see the images now.

Sexy Bikes. I don't like Nano though. Fiamthu a ang ka ti.

illusionaire said...

@ 3d: Thats what we all wish for one day :-) If you really think about it, there's no such thing as too much money. There's always something more we always need :)

@ Fallen: lolz. Nia fiamthu deuh hlek chu a ang reuh... Ka khalh chhin chak tawh hle mai :)

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