Thursday, June 19, 2008

The real inflation

And the nation cringes as the inflation goes way beyond 8%, and threatens to go even more. A litre of petrol, which was about Rs.20, when i first started using it, now costs well over Rs.50.
I remember the kind of vehicles that used to accompany mine in the petrol stations. A few Ambassadors and Fiats, on their way to extinction, a lot of Maruti- the normal 800 as well as Omnis and the occasional Esteem, and mostly two wheelers. The scene has changed with global brands vying for the customer's attention. So we have the Hyundais and Fords and Chevrolets and Skodas bringing out bigger and costlier cars that are aimed to showcase its user's affluence and highlight his standing, which is er, a little above that of his peers.?
Of course, the way he behaves on the road would make you doubt this premise.I have very often, in the course of conversations, heard the owners of the big cars complaining about how their cars guzzle fuel. And how they feel the pressure when the petrol prices go up. And i have always wondered that even if we manage to control inflation, will we ever find a way to control inflated egos.


until next time, pricks... for the ego

15 comments:

sanguine said...

ceilo was a car of affluent... cant see a single one now a days .
and honestly all the cars look same to me :D

Pallavi said...

Sigh... egos.. or no egos.. it is total chaos..

shruti said...

was never a car fan ...an 800 does the job well unless one wants to wander on rugged terrains ....never understood guys whose dream and aim in life is to get a mercedes benz..by hook or by crook

Arunima said...

and there is no space in the road for me poor woman to even walk. They haven't left the foothpath.

When it comes to egoes, what's inflated cannot be deflated IMHO. :-)

sqrlnt said...

If my dad (ht 6'2) can fit into a maruti wagonR, anyone can..don't see the point of those gigantic cars on Indian city roads..rural areas perhaps are a different story..

Kavi said...

Thats a nice thought. Our ego inflation has been far higher than the economic inflation !

All is not lost Manmohan Singh !!

San said...

lol - what to do .. the trend shows it will only get worse!

manuscrypts said...

sanguine: hey, me too :)

pallavi: no egos could lessen the chaos :)

manuscrypts said...

shruti: :)

arunima: on the contrary, it takes a single moment for the ego to shatter and humility to be learnt

manuscrypts said...

sqrl/nt: well, thats the point of the post :)

kavi: right on ego, but the left won't agree :)

manuscrypts said...

san: true..unfortunately

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