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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Auto Expo 2010



Delhi is a great place.......apart from the fact that I was born here......its got fairs and expos....things which I love to go to.......Trade fairs I never miss and this time I decided to go for the 10th (I think) Auto Expo......

Now as brought out above.....I was born in Delhi, which makes me an Indian......and Indians don't have the word "Tickets" in their dictionary. So being a true Indian, I ignored the phenomenon called tickets and sought out on my mission to manage FREE PASSES.

Lots of phone calls.....texts......mails.....but no luck. After all India has a huge population and all Indians have the right to free passes. Lots of friends started avoiding my phone calls, acquaintances started ignoring my calls......But I like these times....fair weather friends are sifted out from the real friends.....and at the end of the day U can figure out who are the people you can really count on. Nothing against anyone, but all I expect is take my call and say "Sorry dude, cant manage passes".....Don't just ignore the calls.

Anyway, there is this sweet friend....bechari was doing duty at the auto expo and somehow she managed to get me two passes.....one for me and one for the wife....who surprisingly wanted to go along (though I have doubts about what she was more interested in....the cars or the food). So God bless this friend.....May she keep managing passes for me all her life.

Very prudently, I had decided to go to Pragati Maidan on my bike in spite of the chilling winter. I had suspected there were going to be traffic snarls. Forget cars, there was no parking even for my bike. Luckily I spotted the supreme court parking and parked my bike there on the sly. There was a huge traffic jam and even crossing the road on foot to approach Gate No. 7 was a mammoth task. After dodging a few cars and jumping over the bonnet of one, we were within sight of the gate. The snaking queue there was daunting enough for us to have second thoughts about entering the expo. Finally after a few shoulder pushes and elbow jabs, with my wife protected in front of me we managed to enter the gates.

As expected, it was mayhem....people and more people were all over the place.....long queues at each pavilion....I wanted to go to the BMW and Audi pavilion and the wife wanted to go the food courts.....There was no point arguing though...Both were equally inaccessible. We decided to try one of each.

The BMW pavilion had a serpentine queue....we braved our way in......We cud see the cars standing in the distance and each had a heavily made up and scantily clad model with it. The huge crowd was clicking away to glory. Some were clicking the cars, most were clicking the legs. I was interested in neither specially from this distance. So we pushed our way out and decided to try the food court. The crowd was as much there.....and the claustrophobia got to us.....

The only thing left now was to try and figure out the way back to Gate No 7.....that was what took us about an hour.....The auto expo as such had taken us only about half an hour.....and so in all of about one and a half hours we were back to where we had smartly parked our bike.

So at the end of it, I was glad I had acted Indian and managed passes and not wasted precious money just to make a huge effort to get into Pragati Maidan and a larger effort to get out.

7 comments:

Shine Kapoor said...

Well thats the first hand account of the Expo! I also had the task of arranging the passes for a few friends, but cudnt...

Even my sis complained that why did I not get passes for her, anyways now that she is reading ur post along with me.. She would have a second thought!!

Keep writing often~

Shveta said...

I can clearly see the efforts of ur bechari frnd gettng wasted, to get u in jst for ur grumpiness of getting out in half an hour!

Annieseed said...

Auto Expo...where we can see and feel the invincible brands with their pride...love it like anything...!Well hold no grudges against ur fair weather friends as we all believe "Every dog has his day" and so will u... But ur article left me jolted...near to those machines and yet unable to admire them....its a pity...!The BMW my fav..apart from Bentley and Ferrari and a never ending list.....there u were unable to get in those pavilions...and here i miss the elaborate description if u could make it....i m really missing it..! Well if not the Cars...atleast ur taste buds should hav been blessed...but seems u really had a hard day...never mind atleast u have saved ur money...which if wasted could hav given u greater pain and disatisfaction......So aall is well..!!!

Suravi said...

had fun reading it....

samitmehra said...

@ Shine : And this time I have the job of arranging passes.....Don't worry though I wont ignore any calls.

@ Shveta : She did her job, I did mine. Her efforts were not wasted....I will remember her favour for a long long time.

@ Anindita - Well surprise surprise...I thought U were only an encyclopedia of songs....but it seems cars is also ur forte...

@ Suravi : I am sure U can write more...Hit it!!!

Nishtha said...

Oh great.. She must be a generous soul noo :D

I don't know who originated the word 'Jugaad' but it works the most in INDIA.

Well the pic here doesn't prove your saying that you were not interested in the legs lol..

I hope your recent experience at the Auto expo hasn't deterred you from attending the next year's exhibition :P

samitmehra said...

@ Nishtha - I will attend all the expos there are. Just get me the passes.