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After Bug, Who?

M’rooti made carwallahs out of us all, introduced us to sho-sha

After Bug, Who?
After Bug, Who?
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The moment we saw her, my wife Bunny and I decided to call her Bug. She was cute as any cute bug can be. She was our first Maruti (pronounced M’rooti) 800. More, she was our very first brand-new car. It was 1987, and we had just moved to Delhi from what was then Cal­cutta. In Calcutta the preferred mode of automotive transport then was the Ambassador, the only vehicle—apart from the hand-pulled rickshaw—that could navigate the city’s monsoon-flooded streets.

But Delhi was Maruti country. A couple of years previou­sly Khushwant Singh had in one of his columns composed a paean of praise for the little ‘people’s car’ which he saw as a herald of India’s coming of modern age. And—thanks to the Maruti 800—all over the country, middle-class India was taking the high road. The newcomer to India’s autoscape was affordable and mechanically reliable.

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