I grew up driving Maruti Suzuki Omni. Mostly known as kidnapping car. Pappa purchased Omni in the year 2001 and I was in class 8. When Pappa got Omni, he did not know how to drive a car. But later he learnt progressively. I was very inquisitive to drive at that young age. So I asked my next-door-neighbour to guide me on how to drive. Yes, I was under-aged but I was stupid. He took me for a drive and I learnt it within 2 days. I could feel forthrightness while driving. We still have Omni with us. She is still firm and smooth.
As I started working as an aviator, I always wanted to but a new vehicle. So I began the hunt in mid-2015. I arranged a test drive for nearly a dozen cars but there was the only car which held chords of my mind. That was VW Vento TSI. This car has a 1.2 L petrol automatic motor with the turbocharger. I especially loved its sports mode. I never drove a car like this before. All car I took for a test drive could not be compared with Vento. One fine day I went to the showroom and booked Vento.
Soon after several days, my dream smashed. Those days I was also looking for a house to buy in Mumbai. I spotted a nice house in Nerul, Navi Mumbai. My parents liked that estate and we determined to buy it. After working on investments, I figured out that if I want to acquire a house, I won’t be able to order a car because there was a shortage of 10-15 lakh rupees. So I dumped the plan to buy a car. That was a very difficult decision but it was a wise one. Later I bought that same house. It is a dream house with 3 bedrooms and a breathtaking view. Its a dream house for any guy in his late 20s. That time my finances were very tight but I knew it was a sensible decision.
I kept doing test driving for cars in the meantime. Truly speaking I never liked any other car other than Vento. The car which fascinated my was out of my budget. I was idling for the perfect time to buy a car.
As we always say ‘whatever happens, happens for a reason’. I did not buy a car in 2015 but bought a house. Now I have a dream house and I don’t have to worry for the next 30-40 years.
I again started doing a serious search for a car in mid-2018. I did not tell anyone about it. I kept revisiting car showrooms for test drives. But still, there was only one car in my mind and heart. And that was VW Vento TSI. I went to the nearby showroom and enquired about it. There I saw Vento in Flash red colour. It was a sports edition with spoiler, black mirrors and black roof. It was a sexy looking car and at that moment I decided on this car.
I did not inform my parents about it. I wanted to surprise them. They did not even have a fraction of idea about it. I told car showroom not to send any paperwork at my house. If my parents see that paperwork, they will come to know that I am ordering a car. Though my friends and sisters knew about it, I kept it super secret at home. I decided delivery date as 1 Sept 2018. This was my mom’s 54th birthday.
One day before delivery, I went to the showroom to see my car. She was looking sexy. I couldn’t wait to feel her. I told showroom employees to not to reveal anything when I come with my parents to take delivery of the car.
On the day of delivery, I told my parents that I will take them to the temple as it was mummy’s birthday. So they instantly agreed on it. As they were getting ready, I quickly took my camera and tripod and went to the showroom. I placed my camera overlooking my car and so that I could capture every moment. I instructed showroom representative Karan how to switch on the video camera and told him to turn it on when I tell him.
I went home, my mom was wearing saree and dad was wearing a shirt and trouser. We took an auto-rickshaw towards car showroom. I told the driver to stop 100 meters before the car showroom. We all got down and were standing on the road. I told my parents that my friend Nitin is coming with us and we all will go in his car. I made a fake call from my phone and acted that Nitin is coming late. I told my parents “Nitin will take more 15 minutes to come. Let’s stand somewhere here. Or hmmm let’s go to this VW showroom. We will check out some cars until Nitin comes.” My parents agreed.
I called Karan that we are arriving in 30 seconds and start video recording. He pressed REC button just before we entered the showroom. The moment my father entered the showroom, he went close to the red car and started admiring her. My mom was looking around inside showroom. She noticed Ganesh idol and bowed. I told my parents “VW has nice cars and is advanced. They also have automatic cars. This red car is also automatic and is very comfortable”. My parents nodded. “Let’s hop inside,” I said.
My dad was sitting on the rear seat and mom in the front seat as I was on the driver seat. I was describing my parents about a few feature of this car. I asked my mom did she like this car? She replied “Yes”. I said let’s take this car home today. Happy birthday. This is our car and today we are taking delivery of this car. My parents did not know how to react. They were stunned. My mom started crying. Those were tears of happiness. I never saw my parents so emotional before. I knew they were happy. Their happiness is the sole purpose of my life.
My mom wiped her tears and as we came out, the cake was ready. She cut birthday cake along with a new member of our family. I was very happy. We took keys and drove home in our brand new red car.
The icing on the cake was when I saw my car’s registration number. It’s MH 43 BN 0304. I couldn’t believe it. My date of birth is 3 April. 03 04 means 3 April. I asked Karan if he demanded RTO to grant this special number for my car? He said ” No sir. Neither I nor anyone in showroom did not put any request. You have randomly got this registration number. This was such a pleasant coincidence”.
This car is lucky for me. Car was purchased on mom’s birthday and is registered as my date of birth. Even today I feel goosebumps when I think about this coincidence.
Now when I look backwards, I feel so much proud of myself.
Do check pictures taken on that day. Also, check out my parent’s reaction video.
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