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June 11, 2011 / Nano Superdrive -2

Superdrive2 Samapti Ghoshna.

Seems like justyesterday when this dream drive revved off on to the roads of Maharashtra and Gujarat. The Tata Nano Superdrive2 has been and will continue to be one of the most memorable journeys I have ever undertaken. From Kolhapur in Maharashtra to Rajkot in Gujarat, the 10 men of our cavalcade made a hell of an effort to make this epic journey an absolute success. We roughed it out in the heat, enjoyed the rain and loved the wind. The bonds built between us brothers on this trip will last for a long time. Here are some of our most cherished snippets from the Tata Nano Superdrive2 2011: 1) Bambai se nikle, strangers to one another: The Mumbai-Pune expressway and then the NH4 onwards to Kolhapur played the ice-breaker between us men on the road. Within just 200 kilometres of driving together, we were in each other’s comfort zones. How a road trip can bring random strangers together! 2) Kolhapuri Mutton and two vegetarian Gujaratis: 2nd night at Kolhapur our team decided that we want Kolhapuri mutton for dinner. The look on Aatish’s and Jigars faces was priceless! Aatish coyly ordered some veg for himself and Jigar helped him finish it. As for the foodies of the trip, Mahesh and I went gaga over the mutton at Hotel Sarika on the highway. 3) Sholapur:Team: Da, kaisa hotel hai yeh? Mahesh: Aj ke liye adjust kar lo yaar, Kal hotel shift karte hain. The whole drive is over but woh ‘kal’, aj tak aya nahi! 4) Nanded: As the cars got ready for the days run to Nagpur, it started drizzling. Soon, the rain was pouring like crazy. Our first rain, most of us got wet just for the feeling of getting soaked in rain. Our smiles were wider than a 6 lane highway on this day. 5) Santa-ra Singh (Nagpur):Vaddi garmi hai yaar itthe. Jigar: I want Panipuri, Mahesh: Set up ka kya hua? Aatish: it’s almost ready da. Jigar: I want panipuri. 6) Road pe raada!: On the highway to Aurangabad, we got stuck in a huge traffic line up. Some accidents on the ghat roads ahead had halted traffic for the entire night and the route 1 cavalcade was stuck too. Our team turned adversity into triumph as we joked our time away for a while and then started zig-zagging through both lanes of the road and got off the ghat with the cavalcade intact! We had awesome fun while doing it! 7) Team: Amravati ka koi bharosa nahi. We actually felt thankful once the first 10 cars came but the number of Nanos kept climbing and soon there were 30 plus cars! Nothing succeeds like success! We rocked the event at Amravati! 8) Aurangabad: Jigar: Da, mujhe paani puri khaani hai. Team: Da, hume paani puri khaani hai. Mahesh: face palm. 9) Maharashtra to Gujarat: This leg of the journey was both exciting and irritating for me. I had planned to capture the border crossing of the Nanos in pictures. Someone had told me there is a huge board welcoming the traffic into Gujarat, Ghanta! I sat holding the camera for more than 2 hours, the border and the board was nowhere to be seen. We reached Surat in a jiffy instead. Dhatt teri ki! 10) Surat: A brilliant place with amazing people! Guest got emotional about their Nanos and narrated their personal stories about how the small wonder had changed their lives for years to come. A great interaction and followed by Vadodara, the perfect welcome into Gujarat! 11) Rajkot: The end of the road. After the awesome evening carnival and working all night long, as the sun came up it was time to bid goodbye. The epic road journey has come to an end and a quiet calm is present among the team members as I prepare to leave. Till we meet again on the road! Choti Gaadi Choti gaadi choti gaadi, Hai meri yeh choti gaadi. Agar hum bachche na hote, Lagti hume yeh choti gaadi. Dekho toh kaise chalti hai, Rukti nahi hai meri gaadi. Sabse aage badhti hai, Yeh dekho aisi pyaari gaadi. Baarish me mujhe panah deti hai, Dhoop se mujhe bachaleti hai, Dost mere sab chaahe isme, Baithke ghoom na baari baari. Mummy papa kehte hai, Ik din tum bhi chalaoge gaadi. Main unse kehta hoon, Yehi wali chalaunga mai gaadi. Sabko jake dikhaoonga mai, Haimeri yeh Nano gaadi.

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  1. Ajay Rathod / Jun 12 2011 8:44 am

    THis is new technology of india which most dream car of indians people who feel indian……..

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