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A Nano ride into fame and flashlights

Ratan Tata himself could not have thought of a better picture postcard for the first delivery of his Rs 1 lakh car: a yellow, peeling, cracked government-style walls, a banyan tree in the courtyard, reports Suprotip Ghosh.

autos Updated: Jul 19, 2009 23:10 IST
Suprotip Ghosh

Ratan Tata himself could not have thought of a better picture postcard for the first delivery of his Rs 1 lakh car: a yellow, peeling, cracked government-style walls, a banyan tree in the courtyard.

Ashok Vichare (59), the proud owner of the first Nano, has just completed an interview with a French television channel. “They are making a documentary,” he says. “My daughter went to the Concorde (showroom) twice and then booked the car,” he addes. Vichare's wife Shaili works with the Allahabad Bank in Mumbai. “Wife did not expect it, she was very surprised. Many of her colleagues came in this morning, and brought that,” Vichare said, pointing to a small bouquet.

“Apparently my manager is setting up cuttings of our photos from magazine articles on the office paste board,” she adds., while their daughter Gauri chimes in: “The car is comfortable, and there is lots of space.”

The top-end version of the Nano, which the Vichares have bought, costs around Rs 2.09 lakh on road — though they have got it for less. “I'll be paying instalments of around Rs 3400 for four years. Comfortable!”

And what did Tata say? “‘You are the luckiest man in the world’. I now know how all the Bachhans and Aamir Khans feel. So many flashbulbs, so many cameras!” Vichare has arrived.