Witty one-liners, big eye-catchers
?LOVE ME?, ?Catch me if U can?, ?Avoid girls, save petrol? and the list goes on. These are not any eye-catching punch lines of advertisement on hoardings and posters but a fad among the young to get it written on number plates of their bikes.india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 00:45 IST
‘LOVE ME’, ‘Catch me if U can’, ‘Avoid girls, save petrol’ and the list goes on. These are not any eye-catching punch lines of advertisement on hoardings and posters but a fad among the young to get it written on number plates of their bikes.
Probably taking a cue from the ‘Handle with care’ note written on packaging of any sensitive item, youngsters have gone a step further and explored their creativity.
Farhan Siddiqui, an employee in a firm, said that anything involving risk gave him enjoyment. That’s why he got ‘Risk is my hobby’ written on the number plate of his bike.
In today’s scenario everyone wants to be popular and, of course, wants to be a well-known personality.
Gaurav Mishra, a government servant, said that his father promised to give him a bike if he scored 75 per cent in the Board exams. The day Gaurav received a bike by his loving father, he got ‘Dad’s Gift’ written on his bike’s number plate.
That was another way to thank his father and tell him that his presence was needed every time. He further said: “From school days till graduation, being a tennis champion I had my own identity in the city and I was famous too. That’s why I got ‘Gaurav’ also printed on number plate.”
Similarly, Praveer Chaurasia got ‘Ultimate’ printed. He said: “I always wanted to be perfect. And since my childhood I thought to get printed ‘Ultimate’ at the back of my bike which reflects my personality.”
Everyone reflects his or her personality by work. Right from the dressing sense, way of talking to the type of job he or she is into, all this conveys what a person is actually.
Similarly, people try to reflect their love for the family by these phrases. They want to show their feelings for the close ones. Ashutosh Mishra, an engineer, got ‘Mishra’s’ printed to show cordial relation and mutual understanding among family members. “Through this I want to tell that me and my family will always be together,” Ashutosh added.
However, Kamlesh, a sales executive, said: “I got printed ‘Vikalp’ which is my nephew’s name. “As I love my nephew so much and feel this makes my bike unique.”
It shows that every one wants to be in some way different from others.
Nowadays people do not feel shy and express their desires by displaying phrases like ‘Love me’, ‘Don’t touch me’, and ‘I’m yours’.
Saurabh Srivastava, a student painted red lips on the number plate. He said: “The reason behind it is to attract girls.”
Whereas Ajit Srivastava, a student, got printed ‘Catch me if you can’. “Basically I want to be a lovable person for every one,” Ajit added.
Navin, a businessman, expects love from everyone. This reflects from ‘LOVE ME’ printed on the number plate of his bike.
Advocate, Press, Defense or Doctor are also seen printed on the number plates. However, this probably is done more to avoid any hindrance and more often than not to boast of one’s profession than anything else.
People also show their belief in God by phrases like ‘OM’, ‘Jai Mata Di’ and ‘Om Namah Shivay’. Amit Verma got written ‘Jai Bajrang Bali’ on the number plate. He said: “I believe only in God. He is the only truth in the world and I always want to remember him so whenever I see my bike I automatically offer my respect towards God.”
First Published: Mar 12, 2006 00:45 IST