7 June 2017

Five years back…

Exactly five years back, on this day, at this time, I was sitting with my dad in his house in Durgapur and had a funny conversation which I had posted in my blog that day.

Here is the repost…

P.S. The best translation of the last line might be “It works. But you might have to slap and kick it a little at first”.

More P.S. Before he left Durgapur, he donated the scooter to the guy who used to tend to our garden. For all you know, this thing is still plying on the road of Durgapur…

Repost from Jun 7, 2012:
In an apt display of how the previous generations valued things (when money was tight), my dad has stuck with his first and only vehicle he ever bought. In 1977!!! The manufacturer does not exist any more!!! There is only one mechanic in town who is even willing to fix it.

The value of the scooter literally doubles every time he fills in petrol πŸ™‚ The ignition key, which comes out loose in all that rattle and ruckus during a ride is permanently chained to the scooter (see the photo carefully). Still, he refuses to give it up!!!

I actually took it out for a ride today. Before that, I asked him “Eta ekhono choley?” (does it still work?). He thought for a few moments and then reluctantly admitted “Choley. Kintu ektu maardhor korey chalatey hoy”. [i need some help from Bengali FB friends for the transliteration to do justice to his sense of humor]

Posted June 7, 2017 by Rajib Roy in category "Family in India


  1. By Sri Ganesh on

    I recall my dad giving away his old transistor to the building watchman when he moved to Mumbai from Chennai. Next visit to Chennai the watchman asked for replacement of the batteries. πŸ™‚

  2. By Jayanti Bhowmic on

    True. Previous generation had valued things . Preserving things they never ever learnt to dispose of things so easily….like mod.ern generation. You are too sensitive Rajib .

  3. By Indu Godura on

    This reminds me of our old fiat car,some 60 model.It became so trouble some that Ruchir gave us an ultimatum to leave by the roadside as it had no resale value.And you know what, somebody who wanted to claim car allowance happily bought it.


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