The truth be told, I like Coffee. But then the preferred choice of beverage in our madhouse is Tea. Now the tea is a very talented chap; comes in different colours, variants, strength and a horde of other specifications that I am obliged to read (and forget). Just like the manual on the smart TV that my wife made me purchase. It’s a Sony. Now, why Sony? 

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Well. It’s a Sony. 

Now, moving on. It was Saturday. I decided to spend my day judiciously doing nothing. While I was so busy doing nothing, something caught the corner of my eye. Interesting why it caught the corner of my eye; that’s because my Ninja trained reflexes were sharp enough to move my head 9.648 degrees. Just enough to avoid the newspaper that my wife flung at me. Nevertheless, my eyes were safe! For the moment!

That’s just about when my dog decided to chase the friendly neighbourhood spider scurrying away from the frightful gaze of my better half. Must have been the gaze, because the dog ran right past the spider and into the next room. Spider and Dog both safe! 

I cast a weak smile. Test drive anyone? I asked….

That’s when I realised that I had booked a test drive for our long awaited car upgrade. Our small car was Swiftly running out of space. I had gained 20 kilos since the last year…the family was 100 kilos heavier. Surprisingly, the three seater back seat could still comfortably seat two. Our family was expanding…2 inches a week! Damn! Time to cancel my Zomato Gold subscription. 

Missed call on my phone. From Uttarakhand….suspicious right? I figured that it might be the test drive vehicle’s over-friendly driver from Mysore. 

I quickly doubled up to put on my sneakers and sneaked past the sneaky gaze of my dog. There he was, with an ear to ear grin. Ramesh, from Mysore with an Uttarakhand number. This way sir, he prompted. 

I finally jumped into the big car with the family in tow. Ramesh was safely stowed away in the boot where he could offer me as little of the useless information. He still screamed ‘push-button start’ sir!!! I was so thankful for that gesture as I had meant to push the key into the USB drive to start the car. ‘Thank you’ I screamed back, asking him ‘which one is the accelerator”?

I couldn’t keep Ramesh quiet. So i quickly stuffed some cotton into my ear and asked him to rattle on…”Apple CarPlay Connected apps, Brake energy regeneration (Not available in W11(O) Automatic), six-way electronically adjustable driver seat, quilted leather, soft-touch leather on dashboard and door trims, glove box with laptop holder, side and curtain airbags…….electric sunroof with anti-pinch, telescopic steering, power-foldable ORVMs, 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog-lamps, reverse parking camera with dynamic assist, second-row reading lamps and mobile charging points”…….Fully loaded sir!

Loaded yes. So was my gun. Unfortunately, my licence had expired. 

I turned back to throw the key at Ramesh. But the key moment there was the smile on my daughter’s face, looking up through the sunroof. The relaxed look on my dad’s otherwise straight face (very few things in life get my dad to smile). And the best of all, a beaming, glowing, radiant and happy wife. The car had won hearts. 
I’m a coffee guy, but the family loves tea. And heck yes! This capable and talented chap also comes in different colours, variants, strength with a horde of other specifications. Say hello to our newest member in the family! The XUV500!