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My first drive in the Tata Nano!

March 25, 2009

Trust me, the last time I felt the same sense of occasion before driving a car, it involved a screaming yellow Lamborghini. Today, the colour remained identical -- sunshine yellow -- and like the Lamborghini, the engine was mounted at the back, but there were more butterflies in my tummy as I cranked the Tata Nano to life.

You see, with the Lambo, you expect brutal power and performance. But with the Nano... well, I did not know what to expect. The anticipation, the endless lowdown from the rumour mills, the hushed conversations with contacts and a zillion questions from friends and relatives later, I was about to drive the Nano.

The two-cylinder 624cc engine hissed like a modern scooter before waking up and settling to an idle. The cable-linked gear lever helped me select first and presto, we had motion! Read on. . .

Text: Bijoy Kumar Y

Image: Tata Nano | Photograph: Sanjay Sawant

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