Just read this wonderful post about the old scooter by Sandhya and that just rekindled so many memories that I had .. well not forgotten but almost put in some corner of my mind.
It was the summer of 1999 and we finished college in May and I managed to sneak away and pass B.com in pass class, well its pass class in more decent language… in simpler terms its third class coz my percentage were below 50% !! After B.com life was sort of fun… no studies… no job for a while.. and those days were truly bliss !!!! You can read more about them here
After spending about 2 months after the results just bhatkofying and trying to get admission in MBA somewhere, where they would admit a guy with less than 50% on Merit and without Donation, two elder cousins of mine got hold of me and told me, that Mom needs a helping hand and its hightime I start sharing her responsibilities and forget about MBA or anything… that I can do it in correspondence but get a job right away and start earning.
I had passed my B.com with Marketing Management as my special subject and that was simply a mask as in S.Y. & T.Y we didnt have to do A/c’s if we took Marketing Management ! Numbers somehow gave me horrors so in second and third year of college I had only theory subjects !!!!! 😀 😀 😀 In my three years of college I attended 7 lectures !!!! yes 7 but most remarkably I never failed in my entire school life or college life nor did I ever get an ATKT. (ATKT = Allowed To Keep Term)
Eventually as I shakily thought of finding a job I realised I had no special skills and apart from communicating I didnt know anything else !!! 😛 😛 😛 So much for a graduate degree ! During College we used to do marketing for Computer classes and so that was something I had done… a friend told me to get into it… earlier in Baroda I had my cousin’s bike to do the job but here in Bharuch I had no scooter and cycle would have killed my ego in front of the girls.. !!
The most important tool for marketing was a two wheeler !!! No way could I ask Mom who was already stretching all nooks of hers in paying fees for me all my life and two younger bro’s too.. !!!
However we went to an interview my friend Vineet set up in Aptech. The boss assured a salary of Rs. 1400 and Rs. 600 as petrol allowance for the first month and promised that he would increase after watching for a month !!!! Even our peon who used to serve us tea in that office then had a salary of Rs. 1500/- but still I took the job… !!! the next job was to look for a scooter… !!!
Help came from a friend Tejas, he had his Narmada 150 scooter that we used to use in school. It had been parked in his house for 3 years as he was using a Vespa NV that was quite a draw for us young collegians. Tejas said I could have the scooter for Rs. 2500/-
The Narmada 150 scooter was made by GNFC that was a failed project and the new scooters had already stopped being produced from the factory, when I went to get the scooter it was punctured in both wheels and the chasis of the scooter was totally gone… what I and Tejas had thought was I would take it to a garage and get it repaired… however when we saw the punctured tyre’s we tried to open the nuts of the tyre.. but they were so rusted that they broke while we tried to open them… eventually we hired a tempo for Rs. 100 and put the scooter in the tempo and went off to the garage.
Tejas’ Mom was kind enough to lend the scooter free… I was to pay him from my salary once it started… !!! 🙂 🙂
The repair bill was Rs. 1700/- which I borrowed from Mom !! and so started my career on the Narmada 150 bought in Rs.2500/-
After the end of the first month my boss was kind enough to keep his promise and raised my salary straight to Rs. 3300/- with Rs. 700/- as petrol allowance… plus INCENTIVES !!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 The party of it was given in Bharuch’s Shalimar Theatre in Balcony Delux seats with tickets costing about Rs. 15/- per head !!! ( those days seem so so far now… !! ) The first months salary came with an incentive of Rs. 2000/- as well !!!!! I got rid of all the dues in one month and I was well and truly on my way to independence !!!
After the repairs were done it was fine but the scooter would not stop giving me sporadic troubles many times thanks to some or the other dirt element in the carburator (hope the spelling is right) by the end of the year I was an expert in scooter repair… !!!! I could myself open most parts and repair it !!!! 😛 😛 😛
Many a times it would run out of petrol and you would have to call from a P.C.O then !!! to a friend and tell him to come with a bottle of petrol !! Punctures were the worst as towing the scooter was really really hard… !!!
It was this scooter that I and Hetal would use to get away from our town, where everyone knew us, to loooong drives… just to be close to each other… !! Those days I was quite religious tooo and we would go to all sorts of mandir’s and what not !!!! Thanks to Narmada river we had plenty of spots to drive too… !!! Most of them would be picked on the basis of how lonely the road was !!!!!!!!! 😉
I used that scooter for over three years for my job… everytime I would have to go out with friends they would always tell me to leave it… it wasnt the flashiest thing to be used… !!
Over the three year period I eventually found my job in USV where in my salary crossed the 5 figure mark and I bought a Hero Honda after taking a loan on basis of our Gas Connection from Gujarat Gas !!!! 😀 😀
For about 5 years or so after I bought my first bike the scooter stood in our compound, I was intent on not selling it… but lying in the compound and bearing the rains it started rusting a lot and eventually one day I sold it .. !! It was in such a bad shape that it was sold in scrap on weight !!! I got Rs 750 from that weight of the scrap !!!!
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