DAD: What’s it about?
ME: New Bike... Suzuki Slingshot! It gives mileage about 70Km and check the price, its 46000 only.
DAD: But I already have a one right? Bajaj Platina and its good.
ME: Dad… Bike is for me.
DAD: Bike? For you? But why?
ME: I am finding it difficult to travel in bus.
DAD: Get a 600 rupee pass monthly. You can get in and out of any bus at any time.
ME: But all the buses are overcrowded. The drivers aren’t stopping too… Even if they do, I can find only my right foot in and my entire mass hangs like a bob in a pendulum.
DAD: You footboard in bus uh? That’s bad.
ME: Yes Dad.
DAD: I can understand. Why can’t you start earlier to your office then? Your office timing is 10-6.30, the reason why buses are crowded. So you start earlier and depart earlier. That would solve the problem.
ME: I wish you start your own IT Company. Your proposed idea is as good as suggested by Top-Level management Dad.
Few weeks later,
DAD: Hey check this.
DAD: Mahindra has launched new bike- Stallio. It looks great na?
ME: As if you are goanna get for me.
DAD: Now you started earning, I think you can get a bike.
ME: Wow. Dad… That’s awesome
DAD: But the model is left to my choice.
DAD: No… Honda...
ME: Unicorn… I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
DAD: Let me complete… Honda Activa
DAD: Yes... Active guys like you should drive Activa...
(mind-voice) I am bowled by your logic. You should have named me Stalin if I have to get Stallio.
ME: But why? See, Activa and Stallio cost the same.
DAD: Activa is gear-less and good for Chennai traffic
ME: But guys don’t drive it Dad.
DAD: Few of my colleagues sold their Splendor and got Activa and they don't regret for it
(mind-voice) I never knew your colleagues are in twenties.
ME: Activa don’t give you a bike feel dad. It’s similar to driving scooty pep, pleasure- more of girls’ kinda.
DAD: It will be difficult to shift gears in the bikes you have said. Two days back I witnessed a guy in Pulsar skidding badly and last week near Mount Road a guy in Hunk hit the back of another bike and they had a big scuffle.
(mind-voice) No Diva with Activa. How can I make him to understand?
ME: So what?
DAD: I don’t want you to be one among them.
ME: Dad, I will drive safely. I make sure I don’t over speed
DAD: But Activa is good for you. I will see how you drive in Activa, based on which I will think of getting you Unicorn or any other model you wish.
ME: You have so much of money?
DAD: No, I am planning to get a second-hand Activa for you. It will be less than 20K and
ME: After testing my driving skills, you will get a second-hand Unicorn, right?
ME: Amazing plan dad. For the cost of one bike, you are getting me two bikes. Let my PM take a cue from you for cost reduction and cost control techniques.
DAD: For my satisfaction, I get you Activa and for your satisfaction, I might get a Unicorn, note ‘might’ and not ‘will’
ME: So this is your final answer Dad?
DAD: Yes. So when can we go to get Activa?
ME: I don’t need bike dad
DAD: That’s a good decision, late realization though. And hey, don’t forget to renew your bus pass.
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