Changing with the times

One of my memories of childhood is travelling in that bulbous, rather cute looking car from the railway station to our maternal grandparents’ home about 60 kms away. On the way we got to see so many of the cars, both privately owned and public taxis. These taxis used to be packed with passengers. We used to wonder about the number of people sitting inside, but that was quite common. Those were called service taxis, each passenger had to pay the fare, just like in buses.

This was the Ambassador, which has been a part of our country since 1957. It is a very sturdy car extremely suitable for the roads in our country. It was designated the official car of the Government of India. But over the years we have been seeing less and less of the Ambassador. It has been pushed more and more into the background by lighter and faster cars, cars which have changed with the times.

The Ambassador has always been the same. We really do not understand why Hindusthan Motors, the producers of the Ambassador , never considered changing the model to suit advances in the car industry. There were very minor changes, which could hardly be called changes. In the last week of May, the company stopped production of the car because there were no takers. People who grew up with the Ambassador will be filled with nostalgia when they see the last cars on the roads.

I think all of us, not only cars, should accept changes and change with the times or we will go the Ambassador way.
“Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.”
Goethe

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By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.