I was simply floored by that stunning beauty. What a shape and what colour! The sheen of her body was just blinding. The contours were so innovative that it would be well nigh impossible to copy them. But being a practical man, I just do not judge anything on the outward appearance alone. So I asked the floor manager to tell me more about the car. What he told me could be summarised thus. This model would have no competitors at least for another fifty years. It is totally computerised and all that is required of you is to sit in the seat, not necessarily the driver's seat, and give a few commands to the built-in computer. Just punch your destination, how soon you'd like to get there and what route to take. If there were any calls to make enroute or any shopping to do, key in such information as well. Thereafter you just relax in whatever manner you want to relax. The car would carry out your instructions to a nicety. The vehicle is fixed with an array of radars and sensors and would automatically come to a screeching halt even if an ant crossed the road. It is such a technical marvel that it is virtually impossible to get involved in an accident of even a minor nature. Is there a catch, I asked the Manager. None at all, he replied cheerfully. But I must tell you this, he added. The car, he cautioned, was so programmed that it's primary concern was the safety of passengers. So, he said, even if there was a little movement on the street, it would come to a dead stop. Then the car would have to remain in the garage forever, I retorted, or taken to Sahara! There was truth in what you said, he agreed, but quickly added that she was unbeatable on a road where there was no movement whatsoever. Thank you very much, I told him. I have no use for such techno-marvels and I am interested in something practical that'll keep me mobile even in crowded roads and alleys. I am reminded of this story when my highly knowledgeable friend Bala tells me that Afridi may bat like a man possessed, but when it comes to technical perfection he is no match for Sachin. He tells me that one sixer from Sachin is equal to ten of Afridi. To a layman like me, a technically perfect batsman, who can not score runs, is as bad as the technological marvel of a car I was talking about which can take you nowhere. Afridi and my rickety car may not be technically perfect but they serve the purpose. That's the proof of the pudding! A postscript! Dont ask me what is the name of this car! Yesterday an ILite had enquired in a thread what would be an ideal car to buy. This is the result of that query! In India, I have seen the days when only three brands were availabe and you had to book for one of them and wait for months for your car to be delivered. But today the market is flooded with new cars. You can just walk in, sign a few papers, swipe your card and drive away your car! The new car ads are so full of features the description of which mostly go over my head. Some even say that we can accelerate to 120kmph in 3 seconds without telling us where the hell we can do that. Most of the features are highly technical and can never be put to test by any layman!