On social-media, a friend, an Indian, now settled in UK commented “For Indians the mode of transport is a status symbol. When my uncle became a S/Lt from a rating, the first thing he did was replace push bike for a scooter. In U.K. I have seen Lord Chancellor Hailsham and Prime Minister David Cameron riding bike to the Parliament.”
Indians carry the very same attitude it to the North American shores too – all riding BMW/ Mercedes/ Audi. You will hardly find Indians driving any other brand – even if their salaries are meager.
One Sunday, at the Malayalam Syrian Orthodox Church in Canada, a man told me “Why are you driving on a Honda? You can easily afford a BMW!“
“I’m comfortable driving a Honda, Why invest so much in a BMW? The gasoline needed is the higher grade which is costlier and the cost of maintenance too is high,” I replied.
I was taken aback by his reply “If you want people to respect you in this church, then you must drive a BMW.“
Remember – Jesus went to the church riding a poor donkey!!! No one should have valued him then!!!!
I said “My ‘VETERAN’ license plate is much more valuable than your BMW. There is many BMWs in the parking lot. Show me another car with a Veteran plate.”