16 August 2011

Freedom from Fuel Hikes

What can we do to be from fuel hikes? Here are a couple of things right off the top of my head.

Maybe it’s time to go back to our forefathers’ mode of transport: use horses instead of cars. But no, that won’t do. Horses were used only by the king & his men. So we the aam aadmi can try cows and donkeys. They are easy on our shrinking pockets – no refueling, no servicing & low maintenance.

Instead of ambulance, hospitals can utilize the services of the ubiquitous bullock cart. The bullocks will surely navigate through traffic better. All they have to do is poke the guy who doesn’t let them go through! They can assure patients of better & faster service. And all this with no fuel!

Our dear politicians can be given the work from home option. That is, if they finally, really, want to work. No force, no compulsions, please! Zabardasti nahin! And if they do agree to it, all those ‘lalbattis’ will be off the road. Utopia!

The racer boys can be requested to switch from drag races to cycle races. Instead of burning fuel, burn rubber!

And while we are at it, we can give it a shot & ask Dr. Vijay Mallya, who is busy with the upcoming Formula One racing, to invent a car that runs on beer. Nothing is impossible for our own Mr. Flamboyant.

72 comments:

  1. I am the first one to comment! :)

    You suggest we take donkeys as conveyance? I think people like me working in corporates are already donkeys.. (Those who agree, say 'aye')

    But I like the idea about working from home. Why just politicians then?? it should be applicable to lesser mortals like me too :D

    Great post! :) Keep it up!

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  2. :) I like your alternative. But I have one question. What about the maintenance headed created by cows, horses and donkeys excreting on public ways? :) I guess this also was a problem during olden times. But they didn't have as much population as now. Food for thought?

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  3. @meta: hehe yeah 1st one. actually this is my entry for the Fiat Contest on indiblogger. scribbled off things as they came to my head. just wanted to participate in a contest, any contest. :)

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  4. @Nona: definitely food for thought.

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  5. Our dear politicians can be given the work from home option!!??
    Hilarious.. :-D Good going Sujatha..! I would certainly vote for your post. Thoroughly enjoyed!

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  6. Hilarious ! Great options ! lol @ Nona's comment :)

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  7. Lets break things down,from my point of view.And this will be so much fun.If in Kuwait,My husband starts duty at 6:30am normally,this way.I will have to wake up at 4:30am.Gather the chara,hay or grass or whatever that they love to feed on and feed it.Since Im already up,I will make breakfast and wake him up.He will leave by 5:45..no earlier...they are more than 2000 employees,they will be a tanga jam.
    Imagine me doing grocery shopping,it will take me more than 4 hours to reach the market I usually shop from.
    Cycle is a wonderful option but imagine driving a cycle to work in 50 celsius heat.Most of them wont make it 40 minutes away from their residence.We neither can feed our cars enough electricity coz its way too expensive in this part of the world.People are already using CNG gas to run their cars besides diesel and what not.
    With animals ,grass and hay would be very expensive coz where one family owns 1 car,people would now own 4 horses.Every evening,we will clean our animals,clean the dung out,make dung cakes to cook food and heat water....
    Sujatha...What are we gonna do in the future? Ostrich...taming other animals....grow genetically huge dogs and cats,like the "Liger" and use them for quick transport.Obesity will be no more and we all will slim out just fine to 50kgs.

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  8. This post gave me a idea , I have a post of cartoons on FUEL prices will put that up ..

    I love all the options especially the last one BEER :) I am sure the car will have a merry DRIVE with a tank full of beer ...

    Bikram's

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  9. @Sahana: all smiles! will tell d raaz of this post on ur gmail :)

    @kavita: i know! the municipal workers are gonna be one angry lot :)

    @Suzy: LOL...the future looks funny!

    @Bikram: eager to catch ur post ;)

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  10. haha sujatha...great ideas! mind if we utilize some of them in our country too?;p

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  11. I hope PETA does not read this post. otherwise there will be one more protest....:-)

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  12. LOL...I guess working from home option for politicians is good and there will be less traffic jam...Cars running on beer, it's like a dream come true for many. Open the fuel tank during a long drive and CHEERS!!!:)

    Super post!!!

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  13. he he he.loved this post. n ideas are great... we must convey ur msg to vijay malya;)
    cheers!

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  14. Haha...hilarious...Best mode of transport...Bicycles...no undesirable byproduct :-),no fuel consumption, and small enough for Indian roads...
    Now, if only I knew how to ride one.. LOLZZZ...

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  15. hahaaa....get a copy write of ur ideas....P

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  16. @Mishi: ji huzoor :) most welcome
    (i wanted to use arabic to say "most welcome" but didnt know the word)

    @Suraj: oh my...hmm..PETA...time to edit the post!

    @Saru: haha ya :) cheers anytime, anywhere! phir toh in beer lovers koi roke toh sahi :)

    @Anuradha: Mallya can do anything - if he puts his mind to it :)

    @Anjali: cycle - know not to ride!?! hehe me too!

    @Irfan: what a compliment! :)

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  17. Haha...Good post Sujatha!
    Will vote for you..

    I do not think that 'Animal lovers or anti cruel society for animals (something or so..dint remember) will be willing for the bullock carts and other proposals...(jus kidding)

    Enjoyed post :)

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  18. LOL, Cycle I am all set ;) not just rubber I can try burn my fat as well :D

    But tell me what made you write such a post!!! Was your shopping cut short by your hubby stating fuel price hike as reason??? ;)

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  19. hahaha...i am thinking abt the bull cart with headlight, indicators,....
    nice post

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  20. Ha ha Ha:) Thats an awesome thought of yours Sujatha. As usual you've tried to get the message across the table in a superb way. Nona's worries to be definitely thought of.:)

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  21. Good one :) And last suggestion was the best, we'll have to convince him. It will be win-win for him 1) he will have his beer sold 2) he will reduce his expenses.

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  22. @Gowthami: i know. animal lovers ....oops...

    @Ramya: burn fat,not jus rubber LOL. Yavaglu nimdu yenadru "twist in thinking" idde irthadey Ramya :)

    naah...shopping wasnt cut (eheh). actually in indiblogger 3 contests r going on (Fiat, Samsung & Apple) & i desperately wanted to participate in any1, at least 1. Hence this hurried post

    @Jidhu: cart with headlights...ya fancy one

    @Ashwini: nam BBMP workers ge thaley novo thaley novu!!

    @Vjiay: i see some true blue KF lovers here :) (U & Bikram)

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  23. Oh god Contest!!!
    hmmm great ;) All the best, naminda yenadaru shaya bekidre ;) kelli

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  24. Awesome.
    Super liked.
    will promote it in indiblogger too :)

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  25. @Ramya: thanks, yenu beda ivrey. nimma preethi vishwasa ondu idrey saaku :)) ( i am kisiying my hallu here)

    @jassi: thank u! but indivine votes dont count Jassi :((
    Facebook likes do :)

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  26. hahaha I liked the options especially the donkey. Of course, I've cut down car travel and am taking Volvos more often.

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  27. @Rachna: hi Rachna can always count on u to be responsible - to society/to environment. Volvos r super comfy - music, AC, decent crowd, good seating. kaafi hai

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  28. Jao Sujatha, mere liye ek gadha leke aao :P Good lucks and I hope you win <3

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  29. I think the link that you added needs to be fixed, you should add the html code in HTML bit of the post...

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  30. @Chintan: haa surely! there r many in Malleshwaram (Blore)
    abt the link: is it? ok,thanks

    @Ramesh: cheers

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  31. Sujatha, here is a short tutorial on how to add a 'hyperlink' in this post.

    Go to 'Edit' this 'Post'. Select the full text to which you want to add a hyperlink. In the Compose Toolbar (just above the compose Post textarea), click on 'Link'. A popup window opens, paste the full link of the target page in the text box next to 'Web address' and push the 'OK' button. Finally, don't forget to hit the 'Update' button on the top of the page.

    Hope this helps :o)

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  32. @Prashanth: thumba thank you Prashanth.i will execute the tutorial shortly. helps - definitely

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  33. Superb! you explained alternatives of fuel extremely appreciated. Hope people understand fast and use your alternatives ASAP. So we can save current fuel options and tell our children that we were using this kind of fuel earlier.....

    "Hamare jamane me petrol, diesel se vehicle chalte the..."

    Nice one.

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  34. @Harshal: i was just thinking Harshal ki tum toh abhi counting days to ur wedding (110) n already thinking of ur msg to d children "hamare zamane mein"
    hahha just kidding :)

    thanks for stopping by

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  35. wow..nice pics these are..especially the donkey :)

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  36. @Israr: hehe ya 1 pretty donkey there :)

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  37. lol..nice article...lots of donkeys around in gurgaon...can use them for public transport since that is one thing we really lack here...great idea...

    check the link...not working for me...

    all the best for the contest...


    Cheers!
    SUB

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  38. he he...nice hilarious post...loved the beer idea....:) all the best for the contest...

    PS: do rectify the link ....

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  39. @SUB: thank u Sub.
    corrected the link

    @ZeroCool: another beer lover :)
    thanks. i've rectified the link

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  40. Those are some nice ideas...loved the post!

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  41. @Kalyan: thank u Kalyan , glad u found it nice

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  42. Mallya and F1, He burns me up.
    All the best.

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  43. m here from IndiBlogger. Amazing writeup I should say. Very crisp, clean and hilarious too.

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  44. Thanks for dropping down to my blog... It means a lot to me..
    BTW.. nice blog...
    Take care.. Keep writing and stay connected :)
    Happy Blogging..!!! :)

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  45. @vamsi: oh thanks a lot. that was sweet

    @Madhulika: my pleasure completely Cheers

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  46. I just loved the idea of using cows and donkeys. I think, they are just too much in our country...Lol

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  47. @Shaan: ya really too many...time for some resource utilization :)

    @A: interesting name - A! n thanks

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  48. Waiting for your next post!! Eagerly!!

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  49. This HAS to be the winning post...read a couple of them...nothing as interesting and creative :) :) All the best :)

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  50. @meta: aww...thats both sweet :) n an awful lot of pressure :( but thank u for d encouraging words.

    @Suku: ohh thanks a ton dear . now whether i win or not, i have ur comment to cheer me up :)

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  51. Instead of writing a serious post about saving fuel,switching to diesel blah blah ,you opted for the funny way. Thumbs up,good work..

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  52. Aww.. what a post.. I am smiling.. All the best for the contest.. Here is A Boon and My Life

    Someone is Special

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  53. @Jobin: thank u Jobin. yes that was the whole point - to keep it light n yet convey the message ;)

    @Someone: Thank u n wish u loads of luck too :)
    loved ur Samsung entry - awesome

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  54. Those were some cool ideas to save fuel. Enjoyed reading. Do check out my ideas to save fuel here Free from fuel hikes

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  55. @Fool: thank u. m glad u liked d post. sure will def check ur entry too

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  56. Nice work Sujatha. :) All your suggestions are really practical, I'm not sure about the donkey though ;) and the Bullock carts to be used as Ambulance, just poking people who don't give way, God, Hilarious.
    Good luck :)

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  57. @Ashwini: the bullock as ambulance & then poking ppl to make way is one of my personal favorites too :)

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  58. great.. hilarious alternatives..
    nice way to take a pot-shot at mr.mallya ;)

    they reproduce. that's the big trouble with the animals. what will we do when we have to give our "vehicles" the maternity leave ?? :)

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  59. @jigar: thank you.
    yeah i know. reproduction is a problem.
    maternity leave? LOL

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  60. hee hee hee GO GREEN ;) if only weather were pleasant in this part of country, i would have taken cycling for sure

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    1. ouch! how is that i missed your comment? seeing it only now :(
      sorry

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  61. I liked the donkey and bullock cart option...actually its really funny... wonderful Sujatha humour and sarcasm both in one time. You can write humourous post too, Lovely. From starting to finish I had smile on my face. Timing of this post is superb.
    Hope this post of your will heal the heart of the people who is affected by fuel price hike.
    Overall wonderful and lovely post:)
    Keep writing.

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  62. Ooops...It is written long time back, but it still matching the current situation and will keep matching in future also:)

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    1. yeah it was written for the Fiat diesel contest on indiblogger!

      thanks Mithlash, m so happy you liked it and

      ""you can write humorous posts too""" that sentence was like saying "bapre, tumhare posts kitne serious hote hain this was a good change" hahaha :0)

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  63. This post will never get old, it will be relevant forever! :D Some really nice suggestions Ma'm. Haha! Running a car on beer? That's a great idea, there will be no dearth of beer I am sure. :D

    Bangalore is the worst affected as we know. Cycling is a much better option. My Doc has also advised me to walk less and cycle more, so I'll have to ditch my bike anyway. :P

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    1. i had forgotten about his post altogether. Sukupedia tweeted it and then i remembered about it. look at the timing! most of the ideas are Sathya's :)) and of course, the beer one especially :D

      on a serious note, this hike is atrocious! i saw on TV that in Venezuela it is just Rs 0.71 per litre!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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