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The True Cost of Petrol

The actual money spent on petrol is not just the amount/litre. It includes the following also. It is clear that an increase in the cost petrol has a manifold effect.

1. Time spent on the commute to and from the petrol pump.
2. Petrol spent on the commute to and from the petrol pump.
3. Time spent in the queue for petrol
4. Transaction charges paid to the credit card company
5. If you get into a fight while getting petrol you have to bear the emotional, physical and material damages
6. Money spent on the relieving the headache after going through all this
7. Even if you can afford to get the tank full every time it still means more number of trips to the petrol pump

The Mathematics of 1,76,000 Crores (US 38.72 billion)

Understanding big numbers is not easy. I am used to dealing with small amounts. I broke it into smaller numbers I could understand.

176 crore 1000 Rupee notes placed side by side would cover 3,11,520 km or cover the equator 7 times (based on the dimensions at the RBI site)

If you ran 10 km/day it would take you 85 years to cover that distance. A task clearly out of reach of our cricket team. They retire in their thirties.

The average distance from Earth to Moon is 3,81,554 km. A bridge construced of 176 crore notes of 1000 Rupee denomination would plunge you into the vacuum of space.

A Maruti 800 with an average of 16 km/litre would need 19,470 litres of petrol to travel this distance. Out of reach of the middle class.

A Formula 1 car with a speed of 300 km/hour would have to scramble for 43 days to cover that distance. The spectators would get weary for sure.

Product Recalls in 2011

I wonder if 2011 was the Year of Product Recalls.

I read about so many through the year. Is it because the manufacturers are more concerned or is it that companies are now more quality conscious or is it that the laws favour the consumers?
I wonder.

How do customers feel about the time spent on the replacement? Do they consider it a hassle or do they feel it is good the comapnies took care of them?
I wonder.

I remember the below recalls in 2011:

Replacement of iPod nano (1st gen) because the battery may overheat

Apple link

Toyota recalled 41000 units of Etios and Liva in India to replace a faulty filler hose pipe

Rediff link
Times of India link
Business Standard link

Tata Nano is replacing the starter motor free of cost for 140,000 units

USA Today link
Times of India link
Indian Express link

Dented-Painted Exhibition

I came across this article about an interesting exhibition, Dented-Painted, in the Hindustan Times

What: Dented Painted
On till: December 31
Time: 11am to 7pm
Where: The Aman Hotel, Lodhi Road
Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh on the Yellow line

If possible, I’d like to visit it. Curiously from the article it appears that OK TATA, the most popular truck graffiti in India and found on millions of trucks, doesn’t feature in the exhibition.

The Delegation

The delegation was to inspect the venues for the Commonwealth Games 2010 in Delhi. Heavy preparations were made to ensure the visit would be successful. Roads were closed for public use to ensure a speedy commute for the delegates. Policemen stood at the corners of major roads. Banners of the construction company sprung up overnight at the Games Village. An excavator stood outside the Games Village with its bucket flat on the ground as if prostrating before the delegation.

Newspapers were full of travel advisories. I read the news with apprehension. Would I ever reach office today? I decided to chance it. Traffic was lighter than usual. At 8 AM there was no sign of the delegates on the roads. Had they gone for their morning swim? The policemen stood by idly. Maybe they felt cheated too. They had been promised so much traffic to manage and people had stayed home.

There seems to be a thick  smog in the air ever since the delegation left. Is it because it has turned nippy or because the construction  work has picked up pace?

I wonder.

About OK TATA is the place where I write, ramble, upload photos and then change it all with a wave of my hand.

The views and opinions expressed here are personal.

My email: describes as ‘a blog of personal musings on random topics.’

‘OK TATA’ is written on the back of almost every truck of every make in India as a gesture of bidding farewell to the vehicles behind it.

OK TATA photos:


Other examples of Truck Graffiti in India:




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