Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Car Drapes

Of all the quirks I come across in India, one that seems to have vanished with time is the phenomenon of putting up drapes in cars.

It's understandable, of course. As India gets motorized, they've been replaced by tints that come with the newer cars and which are much easier to maintain. Consider removing those tiny little things to dust off and occasionally launder. And having to replace them occasionally because the radiant sun scorches the color off everything.

But just the other day I saw an Ambassador burping along with the prettiest and most elaborate curtains I've seen in a car and I realized how much I miss cars with curtains.

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