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i am volvo man Q&A Review

Why are Scania trucks more popular than Volvo, MAN, and others?

I think it depends where you live. In my country, ,Volvo, and, Scania, is the most popular brands for truckdrivers and hauling-companies and they are quite close to one another in sales. There is also a massive feud between, ,Scania and Volvo. It’s almost like a religion. Drivers swear to one brand and loves it almost unconditionally. Drives talk trash about the other brand and will argue with great passion over which brand/truck is better. I’ve driven both Volvo and Scania a fair amount of kilometres and I would say I have a preferance, but not one I am going to share in my post. Scania, boasts with their mighty V8 engine (top-spec: 730hp - 3500nm) and drivers who loves their driverfocused cabin. Volvo ,with their modern and clean looks. It even has a more powerful 6-cylinder engine (top spec: 750hp - 3550nm) Scania is perhaps more popular in some places, Volvo in others. Scania do have a niche product with the V8 engine and motto: King of the road. I truly feel Scania followers are more radical than Volvo ones. They shout higher, argue more franticly and buy a lot more merchandise. In the end, both Volvo and Scania produce great trucks. The trucks are very modern, more economical and more powerful than ever. And the competition is fierce between them, which only makes the end products so much better. Hope this helps.

I am 6ft 2inches tall man. I would like to know how long are the sleeper coaches in Volvo buses running in India?

Its Very Difficult to Sleep Comfortably in volvo Buses which used in India. It length is almost near above 6FT . In that 6 FT 9″Floating Basket(Carriage for shoes or small Bang) is there . Better Luck if you are willing to travel with Indian Volvo Coach.

What will happen if all non Kannadigas are sent back to their own state from Bengaluru?

I am a Kannadiga born and brought up in Bengaluru. I would never even think in my dream, such a scenario which you have asked. But since you asked it, and 2 dozen already tried to answer you, I will indulge you. Sending non-Kannadiga labourers, semi-skilled and unskilled workers is easy. For example, more than half of Namma Metro construction workers are from Bihar or surrounding areas. Hey, they already built a big part of our Metro train. What’s the use of them today? Let’s pack off all the painters, plumbers, pani puri hawkers, carpenters, ATM security guards, chefs, servers in restaurants, school bus drivers, cab drivers, packers and movers, furniture makers….. Let’s pack them off.. That’s easy. But what about those ,highly skilled ,and ,highly entrepreneurial ,individuals, who actually made Bengaluru, what it is today as a global brand? Let’s start with ,Azim Hashim Premji. ,He is the big boss of WIPRO which has over 1,60,000 employees in India. I don’t have the exact count, but I am guessing that at least 80,000 very high paying IT jobs are in Bengaluru, as a direct result of this man’s enterprise. Premji has been running ,Azim Premji University, that helps 100s of students and Azim Premji Foundation to which he has pledged 10s of 1000s of crore Rupees of his personal wealth as charity. He is among India’s most well known philanthropists. Still he has 1,26,800,00,00,000 Rupees left with him. Do you want him to take whatever out of that he has in Karnataka? :) {Image: Wiki} You decide - Should Premji walk out of Bengaluru with all these and much more that he has created for India in Bengaluru? What will happen to the direct and indirect jobs he has created in Karnataka state? Also I am not sure if he can move back to his birth place, which I think was Karachi, in the then Bombay Presidency of pre independence India. Let’s move on to ,Sachin Bansal ,and ,Binny Bansal,. These Chandigarh born young men have revolutionized India’s eCommerce sector. Flipkart founded in Bengaluru just 11 years ago, now has now 30,000 employees all around, with a big number of them in Karnataka itself. {Image: Successtory} You decide - Should Sachin and Binny should leave Bengaluru being “non Kannadigas”? Imagine the hit to city’s economy with a Rs.20,000,00,00,000 revenue company leaving! Let’s pick the next person to send out of Bengaluru. ,Rajesh Mehta, of Rajesh Exports. This Gujarati man born in Kolkata, has built a company that processes 35% of the gold in the world! As it is a jewellery company it does not employ 1000s like WIPRO, but has a stellar turnover of Rs.2,42,000,00,00,000 per year, enriching Bengaluru’s economy with great tax Rupees. {Image: Businessworld} Where should we send Rajesh back to? Kolkata or Gujarat? These are just 3 examples on top of my mind. I will need a few months to write about the “non Kannadigas” working and enriching Bengaluru’s economy over the decades. If I start listing the contributions of these *outsiders* to Oracle Corporation, Motorola, Texas Instruments, Samsung, Novell, Dell, Cognizant, Volvo, Deloitte, Accenture, Intel, SanDisk, Aricent, Symbol, IBM, Philips, NXP, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia Siemens, Samsung, Nvidia, Concentrix, Cerner, Cadence, Cisco, EMC Corporation, Nokia, National Instruments, Honeywell, ARM, Cummins, JP MorganChase, Google, VMware, E&Y, Hibu, NTT Data, Citrix, Juniper Networks, Symantec, Thomson Reuters, Genpact, Logica CMG, Business Objects, Freescale Semiconductor, Capgemini, Sony, i2 Technologies etc… it will run into a few books! And that’s just IT predominantly. Bengaluru has over a crore people and there are successful entrepreneurs and workers from manufacturing to pharma, bio tech to space tech, Aviation to Flower exports, Giant PSUs to one room startups.. No one ever asked where were you born, or what language you spoke, when they created jobs and wealth for the city. Yes, they are also having a great life in Bengaluru, but what they have created equally matters. It is not without a reason that ,JLL rated Bengaluru as the world’s most dynamic city, in 2017! Bengaluru has been built by people of all major language groups of India. If it is India’s third biggest city economy today, a big thanks should go out to all those who left their home states and enriched Karnataka state’s economy. Just last week I read that Karnataka-Goa circle is India’s third biggest tax collection circle now, after Mumbai and Dilli circles. That shows how rich the city of Bengaluru is becoming and how important it is for India’s growth. Right from my school days I have seen over a dozen languages in the city (when the city was less than 20 times the size of today’s Bengaluru). There are south, East, North East, North, Central and Western Indian people who have built this great city… and, some foreigners too… Why would anyone even think of “sending back” these *outsiders* just because they were not born in Kannada speaking families? Of course millions of Kannadigas have worked very hard to build this city, including yours truly. But let’s not forget the contribution of millions of non Kannadigas, which has made the city what it is in global scale today. Every major city in the world that has become prosperous, has always welcomed migrants. Migration has its own positives and negatives. But in case of Bengaluru, the positives overweight negatives by a huge margin. Let’s give credit where due, irrespective of where they were from. Cheers…

What does the brand of your car tell about you?

Okay, it's gonna be a bit long, let's get rolling; Alfa Romeo: I am a true car enthusiast. Aston Martin series: I am a rich, fat, middle aged man who loves James Bond a lot. But at least, I've got mentality of a 12 Y/O. Ariel Atom: F*** doors, windscreen, backseat, cargo space. I wanna have fun. Audi: *In James May's voice* “Cocks are now driving Audi's” Bentley: Celebrity car. BMW 3 M: I'm a CEO of a successful corporation and my back doesn't hurt. And I removed my turn signals. BMW 5 M: I have great taste of cars. And I removed my turn signals. Bugatti: Fast Rolls Royce. Cadillac: I am an American who eats burger, the size of a school bus. And my back hurts. Caterham: F*** doors, windscreens, backseats and cargo space. I wanna have fun. Chevy pickup: Take me home, country road and f*** Ford and Dodge. Citroen: Nope, where is the hemlock? Well, at least it would be a cute way to die! Corvette: I am a crazy petrolhead. And I am a skinny American middle aged man who loves to sexually disappoint young girls. Camaro: Visibility from inside is awfully rubbish but it sounds like USA! Dodge Ram: Take me home, country road and f*** Ford and Chevy. Dodge Challenger: I am a fanboy, I don't have driving licence. Dodge Charger: Butchering a timeless classic is fun! Ferrari: I am a rich middle aged businessman who loves to cheat on his wife for a teenager. Ford Mustang: Yes, open diff and leaf spring suspension FTW. Ford GT (New): Butchering a timeless classic is fun. Ford Pickup: Sweet home Alabama. Hey Sister, get in! Ford Hatchback: Welcome, middle class college students. Gumpert: I may look like a genital injury of Thanos but when I go, everything shakes like an earthquake. Golf (VW): I've got the most complete car, in the world. Honda Accord: I am an old man… Honda Civic: Ricer's paradise. Type R: James May! Hummer: Global warming is a hoax. Jaguar: I drive a Jaguar, my browser's homepage is BBC and I support Tory. But I live in Orange county, CA. Jeep: slightly worse and more embarrassing than Hummer. KIA: Welcome, broke college students. Lamborghini: I am a spoilt brat of a rich businessman and I have no idea about cars. Land Rover: British Hummer. But way too sophisticated and beautiful. Lada: Vodka, Hardbass and Adidas. Lancia: We were great in rally. I am now a old breed of motor enthusiast. Lexus: I am a rich banker who loves to play golf. Maserati: *In thick Italian accent* I love good spaghetti. Mazda Miata: Girly car for blokes. Mazda RX7: Wanky Wankel. Mercedes Benz: Rich man's BMW. McLaren: Supercars cannot be comfortable? Here, hold my beer. Mitsubishi: Rally FTW. Maruti: What? Mini: Keeps getting bigger. Morgan: Yes, I still live in 1920’s and I'm cross eyed. Nissan (Not the Skyline and GTR): Meh! Hey, let's go and eat. Nissan Skyline: Have Lamborghini to eat? Nissan GTR: Seriously, launch control actually hurts your shoulder. Opel: Oliver! *In Richard Hammond* Pagani: Perfect for pin-up in your bedroom, still. Peugeot: Nope! Where is the hemlock? Porsche 911: I am a hardcore driver who doesn't care about rubbish gear shifter and the fact is, it looks exactly the same for 47 years. Porsche Panamera: I need a pair of glasses to see how awful it looks. Porsche Cayenne: Fast Range Rover. Porsche Boxter: Cockstar. Range Rover: I am an upper middle class mom who drops of kids to school by driving through swamps and bogs. Renault: Stays in servicing center for repairing more than on roads. Rolls Royce: I don't like to talk to peasants like you. SSC Tuatara and Ultimate Aero: Looks beautiful, featured in gangster rap videos. Spyker: My car looks like an expensive jewelry shop. Smart: Try driving it in Autobahn and see how bad it is. Tata: Do you need some tech support? Tatra: Underrated Nazi Killer. Tesla: Ugly, hideous, expensive, overengineered toy. Toyota Camry: Your mum gave it to you. Toyota Corolla: Your grandma gave it to you. Toyota Tundra: Better than Ford, Chevy and Dodge. Toyota Prius: No, not everything is racist, sexist or homophobic. And stop driving in the fast lane in 30mph. Volvo XC90: Reliable, safe Land Rover for high educated moms. Volvo S60: Safe M5. Zenvo: Fire! Bonus: Scania R360–540: Carry on, lads. Your services gave us an easy life. Scania R730: You know you are doing something right when your trucking company gives you the most premium truck Now, some non car transport: Bus: I'm too old or I live in city, working for McDonald's. Train: Have a great romantic journey. If you are gonna be offended, please do. I couldn't be bothered less. Edit: Spelling errors. Edit2: Added, Tesla. Edit3: Added Morgan, Mazda and Pagani.

What are some memorable Sushant Singh Rajput moments?

Childhood moments and rare pictures of Sushant Singh Rajput. Sushant Singh Rajput’s birthday party in the ’90s. The late actor striking a pose with his friends in a studio. Sushant Singh Rajput as a toddler. Can you spot the actor in this class photo? School days. The actor during his college days with his friends. Sushant with his father. Sushant Singh Rajput's memorable moments with celebrities,. Sushant Singh Rajput Favourite Moments On Screen from his brief but memorable body of work. The bus scene from ,Shuddh Desi Romance Raghu (Sushant) and Gayatri (Parineeti Chopra) ,are in a stuffy Volvo bus on the way to a wedding where they are hired baaratis. It doesn’t take long for Raghu to start making moves on Gayatri and he’s terrible at it. He starts by talking about having second thoughts about his own engagement and then suddenly suggests that he and Gayatri would make great partners some day. When she says ‘Chance toh nahi maar rahe?,’ Translation, - Are you trying to impress me?? he argues that a man with a lame name like Raghuram Sitaram can never have ill intentions. ‘Mujhpe nahi toh naam pe toh bharosa karo?’ Translation, - If, ,nit me atleast trust the lameness of my name?? He pleads. The innocence and slight diffidence with which Sushant delivers the line made me laugh out loud. The introduction scene from ,Detective Byomkesh Bakshy The introduction of the hero is as non-heroic as it gets., The first mention of Byomkesh comes only about ,five minutes into the movie, ,with a character saying, “Muh kholta hai toh man karta hai muh tod du.” Translation, - When he opens his mouth i feel like punching him on the face We see him out of frame, his face obscured by the hanging bulb, close-ups of his hands at the carrom table. None of what we need to know about the character comes from how he looks, it’s in his simultaneously ,incisive yet disinterested answers. ,There’s no bluster there, just quiet confidence. When he analytically rattles off four situations a character’s missing father could’ve landed himself in, the earlier line transforms into a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy – he gets punched. The opening stretch of ,MS Dhoni: The Untold Story,. Not a big scene per se, but it’s a critical moment ,for the audience’s suspension of disbelief of buying Sushant Singh Rajput as Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the next 3 hours. And something is right about it, about the ,body language, about the way he moves within the dressing room, ,has that quick exchange with Gary Kirsten. At first we don’t see his face, just a view from the back of him watching the match on the television set. The hero’s entry shot. Dhoni is ,thinking,, getting ideas, of reshuffling the batting line-up and taking a daring call: he will go out to bat when the ,next wicket falls instead of Yuvraj, ,who’s already got his pads on. And then he sets into motion, calm yet fidgety, raring to go, responding to the call of duty. Rajput walks down the hallowed steps of the dressing room onto the field as chants of ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’ fill the atmosphere, and we believe in him. Game on. Qaafirana from ,Kedarnath ‘Qaafirana’ from ,Kedarnath, (2018) is love in motion. ,It starts off with Mansoor Khan’s (the late Sushant Singh Rajput) indifference towards Mandakini (Sara Ali Khan), one that stems from fear of loving an upper-caste Hindu woman, and morphs into beauty- she perfuming herself for him, and him decorating his horse for her- and shared warmth, literally, the splitting the warm chai in the cold evenings of Uttarakhand. In the last moments of the song, when the love is culminating, he looks away as he sips the chai from the glass she sipped seconds ago. He is shy, he is happy, but he must not show either. He looks away, blushes, looks down, composes himself, and becomes steely. ,It’s all so effortless and charming, like love, and Sushant Singh Rajput himself. Making a child smile in, Sonchiriya There were more dramatic scenes in Sushant Singh Rajput’s film career, but a quiet moment during the ,existential chaos of Abhishek Chaubey’s ,Sonchiriya, has stayed with me., The “good” dacoits, led by Lakhna (Sushant), are on the run with a woman (Bhumi Pednekar) and a sick little girl. Late at night, Lakhna notices that the girl can’t sleep. He drops his gruff ,baghi, avatar for a minute, and to amuse her, shows her a ,terrible magic trick with his hands. ,We see Sushant from her point-of-view: The camera tilts a bit, his head tilts with it. The context: ,Lakhna is still haunted by his children-killing accident. During this trick, he manages to be both playful and haunted: we can sense that her presence is hurting him, but this act is his salvation. A look at Sushant and Rhea's memorable moments,. Photo Credit : Viral Bhayani Spotted together When Sushant and Rhea were papped together in the city. Photo Credit : Viral Bhayani A priceless candid moment This pic will leave you in tears. Photo Credit : Viral Bhayani Vacation memories Rhea posted some of their most endearing snaps on the actor's birthday this year. Photo Credit : Instagram Here's what she had to say "Happy birthday to the most beautiful supermassive black hole that is known to mankind! Shine on you crazy diamond." ,she wrote. Photo Credit : Instagram The actor will be missed Sushant was an artist par excellence and he will surely be deeply missed by all! Photo Credit : Instagram Throwback moments These moments are meant to be remembered and cherished forever. Photo Credit : Viral Bhayani Goofy selfies When the rumoured couple took a vacation with friends and clicked a picture under the waterfalls. Photo Credit : Instagram Ultimate Memory of Sushant Singh Rajput Actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s school in Patna has paid tribute to the actor with a poem titled ,Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep, attributed to Mary Elizabeth Frye. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die. Hope this helps😊

The Universe: Can anyone share something that has happened to them that they can't explain?

I am skeptical of paranormal claims and have had no weird experiences of my own that I can recall. However, both of my wives have demonstrated perception that I cannot explain scientifically. One day, my first wife and I entered our house with groceries we had bought, and she suddenly said. "That's my parents." I had no idea what she was talking about and had time to say so. Then the phone rang, and it was her parents. That they would call was not at all remarkable, but for her to react before the phone rang...well, they didn't call THAT often. She always insisted that the phone had rung before she spoke up. Perhaps there was a soft preliminary switching sound that she heard and I didn't, but I was genuinely amazed. I am certain there was no actual ring until after she announced that it was her parents. For the next incident, I can find no such ambiguity. We had just parked at a large store. As I emerged from our Toyota, I noticed that a lady parked next to us in a Volvo was frantically trying to break into her own car. She had locked her keys inside with her toddler. He had managed to get his foot caught between the seats and was screaming. The whole scene was stressful, to say the least. I have no training or skills at picking locks, but I was looking around desperately for a person who might be able to help or at least supply a coat hanger or other tool. My wife was still sitting in the passenger seat of our car, which was the same side as the Volvo was parked on. She poked her head out the window and calmly told me, "Try your car keys." I was flabbergasted. "What are you talking about? These cars don't even come from the same country," I retorted. (At the time, in the 1970s, cars pretty much still came from the homeland of the corporate headquarters.) "Try your keys," she repeated, calmly but forcefully. So I did. By now you've already guessed that, after a brief resistance, my key opened the Volvo's driver-side door. Child rescued, damsel no longer in distress, etc., etc. My wife had no idea how she came up with this solution. It just seemed like something to try to her. But I was and remain massively amazed. I've since learned that there are only a certain number of car-key patterns randomly distributed. I've heard a radio report on a man who came out of a bar and drove off in the wrong car, same make and model as his, same color, same key pattern. So the mathematics for what happened are built into the design and component-procurement patterns of the auto industry. Nevertheless, what were the odds? There are thousands of patterns. What were the odds that my Toyota key -- fitting her Volvo door -- would arrive at that store, in a parking space right next to hers, on precisely the date, hour and minute when she most desperately needed help? Moreover, how in the world did my wife -- who had no special knowledge of cars, let alone key patterns -- come up with such an off-the-wall idea at just that time? I remain astounded, decades later. On a sadder note, my second wife brought several elderly cats when she moved into my house, and over the first few years, nature took its course and they all died but one. One night the surviving cat, Shakespeare, suffered some seemingly minor illness, and we took him to a veterinary hospital. The doctor diagnosed a curable ailment and decided to keep him overnight. The next morning my wife woke up trembling and weeping. "I had an awful dream," she said. "I dreamed Shakespeare died." I tried to comfort her by reminding her that the vet had found no serious illness. Nevertheless, within just a few minutes, the phone rang. My wife answered it and burst into tears again. Her dream had been prophetic after all. Shakespeare had died in the night. I remain a skeptic about the paranormal. I want cold-eyed physicists to find mechanisms for such incidents before I abandon skepticism. And yet.... I have no scientific explanation for these events, except possibly the first one. Perhaps it is all coincidence. Coincidences ,do, happen. But perhaps I should reserve a little of my skepticism for skepticism itself.

Do you believe Narendra Modi when he said that every Indian feels ashamed to be born in India before 2014?

What exactly is SHAME? A Person may be ,Frustrated, Disappointed and Angry with his country. ,However for a Person to be Ashamed of his Country takes a whole new level. I was born in 1957. Unlike many 14,15,16 Year olds who are fully aware of their political climate, until i was 24–25 - I did not care much about anything including the Emergency. I was angry about other things like ,Reservation, Police Brutality, Standing for hours in Queue to get Admission for your kid for Basic 1st Standard in a Decent School, 3 Weeks to Clear a Local Cheque, Being Ripped off by Manufacturers etc. I was disappointed by many things - ,Disappointed with Indias Apparent Poverty, Indias Status when it comes to Visas, How Indians are treated overseas I was angry and am angry at many things - ,Reservation, Corruption, Casteism, Unfair Taxes, Demonetization and other Bungling by BJP Govt HOWEVER I HAVE NEVER BEEN ASHAMED OF ANYTHING BEFORE 2016 or 2017. I always said - ,So we are Poor as a Nation? Admit it. Why should i be ashamed? I always said - ,So we are corrupt? So are others. Why should i be ashamed? Part and Parcel of Life. I always said - ,So we give everything to Reserved Castes? Very Bad for the country and I am angry but why should i be ashamed? What exactly have i done here. I always said - ,So our Manufacturers make Inferior Stuff? Bad for them but who cares? We have our Oppo and Vivo and Rs. 100/- Gorilla Glass from China. I HAVE BEEN ASHAMED AFTER 2017 - Because of LIES. FALSEHOODS AND PROMOTING OF MEDIOCRITY AS GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS. ,All these happened in small numbers - like Leander Paes and his Bronze Medal but only in selected fields like Sports or Movies. Why have I been ashamed? (a) I have been Ashamed at the Lies told to Cheat the Indian Public by the Media and the Press - ,Reputed People like Anand Mahindra - whose words are taken as gold - LYING and claiming to make a Ventilator for Rs. 7500/- (Even assuming he was off by a Zero - 75000/- would be a good price) by May and coolly manufacturing a piece of thrash and calling off his commitment. ,Lies. Press - reporting on Miracles by Indians - Antigen Kits by a Pregnant Lady, Miracle Test Kits by IIT Delhi, Miracle Anti Infection Clothes, Miracle 999/- PPE Equipment, Miracle Lunch Boxes, Miracle Rs. 45/- Masks. ,All Lies and Deceit. I AM ASHAMED. (b) I am Ashamed at the Fact that we cannot face the truth - ,Sivan claiming Chandrayaan 2 was a 98% success. I would have loved it if he had admitted “We Failed but We will try again” like the NASA Mars Failure Guy. Instead Newspapers began hailing Sivan and saying - ,“ISRO achieves 98% success in Chandrayaan 2 under Sivans Guidance” (This is an actual Headline) ,reading which Nobody will believe this mission was a failure. ,No Stones to admit failure - I AM ASHAMED (c) I am Ashamed at Promoting Mediocrity - ,Invento and Mitra. I went to one of his Expos at Pallavaram. A Friendly Client told me about a Miracle Robot which would put India on the top. ,The amount of hype and the amount of excitement and build up - and when i saw the Robot - it was POOF! - It was like Expecting to see Thalapathy Vijay and ending up seeing Thalaivasal Vijay. ,I had seen a better Robot at Birla Museum in Kolkata. ,These youngsters - of Invento - talking about the Future- almost as if they were developing Terminator Technology. ,One Nutcase actually asked “Sir! Do you think India will become the Home of Robotics?” and one of the guys from Invento - actually said “Yes. We have the best Infrastructure for Developing and Deploying Robots and we have a population of 150 Crores”. Then i saw Mitra rolling towards Modi and Modi proudly introducing Mitra to Ivanka Trump and i could see her surprise and control as she must have thought ,“This is a Cutting Edge Robot???”. ,An Arrogant American working in a Robotics Company tweeted “Thrashcan on Wheels” and I felt ashamed. ,Its like a Kid boasting about his Dads Maruti 800 Second Hand Car when all his friends fathers have Toyotas and Lexus and Volvo 2.5 Litre Cars. Not Just Invento, so many other products - we think as Cutting edge are highly Mediocre and the World knows it and laughs at us. ,I AM ASHAMED My son visited this Robot Above called Walker at an Expo and send me the Links. This Robot can open cans, pat you on the back, lift objects heavier than 50 Kilos (It lifted a Ladys Gold Setter dog (Or some Gold breed…i am not sure) - carefully). Yet ,Obama or Trump ,did not hail the Robot or NY Times did not publish an Article hailing it as the Worlds best. In comparison - Just look at the Invento Robot - Looks like a Plastic TV Stand with a Television. ,Yet ,Headlines in every major newspaper and channel, PM Modi introducing it - ,Patriotism is fine but our Boasting about Mediocrity is shameful. (d) I am Ashamed at our Supreme Court - ,Lawyers think of the SC as their temple and the Associate Justices and CJI as our Gods. The SC Verdicts are Vedas to us. ,Yet when the SC ordered Subrata Roy to be jailed for 2 1/2 years FOR NO REASON, made a Judgment claiming “Medical Evidence is not required and Word of a Woman is sufficient” for establishing rape, Made bizzare judgments for Sabarimala, Jallikattu, Bangalore elections - Interfering in everything The SC has become a Katta Panchayat completely - ruling on everything be it Legislative or Judicial or Executive. I WAS AND AM ASHAMED. ,Ashamed that this was a Body i once thought as my Temple PS:- Justices Misra and Sikri are the exceptions (e) I am Ashamed of our Treatment of Christan Michel, Chanda Kocchar and Vijay Mallya - ,Innocent until Proven guilty - was our Old Motto. Now it is different - It is Guilty until Proven innocent and only Media can pronounce your Innocence. People who put Indian Finance on the Map like Chanda Kochchar or People who failed once in their life like Vijay Mallya - hounded and called “Thieves” and “Cheats” and pursued by a Insane Media. I am Ashamed of how we treated Christian Michel - denying the man Bail, starving him, giving him diseases like Hepatitis A. ,I AM ASHAMED (f) I am Ashamed or Our Media - ,Once we had Responsible Media (Forget Barkha Dutt…she was the exception) and Good Reporting. Solid Steady and Stable reporting. All that is gone. ,Lies dominate today. ,A Consideration by a US Company becomes ,a $ 1 Billion investment in language ,that makes anyone feel the money is coming tomorrow. Blatant Propaganda by Arnab Goswami and Rajdeep Sardesai - each promoting party politics without an ounce of shame. Arnab Defending moves like Demo which have crippled the Nation or Rajdeep happily talking of Chinese Taking all our Lands (Not Buffer Zone) just to cock a snook at Modi. Every Suicide turns into a Criminal Scandal, Every Encounter becomes Heroism or Villainy (Hyderabad Murderers killed 4 Accused of Rape and Murder that was Hailed as Heroism - but A Guy who murdered 8 Cops was killed and it becomes a Shrouded Mystery), A Poor Depressed Actor commits Suicide and there has to be a CBI investigaton GLOBALTIMES CHINA - A COMMUNIST MOUTHPIECE literally ,has sober articles and follows Global Standards while Zee News and Republic - Blatantly Parrot Propaganda. ,Modis Victory against COVID 19 ,(When you have 8.5 Lakh Cases and climbing daily), ,Modis Uniting the World against China, A Porn Star called Mia Khalifaa or something gets a Nose Job, Akshay Kumar takes his son to school - ,these are Trending Items I AM ASHAMED . And everything happened post 2017 - ,When Beloved Modiji was PM of India. ,It may or may not be his fault - but all these are happening when Modiji is our Leader. So I feel proud to be born before 2014 and i was never ashamed of anything non personal before 2014. It is only 2014 that i have started feeling Ashamed of things in my country. P.S:- Many of you may ask why I keep writing about Invento Robotics in all my answers. It is because ,when you have high expectations and you end up disappointed - it really makes you sad and also angry. ,These guys are good guys - but somehow they never seem to realize that the World has far better robots and they never strive to achieve excellence. AN Acquaintance of mine - Srinivasa Rangan is a Professor (Or Was a Professor) in the College where these guys graduated from. He is related to a friend of mine and he advised this friend to visit and see Inventos Robots. That is why i went. I genuinely wanted to see an Indian Robot upfront and I was bitterly disappointed, so was my friend (He literally told me - “Bommai Maadiri Irukku” - It looks like a Toy) Yet when i talked to a Bearded Youngster - he told me “Sir in 3 years - we will revolutionize Robotics in India. You will see. We are the only Startup with a Leading technological edge in South East Asia” (He coolly forgot about South Korea) and the next day - i see an article called “Robots are the Future : INvento huge success in Chennai” or something like that.

What screams "I'm upper class"?

A few years ago when I managed a shooting centre I checked the diary and noted that I had a couple of people booked in at 10:00 for some clay shooting tuition. No problem, they had booked 2 hours so I threw a couple of boxes of clays and a few hundred shells in the back of the Land Rover and waited for my clients. About 10 to ten a beat up old Volvo estate pulled up outside the clubhouse and a man in his fifties and a boy of about 15 got out and came indoors. The man took his Hunter wellies off at the door and I noticed that his socks were full of holes. They completed all the necessary paperwork and I established that they just wanted a bit of tuition before the game shooting season started and they wanted to use their own guns. I asked them to bring them in so I could do a quick safety check before we ‘went live’. He walked out to the car in his holey socks and brought in 3 old but quality gunslips. Having put all the guns on the counter I realised that there was a Holland & Holland, a Purdey and a Rigby. That’s like 2 Rolls Royces and a Bentley. All good so off we went, they each put about 200 bangs down range, hitting about 50/50. The old boys gun handling was a bit iffy to start with but otherwise no problem. We headed back to the clubhouse and put the kettle on while I worked out the bill. He produced a cheque from his pocket and said ‘I’m afraid I’ve only got one my wife’s cheques’. I was about to say something when I saw that the cheque had been presigned and was drawn on Coutts Bank, at the time the Queens bankers. You don’t ask for a card with a Coutts cheque, if you can afford an account with them they will honour anything. As I was making sure the cheque was completed OK I noticed the account holders name, ‘The Viscountess XXXXX of YYYYY, Household Account’. The Viscount was of course my client and the young lad his heir. Scruffy car, holey socks, Coutts bank, quality guns, modest behaviour, now that guy was real Upper Class without a doubt. I checked him out on Wiki a few years later and discovered that not only was he a hereditary Viscount he was also a retired Lord Justice of Appeal, a High Court judge. That’s what you call class, sadly no longer with us, but that 15 year old lad is now a Viscount.

How do undocumented immigrants get away with working in the USA?

I am going to piss a considerable amount of people off with my comment. I guess I should get ready for the hate mail from my conservative friends. I am a conservative by the way, but I am just answering a question. I will preface this by saying I believe in “the wall” and closing borders. But 20 years ago, was a different time. Everyone hired illegals at the time, so I am not ashamed of my actions. After grad school I fell into managing restaurants because the money was great. I opened a new Italian restaurant in 2000 and staffing was difficult. Minimum wage was $6 / hr. I was making $18 / hr. as a general manager, my assistant was making $16 / hr. and my third asst. manager was making $15 / hr. We couldn’t staff the kitchen so we started hiring anybody. I think I had a dozen Hispanics using the same ID. I still do not understand how they cashed their checks. We made our pizzas in a wood oven that required quite a bit of maintenance. The person would come in and clean the oven, cut wood, stack the wood, and served as a bus-boy through lunch. We also had a maintenance worker who came in to mop the floors, clean the bathrooms, wash the windows, and also serve as a bus-boy during our lunch hours. Finally, I had my dishwasher named Eusevio; he had I wife back in Mexico and seven daughters he was putting through private school. He worked from AM until 2 PM with me and walked down to Walmart 2 miles away to work the 3 PM to 11 PM shift. He had previously (in Mexico) wrestled alligators for tourist to make a living) so he was in good shape and a very hard worker. Several week after we opened the guy who cut the wood quit and we couldn’t fill the job. I asked my two assistants to step up and chop the wood (which I was doing as well) and they both told me “no.” One morning when I was chopping wood for the day, Eusavio showed up early, and took the ax from my hand, indicating that he had “this” job and for me to get back to managing. I let him. After a week of him doing both jobs, I doubled his salary to $12. A few weeks later the guy who did all the cleaning maintenance quit and we couldn’t fill the position. I asked my assistant managers to step up, come in early, (like I was doing), and mop the floors and clean the bathrooms. They refused. One day, prior to opening, I was mopping the floors and Eusevio showed up even earlier than before, took the mop from my hand and motioned for me to go handle more important things. I did. And I added another $6 dollars to his hourly wage. He was now making exactly what I was per hour ($18), and two and three dollars more per hour than my assistant managers. My two assistant managers soon stumbled upon payroll and were mortified that the dishwasher was making more than them. They suggested that we demote Eusavio back down to $6 per hour and take the additional $12 per hour and split it up among the three of us; I would have none of that. I told them that Eusavio was doing three minimum wage jobs and the fact that both of them refused to mop floors, clean toilets, chop wood, clean the oven, bus tables or do dishes, then they didn’t deserve a raise. They threatened to quit on me as managers and tried to blackmail me. I told them, if they did that, then I would have to teach Eusevio English and train him how to do both of their jobs. I added it up and said, “he is currently making $18 an hour; if you add both of your wages into it he will be making $47 an hour. Do you really want to see that?” They didn’t quit, but they were pissed. They notified the regional office to let them know what was going on. My regional manager was appalled that I was paying my dishwasher $18 an hour and threatened to fire me. I told him that he wouldn’t have to fire me and that I would quit if he changed Eusevio’s wage. I told him he was doing three jobs and deserved to get paid for them fairly. He didn’t fire me and they (Corporate) let Eusevio keep his job at the wage I had given him. I was never able to communicate with Eusavio and he was never able to communicate with me because neither one of us spoke the same language. Still, that didn’t keep us from hanging out, having a few beers, and watching football games sitting at the bar on the weekends. I’d buy him a round and he would buy me a round. We communicated through “cave-man” speech, with many facial and hand gestures. But I would rather hang out with him than any of my other co-workers, because he always had my back while many of the others didn’t. I had to move on to a new job at one point and that same week I had bought a car and was getting ready to sell my old Volvo station wagon. Eusevio showed up late to work one day and told me that his pickup had been stolen the night before. The next day, I handed over the title to the Volvo along with the keys. He hugged me for a very long time, with a tear in his eye he wished me well in my new job, but I had no idea what he was saying. I still miss the guy 20 years later and wonder how his seven girls he was working so hard for turned out.

What would happen if you tell a police officer "Just give me the ticket already, I have places to go!" when they pull you over?

Several years ago, while my money was tied up during divorce proceedings, I needed to run to the bank before midnight to keep from bouncing a check. For decades, I always made sure that I had plenty of money in my account to never bounce a check. Huge attorney fees, new single parenthood, and an exacerbation of an expensive, chronic and life threatening health condition, caused my money to fly away like never before. To top it off, my car broke down, so I had to borrow my son’s 15-year-old Volvo. It was about 11:30 at night. I hadn’t noticed that my bank balance was as low as it was until after I put on my pajamas, just before bed. The bank was only about eight blocks away, and it had a drive-through ATM. I decided to just go there in my jammies. I always kept a little bit of emergency cash on hand, so I grabbed some, and drove away. Two blocks from the bank, I saw sirens behind me. Apparently, my son had a tail light out. Bummer! I handed the officer my license and registration, and he went back to check whatever it is that they check. When he came back to the car, he told me that he was writing me a ticket for a broken tail light. It was now six minutes to midnight. The money ,had ,to be deposited by midnight. So I showed him my 100 dollars in cash, and with misty, nearly tearful eyes (I wasn’t faking, as I could not afford a 35 dollar overdraft fee), I asked if he would mind letting me deposit the money, then write the ticket. I pointed to Wells Fargo as I asked this, and again explained the urgency. He struck me as a stern man, so he scowled at me at first, but reluctantly agreed. I drove to the bank and deposited the money barely in time. I’m small enough though, that I am unable to use drive-through ATMs without having to open my door and come out part way. The officer, the one with the stern face, was behind me. He burst into laughter. I was in my PJs wearing a pair of hideous furry purple slipper boots that I had received as a Christmas gift. He called for his partner in the patrol car to exit the car and look for himself, so they both began to howl with laughter. They let me go without a ticket if I promised to get the taillight fixed. Hideously ugly slippers; the best Christmas present ever!