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We are doing a kar!

August 11, 2010

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to own a car. Well, it has finally happened.

I bought myself my first car last month; a brand new car!

Well, let me make that clear; I bought myself a brand new “fourth hand” car which has already put 1,30,000 miles of carbon footprint behind it.

The car looked decent, ran pretty smoothly except in the mornings when it was a little stiff and hence without thinking twice, I bought it.

As any self respecting “proud” owner, I had to take the vehicle for a checkup; and to generally feel good about everything, I decided that I would give it an overhaul by changing every single oil in it; including the transmission oil, brake oil, steering oil, differential oil etc. The car also needed a few parts replaced including the oil gasket and the head-lights.

And so, armed with such an honorable thought, I went to a workshop near my place here in Sunnyvale. There was one sahippu working there and so, I started asking him questions. The conversation went something like this:

Q: “Do you think you can inspect the car to see if anything needs to done?”

A: “You have to ask Charlie.

Q: “Can you atleast check to see if any of the oils need to be changed?”

A: “You have to ask Charlie.

Q: “Can you check the brakes?

A: “You have to ask Charlie.

And he kept on doing what he was doing……….. Work I suppose!

And so, I tried a different tact.

Q: “When will Charlie be here?

A: “You have to ask Charlie.

That pretty much stumped me and was the final nail in the coffin.

And so I stepped outside, no sure what to do. All this while, I expected Mr. Charlie to be a big strapping 6 foot sahippu.

Suddenly, one Indian drove into the garage and it turned out that he was actually Mr. Charlie.

And so, I put these above mentioned questions to him as succinctly as possible. As soon as Mr. Charlie started speaking, I just knew it!!!!!!!!!!! And I had to cut him short….

I asked him, “Chetta, Malayalee anno?” (Brother, are you a Malayalee?)

Athe”, (Yes) was the short and sweet reply.

And so, in mallu I asked him about the other chap and told him that he was not responsive at all.

Mr. Charlie said with a smile, “Avannu oru jwouli ariyatha jwoulikkaran” (He is a worker who does not know anything).

And Mr. Charlie continued, “He has just joined now and is learning the tricks of the trade”.

The whole thing reminded me so much of “K and K automobiles” from the film “Aram + Aram = Kinnaram”.

And so finally, after discussing everything, Mr. Charlie quoted “X” dollars to get everything done. We ended up haggling over the price and after 15 minutes of hard discussion, we agreed on the very same “X” dollars; says a lot about my haggling skills.

The only promise I extracted from Mr. Charlie was that he alone would work on the car and not the other chap.

After that day at the “Work-shappu”, the car has been running decently (touchwood). Just hope that it does not breakdown in the middle of nowhere or late at night.

PS: The title of the post is a classic dialog from the above mentioned film. Listening to this song now.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2010 2:28 am

    Q. Do you think PEOPLES will comment on this post
    A. “You have to ask Charlie.”
    OG: ROFL!!!!!!!! I hope “peoples” will comment on this 😛 😛
    😛 😛 😛 *sakshi laughing at her own PJ and thanking her stars that none of the other buggers akka bloggers are not here yet*
    OG: ROFL!!!!!!!!
    ROFL at the entire Katha. I swear I have not met as many malayali’s back home in Kerala the way am bumping into them here in CA 😯 But yeah that is helping me a lot to polish my endangered Malayalam speaking skillsu :mrgreen:
    OG: well, good for you then eh 😛
    Congrats Aliya for the Kar and btw Oru lift kitaan chance undo India Cash and Carry vare?? :mrgreen:
    OG: OMG!!!! Dont tell me that you do your grocery there as well?????? I go there every weekend

    • August 11, 2010 2:57 am

      oh ho apidiyaa…next time will send the husband inside for grocery shopping while I keep a watch out for your Kar and of course for a Lamp Post(according to Crafty’s description) along with it 😉
      OG: ROFL!!!!!!! 😛 maybe u will have to keep searching for a “small fridge”….. not a lamp-post 😛 😛 😛 😛

      • August 11, 2010 11:37 am

        “small fridge-aa??”

        poda poda!!!

        Sakshi… listen to crafty… lamp post is the right way to go!!
        Ask him to wear a lungi next time he shops…will be easier to spot.. :mrgreen:
        OG: podi podi!

        • August 12, 2010 5:52 pm

          A lungi wearing lamp post!!! 🙄 hmm…interesting!! 😛 😛
          OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛

  2. August 11, 2010 2:30 am

    Ps: one question

    Q: is that headless fellow you or Charlie?
    now don’t you dare answer “You have to ask Charlie” to that one 👿
    OG: haha 😛 it is “The Me” 😛

    • August 12, 2010 5:53 pm

      could be either… the guy in the pic is wearing hawaii chappals so he’s definitely mallu! :mrgreen:
      OG: why would a mallu wear a chappal from hawaii :mrgreen:

      • August 13, 2010 4:37 am

        hail to mallu mankind!!! this bad a PJ can only be said by a mallu!!! :mrgreen:

  3. August 11, 2010 2:45 am

    roflmao, the legendary K&K Automobiles in real life!!??? And that too in Amyerecya? Unbelievable…
    OG: satyam aliya!!!!!! satyam!!!!!
    Now, did you tell them the specific works that have to be done or else it will be “kaar ingine out compleeeetlely!” 😆
    OG: ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Classic!!!!!!
    btw, congrats man! Is it a Camry? 130K miles doesn’t look too bad on a big Toyota engine. It’ll keep on running n running n running provided you give our K&K Propreiter Mr. charlie Manoharan $15 once every month or so 😀 … just joking…
    OG: yup, 99 model camry it is……….. 😛 and yeah, will do the regular oil changes as well 😉 and it is 130 M, not K

    good luck with it… 😉
    OG: thanks dude!

  4. August 11, 2010 3:42 am

    OG: Thanks bones 😛

  5. Swaram permalink
    August 11, 2010 5:27 am

    LOL 😆
    Congratulations 🙂
    OG: thanks Swar! 😛

  6. August 11, 2010 5:44 am

    First, CONGRATS on your first “fourth hand” CAR !!!! Its beautiful..I love black !!! 🙂
    OG: danku danku!
    So, kalyanam panrathukku munnadi, car-ellam vangiyachu !!!! Very good, very good….wife-a impress panradhukka ????? 😉 😉
    OG: aaha!!!!!!!!!! enna connection yakka!!!!!!! from kar to kalyanam 😉 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛
    LOL OG, your bargaining skills are pretty bad – after haggling for 15 mins, you didnt even reduce a dollar huh ???? che che…need to give you a few good lessons on bargaining… lol… 😉 😉
    OG: yeah, will need it 😛
    Loved the post and the whole ROFL conversation with the “jwouli ariyatha jwoulikkaran” !!!! 😆
    OG: ROFL!!!!!!!! learning mallu ???? great!
    Hv u put up pics in Orkut with ur kar ???
    OG: I have hardly checked orkut in like ages……….. nope, pics not there 😛

  7. August 11, 2010 7:53 am

    “What is this”…”this is a kaaar !!!” 😀 😀 😀 Awesome scene that is !!! It was just last week I was laughing like crazy watching that scene in a comedy show!!!
    OG: seriously aliya, those were the days for classic comedy!
    Coming to the post, wherever you go, you find something related to your blogs title, le ? Btw, was that guys name really charlie or he kept it that way for easy recall ? 😀
    OG: His name was charlie aliya, pucca achayan 😛
    oh, aa vrithiketta saahippinu ittu randu kodukkaayirunnilley??? and if at all he asks why, “Ask Charlie” ennu paranju mungaayirunnu !!! 😀 😀
    OG: hahaha 😛
    Btw, congrats on the kaar !! so, you have no plans to come back, huh? a few of them are waiting here to get you married, remember?? 😀

    OG: yeah, I know aliya……….. dont know when I will be back 😛 just enjoying life at the moment 😛

  8. August 11, 2010 11:24 am


    Hahahah…. How come you get a repeat telecast of most funny movies in real life? :mrgreen:
    OG: I have no idea!
    Ask that sahippu some trick questions while he’s in the “You have to ask Charlie” chant mode….

    Ajitu: So, how’s your love life?
    Sahippu: You have to ask Charlie…

    Laugh u devil, or i will make u cry 👿

    OG: not laughing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Congrats on the karrr!! 😛
    OG: you are saying this now finally eh? 😉
    Stop in the middle of nowhere? Now that’s a thought….. :mrgreen:

    It’s time to review the the bachelorhood eligibility checklist.

    Cooking Skills – Check
    Cleaning Skills – Check
    Writing Skills – Double Check
    Kar – Most Definitely Check

    *crafty asking brides to form a single line and refrain from pushing*

    Listen, you must inform in advance when u upgrade ur eligibility graph…. how are we to manage this stampede? EH??

    Return of the SwayamWar!!!!

    :mrgreen: 😆 😛
    OG: podi podi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Song is nice 😀
    OG: for once u liked a song of mine 😛

    • August 12, 2010 5:50 pm

      ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!! what a re-entry sis!!!! welcome back!!! 😀 😀 😀 (even if it is a 10-minute cameo 🙄 :mrgreen: )

  9. August 11, 2010 3:15 pm

    Excellent! Congrats!! Btw, why did u cut yourself out of the pic??
    OG: did not want to unleash my good looks upon the world :mrgreen:

  10. August 11, 2010 3:15 pm

    And this line.. ‘Chetta, Malayalee anno’ – I went ROFL at this… everywhere you go, there’s a Mallu!!
    OG: so true 😛 😛

  11. August 11, 2010 9:00 pm

    Congrats bro on the Kar 🙂 🙂

    /*Q: “When will Charlie be here?”

    A: “You have to ask Charlie.”*/

    ROFL 😆 😆

    I think you wasted 15 mins by bargaining 😀 😀
    OG: haha 😛 thanks machi!!!!!

  12. August 12, 2010 5:49 pm

    And so finally, after discussing everything, Mr. Charlie quoted “X” dollars to get everything done. We ended up haggling over the price and after 15 minutes of hard discussion, we agreed on the very same “X” dollars; says a lot about my haggling skills.
    hahaha 😀 😀 😛 kalakki!!!

    anyway car is running now so good 🙂

    fancy that… Charlie turns out to be a mallu !!! 🙄 😀 three cheers!
    OG: haha 😛 yeah, kar is working fine now 😛

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