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    My Favorite Mode of Transportation

    After being away for a week, I was attracted as usual to Guppshup. Most topics here are still dealing with the highjacking issue. I think it is safe to say that Gupshup has been highjacked by die-hard nationalists, who regularly contribute to this website. The discussion is pretty lively, but I think enough is enough. Give it a rest, and let’s get back to resolving the Kashmir issue.

    There are number of interesting posts here, but the one that caught my eye is the “favorite car”. It is interesting to see how some folks are still so gung-ho about what kind of car they like. Cars now are no more than what PCs are. They are all the same. Mercedes or Suzuki. Drive what you like, but don’t write a novel about it. Thank you.

    Talking about transportation, I would give up all of what I own for an opportunity to cross Taklamakan Desert (one of the remotest areas, and one of the world largest deserts, surrounded to the North, West, and South by high mountains, and by Lop Nur “China’s nuclear testing grounds” to the East.). According to my readings, no foreigner (since 1935) has gone there. I would like to cross that desert of extremes (summer highs can reach 50 C, and winter low to –30 C). You can keep your Range Rovers, as my favorite mode of transportation is Camel. No less than a two humped Chinese Camel.

    #2
    Oh come on, NYAhmadi. Don't be so hard on people. Car is a sensitive issue. Philosophically speaking, it is one of the most reliable companions of man on the road of life, full of traffic lights.

    For past three months, I have been practically living in my car (well, almost), eating donuts as breakfast and sipping on my favorite and only 16 oz cup of coffee of the day. And one day the revelation came upon me that this is home.

    How can you ignore the precious moments of life spent in car? Moments of joy (of listening to music, driving smoothly), desperation and frustration (when you get lost and bang on your steering wheel again and again. I am telling ya, there is a reason steering wheels are made so strong they never break. There can't be anyother subtitue for banging (absolutely no pun intended) than steering wheel of a car), or of rush when you are already late for work one hour and you think you can really make a difference by saving 2 minutes.

    And don't you think sitting in a Range Rover, up and high above the common masses fills you with that ulitmate spiritual joy? Cars are a good subtitute to religion, you can almost worship them (We are just gonna have to wait until they invent those flying ones. That way we can literally look up at the sky on a rainy day and pray).

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      #3
      I love my car Im sorry to specialise the topic from transportation to cars, but I think a car can represent who you are, and I would try and use the car as my primary mode of transport when travelling within the town, out of town, and perhaps around the country (United Kingdom).

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        #4
        My Dears “Auto-Focus” Friends,

        I didn’t mean to suggest that those who prefer machine to natural form of transportation are somehow lesser of people. I was only making a point that, given the choice, I will prefer to ride a Camel or an Ass (Donkey) over a 4 x 4. We can go back thousands of years to see the superiority of natural form of transportation over the mechanical ones. There are countless examples of these in the history books.

        So much so, that in Talmudic studies, there is a whole section devoted on “How to dress your Ass properly according to Judaic principals”. Honestly, this is not a joke.

        I guess if you want to cruise Autostratde on a Motto Guzzi or Ducatti, that is fine, but to cross the “Raba-el-Khali” (the “Empty Quarter” desert of Saudi Arabia) there is no substitute for a Camel.

        Dear Roman, I am a little disappointed in you. With a name like Roman, you should know better how splendid a ride on the Chariot is compared to a Range Rover. I am glad that Brutes kicked your Royal Butt!

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          #5
          Dear NYA,
          Glad to see ya back........you're on your best again.
          PS where 's our Millenium Journal ??

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            #6
            Pathwari Yar,

            Yes I was away for a week to spend Christmas with my father in law in Heidelberg, only about 4 hours away from where you live. I have a friend who teaches at Rotterdam. If next time I am in Germany, may be I can drive over to your neck of the woods. What do you say?

            The Millennium journal is on its way. The centerfold is better than ever!

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              #7
              NYA,
              I am not that kinda Roman, I am more like poor, Pax Romana kinda Roman, you see.

              BTW, ever try the joy ride of sitting on a donkey and have the Ass (donkey) kicked? Kinda gets like Rodeo.

              But seriously, the most fun I think crossing a desert is driving an open roofed jeep under the full moon. Desert looks so beautiful in full moon. Had the opportunity of a ride once back in Rahim Yaar Khan desert long ago.

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                #8
                NYA Always welcome. Let me know in time.
                Indeed Heidelberg is, like you Americans say, around the corner.
                BTW what/where does ur friend teach?

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                  #9
                  Pathwari Yar, My friend is a post doc fellow at the Econometrics Institute at Erasmus U. He also teaches there at the instutute. We were in College in Lahore together and after that he went to Glasgow and I went to London. I last visited him over a year ago in Rotterdam.

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                    #10
                    NYA,

                    According to my calculations you are a bit too late on the journal for this month. What's going on? Don't play with our reading habits man.

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                      #11
                      Im gonna have to agree with the emisarry. I love my car too

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                        #12
                        See you need a push on times sitting on Ass (donkey)

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