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Country Cars – Why They Still Attract Many

Any car that is more than 25 years old is classified as a country car. In the US it is known as an antique car or a vintage car. Vintage cars are still popular and there are many makes and models in existence. These cars come in many shapes, sizes and colors and most major car manufacturers do have vintage vehicles.

Some popular models can be difficult to find because they are no longer produced and the best way to find them would be to see whether there is someone is selling theirs. Places like eBay stock hard-to-find cars and will allow you to import one if necessary. Vintage vehicles have been popularized by TV, movies and magazines and have appeared in many popular movies for example John Travolta’s “Grease”.

Their popularity first of stems from their appearance. Country vintage cars are like no other especially when being driven in modern streets where they stick out like a soar thumb. Most people want to look different and unique. The younger generation want to turn heads when they pass and their cars are no exception. Country cars are some of the hottest selling cars in the United States and have attracted the rich and the famous as well as ordinary people. Take for instance the 1964 American Rambler; its production ceased decades ago and there are limited models available which makes it an antique vehicle which most consider a valuable collectors item.

People associate antique cars with the romanticism that is in the movies. This is because country cars have appeared in countless movies that we tend to identify with and people have the tradition of idolizing movie stars and such as John Travolta took the world by storm in the late 70s with his boyish appeal and hairstyle.

Country cars are also a collectors item for many. Some of them tend to be expensive, retailing for more than $30,000 thereby making them the past time of the rich and the famous. Many well known millionaires and actors spot antique cars mostly as a collectors items and for prestigious purposes. Some rarely drive them, preferring instead to showcase them in their garage and reveal them only to visiting guests. As we said earlier, many country cars were popularized and romanticized in movies and therefore collectors buy them at auctions and keep them as memorabilia from that particular movie that they love.

Actors, the rich and the famous are not the any people who collect antique cars. Many popular brands such as Ford Austin, Volkswagen Beetle and Anglia are wildly popular with many and are still sold in select dealerships. These may range from $8000.00 to $40,000 depending on the condition it is in and how rare it is. The more rare it is and also the more well kept then the more expensive it tends to be. But overall, anywhere between $8000 and $20000 can get you a decent country car but you may have to do a little searching because in many cases, they are not readily available.

Things to Do in Delhi: Visiting The Delhi Book Fair

If you are a booklover and in Delhi in the month of September, don’t forget to visit the Delhi Book Fair held every year at Pragati Maidan. This is also a Stationery Fair, so not only publishers and booksellers have their wares laid out in the stalls of the exhibition ground, there are several suppliers and manufactures of stationery products also on the same floor vying for attention of the visitors.

How to Go:

Well, the best way, for me, is of course taking the Metro Rail run by DMRC. Because of its huge network, it’s easily accessible from many parts of the city, and Pragati Maidan is a metro station as well, which is located just next to the exhibition ground. You can always take your car, but parking in most places in Delhi is a huge headache. But if you still feel like taking the car, I have a better route to offer, which is how I reached the book fair. Take your car to Connaught Place, and park in the DLF Multi Level Carpark on the Baba Kharag Singh Marg. This is a brand new swanky car park, bang in the middle of the city, and for the initial days, parking here is free!! Since this year’s fair is over today, and most likely you will be making an attempt to visit it next year, I am guessing you have to pay tour parking charges though. If you are parked there, then all you have to do is take an auto rickshaw to Pragati Vihar form the car park, which is quite close by.

What to buy:

Well, books of course. But other than that, you can also buy magazines, various kinds of stationeries, memory storage devices, and this year there was a welcome addition of eBooks. And yes, each exhibition hall also has a cafe, where you can grab a bite and take that welcome break between the long walk you are sure to take, if you are as keen a booklover as I am.

What did I buy? Well, as a Bengali, I was mesmerised by the Vishwabharati stall selling Rabindranath Tagore’s books in both English and Bengali, so I picked up the last piece of Tagore’s Gitanjali, the collection of poems that had won him a Nobel Prize for Literature, way back in 1019. That has been the highlight of my purchase in this year’s event.

The Book Fair:

I love the book fairs. May be because I am originally from Kolkata, and in Kolkata, we have a tradition of visiting the annual Kolkata Book Fair every year, for more than once. I am very nostalgic about the walks I had between the stalls of the booksellers, and the narrow shelves of each stall stacking hordes of both old and new books. When I am in a book fair, it’s my temple of worship, I can walk miles without a thought for my shoe pinching me, or I have to elbow my way into my favourite stalls to browse through the books. Touching the books; being oblivious to people around you and opening a book to read the introduction; managing to brace yourself against the jostle of the surrounding crowds and still feel the calmness, which otherwise only a prayer can give; and feeling as if you have conquered the high mountains when you finally manage to make a purchase; yes, I love each and every step of this journey.

This Year’s Special:

This year I took my 11 year old daughter to the fair, and it gave me such pleasure when she too found that joy which I do at these places. She went almost berserk, looking at books, touching them, cribbing to me because she is thinking I am not buying her enough books! There is nothing so beautiful than seeing the interest in books in your child. So I just let her buy almost anything she put her hands into. Oh yes, she bought a couple of graphic books from campfire, adding to her earlier collection. Campfire is doing a great job of making graphic books out of biographies, and literary works. It is a good way to introduce my child to a new world. Yes, this year’s fair was indeed special.

So if you have missed it this year, do visit next year to let the booklover in you do a tango.

Is Our Overspending Encouraged By Society And Women’s Magazines?

Personal debt is out of control in the UK and USA. It has become tolerated and even expected that we each have credit cards, loans and mortgages, and most of our wages now go to keeping up with these debts. and yet, we can’t seem to stop spending. Why?

Alongside the shrieking headlines about the global credit freeze are equally gloomy highlights about recession caused by lack of consumer confidence. ie. we’re not spending. So, is it our moral duty to carry on building debt to keep the economy alive?

Consider magazines, newspapers and tv; all carry advertisements extolling the virtues of the next ‘must have’ item. Most editorial in women’s magazines is about what you should be wearing now and next season and where to get it. Spend now to look fashionable.

An almost rabid encouragement for us all to spend, spend, spend seems to have become the default editorial for all publishers, who extol the virtues of the many products supplied by their advertisers.

We all have fallen for this societal peer pressure, shopping is now longer a pursuit to be undertaken when you need something, now it is every weekend occurrence, and for some an every day, habit.

I used to be just as guilty as the next person of excessive shopping. Being a spendthrift is portrayed as glamourous and exciting, whilst being frugal is seen as being sensible and dull. Again, why is spending vast amounts of money on fripperies you don’t have any need or real want for seen as having fun?

I remember those crazy shopping days, after all, I only really quit about a year ago. Every weekend was spent in some shopping centre or other, often coming home with bags and bags of goods every week.

The first purchase was the most important because that loosened me up to spend more. Until I made that first buy, I wasn’t able to relax, I would be thinking about what I needed, whether or not I could afford it, and that I shouldn’t really be shopping at all. After I first handed over my card for the first purchase of the day, it was as if a veil came down, and I went into a shopping trance. Now, there were no further worries about affordability, just if something was pretty enough to catch my eye, and get me to buy it.

There is no logic to such spending, you’re not buying anything useful or necessary, you are not even indulging yourself. It’s a self destructive act, and seems unstoppable.

When you meet friends for lunch, they’re all so excited about your purchases and yet you start feeling sick inside because you know you didn’t need or want these things. The only joy you get from them is your friends’ cooing and aahing over your taste and choices.

When I got my loot home, oftentimes they would stay encased in their shop bags, sitting on the bed in the spare room. And I would forget about them until the next time I would go in to stash another day’s haul.

Contrast that with our frugal friend who only buys what she needs when she needs it. She always has the money for what she wants when she needs it. She never has to worry about not being able to pay the rent because she blew ¬£300 on 2 pairs of high heeled shoes she can’t walk in that month. She is not swayed by silly magazine headlines about this year’s hemlines or shirt style must haves. She is smart, presentable and able to contribute to every collection because she has money in her purse.

Our frugal friend can go on holiday to where she wants because she saves every month to be able to do so. She has a nice car that’s well maintained, and she never runs out of petrol. She has a comfortable home and probably doesn’t have 10 different linen sets for her bed, but two or three good ones that she really likes.

She never worries about the bills that land on her mat because she always knows what her account contains, there are no surprises in her credit card accounting for items that she ‘forgot’ she had bought. She is totally in control of her finances and even has several savings and investment accounts.

So why has the spendthrift lifestyle become the most attractive one that we all seem to mindlessly pursue when it’s obvious our frugal friend has a much nicer, more relaxed and carefree existence? why do we laugh when we admit to being ‘hopeless with money’ and see it as a badge of honour to have a scary overdraft and several ¬£thousands on various credit cards?

Would it be because we have been constantly sold on the ‘instant gratification’ culture? The ‘must have it now or it’s worthless to me’ generation are waking up to a mountain of debt they have no hope of ever repaying. Is anyone besides themselves to blame?

Human beings are weak unless they personally strive to exercise self discipline and self control, and in a culture where such attributes have no value, there is no impetus to develop them.

The marketing men employed by the banking and credit industries in the 1950s and 60s created the monster ‘must have it now’ culture, and it has grown and matured into the society we have today where no-one saves, everything can be bought at a price and we all strive to live like the Beckhams.

Simple values that were always core to the human experience of honesty, integrity and hard work seem to be worthless. Living a simple, frugal life seems now to be a desperate sign of poverty rather than a committed, honest choice to live within your means. When did debt and spending money you didn’t have become so admirable?

We need to start ignoring the insidious messages of the marketing supremeos, we must find a way to block the call of advertising so it no longer influences us. A way to start is to switch off your tv. Then stop reading magazines and newspapers. They’re full of propaganda and advertising with very little real, unbiased news, so dropping them from your routine will only benefit you.

Start to think about what you are buying. Before every purchase ask yourself if you really need this item, will it add value to your life, it is completely necessary to take the money from your bank account to acquire it? Even when doing your grocery shopping, question every item you put into your trolley. Tesco is not making billions of profits because we all just buy what we need when we shop.

Become a conscious shopper, be aware of everything, primarily your needs, but also the blatant messages there to seduce you into buying unnecessary items. Be frugal, let’s make it fashionable to be responsible and careful with money.