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The sunshine showed too, a key on the side of the window for me to get out. The yellow of the sunshine, also showed the key on the side of the window. In Ginsberg's freshman year at Columbia he met fellow undergraduate Lucien Carr , who introduced him to a number of future Beat writers, including Jack Kerouac , William S.

Burroughs , and John Clellon Holmes. They bonded, because they saw in one another an excitement about the potential of American youth, a potential that existed outside the strict conformist confines of post—World War II, McCarthy-era America. Carr also introduced Ginsberg to Neal Cassady , for whom Ginsberg had a long infatuation.

This was a source of strain in their relationship. Corso, recently released from prison, was supported by the Pony Stable patrons and was writing poetry there the night of their meeting. Ginsberg claims he was immediately attracted to Corso, who was straight, but understanding of homosexuality after three years in prison. Ginsberg was even more struck by reading Corso's poems, realizing Corso was "spiritually gifted. In their first meeting at the Pony Stable, Corso showed Ginsberg a poem about a woman who lived across the street from him and sunbathed naked in the window.

Amazingly, the woman happened to be Ginsberg's girlfriend that he was living with during one of his forays into heterosexuality. Ginsberg took Corso over to their apartment. There the woman proposed sex with Corso, who was still very young and fled in fear. Ginsberg introduced Corso to Kerouac and Burroughs and they began to travel together. Ginsberg and Corso remained lifelong friends and collaborators.

Shortly after this period in Ginsberg's life, he became romantically involved with Elise Nada Cowen after meeting her through Alex Greer, a philosophy professor at Barnard College whom she had dated for a while during the burgeoning Beat generation's period of development. As Cowen had felt a strong attraction to darker poetry most of the time, Beat poetry seemed to provide an allure to what suggests a shadowy side of her persona. While at Barnard, Cowen earned the nickname "Beat Alice" as she had joined a small group of anti-establishment artists and visionaries known to outsiders as beatniks, and one of her first acquaintances at the college was the beat poet Joyce Johnson who later portrayed Cowen in her books, including "Minor Characters" and Come and Join the Dance , which expressed the two women's experiences in the Barnard and Columbia Beat community.

Through his association with Elise Cowen, Ginsberg discovered that they shared a mutual friend, Carl Solomon, to whom he later dedicated his most famous poem "Howl". This poem is considered an autobiography of Ginsberg up to , and a brief history of the Beat Generation through its references to his relationship to other Beat artists of that time. In in an apartment in Harlem , Ginsberg had an auditory hallucination while reading the poetry of William Blake later referred to as his "Blake vision".

At first, Ginsberg claimed to have heard the voice of God but later interpreted the voice as that of Blake himself reading Ah! Ginsberg believed that he had witnessed the interconnectedness of the universe. He looked at latticework on the fire escape and realized some hand had crafted that; he then looked at the sky and intuited that some hand had crafted that also, or rather, that the sky was the hand that crafted itself. He explained that this hallucination was not inspired by drug use but said he sought to recapture that feeling later with various drugs. Or that God was in front of my eyes—existence itself was God", and "And it was a sudden awakening into a totally deeper real universe than I'd been existing in.

Ginsberg moved to San Francisco during the s. In , in San Francisco, Ginsberg met Peter Orlovsky — , with whom he fell in love and who remained his lifelong partner. Winans , and William Margolis, Ginsberg was one of the founders of the Beatitude poetry magazine. At first, Ginsberg refused, but once he had written a rough draft of "Howl", he changed his "fucking mind", as he put it. One of the most important events in Beat mythos, known simply as "The Six Gallery reading " took place on October 7, Of more personal significance to Ginsberg, the reading that night included the first public presentation of "Howl", a poem that brought worldwide fame to Ginsberg and to many of the poets associated with him.

An account of that night can be found in Kerouac's novel The Dharma Bums , describing how change was collected from audience members to buy jugs of wine, and Ginsberg reading passionately, drunken, with arms outstretched. Shortly after its publication by San Francisco's City Lights Bookstore , it was banned for obscenity. Horn declared the poem to possess redeeming artistic value. Ginsberg claimed at one point that all of his work was an extended biography like Kerouac's Duluoz Legend. Ginsberg also later claimed that at the core of "Howl" were his unresolved emotions about his schizophrenic mother.

Though "Kaddish" deals more explicitly with his mother, "Howl" in many ways is driven by the same emotions. He begins the poem with "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness", which sets the stage for Ginsberg to describe Cassady and Solomon, immortalizing them into American literature. In the poem, Ginsberg focused on "Carl Solomon! I'm with you in Rockland", and, thus, turned Solomon into an archetypal figure searching for freedom from his "straightjacket". Though references in most of his poetry reveal much about his biography, his relationship to other members of the Beat Generation, and his own political views, "Howl", his most famous poem, is still perhaps the best place to start.

In , Ginsberg surprised the literary world by abandoning San Francisco. They were soon joined by Burroughs and others. It was a productive, creative time for all of them. This period was documented by the photographer Harold Chapman , who moved in at about the same time, and took pictures constantly of the residents of the "hotel" until it closed in During —, Ginsberg and Orlovsky travelled extensively across India, living half a year at a time in Calcutta now Kolkata and Benares Varanasi. Also during this time, he formed friendships with some of the prominent young Bengali poets of the time including Shakti Chattopadhyay and Sunil Gangopadhyay.

Ginsberg had several political connections in India; most notably Pupul Jayakar who helped him extend his stay in India when the authorities were eager to expel him. In May , Ginsberg arrived in London, and offered to read anywhere for free. Soon after the bookshop reading, plans were hatched for the International Poetry Incarnation , [48] which was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 11, The event was organized by Ginsberg's friend, the filmmaker Barbara Rubin.

Peter Whitehead documented the event on film and released it as Wholly Communion. A book featuring images from the film and some of the poems that were performed was also published under the same title by Lorrimer in the UK and Grove Press in US. Though the term "Beat" is most accurately applied to Ginsberg and his closest friends Corso, Orlovsky, Kerouac, Burroughs, etc.

A key feature of this term seems to be a friendship with Ginsberg. Friendship with Kerouac or Burroughs might also apply, but both writers later strove to disassociate themselves from the name "Beat Generation. Ginsberg never claimed to be the leader of a movement. He claimed that many of the writers with whom he had become friends in this period shared many of the same intentions and themes. LeRoi Jones before he became Amiri Baraka , who, after reading "Howl", wrote a letter to Ginsberg on a sheet of toilet paper. Later in his life, Ginsberg formed a bridge between the beat movement of the s and the hippies of the s, befriending, among others, Timothy Leary , Ken Kesey , Hunter S.

Thompson , and Bob Dylan. Ginsberg gave his last public reading at Booksmith , a bookstore in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, a few months before his death. Ginsberg's spiritual journey began early on with his spontaneous visions, and continued with an early trip to India with Gary Snyder. Ginsberg was also involved with Krishnaism. He had started incorporating chanting the Hare Krishna mantra into his religious practice in the mids. After learning that A. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada , the founder of the Hare Krishna movement in the Western world had rented a store front in New York, he befriended him, visiting him often and suggesting publishers for his books, and a fruitful relationship began.

This relationship is documented by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami in his biographical account Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta. Ginsberg donated money, materials, and his reputation to help the Swami establish the first temple, and toured with him to promote his cause. Despite disagreeing with many of Bhaktivedanta Swami's required prohibitions , Ginsberg often sang the Hare Krishna mantra publicly as part of his philosophy [58] and declared that it brought a state of ecstasy.

Along with other counterculture ideologists like Timothy Leary, Gary Snyder , and Alan Watts , Ginsberg hoped to incorporate Bhaktivedanta Swami and his chanting into the hippie movement, and agreed to take part in the Mantra-Rock Dance concert and to introduce the swami to the Haight-Ashbury hippie community. On January 17, , Ginsberg helped plan and organize a reception for Bhaktivedanta Swami at San Francisco International Airport , where fifty to a hundred hippies greeted the Swami, chanting Hare Krishna in the airport lounge with flowers in hands.

Ginsberg introduced Bhaktivedanta Swami to some three thousand hippies in the audience and led the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. Music and chanting were both important parts of Ginsberg's live delivery during poetry readings. It is believed that the Hindi and Buddhist poet Nagarjuna had introduced Ginsberg to the harmonium in Banaras. According to Malay Roy Choudhury , Ginsberg refined his practice while learning from his relatives, including his cousin Savitri Banerjee. Buckley, Jr. According to Richard Brookhiser , an associate of Buckley's, the host commented that it was "the most unharried Krishna I've ever heard.

Ginsberg further brought mantras into the world of rock and roll when he recited the Heart Sutra in the song " Ghetto Defendant ". Ginsberg came in touch with the Hungryalist poets of Bengal , especially Malay Roy Choudhury, who introduced Ginsberg to the three fishes with one head of Indian emperor Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar. The three fishes symbolised coexistence of all thought, philosophy and religion. In spite of Ginsberg's attraction to Eastern religions, the journalist Jane Kramer argues that he, like Whitman, adhered to an "American brand of mysticism" that was "rooted in humanism and in a romantic and visionary ideal of harmony among men.

In , he was treated for a tropical disease, and it is speculated that he contracted hepatitis from an unsterilized needle administered by a doctor, which played a role in his death 37 years later. In the s, Ginsberg suffered two minor strokes which were first diagnosed as Bell's palsy , which gave him significant paralysis and stroke-like drooping of the muscles in one side of his face. Later in life, he also suffered constant minor ailments such as high blood pressure.

Many of these symptoms were related to stress, but he never slowed down his schedule. Ginsberg continued to help his friends as much as he could, going so far as to give money to Herbert Huncke out of his own pocket, and housing a broke and drug addicted Harry Smith. After returning home from the hospital for the last time, where he had been unsuccessfully treated for congestive heart failure , Ginsberg continued making phone calls to say goodbye to nearly everyone in his addressbook.

Some of the phone calls, including one with Johnny Depp , were sad and interrupted by crying, and others were joyous and optimistic. He died surrounded by family and friends in his East Village loft in New York City, succumbing to liver cancer via complications of hepatitis. He was 70 years old. In , various writers, including Catfish McDaris read at a gathering at Ginsberg's farm to honor Allen and the beatniks. Good Will Hunting released in December was dedicated to Ginsberg, as well as Burroughs, who died four months later.

Ginsberg's willingness to talk about taboo subjects made him a controversial figure during the conservative s, and a significant figure in the s. In the mids, no reputable publishing company would even consider publishing "Howl". At the time, such "sex talk" employed in "Howl" was considered by some to be vulgar or even a form of pornography, and could be prosecuted under law. Numerous books that discussed sex were banned at the time, including Lady Chatterley's Lover.

Instead, Ginsberg portrayed casual sex. Ginsberg used gritty descriptions and explicit sexual language, pointing out the man "who lounged hungry and lonesome through Houston seeking jazz or sex or soup. The explicit sexual language that filled "Howl" eventually led to an important trial on First Amendment issues.

Ginsberg's publisher was brought up on charges for publishing pornography, and the outcome led to a judge going on record dismissing charges, because the poem carried "redeeming social importance", [80] thus setting an important legal precedent. Ginsberg continued to broach controversial subjects throughout the s, s, and s. When explaining how he approached controversial topics, he often pointed to Herbert Huncke : he said that when he first got to know Huncke in the s, Ginsberg saw that he was sick from his heroin addiction, but at the time heroin was a taboo subject and Huncke was left with nowhere to go for help.

Allen Ginsberg called attention to the suffering of victims during the Bangladesh Liberation War in He wrote his legendary line poem, September on Jessore Road , after visiting refugee camps and witnessing the plight of millions fleeing the violence. Millions of families hopeless alone [88]. Out of the poem, he made a song that was performed by Bob Dylan, other musicians and Ginsberg himself. Millions of babies in pain Millions of mothers in rain Millions of brothers in woe Millions of children nowhere to go [90]. Ginsberg talked openly about his connections with communism and his admiration for past communist heroes and the labor movement at a time when the Red Scare and McCarthyism were still raging.

He admired Fidel Castro and many other Marxist figures from the 20th century. Biographer Jonah Raskin has claimed that, despite his often stark opposition to communist orthodoxy, Ginsberg held "his own idiosyncratic version of communism". I must say that I see little difference between the armed and violent governments both Communist and Capitalist that I have observed". Ginsberg travelled to several communist countries to promote free speech. He claimed that communist countries, such as China, welcomed him, because they thought he was an enemy of capitalism, but often turned against him when they saw him as a troublemaker.

For example, in Ginsberg was deported from Cuba for publicly protesting the persecution of homosexuals and referring to Che Guevara as "cute". Ginsberg was then deported from Czechoslovakia on May 7, [95] [97] by order of the StB. One contribution that is often considered his most significant and most controversial was his openness about homosexuality. Ginsberg was an early proponent of freedom for gay people. In , he discovered within himself "mountains of homosexuality. Subsequent gay writers saw his frank talk about homosexuality as an opening to speak more openly and honestly about something often before only hinted at or spoken of in metaphor.

He was a staunch supporter of others whose expression challenged obscenity laws William S. Burroughs and Lenny Bruce , for example. In her book, Heartbreak, Andrea Dworkin described her sense of Ginsberg's position:. On the day of the bar mitzvah in , newspapers reported in huge headlines that the Supreme Court had ruled child pornography illegal.

I was thrilled. I knew Allen would not be. I did think he was a civil libertarian. But, in fact, he was a pedophile. He meant it. I take this from what Allen said directly to me, not from some inference I made. He was exceptionally aggressive about his right to fuck children and his constant pursuit of underage boys.

Ginsberg talked often about drug use. Ginsberg worked closely with Alfred W. In Ginsberg received a note from the chief editor of The New York Times , apologizing for not taking his allegations seriously so many years previous. The United States Department of State responded to McCoy's initial allegations stating that they were "unable to find any evidence to substantiate them, much less proof.

Most of Ginsberg's very early poetry was written in formal rhyme and meter like that of his father, and of his idol William Blake. His admiration for the writing of Jack Kerouac inspired him to take poetry more seriously. In , upon the advice of a psychiatrist, Ginsberg dropped out of the working world to devote his entire life to poetry.

Later in life, Ginsberg entered academia, teaching poetry as Distinguished Professor of English at Brooklyn College from until his death. Ginsberg claimed throughout his life that his biggest inspiration was Kerouac's concept of " spontaneous prose ". He believed literature should come from the soul without conscious restrictions. Ginsberg was much more prone to revise than Kerouac. For example, when Kerouac saw the first draft of "Howl" he disliked the fact that Ginsberg had made editorial changes in pencil transposing "negro" and "angry" in the first line, for example.

Kerouac only wrote out his concepts of Spontaneous Prose at Ginsberg's insistence because Ginsberg wanted to learn how to apply the technique to his poetry. Solomon was a Dada and Surrealism enthusiast he introduced Ginsberg to Artaud who suffered bouts of clinical depression. Solomon wanted to commit suicide, but he thought a form of suicide appropriate to dadaism would be to go to a mental institution and demand a lobotomy. The institution refused, giving him many forms of therapy , including electroshock therapy. Much of the final section of the first part of "Howl" is a description of this.

Ginsberg used Solomon as an example of all those ground down by the machine of " Moloch ". Moloch, to whom the second section is addressed, is a Levantine god to whom children were sacrificed. Moloch is mentioned a few times in the Torah and references to Ginsberg's Jewish background are frequent in his work. Ginsberg said the image of Moloch was inspired by peyote visions he had of the Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco which appeared to him as a skull; he took it as a symbol of the city not specifically San Francisco, but all cities.

Ginsberg later acknowledged in various publications and interviews that behind the visions of the Francis Drake Hotel were memories of the Moloch of Fritz Lang 's film Metropolis and of the woodcut novels of Lynd Ward. Many of the characters Ginsberg references in "Howl", such as Neal Cassady and Herbert Huncke, destroyed themselves through excessive substance abuse or a generally wild lifestyle.

The personal aspects of "Howl" are perhaps as important as the political aspects. Carl Solomon, the prime example of a "best mind" destroyed by defying society, is associated with Ginsberg's schizophrenic mother: the line "with mother finally fucked" comes after a long section about Carl Solomon, and in Part III, Ginsberg says: "I'm with you in Rockland where you imitate the shade of my mother. He dealt with it directly with 's "Kaddish", [19] which had its first public reading at a Catholic Worker Friday Night meeting, possibly due to its associations with Thomas Merton. Ginsberg's poetry was strongly influenced by Modernism most importantly the American style of Modernism pioneered by William Carlos Williams , Romanticism specifically William Blake and John Keats , the beat and cadence of jazz specifically that of bop musicians such as Charlie Parker , and his Kagyu Buddhist practice and Jewish background.

The power of Ginsberg's verse, its searching, probing focus, its long and lilting lines, as well as its New World exuberance, all echo the continuity of inspiration that he claimed. He corresponded with William Carlos Williams , who was then in the middle of writing his epic poem Paterson about the industrial city near his home. After attending a reading by Williams, Ginsberg sent the older poet several of his poems and wrote an introductory letter. Most of these early poems were rhymed and metered and included archaic pronouns like "thee. Though he disliked these early poems, Williams loved the exuberance in Ginsberg's letter.

He included the letter in a later part of Paterson. He encouraged Ginsberg not to emulate the old masters, but to speak with his own voice and the voice of the common American. From Williams, Ginsberg learned to focus on strong visual images, in line with Williams' own motto "No ideas but in things. Ginsberg claimed that the anaphoric repetition of "Howl" and other poems was inspired by Christopher Smart in such poems as Jubilate Agno.

Ginsberg used this technique in his poetry, putting together two starkly dissimilar images: something weak with something strong, an artifact of high culture with an artifact of low culture, something holy with something unholy. The example Ginsberg most often used was "hydrogen jukebox" which later became the title of a song cycle composed by Philip Glass with lyrics drawn from Ginsberg's poems. Another example is Ginsberg's observation on Bob Dylan during Dylan's hectic and intense electric-guitar tour, fuelled by a cocktail of amphetamines, [] opiates, [] alcohol, [] and psychedelics, [] as a Dexedrine Clown.

Allen Ginsberg also found inspiration in music. He frequently included music in his poetry, invariably composing his tunes on an old Indian harmonium, which he often played during his readings. He also recorded a handful of other albums. Many of Ginsberg's early long line experiments contain some sort of anaphora , repetition of a "fixed base" for example "who" in "Howl", "America" in America and this has become a recognizable feature of Ginsberg's style.

Several of his earlier experiments with methods for formatting poems as a whole became regular aspects of his style in later poems. Jahan mere features ki list khatam hui, wahan uska list shuru hua! S loved the all-black interiors. Looked swell, he says. It came with ABS, rear windshield defogger and almost all the necessary bells and whistles came along with the Emotion trim Mr. S didn't want to get the Emotion Pack trim!

S loved the driving dynamics of the Punto I fought head-to-head with the Punto in this aspect and I won The 1. What Mr. S hated : Why the same car altogether again? The overall plastic quality inside the Punto. He didn't like one-bit and was damn sure that he didn't want to live with the same interiors again. The rear bench space was a matter of concern and Mr. S's elder son Mr. T was ever complaining about this aspect.

S wanted a dependable city hatch which he could use in the absence of the Italian lady he didn't want both of his cars stuck up with the ASC with the services and all The then Fiat-Tata collaboration wasn't doing much with the after-sales experience. Lastly, even the Punto lacked in outright performance. The Turbo-lag and notchy gearshifts kept adding up to its woes! Final Take : Punto was his favourite and still is but Mr. S doesn't admit it! He didn't want the same car altogether again. V's dream of getting a Red Rascal home couldn't be fulfilled. S liked : Looks.

The i20 looked like the, "Car of the future" for Mr. S too liked the i20 in the first instance. Loaded to gills! Even the Magna trim came with rear windshield defogger, Multi-information display in the centre like in the top-spec Asta trim and the Automatic Climate Control! Oolala, Mr. S thought! Hyundai's after-sales experience was one of the best in the business.

The 1. S fell for it Mr. V still remembers the smile on Mr. S's face while he tapped the accelerator. Space, space and space. T and Mrs. S didn't complain about the lack or abundance of it. S hated : Uninvolving drive-experience. Coming from the World of Fiat's, Mr. S loathed about the driving dynamics of the car. The feel-less EPS was the deal-breaker for Mr. The Magna Trim too was kind-of overshooting Mr. S's budget. S doesn't spend too much on what's not needed and what's not worth it. The lacklustre drive experience didn't allow Mr.

Rumours of high-service costs typical of a Hyundai. Final Take : While before the positives of the i20 settled-in, the negatives overtook its place and Mr. S wasn't ready for the i S's consideration list because of the long-waiting periods for the Swift Mr. S needed a car real quick , the dented-rear look of the Ritz except Mr. V no one liked it in the family , the Vista's looks too were so vanilla that Mr. V refused to even take a look at it! The new launches from Volkswagen and Chevrolet didn't get Mr. S's interest mainly due to the lacklustre response from the Volkswagen dealership and both the Beat and Polo initially didn't come with the Diesel drivetrain options.

So, they were rejected by Mr. Exactly after all this, Mr. V realised that the family didn't check out the New Ford Figo well, I was a new launch about 8-years ago. So, he convinces Mr. S to test-drive the Figo. T booked a slot for Test-drive and almost immediately a Sales Executive calls Mr. S up and confirms the test-drive. So, in came the test-drive car. V says that it was the top-of-the-line Titanium trim with the optional coral red dashboard. S and the entire family was inside the test-drive car with the SA and Mr. S in the first row and the rest of the family in the second row.

V was observing all the things inside the cabin and Mr. S was focusing on his drive upfront. V asks the SA to play some good music stuff on the head unit. The SA obliged and turned on the radio and the song, "Tera hone laga hoon" started playing. V still remembers all these tiny bits from his TD!

S was enjoying driving the Figo and Mr. S too didn't complain about the space. V complained in his vernacular language saying, "daddy, deenilo rear seat ki power-windows levu" translation : Dad, there are no power-windows at the rear. S liked everything about the Figo. The looks, performance, space, features on offer, VFM quotient and above all driving dynamics.

He fell for the direct and precise steering which was light at lower speeds and got heavy with the increase in speed. In simple words, the steering was well-callibrated according to Mr. It looked like the Figo was what they ever needed. S's heart and head both were craving for the Figo. I was finally the chosen winner over the competition! Toh, Shubh Kaam mein deri kaisi? What's the delay in doing something good? For the starters, I'd like to begin with saying that till date I haven't managed to grab a lot of eyeballs like my other garage mates do Yeah, I'm referring to Sindbad and the Italian lady.

While I'm not the most eye-catching car to look at, I'm not a bad design either. I am what I am and I'm proud of what I am. While some of you might find me a bit out of fashion, I'm still a good looking and a well-proportionate car. How many of you have seen the ad of Reliance Trends on your TV screens?! Well, I've got you talking! While some may find me a handsome looking guy, some might find me dated. I'm a design which suits the palette of Mr. V and family. I don't give a damn to the rest of the world. What matters the most to me is what my family feels about me.

Nuff said! Infact, I was so important for the Ford India that Mr. Michael Boneham himself had come up with a review a biased one ofcourse! Sadly, that's not the case now they're happy selling paltry volumes of my successors and also that Ford is more than happy with the response from my elder brother, Endy. What motivated Ford India to step up in this segment was the humoungous success of the Swift in the Indian market. That car was a runaway success. More so, even Hyundai had stepped into this segment in with the Hyundai i Both of these cars sold really well and went on to establish themselves in the Indian market so much so that these were the benchmarks for comparisons in this segment.

Even, Ford's American counterpart, Chevrolet also had launched the Beat. So, this made Ford India launch me in India. While the company had the Fusion in the Indian market already, it was a confusion to the aam-junta if my predecessor was a SUV or a hatchback or both combined to form one! I am based on the platform of the Mark V Fiesta and it's actually that when you compare me and her side-by-side, you'll find some similarities between us two.

I'll do that right here for you guys to see the difference at a later stage though. But, you'll find me similar to the Fiesta and Fusion which are based on the same platform of the Mark V Fiesta she's codenamed B Ford has done a lot of changes to my exteriors and interiors for the only reason, that is to keep the prices under check.

You all know how the Indian Automotive market is. Here in India, no one has a keen interest on the quality now the people here have become quality conscious too. All they need is the price, which is supposed to be realistic. To keep the prices in check, Ford had to do a lot of changes so that the costs were under check. They simply couldn't give up considering how the Indian market was fastly emerging But sadly Ford is least interested in selling my successors here and are happy with the bare minimum volumes what they get and the fact that my elder brother, Endy does really well for the company.

So they also have done their part well in doing so. As a result, a majority of the parts, I bare are shared amongst me, Fiesta and Fusion. But still no issues. Thankfully, the part-quality is good even excellent at some places and could've been better at some places as well. Coming to the front end, Ford has thoroughly re-skinned to differentiate me from the Mark V Fiesta and Fusion. Ford has used the Kinetic Design philosophy which was used in the other markets as well. I look a lot more handsome and futuristic yeah, Mr. V finds me a good looking and understated car and those sharp lines and creases around the front bonnet and grill add to the looks.

The Smoked-Black headlamps are Mr. V's favourite and they go well with the Diamond White shade of mine. The side profile is rather Lacklustre. While Ford did an extremely good job while re-skinning the front end, why leave the side and rear profile?! The side-profile is rather boring to look at and Mr. V is like, "Am I sure this is the same car I saw a few moments back? Now, coming to the rear, this thing will surely remind you of both the Mark V Fiesta both 3-door one and 5-door one and the Fusion. While the overall design looks a lot like the Fiesta's, the taillamps and all remind you of the Fusion.

Make no mistake, this ain't a Facelifted Fusion. A couple of folks had asked Mr. S then, if Ford had launched a Facelift of the Fusion or what? Just see the rear 3-quarter of the Mark V fiesta and myself side-by-side, a layman will go bonkers if I'm a Fiesta or a Figo! Coming to the paint quality, there's no orange-peel effect to talk of. The overall quality of paint is good too. The panel gaps too are uniform and even if one or two panel gapes are W-I-D-E , they're consistent edge-to-edge.

So, no complaints in this department as well. The front-face of mine.

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I'm a good car to look at. It's not that I look Hot like one of my competitors from Italy Italians have always managed to look timeless. I'm a handsome-looking machine overall. V feels is that the tyres could've been a bit more wide for the Perfect stance of mine. The other-side of mine. While I look upright and Confident upfront, I look a lot weaker and dull at the back-end.

This is probably the inner side of mine which not everyone appreciates about. Many overlook my other face as the Facelifted Fusion I've mentioned about this for atleast a half a dozen times in this record! My side-profile. This is the most-boring angle to look at me.

Also, notice the sharp crease which is running across the side-profile. The body-coloured door protectors are an OE accessory. The inch rims look a bit small on a car of this size. A inch rim would've been perfect. Also, take a look at the flared wheel arches. They budge out of the side profile. The Rear profile. As said earlier, this too isn't an exciting part to look at. Nothing's overdone like the way Mr. V likes it.

The Christmas-tree taillamps are something which Mr. V doesn't like. The detailing inside too could've been better IMHO. The front airdam is W-I-D-E. The black number plate applique and the airdam gel well with the Diamond white shade of mine as well as the Smoked Black headlamps. The single-slat chrome grill looks good. The chrome usage is Minimal. Just the way Mr. He thinks of wrapping this one up as well. The Front foglamps were added as an accessory at a later stage when Mr. S found my headlamps' light output to be weak.

These foglamps do a good job of illuminating things close-by. While they don't increase the range of the whole setup for that matter none of the foglamps do , they illuminate things up-close which we tend to miss at times. These are bright enough to be used as DRL's. S's Father-in-law uses 'em that way. This is how they look when they're switched off As said earlier, they're bright enough to be used as DRL's. V was looking to swap the halogens for LED's but then he thought of keeping them as-is since the penetrating power of LEDs vis-a-vis Halogens in Fog is a lot less and thus safety became a concern and Mr.

V left them as they were. The subtly Smoked Black headlamps look sweet! As said earlier they go well with the White shade of mine. V is in talks of getting my ORVMs and roof wrapped. This is how they look when the headlamp cluster is turned off The inch steel rims were standard across the range. Ford, then realised that this ain't gonna work and it was sometime in late , they started offering inch alloys on the top-spec Titanium trim post then. Sometime in , Mr.

No, he didn't upsize. The wheel cover is a direct lift from the Fiesta's. The Door handle feels solid to hold and use. This is the only place where neither Sindbad nor Italian lady feel solid. They do look well and gel well with the rest of the exteriors. The turn-indicator mounted on the either side of both the fenders. The chrome finish around the Indicator looks Sweet! The door applique is made of hard plastics. They need a coat of polish quite regularly to keep 'em shining. Also, take a look at the irregularities between the door beadings of both the dorrs. Looks El-Cheapo. The rear quarter glass adds up to the airiness in the second row.

The loooong antenna looks ugly. A shot one mounted at the rear would've been perfect. The reception is really phenomenal. The one on the Italian Lady had issues with the radio reception in the city itself! The Rear Windshield gives the driver a clear view of the happenings behind. It can be used while reversing too save for the wide pillars which sort-of create blind spots.

The Christmas-tree taillamps look dated.

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A smaller unit would've looked better. But that's history and history can't be changed, it can only be read. Thankfully, Ford got rid of these on my successors. Yeah, they get two reversing lamps, that is one on the either side. The High Mounted Stopping Lamp is mounted onto a lip above the rear windshield Which tries to look hard as if it's a spoiler! It is not bright enough as one would expect. Also, take a look at the Washer for the rear Wiper which sticks out like a sore thumb.

The Blue Oval looks lovely! That's what makes Mr. V drool over it every now and then. The Nomenclature and Drive-train badge find its place on the top right side of the boot door. The Petrol counterpart doesn't get any drive-train badging. There's no separate Drive-train badging for the Petrol like the Diesel. That's in the bucket-list of Mr. The Chrome applique above the License Plate area isn't actually a Chrome strip.

It's more of a Rubber strip which looks cheap. Also, take a look at the provision of the keyhole where the base LXI trim gets a keyhole to access the boot. This also accommodates a reflector on the either side. The tow-hook for the rear is visible in this pic. The front 3-quarter look. The Bold me. The Rear 3-quarter look of mine. I'm a curvy design overall. The doors are heavy and one has to put in a decent amount of force to close 'em.

The only complaint being that these doors lack the European thud. While a thud comes in while closing the door, it ain't anything close to my direct rivals e. Getting in and out is a bit cumbersome since one has to "sit" down rather than "getting" in. It's gonna be a problem for the elderly. I came with two interior-colour options of which one being the Ebony black the one which is shown here and the other option being Coral Red.

Of the two, Mr. S and the entire family picked up Ebony black since none of the family member liked the latter. The family's glad that they've picked up a black interior over the red one. The interiors too don't feel claustrophobic owing to the all-black interiors. Ford has done a good job in giving loads of glass area which adds up to the airiness. The Interior part-quality is good for most of it.

V doesn't nitpick too much. But once he gets too detailed while noticing something, he really complaints about it. Thankfully, over the past 7 and a half years, I never gave him such an opportunity Italian lady was always in the hit-list of Mr. V in this aspect BTW! The only thing which Mr. V complaints too much is about the part-sharing. Enough spoken on the part-sharing, let's get back on track. Now coming back to the interiors, the all-black dashboard coupled with matt-finished silver aluminium inserts look cool.

V drools over them. The part quality of these inserts is just so good. For a second, one doesn't feel like as if I'm built to a cost. Yeah, Ford has cut corners in offering smallest of the smallest features e. V doesn't care too much on the features lost over the competition till the quality and overall build is good over the competition.

That was one of the reasons, why Mr. V chose Hexa over the XUV. On the flipside, Mr. V hates electronics inside an automobile. He says, "More the electronics in an automobile, more are the chances of part failure in the long run". Space at the front is good and the seats have a long travel range.

The front passenger has a lot of legroom and kneeroom since the dashboard and the glovebox don't occupy this space the same can't be said for the swift or the i The low window line adds up to the airiness in the front row. The door armrests are positioned perfectly and are wide enough. The low-set dashboard makes sure the driver's judgement is just perfect! The switches feel durable as well. If you look hard, there are some rough edges below the dashboard, but one is not likely to touch or see these parts.

The all-black dashboard with matt-finished aluminium inserts around the centre console and AC vents look good. Controls are easy to reach. The ergonomics are well-sorted and the driver gets a clear view of the happenings ahead. The steering wheel looks meaty to hold and use. Its a simple, fuss-free and no-nonsense steering wheel with no sort of steering mounted audio controls as such. Just like the way Mr. The steering wheel had a leather wrap earlier but the fit and finish leaved a lot to be desired which Mr.

V hated. So, both the brothers ripped that wrap apart and planned to get me a custom-stitched leather wrap and I'm still waiting for it since the past 2-years! The Front seats are supportive for most of it but Mr. V complains about the lack of lower-back support. It could've been better, says Mr.

The seat compound too is on the harder side A plus for long-distance touring and for those sideways pushing during the track-days. The seats combined with the balanced ride quality make sure that the long drives with me are Fatigue-free for most of it. Doorpads have hard plastics and thankfully are of good quality and this is one of the many bits inside me which haven't rattled over the past seven and a half years.

Also take a look at the fabric inserts which are again of decent quality. The black doorpads go well with the brushed aluminium insert on the doorpad. They can also house a 1-Litre bottle on the either side of the doors on the move. Well, as said earlier, I'm a typical old-school guy who offers only two power-windows against the usual segment norm of 4-power windows The door handle feels good to hold and use unlike the Italian lady and the nano.

They're finished in black Just like the way Mr. V likes it; simple and understated. Push the door handle to lock the door s and slightly pull the handle to unlock the door s. Being old-school doesn't mean I'm not getting up with the times. This is the knob for the electrical adjustment of the ORVMs. The ABCs of Life. A car enthusiasts joy was once hidden in these three pedals which are now unfortunately reduced to the two pedals which might further come down to even one!

Probably a bad time for Mr. V and his peer group for being car guys. Euro-Style Headlamp switch is a straight lift from the Fiesta's. The switch feels durable and is not so smooth to operate though. One can hear a click while switching the headlamps on.

The Electrical boot-release feature. One of the many features which Mr. V boasted about in his extended family and friends back then The Rotary Vents for the air-conditioner are of nice quality and they are smooth to use and operate. The air doesn't flow with the vents completely closed. Also, take a look at the matte aluminium surrounds around the AC-Vents. Damn Classy! The storage place for the lower variants.

The Top-spec Titanium trim gets the passenger airbag here. The lack of passenger airbag has freed up the space here for placing some stuff while on the move. V takes a deep sigh whenever he sees this place Just because Mr. S didn't get the Titanium trim! The glovebox is quite deep and can hold quite a lot of stuff. The one on the Sindbad can't even hold an owner's manual of its own. A recessed area to place your idol. Ford does know a thing or two about the Indian Market, isn't it?

The IRVM provides a nice view of the happenings behind. The only thing which can hamper one's judgement while reversing are those wide pillars. The ORVMs on the either side provide a satisfactory view of the happenings behind. But, they're a size smaller than what Mr. V prefers. The headunit was fairly well-ahead of its time infact it just got up with the times now! Functions of this headunit are covered in a separate post. The only interior lamp with theatre-dimming effect.

Yep, my masters didn't upgrade these bulbs to LEDs. V feels there should've been another interior lamp for the passengers at the rear too Italian Lady has spoilt him a lot! The switches for the Air-Conditioner feel durable and at the same time feel quite rudimentary and cheap.

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The gearknob is good to hold and use. The brushed aluminium insert on this looks fab! The gears slot perfectly and the throws are perfectly alright. It's just an inch away from that perfect slick-shifting gearbox. It's only the harder shifts which take away that perfect slick-shifting fun. On a whole, it's any day a waaay better gearbox over the one in the Italian Lady and her younger brother, Punto. Cubby-holes to place your phone, Wallet, There's a cup-holder too which can hold a can of coke or even the espresso shot on the move.

The handbrake is good to hold and use. The tip too is finished in brushed aluminium unlike many other cars who do away with chrome. The way I try to keep my mistress happy when she's onboard! And when she's behind the wheel which is next to impossible now! The Grab handle for the co-driver just incase the driver takes the corner at good speeds. The driver doesn't get one And doesn't need one IMO! V complaints about is the sloping roofline which makes the ingress and egress difficult for taller people like him. It's definitely not a car where one easily opens the door, takes his seat and close the door.

The lesser height figures over the competition itself give an idea that I'm not a tall-boy of any sorts. Space at the rear is good with ample amount of legroom, more than adequate headroom yes, despite the sloping roof and just about adequate under-thigh support taller people just get about it; shorter folks will love it. The rear bench too isn't claustrophobic as my then competition e. But the longer wheelbase doesn't translate into more space over my peers whose wheelbase is less than mine e.

Clearly, my makers perhaps didn't know how to utilise the additional wheelbase. The tall transmission tunnels eats up into the floorspace making the third passenger not-so-welcome. V accidentally managed to bruise up his feet and toes twice thanks to these exposed ends of the roof rails. Now coming to the good part, I'm wide enough to accommodate three full-size adults side-by-side in the rear seat.

The front seat's aren't really scooped out, there's still a whole lot of legroom on offer. The folks at the rear unlike the folks at the front do not get adjustable neck restraints. The taller people will literally have to slide all the way down to use them if they really have to use one. If they slide all the way down, then the underthigh support is non-existent. Ford just forgot to take care of the taller folks in India!

The Rear Bench is good when it comes to overall support. Even the lower-back support is a lot better vis-a-vis the front seats. The only complaint of the young man being that there're no neck restraints at the rear. The seatback angle too is at a relaxed position. It's not too upright The minimum and maximum legroom. Even with the front seat pushed all the way back, Mr. V could sit in comfortably even with his knees rubbing against the seat. The door sill isn't very wide and it's boon for the elderly since it doesn't intrude with the ingress or the egress much.

The doorpad for the doors at the rear. This is very much identical to the one on the front sans the storage bin where one places their 1L bottle at the front and look close, there's a feature addition here or should I call a feature deletion No power windows at the rear; in short the lesser the electricals, the better! The windows at the rear don't go all the way down.

Even the passengers at the rear sans the middle passenger get a 3-Point ELR seat belt as the brochure then read. When not in use, the seat belt buckle can be tucked away in the slot provided. The passengers at the rear get a parcel shelf to place all their items on the go. The middle area of the parcel shelf is grooved in to prevent any items from sliding off. The passengers at the rear too get a grab handle on the either side to rely on it incase the driver is unreliable! Yep, they do get a coat hook on the grab handles on the either side. V had a talk with the owner who perhaps kept the car in front of the house just for the sake of it since it was his dad's car who's no more.

The boot is a healthy litres. The loading lip is low which is a good thing. Despite that, it's a well-designed boot. Need more boot space? Simply tumble down the rear seat with just a press of a button which is on the either side of the rear seat. The boot gets a nifty boot lamp as well. A useful feature in the dark The Spare wheel is a full-size steel wheel. Beneath the wheel is a jack to jack me up incase any of my shoe gets punctured. The warning triangle comes neatly wrapped up in a cover of good quality. Here's the warning triangle which hasn't been used over the past seven and a half years!

Hope it remains this way. There's a nifty grab handle which the shorter folks can grab on to close the boot door taller folks don't need one, FYI! There's this some sort of thread which is available on the both sides of the parcel shelf which helps the shelf rise as the boot door opens up. Also, take a look at the Pneumatic struts mounted to the boot door. They're present on the either side unlike some entry level cars which make do with one of 'em. My heart can pump out a maximum power of 68ps translated to This Drivetrain is mated to a turbocharger which makes it a peppy engine at lower revvs.

While it's performance is comparable to it's valve Double Overhead Camshaft drivetrain's competition, its not faaaast. For people who feel, "I am the Speed ". Let me make this clear to those folks that I'm just not meant for that. Maybe a Stage-1 remap, an EGR Delete and a performance air-filter would make the difference if you still want me for my precise and direct steering and go-kart like handling.

V will probably do all these mods as soon as he gets a Driver's License in Hand. How's it to use me for the daily chores : Well, Mr. S mainly bought me home to serve this purpose right. Now, I can proudly say that I've actually not lived upto their expectations; but actually exceeded them. I proved it to both Mr. T on how commuting from Point A to B can actually be fun. With the almost non-existent Turbo lag, I just chug in and around the city like none other machine does. The ergonomics are perfect, the visibility is spot-on, the clutch travel is relatively short and the Hydraulic Power Steering is so light at city speeds, Mr.

S used to confuse my steering for an Electric Assisted one at times! The drivability of the 1. The fourth gear comes in as early as kmph. I'm meant to do this in style. Add to that, a healthy Fuel Efficiency of Kmpl in Bumper-to-bumper city traffic ensures that I'm not a drunken monkey. Light on the maintenance and fuel means I'm lighter on Mr. S's wallet as well. That's one of the key factors on deciding your beater. How's it like to drive out of the city : On the Straight-lined Expressways : On a straight-line expressway, I'm so good I know, complementing myself on my own strengths is a rotten thing to do, but can't help it!

At speeds of kmph, the tachometer is ticking at a rate of 2, rpm which is good enough. At speeds, kmph, the tacho ticks at a rate of 2, rpm. Anything beyond this, the engine gets vocal and the progress is slow. So, it's best recommended to do speeds of not more than kmph. Cruise at a standard kmph mark, the engine is so relaxed and one doesn't feel like he's doing such speeds and in return one gets awesome Fuel Efficiency figures to boast about. The highest Mr. S has managed to get out of me is The worst was kmpl on the highways.

The brakes do have the feel and feedback what one requires but at times, the brakes are inadequate. But for the present stock avatar, it should be completely fine. On the Winding Section of the roads : This is where I truly stand out from the rest. The steering offers the right amount of feedback while taking a corner like a pro. I just stick to the tarmac like a leech.

The only needle in the haystack is the lack of a powerful drivetrain. It's not that the present drivetrain feels underpowered it actually, at times but a more punchier drivetrain would've complemented the whole package. The gear ratios are well-sorted which is a boon while ascending a ghat with full-house.

The gearshifts, as said earlier are good but the harder gear shifts take away the fun of a proper slick-shifting gearbox. On a whole, I can be enjoyed to the best on the winding section of the roads. The engine bay. Looks nice and everything's in place and looks neat. There's no clutter and everything's easily accessible. Apologies for the dusted engine bay. V isn't finding enough time to detail the engine bay. Bonnet gets an insulation sheet underneath. The Turbocharger. This makes the engine more lively at lower revvs and more city friendly.

The same can't be said for bigger turbochargers though. The dipstick to check out the level of engine oil. V makes it a practise to check out the engine oil level once in every two weeks. The alternator came be seen below. The air-intake and battery in one click. When I had rolled off the assembly line back in , I had come fitted with a Motorcraft battery.

This battery lasted for more than 4-years for our usage. An Amaron battery finds its place as a replacement which might need a replacement in near future signs of weakening battery have started appearing. The fuse box is beneath the air intake pipe. Those with bigger palms like Mr. V will have a tough time accessing it. The Washer Fluid reservoir is to be filled up to the brim from this funnel.

Notice the broken end of the reservoir cap. This was broken by the folks at the ASC while filling the reservoir up. One is supposed to refill the brake fluid from here. Use DOT4 brake fluid only. Even the reservoir cap reads the same. The auxiliary belt is easy to access. The suspension mount. These are half clad with the metal plate around it. Some cars get a full covering for the same.

Reservoir for power steering fluid. The coolant reservoir. V makes to check the levels of coolant on a regular basis. More so, after his ordeal with the Nano. They keep in mind giving the perfect balance of all worlds in the form of a well-calibrated suspension setup. The front end of the car comes equipped with the usual McPherson Strut whereas the rear end of the car comes equipped with the same Torsion beam setup which is standard across the competition then and now. All the Ford's were known for their awesome handling and I'm no exception.

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The suspension tuning is a bit towards the stiffer side which makes a sky-sea difference in the handling with respect to the competition Mr. V hates soft suspension setups but the ride quality takes a small hit. While it may not do a great job of masking all the undulations on the road like a softly sprung up suspension setup might do, this one offers an acceptable ride quality.

There is no vertical movement as such which is a good thing. At lower speeds, undulations do filter into the cabin but it's acceptable. The smaller undulations are well-taken care of. The suspension damping is perfect and the undulations are well-filtered out. This gets better as the speeds build up. The body roll is in-existent and the tight chassis control shows its true colour while nipping in and out of the corners.

I just handle like a Go-Kart in simple words. That's the reason why I'm still a part of this family. All these small little factors go a long way in keeping a car enthusiast hooked to his rides. The steering is light at lower speeds and gains weight as the speeds build up. It's a delight to use; be it inside the city nipping in and out of the traffic or out on the highway.

T preferred my steering calibration over the Italian Lady. All these factors make sure I'm involved with my master as he pushes me to the extreme ends. My underbelly. The underbody packaging is fine but there is no protection for the drivetrain if I end up taking a big time hit may god forbid! The exhaust end can.

The exhaust tip is bent towards the ground and isn't visible unless someone intentionally wants to have a look at it. The fuel tank is placed at the back end of the underbody. The fuel tank can carry a maximum fuel of litres which enables lesser fuel stops thus maximising the range. S could achieve a maximum range of kilometres once on a road trip. The front wheel well is fully cladded which is a great thing.

Small bits like these go a long way. Also, take a look at the front left damper which gave up very early in life despite the best of the driving. Time for yet another replacement? What has happened to the QCs inside the Ford's factory. The new set came in hardly about 15, kilometers ago. The same is the state with the right as well. It's not down to anything the mechanic has checked in detail but only the front suspension strut's which came in faulty from the factory itself! V said that he'll order a pair real soon from Boodmo.

The rear wheel well is half clad. On another note what's that thread like thing coming in from the wheel well and comes tied across the damper. Any guesses? The headunit supports Aux-in, CD, Bluetooth streaming 1st in class; if my memory serves me right! The headunit is USB-ready. A USB cable has to be added at the dealership level at an extra cost.