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On Cars in India Changed, and how Cars Changed India:

What you see is a Small but this is a size which revolutionized India. The way India drove, the way India connected, the way India grew and moreover, the way India aspired. There was a time in India when cars in India were a shade better than what Henry Ford offered. (A black car – take it or leave). In India, it was either an Ambassador or Fiat and nothing else. Amby is an ancestral in shape, size, quality and emotions too. It’s the Good Old India Car, known for no sharp edges. Fiat was sleek but ancient standards.

Then came Maruti. It first had to battle the perceptions of being a Match Box, Tin Box, etc.etc. But silently, size did matter. Small was beautiful. Small was getting powerful. Small overtook the big. Small Cars have now revolutionized the Indian Economy.


Sales of passenger cars might have slowed in developed economies, but they are soaring in India. In the April-August period, car makers in India produced 7,063,063 vehicles, against one million vehicles in the entire 2004-2005 financial year. Vehicle production in the April-August period this year was 32 per cent higher than in the same period last year, according to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), a trade organisation based in New Delhi. The passenger-car segment grew by 34 per cent in the same period.

Last year, India's vehicle sector, which employs 10 million people, achieved a turnover of more than 2 trillion rupees (Dh165.65 billion), according to an economic survey that the government presented in parliament. This year, India emerged as the world's seventh-largest vehicle producer, six years ahead of the government's target date for reaching that goal, the ministry of heavy industry said last month.


India's vehicle sector grew the second fastest globally in the financial year ending in March. With a compound annual growth rate of 14 per cent in the vehicle sector, India is expected to roar ahead of China, growing at 6 per cent, to become the world's fastest-growing car market between now and 2020, according to a recent report prepared jointly by the global consultancy Ernst & Young and the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA).

((For Those TE Friends who would like to understand and PRACTICE PANNING here’s a bit of tip.

The basic idea behind panning as a technique is that you pan your camera along in time with the moving subject and end up getting a relatively sharp subject but a blurred background.

1) Try and start with 1/30 second and then play around with slower ones. Depending upon the light and the speed of your subject you could end up using anything between 1/60 and 1/8 – although at the slower end you’ll probably end up with camera shake on top of your motion blur.

2) Its better to position yourself in a place where your view of the subject will not be obstructed by anyone or anything else. Also consider the background of your shot. While it will be blurred if there are distracting shapes or colors it could prove to be distracting. Single coloured or plain backgrounds tend to work best.

3) As and when the subject approaches, track it smoothly with your camera (follow it through the view finder, in this case Live View does not give as much of stability that viewfinder gives because your cheeks and your forehead acts as support). If you’re using a longer lens you might like to use a monopod or tripod with a swiveling head.

4) Auto focus mode while tracking helps you as you can let the camera do the focusing for you of course depending upon it’s speed and whether it can keep up with the subject.

5) Now the Mother of All Steps - Once you’ve released the shutter (do it as gently as possible to reduce camera shake) continue to pan ) the subject, (follow the subject) even after you’ve heard the shot is complete. This has to happen smoothly ‘in the same go as you hace pressed the shutter key) This smooth follow through will ensure the motion blur is smooth from start to finish in your shot.

It’s a bit of painful to explain like writing down how to swim, and better to physically experiment. Initially comes across as difficult (as most things in life…yeah…) but the joy of doing it is ….Yeah .!! You got it.

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