AUTOMOBILE

Sakshi Nanda

We Are Losing Our Zen, And We're Grieving

Part-by-part and day-by-day our Zen is going away from us. Remember Maruti Zen, the oldest model? It's a 15-year-old car I got married to, after my husband bought it as a young adult with his father's hard-earned money. We know it's going away because every month it needs to be upped, with a part needing replacement or some other dying permanently. The engine is coughing with over-use, protesting at every ignition now. Mysterious groans of ageing are heard through every trip.
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A Visit To The BMW Plant In Munich: The Future In Motion

Our tour guide informed us that the plant produces close to 1000 cars in a day at this facility but the percentage of human involvement in the entire process is only 2%. As we were taken from the press shop, to the paint shop and further on to every process that contributes to the creation of the finished product, I couldn't peel my eyes away from the "robots" that occupied each room in large numbers and every shape and size.