How The Indian Car Market Is The Bizarro Version Of America's

For the second time on my trip to India, I find myself entering a building and having a chain of flowers draped over my neck as a woman paints a mark on my forehead, and then showers me in flower petals. I never really know what to do in these situations, afraid that as soon as I open my mouth they'll realize the… » 2/22/13 12:00pm 2/22/13 12:00pm

Hindustan Ambassador: The Jalopnik Review

The one car I knew I had to drive if I ever went to India was the Hindustan Ambassador. Going to India and not driving one would be like going to Philadelphia and not eating a cheesesteak, or going to Paris and avoiding the Eiffel Tower, or going to Colombia and not swallowing several condoms full of cocaine. You… » 2/21/13 10:32am 2/21/13 10:32am

The Strange Handmade Charm Of India

Here in the USA, you can almost always spot an Indian product. This is very different than Chinese products, which are so numerous and varied as to be anonymous. But Indian products you find in the America, they almost all have this artisan/handmade quality. Whether it's jewelry in bins at Anthropologie or manhole… » 2/20/13 12:41pm 2/20/13 12:41pm

These Are Some Of The Maharaja's Old Pieces Of American Iron

On the drive back from the desert to Delhi, I asked if my car-mates had seen the massive old Rolls (we think) that just passed on the street. You yourself can see the car I'm talking about in my post about driving in India. No one other than me saw it, but one of the other passengers, a friendly guy named Ashish… » 2/19/13 6:51pm 2/19/13 6:51pm

A Guide To Driving In India Without Dying

Much of India's population is Hindu, a religion that boasts a vast array of interesting deities. It's said there are 330 million gods in the Hindu pantheon. That gives each god about three potential drivers to look out for. And from a driving perspective, that's a very good thing, as a monotheistic culture would soon… » 2/19/13 1:06pm 2/19/13 1:06pm

The Amazing Decorated Trucks Of India

One of the most striking things an American will notice on India's highways is how almost all their cargo seems to be transported by these lavishly decorated and slightly ramshackle large trucks. They're everywhere, often overloaded to twice their normal height, and barrelling down the road with a gleeful disregard… » 2/18/13 3:57pm 2/18/13 3:57pm

Driving India's Jeep In A Desert Rally Without The Burden Of Skill

I knew I wanted to drive a Thar long before I had any idea I'd ever get to India. I was interested because it's one of the best automotive examples of evolution to an environment. Think of it this way: both the Thar and the Jeep we Americans know and love started with the same source: the WWII-era Willys Jeep. This… » 2/18/13 12:00pm 2/18/13 12:00pm

Why I Spent A Week In India Driving Everything I Could Find

Generally, the American motoring press doesn't think much about India. Sure, when there's big news  like a $2500 new car or someone remembering that, holy crap, they still build the Ambassador, we'll write about it, but for the most part we've done a pretty good job ignoring the sixth largest car market in the world.… » 2/15/13 4:23pm 2/15/13 4:23pm