This is the automobile version of dressing for the job you want, not for the job you have.
All the way back in March, a twitter user had tweeted a picture of a an autorickshaw they’d spotted in Kerala which had been painstakingly converted to look like a Mahindra Scorpio. The auto had a flat back with a glass panel, and sported the Scorpio’s signature decals. The owner had even gone through the effort of installing a spare tyre where the Scorpio’s tyre usually goes. Apart from having three wheels instead of Scorpio’s four, it was a pretty faithful reproduction.
@anandmahindra .image shows how the scorpio design turned generic and popular among Indian roads. This mans way of "dream big" pic.twitter.com/jMoJiB5gGs
— Anil Panicker (@AnilPanicker3) March 19, 2017
It caught the attention of none other than Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra. “Iconic. A way to ‘Rise.’ Thanks for sharing this,” he tweeted. “Can you help locate him? I’d like to buy it for our museum & give him 4 wheels in return..,” he’d promised. Mahindra was clearly impressed with the resourcefulness of the autorickshaw owner, and his low-budget but spunky effort to make his auto look a little more upmarket. It also helped that he was clearly an unabashed fan of the Scorpio.
Mahindra is one of the few CEOs who’s active on twitter, and commands a following of 4.67 million. His tweet asking for the owner of the autorickshaw was widely shared, and ultimately reached someone who knew the autodriver. And Mahindra was true to his word. Yesterday, he gifted Sunil, who was the proud owner of the Scorpio auto, a real four wheeled vehicle.
Here's Sunil, the proud owner of the 3 wheeler 'Scorpio', now a happy owner of a 4 wheeler. All thanks to you twitterati! (2/2) pic.twitter.com/5nb12j2dnj
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) May 3, 2017
Sunil’s “Scorpio” will presumably find place in Mahindra’s museum, where it’ll serve as a reminder of the brand the Scorpio has managed to create for itself over the years. And Sunil now has a four wheeled car that might not be as swanky as his original creation, but will help him get around a lot more effectively. If you truly work towards something, the universe can conspire in strange ways to help you get it.