A flat, solid-looking metal object, broken in the middle, was lying in the store [attic] room for many years. When I moved house, it came with me. I knew it was the bumper of a car. Since this looked like an object that could be useful in some other way, I got this broken junk welded by my friend Ramas. It continued to lie here and there. Finally it found some re-purpose after five decades!
My late uncle Kitti had a car which he had bought for a thousand rupees. I still wonder how he managed this huge sum in 1964-65, which was probably 5 or 6 times his salary from a small job. It was a car that had changed many hands already and at least 20+ years old. It was, I reckon a "Morris Minor" from the 1930s vintage.
Kitti's car was something like in the web-grab images [below], cream coloured, 4-seater, two doors. Back-seat access was by folding the front seat.
Keep an eye on the front bumper to which the registration plate is fixed.
That is the part being bragged here. Click on the images to enlarge.
Its registration plate bore "MYM 828". I can remember that they used to talk about how someone had cheated Kitti with a very poor condition vehicle. It was frequently finding itself in the repair garage. Unable to meet the expenses Kitti sold it off for peanuts after incurring a heavy loss and landing in debt. He had reverted to his Robin Hood bicycle , which I still use.
Kitti died as a bachelor in his early 40s in 1967.
Kitti was fond of kids. He was a bit adventurous, much to the chagrin of my grandmother. I hear that young Kitti used to clandestinely take away my g/g/father's Model T Ford car which made my grandmother anxious.
Me and Kitti at Raj Studio
After Kitti sold this troublesome Morris Minor, the new owner had painted it red. It was a prominent vintage car even in the 60s and attracted passersby, for its mere vintage look. "Look, Kitti's car" we used to exclaim when we saw it. This car was on the road for a couple of more years before finally 'disappearing'.
Did you see the bumper in the car images above? It is actually just over a metre long, so you can imagine the width of this baby car!
Fifty years on, this bumper gets 'unjunked', finally finding some use in my garden, of all places. For growing small flowering vines, I placed two ladder-like structures and then connected the two on top with this bumper. Soon, the plants from both sides will reach the top to dangle and droop.
View from above.
Close-up of one end of the rusty bumper.
This sleek object will remind me of Kitti' Morris and the short rounds he took me after he returned from work.