Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Or so they say. A few days ago, industrialist and Executive Chairman of the Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra found a picture of an auto-rickshaw owner, who had designed the back of his three-wheeler in a manner that made it look like the Mahindra Scorpio SUV. Mahindra retweeted it asking his team or anyone who had the means, to find out the identity of the rickshaw owner. Mahindra had said that he would like to take the rickshaw for the Mahindra museum and in its stead gift the person concerned a four-wheeler in return.
— Anil Panicker (@AnilPanicker3) March 19, 2017
Iconic. A way to ‘Rise.’ Thanks for sharing this.Can you help locate him? I’d like to buy it for our museum & give him 4 wheels in return.. https://t.co/uwQ5wYcDpW
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) March 19, 2017
Remember this request?Our team managed to locate him! And we acquired the 3 wheeler from him..Gave him a 4 wheeler in return (1/2) https://t.co/mJ7tDdRhTQ
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) May 3, 2017
The company then tracked down the owner of the rickshaw, who happened to be Kerala-based auto rickshaw driver named Sunil and offered a brand new Mahindra Supro Mini Truck in return for his ‘master-piece’ vehicle. The entire episode started on March 19, 2017, when a man named Anil Panickar had found the picture of the auto and tagged Anand Mahindra, telling him about how popular the Scorpio had become among the Indian crowd.
Mahindra, who had seemed quite impressed by the modification of the auto that made it look like the Scorpio SUV, had replied to Panickar and had thanked him for the picture. He had then gone on to ask for his help to locate Sunil, so as to get the vehicle.
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Clearly, for Sunil this was an opportunity of a lifetime and one that he looked quite happy to avail. But apart from that, the stroke of genius that was seen in the vehicle that he created from scratch was most impressive and definitely a lesson for all those who are mechanically minded.