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Goldy Nagdev has a seriously impressive fleet of enthusiast-cars at his disposal, and the Thar is the latest one to join the lot. Where does it fit in to his garage?
Goldy Nagdev

GOLDY IS A CAR GUY. IF THAT ISN’T APPARENT from his Instagram page dedicated to the cars he drives, the metal parked in his basement leaves no room for doubt. There’s a Mercedes-AMG C 63 S, a BMW M2 Competition, a Mitsubishi Evo X, a Jaguar XK-R, an Audi R8 V10 Plus, a Porsche Macan Turbo, an Isuzu D-Max, E-Class All Terrain, and even a track-spec Honda City. And now joining this incredible lineup of cars, is the all-new Mahindra Thar.

Goldy’s decision to buy a Thar was not impulsive. This was a match that was years in the making, stretching all the way back to the ’90s, when Mahindra showcased the Classic and the Armada at Auto Expo. Back then, those SUVs spoke to him like few others did. “The Classic had this raw appeal. I was about 18 or 19 years old then and it symbolised freedom and the wind-in-the-hair kind of feeling. Along with the Classic was the Mahindra Armada. Those days we didn’t have these proper seven-seater SUVs or MUVs, so that was a new concept. I never thought that a Mahindra car could look so refined, civilised and up with the style. I remember the car was white and it had silver grey niches and red decals.” The seed was sown way back then but it could be realised only last year, when Goldy picked up this Thar.

Ever since he caught wind of the updated Thar, Goldy knew he wanted one. “On the very first day when bookings opened, I went in and paid my deposit for this one,” he says, very matter of factly. And he didn’t even drive the Thar till he drove his own 4x4 out of the showroom. “I had read the reviews and they were very promising. But I still had some apprehensions — will it be as good? Will it fit into my daily driving needs? Will it be a versatile car or would it just be relegated to the weekends or special occasions?” he says, running through all the questions that went through his head before he actually got his hands on it. “But the moment I got into my car, drove it out of the showroom and through normal city afternoon traffic, it turned out to be a very friendly car and it was very driveable.” All those apprehensions about it being too hardcore or just a weekend ride were blown out of the window.

“IT SYMBOLISED FREEDOM AND THE WIND-IN-THE-HAIR KIND OF FEELING”

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