Its been 3 years....!!!! My ownership review has no better time than this, so i think..and so i go... thanks in advance for reading... friends Apr 2009 - I came back from a 2 year hiatus in USA. Couple of months down..... actively Looking for a car eyes on a sedan, but alas,..my house front yard has just space for a 4 m car- complying to indian exercise duty exemption standards. LOL.. June time- raining in Kerala, it is melting in Chennai - My eyes hooked on Jazz launch jazz price published; me- no where in sight uff what a car. hmmm what a price too ! well there it is, I hear of Punto- yeah I had never heard of Punto before, courtesy of course I will put first blame on fiat for no aggressive media push,..and partly of my absence in India for the immediate past... so it is www all the way after I got a glimpse of the beauty's pics, interest go higher... and higher, and higher, but it was only online... till in august when I first test drove her at concorde velachery. bliss.. (it was diesel ) and again bliss.. it was 1.4 EP. seeing the differnce in price and since I was already on tight budget, convinced myself that petrol will be sufficient and that justifies my running too, which will not involve daily office commute in the car. what else to say! I was blown away with the ride, all I could see was carpets unrolling instead of the passed by road and ahead also.. liked the interiors too, and emotion pack it will be - I said to myself. hence there was no question of diesel even more..days pass, weeks pass. was not in a hurry since it was my job changing times mean while ritz and swift also were driven and came to realize more about the running cost difference and mind was leaning more towards diesel, but with no budget flexibility. liked the ritz much, but not the swift. and during a test drive hard braking in ritz didn't convince me..and that kept niggling in my mind. so too the rear bench and rear door armrest felt awfuly inadequate. what did remain in the mind was the front air space you get immediately in front of your head and body. it was very spacious. one more round of test drive with punto is done during the days ahead, including a visit to home to see how it fits in.. it did win by a very narrow margin. also quotes got from vst tafe etc wer got. few used cars were seen too, mostly swift. but none a fit. - - - Merged Post - - - come 21Nov, and i was on the way to concorde to book, and ufff...here i go, myself got diverted to abt maruti guindy and in minutes i am finalizing the deal and giving a booking amount of 10k! back to home and thinking whether i followed my heart or not.. no no no.. it was not. had numerous discussions with my family, who were then back in kerala, and now they are also added to the confused list. i will be reaching there on 26th mid night+ and thus it was going to be a surprise for them whether it is going to be punto or ritz..such was the case. heart wins. 23rd monday and i am marching to concorde, getting loan fixed (sundaram fin) it wil be 50:50 for the OTR of 5.3. as it is already late and i got only 2 days- i need delivery before 25th. 1.4 EP it is and due to the dates, my choice goes to electric blue, though medium grey and red were also in contention. SA was very friendly and he promised me delivery next day, and RTO things done by the 2nd next. i go about and intimate the cancellation. didn't wait to see any drama, just gave the letter and back. counting days...! oh no, there are no days to count.. it is just the next day. the d day. non eventful. 25th Nov. i kept calling SA whether it is getting ready. i get convincing answers and by 1130 i am at showroom. saw the car .checked inside out, a quick one..and the driver was taking it to rto. i go to ofice. evening got the call late that car is geting ready. so reached by 645 only. and the sun film sticking is in progress..did the pooja- lemons got squeezed below the tires, SA, manager every one hand shake-d and security gets a token tip too . out goes we 2 me and ma punto, gets the complementary 10L petrol and i fly home...hmm..drive home..peaceful sleep at night, for the next days long drive. 26th mornning left to office early. was told to come to concorde in afternoon, just before my departure to kerala planed at 2pm to fit the number plate. all goes planned. i was happy, and tried to make SA also more happy, offered cash as gesture, which he politely refused to take after repeat request. 1pm I am leaving concorde with cool wind in my hair and ribbons flying later i cut it to avoid distraction in highway. what a ride it was.i never crossed 100 though. planted, confident and me smiling. the last leg of the journey was from Palakkad to Kozhikkode highway and it just as though i was part of wrc special stage.. winding smooth roads and me single inside, the vehicle is so planted that i flick it here, and the car is here. i flick it there, the car is there..an experience never to be forgotten when i think of my punto. i reach home just after midnight...and it is all surprise surprise (i had informed about the car, but not the color) in all faces. it was my sons 2nd birthday on 27th and the celebs were just on. thats the saga of my punto...and stories are there more to come.. I hope i can keep posting with out making people get bored of it.. had been holding of till now.. now, i let it loose.