Ramesh Babu is the Bangalore-based coiffeur/barber who gives business the haircut for the medium Rs 100 though owns the Rolls Royce Ghost value Rs 3 crore, as well as 67 alternative cars. “Somehow, things have clicked for me,” says Babu, whose clients embody politicians, military officers as well as movie stars such as Salman Khan, Aamir Khan as well as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
On most days, however, Ramesh drives to work in an egg-white Rolls Royce Ghost, handling the controls on the car’s spiffy dashboard with the same deft touch and care as when he is shaping somebody’s coif. The Rolls costs Rs 3.1 crore and there are only five other people in Bangalore who own such a pedigreed car.
The 41-year-old bought the Rolls a few months back with his own hard-earned money, supplemented by a huge bank loan with a monthly pay-back instalment of Rs 7 lakh. His earnings from the saloon are quite modest, but Ramesh, who networks well with the rich clientele of the elite Bowring Institute, has built a lucrative luxury car rental business. But mainly, the man has a collector’s passion for fancy cars. And if there is some social prestige attached to it, then he’s not complaining.
Ramesh enjoy the comfort of a Rolls Royce which was restricted to rajas and maharajas in the past. Next year, Ramesh is planning to buy a stretch limousine worth around Rs 8 to 9 crore.