History can have a twisted sense of humour, sometimes.
One day, you wake up and are struck with a brilliant idea, one that could fundamentally change the way things have traditionally been done.
You put the idea into practice, but all doesn't go according to plan - people are sceptical, the finished product isn't cheap, it has some flaws and to top it all, a World War comes along.
The war ends, wounds heal, life starts to have a semblance of normalcy, and, you find that your idea has been adapted by someone else.
Their adaptation, unlike yours, actually achieves what you had envisaged - it fundamentally changes things, sells in the millions and is hailed as an all-time classic. All you can do is smile wryly and ponder the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
I am, of course, talking about the Mercedes-Benz 130H and the Volkswagen Beetle (seen here) - the former a pioneer that fell by the wayside and the latter a re-working of a theme that became one of the all-time great runaway successes.
Image: A reconstruction of the Porsche Type 12 (1932).
Text: Pablo Chaterji, Business Standard