Thanks for sharing the link maverink. I guess the firedance was costing around Rs 3000/- same in 1996. Now the latest models are costing at least $ 140.
If I remember correctly, I bought the Firedance (18k nib) in 2007 for about Rs. 3500. I so badly wanted the newer shiny black lacquer model with 18k nib but it was priced at Rs. 6000/7000. That was a bit more than I was willing to spend at that time. I bought the matte black version instead with steel nib for Rs. 4000 in 2007. I also ended up buying a Frontier with a black barrel (made in UK) in 2007 for Rs. 1400 (or maybe Rs. 1600). Now a days the Luxor made ones with the same nibs go for about Rs. 600. I don't see a stark difference in quality either. The build quality and the writing performance is the same as far as my experience goes. The only nitpick I have is that the brand imprint/stamp on the cap isn't crisp on the Indian made Frontiers.
All this was before I discovered the pen stores around Flora Fountain in Mumbai. Until then I bought my Parkers from Shopper's Stop . Hari introduced me to those small shops and I started buying pens from them at much discounted rates. After moving to the US, my options have increased a lot.