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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Driving, or something like it

I suspect my husband has taken out a huge life insurance policy in my name. I was in Delhi recently, and he just wouldn't let off insisting that I practice driving there. Seriously, what other purpose besides dying can driving in Delhi possibly serve?

Anyway, under the influence of the intoxicating chemicals in Delhi's air, I agreed to his idea. Delhi air can do that you. Consider what prolonged exposure has done to Delhiites: they actually believe what they do on roads with their cars can be labeled driving. [driving! seriously! Next they'll tell me what Rakhi Sawant does in movies is acting.]

Likewise, my dad's been living in Delhi for donkey's years, and finds it a welcome prospect that I will wreck his car [something he's been trying to achieve since exactly donkey's years].

Anyway, so it is that I ended up in a refresher driving course, to fortify my skills as someone who hasn't driven here in a while. And if you fall in the same category, here are the Golden Rules:

1. Red lights are the signal for inching forward
2. Green lights signal that the race has begun
3. Orange lights are green lights in disguise
4. Speed limits are a challenge to be beaten
5. Using side mirrors is dangerous as they may get ripped off by cars overtaking you
6. Parking is a fundamental human right which can be exercised any where, any time, any how
7. Horning is not only a mandatory greeting but also responsible driving, alerting the obviously blind drivers on the road to your presence
8. Only losers give way
9. One-way road signs need to be followed only by foreigners, learners and possibly women who cannot handle the pressure two-way traffic on a single lane road
10. You can drive on roads, footpaths, dirt tracks; you can drive forward, reverse, or laterally; but for God's sake, Don't even think about approaching the Naraina "soon to become flyover" highway or your corpse will rot waiting for the jam to clear!

Happy driving!

5 comments:

Soul Kitchen said...

wow..you were in delhi...we should have met. Any chance you will be around the mega reunion of Springdales in Dec?

split_infinitive said...

A friend of mine asked me - "dude, you've got such an awesome computer, why don't you play games?"... I said.. "dude, I drive for 35 km a day - I get all the gaming action I need from that"...

Seriously its not much better here in Hyd. Except for one absolutely awesome fact about Delhi driving - there you can get shot for overtaking - as happened to a colleague of mine.

Gypsy Girl said...

Add this: In Mumbai drivers believe that honking at a red signal miraculously turns it to green!!And the longer you keep at it, the faster the signal changes!

Ekta said...
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Ekta said...

i so relate to it...my worse nightmare till date is to get back on wheels!!
I hated learning and trying it even in india and I know I will end up in jail for knocking atleast one poor soul over if I ever try it again!!