Question: What happens when you drive in a foreign country for the first time after being accustomed to the ‘Indian’ style of driving?
- You drive into the pedestrian area and pray that the policeman sitting in the car you have been following, doesn’t look into his rear-view mirror!
- You make a deadly turn and almost enter the opposite lane while driving on a highway (at about one sixth the speed of sound!) to end up saving a dog whose motive in the first place was to commit suicide…
- You enter the tram lanes…you see a digital display showing the time left before the next tram arrives – 1 min 34 sec…you can’t see a road in either direction – 1 min 16 sec…you don’t know from which direction the tram is going to come – 59 sec…you panic, your poor fellow passengers are going bonkers – 41 sec…you press hard on the accelerator, drive back to the pedestrian area and again scare the hell out of the first-world pedestrians (who, by the way, are used to cars stopping for them to cross the road). You then turn into a narrow lane in which there is just enough space for your car to fit and frighten the peaceful shoppers gallivanting there. There is pandemonium as the poor souls drop their bags and hold on to the side walls to save their lives (imagine a scene from midtown madness), and you finally end up burning your clutch (I am a mechanical engineer, but I swear I have no clue how that happened!)
Answer: By now, you must have guessed it. Yes, all of this happened in quick succession.