So. I went to Sheikh Sarai to get my licence renewed.😎
The all important Window No 1. looked empty from a distance so I increased my speed to a double trot, not believing my good luck.😁
Once there, the reason became clear… Starting 26th Dec, all tests were going to be conducted from Sarai Kale Khan 🙄.
When I broke this news to my driver he was shocked…. But that’s so far, he exclaimed.
I would have nothing of it. So off we went in search of this elusive place. Upon reaching I was introduced to a full-blown, complex, complicated course, designed to make you fail!
The instructor incharge was a man of few words..
I will not repeat my instructions, you don’t follow, you can leave. You touch the embankment, you leave. If you cannot make a tight, looped, 8, leave, if you cannot parallel park, you know what to do… I thought in my heart, When do we stay!??
To make matters more interesting, as it happens in India all the time, when there is a high probability of people making a fool of themselves in public, a large group had gathered around the boundary walls of the driving course.. (my driver included 😶).
Having driven most of my adult life, I was working out my cuts and turns in my head, visualizing amazing grace and dexterity in my every turn 😇. It didn’t help that the three drivers ahead of me were disqualified for climbing on various embankments 😥 within minutes of each other.
When my turn came, I reached the instructor efficiently… Only to be told,
Seatbelt kaun bandhe Gaa???
Looking suitably shame-faced, I buckled in and tackled the course, with minor hiccups 😏.
I remembered to give the indicator everytime the road turned, I was neither fast, nor furious (😂) just a picture of calm on the outside.
When the result was announced, I felt no less than Miss World!!! I could’ve thrown flying kisses to all the hangers on, who were showing me the ‘thumbs up’ sign 😆😁
But I didn’t.
I was just glad that I hadn’t failed the test that my son had passed!!