The number of Indian motorists injured each day is less remarkable than the extraordinary number who aren’t; surviving this mayhem last week whilst shooting in Mumbai and Goa confirmed my harboured suspicion that Indians aren’t taught to drive but are actually taught to avoid.
After cursory avoidance lessons, they take the Avoidance Test to qualify for the official Indian Avoidance Licence. Theoretically this would work but many, through incompetence or laziness, avoid avoidance lessons and the Avoidance Test by paying a bribe for their Avoidance Licence, thereby causing chaos by avoiding less than others on the open road.
Our cab driver on Monday appeared a case in point with two collisions within the space of an hour – both mild until he tried to kick the victim’s coachwork back into shape during heated verbal exchanges.
This might seem at odds with the nation’s renowned sweet karma spirit which views this life as a mere passage to the Next World, but put a steering wheel in the hand of any Indian and he feels duty bound to reach it first.
Best take your mind off the above by shooting incidentals from the car………
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