A highway experience….

29 05 2005

Just got back from trissur today, the “culture capital” of kerala. That’s how my mom puts it. For the simple reason of she having her roots there. Anyway, took my bros palio. We took turns driving. Touched palghat, bro took a gulp of cola.
“Here saji, take the wheel !”
whoa, it was just me and the road. a few minutes down the road, and bro was sleeping like a log. My mom was too absorbed in thought to make a sound. Now some truth behind the pretty picture. My bro aint that bothered bout my driving. My mom, well, she sort of became stoic after all those trips to cochin with me behind the wheel of an even more powerful machine.

60………..70……..80………overdrive…..90…..100…… saw a vehicle up front…slowed down…4th gear……kept tailing him for some time….relaxing….back in the slow lane………….

PAAAAMMMM….. glanced right to see a van.. Green one … Didn’t know where he was going…coz i could see another vehicle right in front of me.

“Get Off. I am freaked out !!!”

He seemed to be screaming. Cant blame them. They spend days on the road…. They, very naturally, get freaked out. Had to give way. My mom rudely woken up from her train of thought, started advising. “EDA, VAZHI VIDU” (Give way)…… I had to oblige…………
But me being the brat with a hurt ego. Had to reply.(what was all that talk bout driving on the slow lane?… Sorry …. But had to follow my gut instincts then, who knows, all that inbuilt anger could have turned me into a marauding manslayer!!!) Lowered my gear, can hear the engine roaring (Now that’s meat !!) overtook the man-of-peace in front. Guilt all over. But still… Focused on the task at hand…. i had to reply. Driving the smaller car helped. Can see the barricades up ahead. a common sight on Indian “Highways”..( They serve a good cause i must say….for people keen on replying to green maniacs )..

he slowed down… With me right behind him…went through the two barricades… Yeah.. That’s when i made my move…. Naturally the smaller vehicle had better acceleration…..stepped on the gas….Could feel the green maniac desperately trying to speed up…overtook him …. from then there was no looking back…..drove a Km or two.. glanced at the rearview mirror…..no sign of him……. i could feel the sly grin cross my face…

“yeah? sorry pal…….I ‘M FREAKED OUT TOO…..”

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