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Five years and a half I’ve been driving to and from work in my car on a national highway, one hour or more each way. Indian highways and known for the sheer daredevilry of the people who cruise on it. It’s a lawless, chaotic mix of truck drivers high on opium, bus drivers high on what can be called one step above moonshine, careening taxi cabs driven by frustrated F1 racers, tractors driven leisurely by bucolic farmers who do not seem to realize they’ve wandered off their fields, cows who apparently believe in their sacredness more than Hindus do, cyclists whose fathers apparently owned these stretches in the days gone by, an odd assortment of bullock carts, ox carts, camel carts, and, finally, personal car drivers driven by anger at the conditions on the roads. And let’s not forget the roads themselves, narrowing to two lanes and widening to six lanes at whim, random old bridge railings incorporated into the middle of the road, endless construction work and even more endless (I know that’s technically incorrect) road repairs, and new potholes whenever we get a little rain!
Less than two weeks to go I thought, getting into my car this morning. Had to go and jinx it.
Somebody in an apparently life or death emergency tried to overtake me from the the wrong side. I still gave him room, I was running on time so I was kinda relaxed. But even then the guy hit my car while overtaking me. Scratched the side and took the front bumper off. Didn’t even bother to stop, just ran away. I hope the bloody bumper gets repaired or I’ll spend more money and time than I’d like to getting it changed.
There went my record!


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


13 thoughts on “Jinx!

  1. What an idiotic driver and the cheek just to buzz off. Glad your ok, though

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Cat | 05/05/2015, 1:11 AM
  2. Glad you’re safe!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Kathryne Miller | 05/05/2015, 12:36 AM
  3. I love the way you write. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Divya Bhatnagar | 04/05/2015, 8:52 PM
  4. Thank goodness that i dont know driving then πŸ˜› my current phobia πŸ˜€
    don’t give a shit about the battery himanshu and you should be glad you are well πŸ™‚


    Posted by izza ifzaal | 04/05/2015, 6:05 PM
  5. You’re safe, that’s the most important thing. I’m glad you’re a safe driver. x

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Sabiscuit | 04/05/2015, 11:28 AM

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