When I gave my first driver’s license exam in India, I flunked. I flunked in the written exam itself.
The second time, I failed in the driving test. I drove all my friends for the test as most of them never drove on main roads. All of them passed, I flunked. The reason that was given to me was that I, a youngster, am very arrogant and that I would have been driving for a long time illegally and that I would have caused a lot of pain to other motorists, so the RTA officer wanted to teach me a lesson and failed me so that in the future I would obey the law.
9/10 ppl in India get their license just by appearing for the test even if they have had no experience of starting a vehicle let alone drive it. I believe the officers in command like sub-serviant faces who believe that you have to pay respects to all who give you suggestions as to what makes a good driver and what you must and must not do but the actual skill is just not the criteria.
What mattered back home was how you took everyone along, drive to their satisfaction and live upto each individual’s concept of what actual driving on road was. Should not brake hard, never let go of the clutch, don’t skid, blah blah blah… It really used to piss me of that everyone who had never driven on a straight line was an expert and that I was arrogant.
But I guess redemption does happen and how… I passed the test fair and square here on the first attempt when 9/10 desi’s fail it completely. For the first time I was asked questions in the test which made sense and could only be answered if you know how to drive and drive logically without any “influence”. After the test I know why ppl flunck it here, there is know way to by-heart those answers…
The driving test was even better. For the first time there is a complete stranger who has about 50yrs of driving experience asking you logical questions as to how to take a turn and when to brake and stuff… and he gives you a full score. I don’t remember when was the last time I scored full marks but this will go down as the best test I have give for a long time…
Is logical stuff like this why absolute failures like me in India have a chance to prove themselves again here… or is it just that the way of like here is more of show me than tell me.
Driving is one thing that I am really passionate about even though all the people whom I have ever met never EVER appreciate me for it. I am too arrogant for them or its just that my face is too screwed up for most to picture me as a driver.
Bu for now I want to bask in the glory of a DL that was given based on no shit. Yes everyone has it and its no big deal but for someone like me who has been criticized from day 1 of my taking a wheel, from the time I landed in the US where none of my friends believed that driving on the right side needed no extra skill but common sense or being impolite or rubbishing other’s fears on coming with me cos of me not saying yes to all the chatter about skill involved from ppl who have never ever driven a motor-vehicle, it is really a way to say – shut up and let me drive!