If you have just started to drive in namma Chennai there may be times when you find that your reactions to certain situations may be improper because of a communication gap that exists between you and the other road users.
Let me explain a few instances:
(Please note that these instances are from the perspective of the driver of a 4 wheeler & so may not be completely understood by 2 wheeler users)
Instance 1: You drive down the road and then you see a 2 wheeler rider diagonally across nodding his head up and down at you.
You think: he is saying “You can proceed” or maybe he is nodding to music or even exercising a stiff neck
What he really means is: I am a (porambokku) waste land and I am going to jump across you this second and if you do not want to waste your car you will let me pass
Instance 2: You are driving down the road and there is a 2 wheeler rider on the wrong side nearly blocking the path giving you a sheepish smile
You think: He is saying that he is lost or he is not come to terms with the new one way diversions
What he really means is: I am a (veenaa ponavan) ruin and I am going to ruin your mood by not giving way as my time is much more important than yours and this IS my father’s road
Instance 3: You are driving down the road in the evening and there is a car on the opposite side with the lights on high beam
You think: He is going to overtake
What he really means is: I am (a kuruttu kabodhi) visually challenged and I cannot see clearly even in bright sunlight, if you think you can see well then ignore the light and just go
By now you must have understood that it takes a lot of understanding to drive safely in namma Chennai.There are many more instances and we will learn them in the next lesson.
Till then safe driving!