Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pappettan teaches to drive

If you are wondering who Pappettan is, click on this link and find out.

Pappettan, being a good samaritan, agreed to the experienced driver for a common friend who intended to appear for the driving test. Teaching driving is a tricky business. A few decades ago, my driving instructor in Kochi used to shout at the top of the lungs for even a silly mistake. Years later in US, I found a very calm person as a driving instructor. I was curious to find which category Pappettan belonged to. I should have known better. He belongs to the cool-as-cucumber category. I learned other lessons on top of this obvious fact.

Our friend was driving on the left side of the road which incidentally is the right side of the road for UK and India. He was following the lane discipline religiously when a car from the opposite direction slowly swerved into our side of the road. The other car had evidently crossed the median and was in our part of the road. My friend was in total control of the car when Pappettan instructed him. 

Pappettan: *calmly* Please move to your left.

Common Friend: *puzzled* Should I?

Pappettan: *explains* Yes, you should. Please move to your left and give that car space to pass safely.

Common Friend: *obeys but is not happy*

Pappettan: *no expression on his face, watching traffic and judging my friend's driving skills*

Common Friend: *unwilling to let go* But... the other car was wrong. They were not following the rules.

Pappettan: *lets out a laugh* Our duty is to drive safely and save lives. Is it right or wrong? That is for a judge to decide.




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