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infirmities he was never tired of travelling to far off places to renew his fellowship with people united with him in faith.

To me his passing away is a personal loss.   He will now continue to be in my memory reminding me to get closer and closer to Christ and surrender to Him.


28 January 2005                                                                               C.D.Norman

70)    "Driving in India"

For the benefit of people visiting India and daring to drive on Indian

roads, I offer a few hints for survival. This is applicable to every place

in India except Bihar, where life outside a vehicle is only marginally

safer.  Indian Road rules broadly operate within the domain of Karma where

you do your best and leave the results to your insurance company.  So here

are the driving hints:

a.. Do we drive on the left or right of the road?   The answer is

"both". Basically you start on the left side of the road, unless it is

occupied. In that case, go to the right, unless that is also occupied.

Then proceed by occupying the next available gap, as in chess. a.. Just

trust your instincts, ascertain the direction, and proceed. Most drivers

don't drive, but just aim their vehicles in the intended direction. Don't

you get discouraged or underestimate yourself. Except for a belief in

reincarnation, the other drivers are not in any better position. a.. Don't

stop at pedestrian crossings just because some fool wants to cross the

road. You may do so only if you enjoy being bumped in the back.

Pedestrians have been strictly instructed to cross only when traffic is

moving slowly or has come to a dead stop because some minister is in town.

Still, some idiot may try to wade across, but then, let us not talk ill

of the dead. a.. Blowing your horn is not a sign of protest as in some

countries where we honk to express joy, romance or just bare lust (two

brisk blasts).  Here, it  may be to show your resentment, frustration, or

just to mobilize a dozing cow in the middle of the bazaar. a.. Keep

informative books in the glove compartment. You may read them during

traffic jams, while awaiting the chief minister's motorcade, or waiting

for the rain waters to recede. a.. Night driving on Indian roads can be an

exhilarating experience. The roads do not have shoulders, only occasional

boulders. a.. Truck Drivers are the James Bonds of India and are licensed

to kill. a.. Often you may encounter a single powerful beam of light about

six feet above the ground. This is not a super motorbike, but a truck

approaching you with a single light on; usually the left one. It could be

the right one, but never get too close to investigate.  You may end up

proving your point posthumously. a.. During the daytime, trucks are more

visible, except that the drivers will never signal. Often you will observe

that the cleaner who sits next to the driver, will project his hand and

wave hysterically. a.. Occasionally you might see what looks like a UFO

with blinking colored lights and weird sounds emanating from within. This

is an illuminated bus, full of happy pilgrims singing bhajans. These

pilgrims go at breakneck speed, seeking contact with the Almighty and

often meeting with success. I must add a positive point also. Rash and

fast driving in residential areas has been prevented by providing a "speed

breaker" which is two for each house. This mound, incidentally, covers the

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