When Pari fell sick last week, I had to take her to the doc every other day. She recovered fully after a week’s time. Hospital was just 4 kms from home, but it would have been terrible if I did not know to drive. So while coming back from the hospital, I thanked god and the two men who insisted me to start driving and keep driving..
Umpteen women own a driver’s license but do not drive. I too belonged to this group, but not anymore…
It was in my father’s interest that me and my brother started driving. I even took license the very next saturday after I turned 18. But I hardly drove a few kms at my hometown. Being younger to me by 2 yrs, my bro took license soon as he turned 18, and he offered a ride when needed.
After I moved to Chennai for a job, the city’s heavy traffic was the primary reason for not driving. When my brother joined me at Chennai , I happily took his help to travel.
Post marriage was even easier. With my husband, one of the greatest drivers I have met, anytime-anywhere-pick& drop was readily available. So being a license holder for over 10 yrs, I managed to reach anywhere I wanted to (sometimes after fighting with auto drivers), but still did not try driving.
My office was just 2 kms from where we stayed. So during my pregnancy, Sayf wanted me to start driving since I could come home as and when needed. Somehow it did not work. But after Pari (Our rolly-polly-naughty-sweety and now 8 month old, lil princess) came in, driving became necessary. With a day care at my office, there was no option than to bring her along, drop her at daycare and start with my office. I was still reluctant, but Sayf was behind my life :) After my test-driving-sessions with Sayf, I started taking Pari to office.
Today, with my husband at Dubai, managing work,home and the baby has become really difficult. Needless to mention, my car has become one of my most reliable friends in no time. And I realise that driving is essential. Its been just a month since he left, and my car has (unbelievable) run over 600 kms. It was actually meant to run only 2 kms to and from office everyday..
Now, I take my car for grocery,market,shopping,work,parlour,anything and everything.
Now, I pick my parents from Chennai Central (25kms from home) and go to T.Nagar (one of the busiest places in Chennai city)for shopping. Chennai traffic doesn’t seem to be a problem anymore
Now, I give lifts to the mothers who needs to pick up their babies from daycare and also to fellow male colleagues who wants to be dropped at bus/railway stations.
And if I can, all of you can…
When license and driving go parallel, we do not realise how handicapped we are. Only when you start and sense the tremendous volume of independence it gives you, do you realise what you were missing earlier. You actually own your vehicle only when you start driving.
Now I know what is carburetor, slow speed, mileage,piston rings,coolant and much more. Above all of this, I know that driving has made my life a lot simpler.
Today, I am an ‘independent’ working woman, and behind the success of this independence there are two men – My father and My Sayf :)
Driving now means a lot of freedom, independence, excitement, adventure, happiness and satisfaction. Its worth giving a try.
So next time you need to go somewhere, no more quarrels with auto drivers and no more waiting for someone to pick you up. Get ready, a smear of face powder, a dash of lipstick and vrrrroooom… Go Babelicious gals!!!