My job brought me to Gurgaon for the first time in 2001, there was no public transport to speak of and getting from one place to another was really challenging. I still didn’t dare to learn how to drive as I took all the women-can’t-drive jokes a bit seriously. But, years later, when I actually did learn how to drive, I was terrified as I would get worked up with aggressive honking or embarrassed about not being able to park correctly. Only people who are afraid of driving will understand what I’m trying to express. I just couldn’t get myself used to the constant changing gears along with the clutch while dealing with the traffic specially during peak hours and malls where one needs to drive on the ramp to exit.
I would dream of automatic cars, but they were unheard of and available only in high end models. After a couple of months, I gave up. However, when I was in the Philippines, the need to drive was even more as public transport was really expensive but automatic cars were more easily available than manual cars. On the insistence from a friend, I learned how to drive, and it has been one of the best things I have done for myself. I felt so empowered and independent. Continue Reading