Thursday, August 6, 2009

An on the road saga - part 6: after a hiatus!

Many a times I had an intense urge to continue blogging and I would even make up my mind and sit in front of my lap top. The long break I took, was posing a starting trouble and every time, I would just procrastinate and distance blogging to the further most priorities. I got a couple of mails from some of my readers, motivating me to continue writing and my dear husband PP would be always after me to start pursuing my hobby (a good relief from my nagging!)...
But most importantly, all these months I missed out on a lot ... the bond I shared with my virtual friends ....! The joy of having friends who closely follow your blog was felt most when a month back I bumped onto one such very dear blog pal in a newly opened restaurant. I still treasure the moment when we both recognized each other ... two individuals who became friends through the blog sphere!......Both of us couldn't hide our joy on this unexpected encounter...and that did convince me to restart my blogs.

Before I write on anything new, I have to quickly wind up a series I started long back "An on the road Saga"............

"This is just ridiculous... how can you drive without a state license?...
Meet me at the police station before 4 in the evening with the state license", saying this he just marched away...

I tried to keep a brave face when the officer in front of me spoke these words ....Holding back my tears I dailed my husband's number with my fumbling fingers...The sighs on the other end of the phone made me more pale .....After dropping my son to school I went directly to the Secreatary of State office to give my written test. But I was rejected even the chance of attempting the test on the pretext that my husband's name in the passport did not match with the name in our marriage certificate.The expanding of the initials in front of his name .. the name had become too long that it did not fill in the visa page in the passport ....that they just ignored the end part of the name which was the real name in the marriage certificate.
confusing right?........
Sure to be remanded in jail in a foreign country ,with a heart full of prayer and helplessness I entered the police station, only to be greeted with a warm smile .....The officer was kind to me and understood the situation and asked me to speed up the process immediately before venturing on the roads.....The next few weeks was tough in getting the bank accounts and electricity and telephone bills in my name so that I could get a license without the fuss about the marriage certificate . After passing the initial written test ,I was waived off the 30 days wait to take the operator's license due to my Indian license. The day I got the Michigan license was a day of celebration for my family and friends ... I drove on the roads with an extra pride and confidence ,,, still the alarm in my head went on whenever I saw a police car in the vicinity.
This joy also did not last long .... A sudden news , of my husband's project coming to a closure and a sudden re location to India , selling off our road companions ,,,in no time we found our selves at home in Chennai.....I still , look at my Michigan State Operator's license... to make sure that all the tensions I went through was not a dream.
In India my on the road saga continues ....we don't own a car yet .... but we travel as a family in our 2 two wheelers... its fun and thrilling for the kids too ...to fight over which scooter they would ride .... who is the first to reach the destination ......! Our Indian roads , which add much spice and adventure to the drives... our on the road saga continues.....................!!!

10 comments:

mathew said...

wow..8 months and finally..;-D
i had to re-read the prequel to this post...;-P

two 2 wheelers for a family and racing..ente eeshoyee..this is too much...Arent you aware that in India a scooter can hold atleast 4 adults and 3 kids...hmmph!! ;-p

Anyways..nice to see you back....coz many of my fav bloggers have stopped blogging or doing it very infrequently..its nice to see this space alive again..

Madhura said...

Great to have you back here ! Please do not take such a long break again ... a sincere request !

Recently one of my friend here had a stint with SOS as her license had expired (which she realized only after a month) ... I was just reminded of all you had gone through every time I went with her to SOS near Busch's and then the Super Center ... and guess what, here too, the result was same. She finally got it from the Super Center in Livonia ! Life here has not changed much I can tell you :)

Mishmash ! said...

heyy...nice to see some activity here , finally!! :)

How re u? Spoke to P recently and got some updates.....hope everything is falling into its place!

Dhanya said...

Are u in India? Anyway nice to see u back in this space..
Btw a friend of mine was asking abt u. she seems to be ur cousin or so.. she was shocked to see my comment in ur post n was asking how I know u! world is small na..

flyingstars said...

nice to be in your blog after a long time Nanditha...I guess you're in India right now....hope you & your family is fine...looking forward to see you more....Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday!

Susan said...

Grand to see you back, Nanditha! You are such a good ranconteur!

I am not surprised that you had a hard time getting your papers in order for your Michigan license. It's even a headache to get your license renewed, despite having driven with a clean record in the same state for years. : P

Nanditha Prabhu said...

Mathew,
It is hard to convince my husband regarding the 4 adults 3 kids theory on 2 wheelers.We even had an experience of driving in the rain with kids all excited and hooting ...and people just staring at us.Thank you for making me feel welcome.:)

Madhura,
Hope not to take such a long break again...I can understand your friends plight perfectly:(

Mishmash,
Back to routine now ... hope you would have got all recent news from P.. WILL MAIL U SOON :)

Nanditha Prabhu said...

Dhanya,
Yes , the world is small . who was this friend anyway .. ?

Flying stars,
It was nice to see your colorlines blog too ..we are in India now AND doing well .. Thank you :)

Susan,
You too had problems with your license renewal? No wonder I had to go through so much ...

Dhanya said...

Her name is Praveena.

Josef said...

Thank !I really love to read this post