Woman on the wheels

Please listen.

As it is we have enough accusations about our lack of driving sense and of how we tend to drive in the middle of the road, more interested in the conversation with our pillion rider than in the honk of that idiot driving behind us. Some even say we can’t make out right from left and what not! But, these are things uppity men say. Have we ever minded that? But, when other women start asking you to please listen, you better.

I am very concerned that you don’t wobble your way to death bang in the middle of Chennai’s chaotic roads. You don’t realize how terrified I get when I see you ahead of me, all responsible and neat, yet with that precious handbag of yours sitting on your right shoulder and said shoulder raised in order to prevent handbag from falling, while you negotiate the villians on the road. And when that errant biker from a side lane zips past and you have to brake suddenly in order to save yourself, there you are, with both legs firmly on the road while the right shoulder is still making sure the handbag doesn’t fall. I mean, life is precious, but the handbag with its old bills, cards and frills, safety pins, headache pills is more than precious no?

So, this new year, why don’t you get yourself a handbag with long straps that can be slung across comfortably? Maybe you can fix a special compartment to lock your handbag while you ride your bike. And, while we are on checklists, why don’t you consider appropriate heels for your ride? I certainly don’t want to see that lovely ankle twisted because the heel upset your balance. Thanks dear, I hope you have a good year, and remember, you don’t have to follow all that you hear.

5 Comments so far

  1. Pavithra (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 3:58 pm

    I’ll certainly make sure I’ve got long-strapped bags and comfortable heels. Cue for more shopping! Yay! :)

  2. david (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 7:25 pm

    Nice Lavanya. What is the universal concern of anyone behind the wheel of a car or astride a two wheeler has been voiced, whether it is concern for a guy or a girl on a bike in front of them. However, careful, else this will be considered to be the opinion of an ‘executive riding in a Toyota!’

  3. annoynomas (unregistered) on December 28th, 2006 @ 4:14 am

    Are you ready, are you ready for this
    Are you hanging on the edge of your seat
    Another one bites the dust
    Another one bites the dust
    And another one gone, and another one gone
    Another one bites the dust
    Hey, Im gonna get you too
    Another one bites the dust

    How do you think Im going to get along,
    Without you, when youre gone
    You took me for everything that I had,
    And kicked me out on my own

    Are you happy, are you satisfied
    How long can you stand the heat

    You too ..TooToo …Echo this one

  4. T.Rajapandian (unregistered) on December 28th, 2006 @ 1:14 pm

    Lavanya, the correct spelling is ‘brake’ and not ‘break’.

  5. Lavanya (unregistered) on December 28th, 2006 @ 4:41 pm

    Rajapandian, you are right. My mistake. Fixed it. Thanks.

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