Stories about driving

Rocks and ambulances

“Couldn’t we have gone to a better mechanic, gotten a new and reliable battery, so this wouldn’t have happened?” “I don’t know. This is not the first time this has happened, anyway.” “What? How can you talk about it like this? Every time!” “Like what?” “You know!” He looked at him, his eyes had been previously glued to the movements of the people around him, “If we thought in such detail, you know what would happen. And you also know I hate repeating things!” Ali knew his friend was right, as always, and, as usual, he bit his tongue. “Drive faster,” moaned two voices from the interior. Hearing ...

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Series 1: “Dreams of Lunacy” Part 4 Identity

“I’m going for a sleepover at Salman’s house.” “What?” “Sleepover, ammi.” “Now? At mid-night?” she exclaimed. “Jee, everyone is getting together right now, please, midterms just ended today.” “Okay, but this is never happening again,” she said, as she shook her head. Ghaffar gave her a hug, and got the keys from Zameer, who was awake, watching a Bollywood movie in the servant quarters. He headed towards his Corolla and was soon on the road. There was no sleepover. He just wanted some time for himself and what better than a drive around Lahore, with nowhere to reach and no one to check upon him. He opened the ...

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Throwing ‘like a girl’ is not an insult!

If you haven’t seen the new advertisement from the Procter and Gamble-owned Always, then you need to see it. This advert, which explores what it means to do something ‘like a girl’, topped the Campaign Viral Chart, bumping Activia’s Shakira video off the first place. It has been shared 536,519 times in the last few days, and it is definitely something everyone should watch. Directed by the award winning filmmaker, Lauren Greenfield, who also directed the famous documentary, The Queen of Versailles, this commercial begins with a bunch of grownups entering the studio and being asked to demonstrate how to run, fight and ...

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Teaching your child how to drive? Bad idea!

A few years ago, I crashed our car onto a footpath as I was learning how to drive by the beautiful, empty stretch along the sea. My father was in the passenger seat and I maintain, to this day, that he should be held more responsible than me. Is this tossing of blame typical, youthful insolence on my part? Perhaps, to an extent, but hear me out.  Parents can certainly do a lot of things, wear many hats, but there are some tasks you just need to call in the professionals for. In my case, it was learning how to drive. Yes, I ...

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Formula 1: Is Red Bull the only contender?

The upcoming Formula 1 (F1) season is destined to be another challenging and intriguing one indeed. Red Bull, Mclaren and Ferrari remain serious contenders for the Championship.  Mercedes is considered by some to be a dark horse in this year’s campaign. Mercedes had undergone a major transition at the end of last year when Michael Schumacher (the Greatest Driver of all time) bowed out of the F1, after a rather uneventful comeback with the German Team. His retirement has left a huge vacuum in the team as well as Formula 1. I seriously doubt we will ever get the chance to witness ...

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Formula 1: Is Vettel the next Schumacher?

The Formula 1 (F1) season came to end with a race in Brazil, Sao Paulo, with Sebastian Vettel coming out victorious, with his third consecutive F1 title, for the Red Bull racing team. This could be a legend in the making.

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates winning the world championship with his team after finishing sixth in the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo November 25, 2012. Photo: Reuters

The 25-year-old driver is the youngest triple champion of the world and also the youngest in the 63 seasons of the ...

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Learning how to drive

“Speed bump ahead,” the driving instructor says. I should probably do something I thought. I wait a bit. “Speed bump ahead,” he repeats, this time a bit more urgent. I can actually see the speed bump now. On the Sea View road, out my right window I can see the beach. It’s 11 in the morning and families are already out, lazily enjoying Cornettos (ice cream) and camel rides… Bahir nahin, saamnay dekhay! (Don’t look outside, look ahead!) Speed bump! Clutch! Brake! It’s a tiny speed bump, so I don’t experience the car-flinging-in-air kind of thing I think I’m going to have when the ...

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Why Mother’s Day matters

I have never been a great proponent of the concept of Mother’s Day – or even Father’s Day. Dedicating days to celebrating every member of the family is not something that made sense to me – after all, you already had birthdays and anniversaries, right? Anything in excess of this is clearly a ploy by all those card-printing companies nagging at your guilt to spend more of your money and boost their sales As I have grown older I have come to realise the value of these days, randomly allocated to a day in the year to celebrate our parents’ contributions ...

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VIP protocol: Thanks for the extra sleep!

Over the last few years, Pakistanis have become accustomed to measures that are routinely taken to ensure security for VIPs of the land. Of these measures, blocking roads to ensure safe and free flow of traffic for our VIPs while the general public is stuck in huge traffic jams for hours has now become an accepted part of our culture. This indignity, inflicted on us in the name of providing foolproof security to senior political and military figures, has no roots in Pakistan’s original culture. It has been imposed on the citizenry, much like inflation, corruption, unemployment and poverty. However, ...

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Good job, King Abdullah! But you need to do more

Last Ramazan I was in Saudi Arabia, mainly for the purpose of performing Umrah. However, I spent most time of my time in Riyadh with my sister. My trip was far from enjoyable, as being a driver myself, I was often agitated at my dependence on my brother-in-law. I constantly found myself waiting for him in order to get to malls and any other place that I wanted to visit. I felt so handicapped because I wasn’t allowed to drive. My sister, who used to drive frequently when she was settled in Dubai,  found it difficult to get used to the fact that women are not allowed to ...

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