In my last post I told you about how we finally got our car, only to have it damaged three days later. Paul had left the vehicle at his office so that his accountant, Dhananjay, could use it while we were away for the weekend in Hyderabad. What the accountant had neglected to tell Paul was that he had never driven a car before.
On Friday afternoon Dhananjay had the man that works in the warehouse give him his first, and probably last, driving lesson. With both men in the car, Dhananjay put the car in gear and slowly proceeded forward. The next part of the story is a little sketchy, but somehow the steering wheel locked up. In a panic, with the wheels turned sharply to the right, he put the pedal to the metal. They proceeded up and over a dirt embankment on the side of the road. Because the entire office was watching Paul’s not sure whose account of the story to believe, but saying they took flight would be a fairly accurate description. Some say the car flew 30 feet in the air and others say fifty. When it landed, after rolling over twice, it was resting upside down on a water pipe three feet in diameter. Both men were unscathed, thank goodness; and the car, according to the dealership, is repairable.
Knowing Dhanajay is Hindu I’m sure he believes in Karma, but he doesn’t have to worry about any type of retribution because he is a good man and this was an accident. I do, however, think he may want to start putting some faith in Murphy’s Law.