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Old 18th July 2009, 08:26   #1
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I am girish, learnt to drive only few months back, but, lucky to start with a Gypsy. Came back un-scathed from my first OTR last week (Dobaspet),
thanks to my brother Vijay and Dwaraka and others

For the completeness, I am a scientist at ISRO, love to photograph and drive

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Old 18th July 2009, 08:36   #2
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Hey Girish, Welcome to Team-BHP. You are really lucky to have Gypsy as your starting vehicle & Vijay as your brother :-)

Enjoy your stay here, have fun & look forward to see you in many forthcoming OTR's
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Old 18th July 2009, 18:33   #3
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Default Hello Girish

Glad you got your DL. I am sure your brother & friend would have given you competent tips on driving. Please follow them carefully and drive carefully.

Onething my Grand Dad told me when I started driving was that - Behind every corner or bend, there could be a devil waiting for you, so always go around them carefully. This rule I still follow, while driving or riding

As a self taught driver (at 13 years) I had to pick-up a lot of stuff as I went along and eventhoug driving in India, I did not pick-up many bad habits, as I was able to clear my road test in Dubai, without any classes and at the first atempt.

However there have been times in last 32 years I had wished that I knew about before some situations arose.

I am giving below a link to some driving tips - some of them myanot relevant in India, but all of them will stand you in good stead if ever you drive in any of so called developed countries.

Defensive Driving: 70 Rules to Live By

All the best and enjoy your driving

Best Regards

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Hi Girish,
Welcome to the community.
Congrats for clearing the driving test.
I am past the age to get a license. I regret that for the past 43 years (after returning from UK) I did not drive.
Gypsy! WOW. How come you started with a Gypsy? Legacy eh?
ISRO, that too a Scientist! WOW again.
Hope the Gypsy will keep you firmly on terra firma and prevent you from lifting off.
Take care and enjoy while driving (and also while not).
Thanks for the link. Checked it out. It would be helpful to my son, who would soon appear for the driving test.
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Old 27th July 2009, 18:01   #5
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Thanks Khan for approval

Nair, thank you very much, its a very good reference and I will sure try to follow each and everything in it

profold, thanks for the kind words. Sceientist in ISRO is not a great achievement if you know what you want to be
Gypsy is thanks to my brother, so.

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Old 27th July 2009, 18:41   #6
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Howdy Girish , so now we know exactly whom to pester when our Moon mission takes off. Do take care of GTO , he may want to take a 'test drive' of the moon rocket before you can strap in our 'indo-nauts'.

Welcome to the forum!
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Old 28th July 2009, 02:25   #7
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Welcome , Girish.
Interesting to know that you are with ISRO. We have a couple of scientists who used to be in ISRO,probably until 2003-2004.
Do post pics of your Gypsy.

Take care, and drive safe!
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Old 28th July 2009, 16:21   #8
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Hi Girish,

Nice to know you..Nice to know somebody from Mr. NAIR'S camp !!!

Lucky you to have a GYpsy as your first 4 wheel.

My first car which i got to drive was a well used fiat i had inherited.

see you around !
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Hi Girish,

You seemed to enjoy the Off roading. We will see you in next OTR. BTW congratulations on your forthcoming wedding. Have a happy married life.
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Wow learning first time on a Gypsy , Sage driving and have fun , please do post the pics
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welcome and keep the RPM below 4000 for first couple of years
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