Not a very impressive measure of speed and power, you say? In Bengaluru, this is not a measure of speed and power. Rather it is the number of dents, bumps, scratches etc. you can expect on your shiny brand new car.
My loyal readers are probably aware that Mona and I bought a car a couple of months ago. Since the time we bought the car, each one of us (the driver included) have had over a dozen minor driving incidents (doesn't make sense to call them accidents because they don't happen as frequently). These include bumping into a scooter, being hit by a truck, driving into a pillar, backing onto a pole, grazing numerous pedestrians and having lightning strike the car. OK, all the but the last one are absolutely true!!
How do you deal with this? You begin to embrace the adjust and move on mentality of India. These incidents rarely turn into a big production. Worst case there is a minor argument between the two injured parties and then everybody moves on with their lives. No police reports, no insurance claims, no exchanging of phone/license numbers .... just a dented and scratched car which can probably be repaired for less than $100!