GURUGRAMMERS PARTY HARD AND PRANK HARDER

When it comes to breathal­yser-wield­ing cops, some driv­ers try their luck but a few ap­pre­ci­ate the hard work of the men in khaki

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - MY CITY - Naina Arora ■ naina.arora@ht­dig­i­tal.in

The fes­tive mode is still on and so are the late-night get-to­geth­ers, fam­ily din­ners and card par­ties. But trav­el­ling back home af­ter drink­ing can re­sult in some un­for­get­table en­coun­ters with cops. From try­ing to cheat the al­co­hol test to pre­sent­ing flowers to cops for their hard work, Gurugrammers are mak­ing some hi­lar­i­ous and heart-warm­ing ges­tures.

FAIL OR FOOL?

A Gu­ru­gram res­i­dent who didn’t want to be named, says: “I have one-two beers every week­end at the club which is 15 min­utes from my home. But since the law is strictly en­forced, I tried to find a way to cheat “the air blow test”. Some­one said in­stead of ex­hal­ing, in­hal­ing air might work. An­other way is just be­fore the test, fill your mouth with fresh air and ex­hale. But they were all the­o­ries. One evening at the club, I had more than my usual quota and was driv­ing back with my wife and sis­ter-in-law when the cops stopped us. The time had come to test the the­o­ries. I filled my mouth with fresh air and ex­haled at the test tube. I was lucky, the cops didn’t find any­thing wrong with my breath and let us go. We still re­live the mo­ment.” It was a rare in­stance of a work­ing breathal­yser fail­ing to de­tect al­co­hol.

FAULTY GAD­GET

What if the breathal­yser malfunctions? An engi­neer, Avneet Singh Kalsi, has quite a tale to tell. “I was com­ing from Gu­ru­gram’s Udyog Vi­har. In the evening thereh was check­ing near Atul Kataria Chowk. Re­turn­ing from a party af­ter of­fice, I was asked to blow into the breathal­yser. They tried twice or thrice but couldn’t de­tect any­thing though I was very high (laughs). Fi­nally the cop came up to me and Asaid ‘Sar­darji aapke moo se bahut bad­boo aa rahi hai’,” he shares.

I was re­turn­ing at 11pm with a bou­quet and was stopped by a cop for an al­co­hol test. See­ing him do his job so well, I gave the bou­quet to him. He said, ‘Aap phool deke hume fool nahin bana sakte’ and ‘test toh dena hi padega’. Then I gave my test, it came neg­a­tive. NAVDEEP SINGH, COR­PO­RATE PRO­FES­SIONAL

DRAMA ‘N’ DRINK­ING

Yoga in­struc­tor Priya Vohra says, “Once I went with my friends to a park to have a few drinks. Po­lice fol­lowed us soon. We were scared, as they said ‘Chalo thane or be ready to spend ₹10,000’. My friend said ‘Main chaloonga’. An­other friend, a girl, said ‘main chaloongi’, started cry­ing and fell on her knees. The cop said, ‘Tum lo­gon se galat pala padh gaya’ and left. The les­son — not to drink in pub­lic spaces.”

ONE FOR HARD WORK

Good ges­tures go a long way with cops. Navdeep Singh, a cor­po­rate pro­fes­sional, says, “I was new to Gu­ru­gram and it was my birth­day that day. I was re­turn­ing at 11pm with a bou­quet from my col­leagues. I was stopped by a cop for an al­co­hol test at Kan­hai. See­ing him do his job so well, I gave the bou­quet to him. He said ‘Aap phool deke hume fool nahin bana sakte’ and ‘test toh dena hi padega’. Then I gave my test, it came neg­a­tive. He gen­uinely loved the ges­ture.”

BABY TO THE RES­CUE

Of­ten good things come in small pack­ages. A res­i­dent who didn’t want to be named, shares an anec­dote: “I was trav­el­ling with my fam­ily from Gu­ru­gram to Noida and over­took a car. An an­gry cop stopped us, ask­ing for pa­pers, as I was in a no-over­tak­ing zone. As I stepped out of the car to show him the pa­pers, my three-year-old daugh­ter, sit­ting with my wife in the front seat, be­gan cry­ing ‘Papa, Papa’. I had to take her out­side the car. He asked where we were go­ing, to which she said ‘nani house’. See­ing her cry­ing he said, ‘We are not say­ing any­thing to your papa, you go and sit in the car’. Then he smiled and asked us to ‘take care next time’. He also gave my daugh­ter a candy. The ges­ture was very nice.”

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