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
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.
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.”