Friday, June 3, 2016


Urban driving blues. How unlike the blues of the moon.

A little light here, a little grey there, a lot of magic overall. That's what the blues of the moon sing to me. Often, I feel like escaping the traffic and the road rage of my beloved Bangalore by taking the quiet lane off Kanakpura road, that leads to the rocks and jungle where I go climbing with my friends.

It calms me down to drive into the dark blue of a moonlit night into that mysterious, yet familiar lane, and that is why, if I get myself a new car, I'd love to take it out for its test spin into this lane amid the rocks and the silent shrubbery.

One of the cars I've heard my fellow climbers talk about with the gleam of the moonlit night in their eyes during our midnight climbs is the all-new Datsun Redi-Go, the car that Datsun describes as:

Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross - Datsun redi-GO - the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback.

When I discussed the possibility of my buying it, since I was thinking of a bigger car for us to be able to transport our gear in, my friends logged on to the Datsun page describing this baby, and we started discussing why it would be a good buy.

Well, the Datsun Redi-Go has been designed with a really high ground clearance. And that means no bumping on and on against the rocks on the dark road. We really could use a smoother drive. Vomiting up our lemon juice with every bump would be a thing of the past.

It also has roomy interiors with seating for five, along with space for luggage. That means our rock-climbing foursome would have a comfy ride despite the gear. 

However, the roomy interiors do not mean sacrificing manoeuverability. The Datsun Redi-Go's compact exterior means that I can make a full turn-around with just a four point seven meter turning radius. The lane that we ride on for our rock climbing soujourns does so very often present us with tight spots where we need to turn. This feature is probably one of the best in this compact car with impossibly roomy interiors.

Apart from the place we go rock-climbing, I would also like to take the Datsun Redi-Go on to the Sarjapur Ring Road beyond ITPL, all the way to Indus International School in Sarjapur, where my cousin works. The very large Ring Road becomes almost a rural lane once it wanders off into the distance away from Bangalore, and driving down this quaint stretch is a sure-fire way to beat the urban driving experience full of noise, pollution, and gridlocks.

I'd love to see my cousin's fear of being driven along Indian roads vanish. Having lived all her life in Europe, for her, urban driving in India scares her no end as she has witnessed an accident recently on the way to her school. The Datsun Redi-Go's emphasis on safe driving with features such as higher eye-point, stability at high-speeds, high bolstering support while cornering, and above all, its reinforced crash protection shell will go a long way to alter her Indian driving nightmare into a safe and happy driving experience. That's the least I can do for her after her distressing encounter.