Our driver has a curious habit. If you ask him a question, he’ll often answer something different.
I see that many people don’t wear helmets when they ride outside the city. Is the helmet law a Bangalore law, a Karnataka law or an all India law?
No Sir, they have become very strict about the helmets.
Right, but is it only in Bangalore? Most riders in Bangalore who are not riding pillion wear helmets, but outside the city, only half do.
It used to be that you didn’t have to wear a helmet, but now they are very strict and if a policeman catches you…
Okay, so I know that the police are strict about helmets in Bangalore. What I don’t know is if there is no helmet law in Karnataka as a whole, or if the police just don’t enforce it. It’s not just Wrenzo. I’ve seen this lot in India. People will answer with whatever is bothering them, give an answer based on a highly filtered interpretation of the question or just plain answer at random it seems. Initially, I had assumed that it was because English is a second language for most people here, but that is not the case with our driver.
Perhaps the next time the RTO officer asks about Daniela’s job, I should answer with an observation about the weather.