Here are the golden rules for riding a scooter in Pondicherry, not the rest of India:
Golden rule 1: don’t use your indicator it confuses the hell out of everyone else
Golden rule 2: don’t feel like you have to ride on one side of the road, so long as you are going in your direction, its ok.
Golden rule 3; he who beeps the most, is more enlightened beeper
Golden rule 4: if you run out of petrol, never fear soda bottle of fuel can be bought at any little kiosk
Golden rule 5: if you have a family of four, then no problem they can all be seated comfortably
Golden rule 6: ladies fear not your modesty and sit side-saddle where the wind won’t ruin your hair
Golden rule 7: don’t play chicken with a bus, they don’t know you are there
Golden rule 8: mirrors are handy but only for checking your make-up or hair, otherwise remove them
Golden rule 9: park the scooter exactly where you want to stop no walking necessary, if people or cars can’t get through they will just move your bike outta the way
Golden rule 10: there shall be no other rules, it confuses the other road users
Good luck out there folks!