A few of my friends and I were heading to a friend's house in the city. Our friend had given the address and explained very clearly the route, complete with the landmarks.
As we were approaching the house, I suggested that we just ask someone where the apartment complex was, just to be doubly sure that we were on the right track. But my friends suggested that, instead, we will call up the friend on the cellphone. I said, no. Since, I thought, we need to call up only if are lost, and no one was around to guide us to our destination. But, I was branded as 'obstinate'!
In India, generally, it'sn't easy locating any place. Of course, I won't deny exceptions. One, proper street maps aren't there; and two numbers on building aren't in any particular order. So, after 53 it could well be 99 and 54 would be two streets away! Merely with postal address it's next to impossible to locate a building. A few landmarks are a must.
Yet, I have never had any problem locating a house or office, provided correct address and landmarks are provided. I have so far never ever got lost, that I had call up some one and had to be escorted to the destination. And this trip was one of the easiest: just one check with a pedestrian for a confirmation.