In the middle of India's party
Driving back from the PCA Stadium to the players' hotel after India's thrilling semi-final win over Pakistan, our minibus came to a grinding halt.
Craning forward expecting to see another road block, we saw a small white car, which had braked and pulled up right in the middle of the crossroads where we wanted to turn right.
A teenage lad was riding on the roof of the vehicle holding aloft an Indian flag while a man in his twenties rode on the bonnet with a Punjabi dhol drum cradled in his lap whacking out a party beat.
Soon, out of every window of the car, came arms, followed by bodies, as the occupants waved and punched the air to the beat of the drum, whooping in delight at India's passage to the World Cup final.
Shortly, six more cars hit their brakes alongside it and joined in the crossroads party.
As our driver detoured around it, we left behind an impromptu road party, car horns blaring, flags fluttering, arms waving, as that part of Chandigarh came to a standstill.
Indian fans celebrate victory against Pakistan. Photo: Getty
Scenes like that must have been replicated all over India, with jubilation tempered only by the odd story of tragedy, such as the fan who was reported to have fallen out of a car window celebrating in such a manner and later dying of his injuries in hospital.
The India team managed to speed back to the hotel in their convoy of coaches and police vans, arriving just seconds ahead of us.
There was a line of fans waiting to greet them, but they were some distance away, held behind a roadblock, so there weren't the wildly chaotic scenes we saw outside the team hotel the night Bangladesh beat England in Chittagong for example.
However, inside the hotel gates, staff and armed guards lined the driveway and the lobby, along with any number of hotel guests and VIPs, who were craning to get a view of the players over the top of a gaggle of photographers.
A small squad of dhol drummers cranked up the volume as the players climbed down from the bus and squeezed into the hotel amongst a carnival atmosphere, although it soon died down as the players headed for the lifts and the quiet of their rooms.
I wonder what captain MS Dhoni made of the clamour?
He gave an unexpected answer when I asked him post-match whether there was any relief that the India-Pakistan game was over, bearing in mind the extra attention that had been paid to it.
He cut the figure of a man who had had enough of the hype, complaining about the effect of "too many" VIPs and dignitaries coming to the game and staying at their hotel.
"I usually get up late, so at 11 o'clock I got up and said 'can I have breakfast' and I was told, 'Sir, for the next hour we cannot serve anything.'
"So then you come to the stadium looking for food, and all of a sudden you hear there is no food because the car or truck [with supplies] is stuck somewhere [at a road block].
"So the first meal I had was at a quarter to two, just before the toss. Hopefully the next game will be quite different."
Whilst having sympathy for Dhoni and fully appreciating the need for food (this author gets quite ratty if she has to miss breakfast) I find myself feeling a tiny bit of schadenfreude in learning that all the attention, high levels of security and road blocks result in a little inconvenience for the players too from time to time.
It's easy to presume that the players, stars as they are in India, have it plain sailing 24-7, while we mere mortals suffer our frustrations with queues at grounds, traffic jams and road blocks over a six week period.
These are, of course, complete trivialities, but it's nice to know the players have to have some patience too.
As for Dhoni's wish that the final be different - has he heard the rumour that Rihanna and Eminem might be in town to perform prior to the match? Bet your bottom dollar they'll be staying at the team hotel...
And so the teams left Chandigarh at lunchtime on Thursday and calmness descended on the Taj Hotel - no more soldiers stationed behind sandbags and no more policemen patrolling the corridors.
Pakistan will head home, but can do so with their reputation enhanced, for they have performed well in this tournament under the admirable leadership of Shahid Afridi.
However, paceman Shoaib Akhtar didn't get the fanfare exit he'd hoped for from international cricket.
In an in-depth interview we did ahead of the semi-final he had told me with real passion that the highlight of his career would have been to play in the last two matches of the World Cup and help win it for Pakistan.
India-Sri Lanka is a fitting finale, with two of the host nation teams having displayed quality throughout the tournament.
Sri Lanka have fitness concerns over both Angelo Mathews and Muttiah Muralitharan, but Murali, in his last game of international cricket, will bowl off one leg if he has to, despite missing training on Thursday.
Murali and Lasith Malinga may well hold the key for Sri Lanka against India's stronger batting line-up.
But of course there is Sachin Tendulkar, sitting on 99 international hundreds, and about to play on his home patch.
I interviewed him after the semi-final and he stated, in typical fashion, that it didn't matter whether he reached the landmark of a hundred 100s or not.
The only thing that matters to him is that India win. In doing so, they'd become the first nation to win the World Cup on home soil. I can't wait to see how it unfolds.