How do you know that this photo was taken in India? There are at least 10 clues, even for clueless foreigners like me. I will give you two today – come back tomorrow for more.
Clue No. 1. The yellow and black vehicle is a three-wheeler, an auto-rickshaw. The autos provide taxi services all across Bangalore and other Indian cities. Everyone uses them, except me. I stick to the comfort and safety of our Toyota Fortuner, and then take pictures of autos through my car window.
Clue No. 2. The traffic is jammed. A road which was designed for one line of traffic is carrying at least three. This is Whitefield Main Road on a normal day. All the motorcyclists drive as if they are in the Tour de France peloton, bunched up together as closely as possible. A breakaway will happen occasionally, if there is space on the wrong side of the road, or on the footpath, without regard to oncoming traffic or pedestrians.
One thing that the photo could not capture was the sound of all those drivers using their horns. Here is a photo of the “I Won’t Honk” campaign, fronted by local cricketing hero, Rahul Dravid. From the look on his face, I don’t think he’s really expecting much success.
See you tomorrow for some more clues.