10 Clues That We’re in India – Clues 1 and 2

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.

Traffic in Bangalore

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.

Rahul Dravid

See you tomorrow for some more clues.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. i*Kan says:

    Haha… you should also get a picture of the rear side of trucks and other commercial vehicles which say – “Horn Please, OK” 🙂


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      You’re right!


  2. Sanjay says:

    You might want to check out this video. Its really funny. A lot of people who drive in India can relate to this: http://bit.ly/13RmXDM


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thank you Sanjay. That video is great. One guy actually gets off the motorbike: I wonder if they left him behind, or if they came back to pick him up later. I recommend the video to other Distant Drumlin readers.


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