10 Clues That We’re in India – Clues 3 to 5

Yesterday I posted a random photo of a random traffic jam in Bangalore.  Here it is again.  How do you know that this photo was taken in India?  Clues 1 and 2 were in yesterday’s post.  Today we have clues 3, 4 and 5.

Traffic in Bangalore

Clue No. 3 is about the traffic – all of the vehicles in the photo are driving on the left side of the road.  This is the standard in India and in the neighbouring countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan (and of course it’s the norm in the UK and Ireland too).  But there’s another way of looking at this, as seen on the Facebook page of Bangalore Tips.

“Tip no. 61:

In India we drive on the left of the road.

In Bangalore we drive on what’s left of the road.”

For Clue No. 4  look at the car registrations.  The vehicle number-plate on the auto rickshaw starts with “KA”, meaning that the vehicle is licensed by the Indian state of Karnataka.  Most vehicles in Bangalore are “KA”, but we often spot “TN” for Tamil Nadu and “AP” for Andhra Pradesh, as you can see from the next photo of two-wheelers outside Varthur Market.

Motorbikes at Varthur Market

And finally for today, clue No. 5.   The men on the motorbikes are not wearing helmets.   Sometimes motorcyclists do wear helmets, but passengers never get them.

motorbike orange sari

motorbike child

Except once. And I’m not convinced that this helmet was a good fit.

Motorbike - child with helmet


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Ha ha! It seems motorbikes are used the same way as they use them in Sicily – transport for the entire family! No need for a baby seat, you can just wedge your newborn between Mum’s tummy adn Dad’s back.
    And of course, in Italy, helmets are not cool as they muzz up your hairdo!


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