Traffic – Comedy or Serious ???

S is a great fan of the Aditya Channel – which telecasts only the comedy scenes from Tamil movies.  Even though I find the scenes very repetitive, I don’t mind watching the ones starring Vivek, for I greatly appreciate his comic timing and the way he gets back at people for their silliness and superstitions.

Last week, when we were glued to this Aditya Channel, I happened to watch one of my favourite scenes by Vivek.

In this scene, Vivek is travelling by bike with his friend and they happen to wait in a traffic signal.

Vivek says at this point, “We’ll put the right indicator, show our left hand and go straight ahead, to confuse you all, as we always do in India”.  It’s a pun alright, but sadly its also the plight of traffic in India.

It’s quite surprising that people in India, have got this idea of going first, over taking everybody on the road.  Are we in a race or something ?????

If we allow the vehicles ahead of us to move forward, then automatically we’ll get our way.  There’s certainly no patience, especially when people are on the roads, behind the steering wheels.

At this point, I am reminded of a funny incident, in Hyd.  Whether its funny or not, it just shows, how even stupid people get a driving license in India. There’s no need to know the traffic rules and regulations.

One of our friend, was driving his car. He is a very cautious driver and never crosses the speed limits.  And at a particular junction, he wanted to take a left turn. Since, there was free left available at that junction, he just put on the left indicator of his car and turned left.

Suddenly, there came a scooter, over taking his car, with a ferocious man on it.  He parked his scooter just in front of the car and asked our friend to get out of the car.

Our friend, being quite the docile type, didn’t want to get into any confrontations. With lots of hesistation, he got out of the car and the man on the scooter started shouting.  Without understanding the reason for his shouting, he quietly asks him to state the reason before shouting.

That man on the scooter asks our friend – Why did you turn left without any indication ?????

Friend (with a bewildered look) – Of course, I did put my left indicator !!!!

Man – No, all that is not enough.  Why didn’t put your hand out and show that you are turning left, with your hand ??????  You saw me doing the same while I was driving the scooter, eh ?????

Our friend was stunned beyond belief.  How in heaven’s sake, can you put your hand out and tell that you are turning left, while driving a car ?????

This is the height of traffic sense !!!!!  I still wonder,  How did that guy ever get a driving license !!!!

And another irritating thing in Hyd traffic, is people don’t take their hands off the HORN !!!!  They are always honking. Even if the traffic is stand still, due to some reason, the honking will go on and on.  Its absolutely irritating.

I’ve also noticed that people give more respect to the traffic signals than the traffic constables on duty.  While they listen without any question, to the red / orange / green lights, they argue and talk badly with the traffic constables.  Even if the traffic constable says STOP, the people give him a stare and drive away.

Even though we make fun of the road sense in the people of India, the whole scenario is really pathetic.

One, there is a sudden surge in the number of people owning a four-wheeler. Every Bank is calling the people walking by their branch and giving them a Car loan. Who wouldn’t want to buy, when the banks call you and give you loans ????

Second, the Government is totally unprepared for the increase in number of vehicles and there are no concrete plans accordingly to widen the roads or build flyovers or take any measures to ensure smooth traffic.

Third, the people want to reach their place of destination, in just a few minutes of sitting in their vehicle.  There is no patience, no giving way for ambulances – the top priority is only themselves.

Fourth and most important is talking on the mobile while driving. This certainly distracts the driver and confuses the person driving behind this man. The reflex is quite slow, because of the distraction of talking on the mobile phone.  Even though it’s a rule – TALKING & DRIVING DONT GO TOGETHER – people are just going on talking on the mobile, as though this rule doesn’t apply to them.

Any phone call can wait – no call is more precious than your life.

Follow traffic rules and have a safe and enjoyable Driving experience !!!!! 🙂

8 Replies to “Traffic – Comedy or Serious ???”

  1. LOL @ your friend’s incident!
    People are so stupid!

    Yea, here in Bangalore too, road rage, impatience is an everyday occurance.
    When waiting at the signal, you can hear the guy behind you honking impatiently! This when the light is red not green!
    Traffic sense and road manners are non-existant in Bangalore! Which is why half the time the jams occur. People don’t wait patiently and are always in a hurry to go some place!
    Me : Indian road sense is really very sad !!!!


  2. Very true indeed, “no phone call is more important than our life.”
    In Australia the traffic rules are quite strictly followed and am glad of that after reading your post. It is not only confusing but also dangerous having to drive in a chaotic traffic with no sense of traffic rules.
    Me : CB, the real sad thing is these Indians who stay abroad follow the rules there and when they step on the Indian soil, they change !!!! They become horrible drivers, here !!!!

    That was a hilarious incident involving your friend and the scooter rider. But I can imagine how annoying it must have been for your friend at that moment.

    Keep up the wonderful works Uma 😀



  3. People behave senseless when they have a vehicle in their hands they think roads are their personal property.That scooter driver is so stupid,he wants ur friend to show hand from the car when taking left turn,this is heights of stupidty

    Hyd traffic is most unruly traffic.When i was driving the traffic was not like what it is now,i am scared to drive on those roads now.
    Me : Hyd traffic mein, sabh kuch chalta hai, but no rules !!!!

    More 9 days to go,how u r getting topics to write uma?
    Me : Its killing me !!!! Every conscious moment is spent on thinking abt my topics to write !!!!


  4. thats a funny incident… But thats how the things are here in India… still they don’t know how dangerous it is to give hand signals and talking in cellphones while driving…
    Me : Yeah, very sad state, Kanagu !!!!


  5. Your friend should be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. I wouldve drove over that idiot !
    Me : Absolutely !!!! Even I would’ve given my piece of mind to him !!!!

    Traffic sense here is pathetic ! Even pedestrians; they prefer walking on the roads here than on the sidewalk !! I have been ridiculed often by my colleagues for waiting at all the pedestrian signals. Sigh !
    Me : Actually, this is the probs. If anyone wants to follow the rules, the others tease that person to no end, that he starts overlooking them, than face his friends’ teasing.


  6. I was always scared of traffic in India to the extent that I did not learn to drive there. I was very surprised to see that driving in US was easier since there are stricter rules and discipline. Even in spite of that auto accidents are very high percentage here. Cell phones area major cause of accidents especially the ones without head phones.
    Me : Some of my relatives too, find driving easier in foreign cities !!! Even international driving license doesn’t help – Driving in India is just a great skill of its own !!!!

    Great topic Uma.


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