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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Honk honk! Move, you moron!!

I’ve spent the last couple of days in Millennium City, Gurgaon. And well, my hitherto dull life has taken a much more happening turn in the last 48 hours. I had been fuming at the emptiness of it all, sitting idle and twiddling my thumbs in boring old Chandigarh. (For the record, even though the IPL might have you believe otherwise, twiddling one’s thumbs is an expression that is not to be equated with ‘oongli cricket’.)

Anyway, in just two days, I realised that life in Gurgaon can be anything but ‘emply’ – especially if you’re referring to the streets. If you’re someone who’s used to living in the ‘fast lane’, avoid Gurgaon at all costs. Because, the fast lane doesn’t exist in Gurgaon traffic. Come to think of it, the concept of lane also doesn’t exist. :|

The entire scene at each crossing resembles one at a battlefield. Every inch of space is fought for, and armies emerge from various directions, determined to stall the progress of those marching on from other directions.

I do think India must be among the countries with the least safe driving practices. You find lanes being switched at will, pedestrians walking across the road with utter disdain for their own safety, people with one hand on the wheel and the other firmly clasping the phone to their ear for that urgent-call-that-just-can’t-be-taken-later. It makes you want to scream, kick, punch, abuse, and then kick some more. (Talk about road rage, eh? That’s where it probably comes from.)

Traffic cops stand by the side, leisurely chewing tobacco and checking out girls. Of course, once in a while these guys realise that their incomes are not sufficient to fund their ‘extra curricular activities’ and stop an erring motorist or two. After a few rounds of negotiation and much of the motorists cash-on-hand consumed, these gentlemen resume their vigil.

Praised be the ones who honk, lest we fall asleep due to the ‘speed’ of the traffic.


Nandita Mathews said...

I always say,if you can drive here,you can drive ANYWHERE!

Smita said...

lol!!! Safe in a very unsafe way ;)

Sometimes I wonder how do we actually survive :D

Nitika said...


Chandigarh and Gurgaon. I totally empathise with, Chandigarh being my hometown and Gurgaon being, well, Gurgaon :) The place where I work, with no electricity at night and terrible traffic.

I went through your archives too :) No work at office today :)

I hope to keep coming back!

Eidothia said...

Now you know why I had so many posts on traffic on my blog!

Sumit said...

@Nandita... agreed! I've been driving here for 3-4 years now, and no traffic in the world affects me in the way Gurgaon traffic does. :P

@Smita... seriously! :)

@Nitika... yes please, do come back! (After all, the only place I wish had MORE traffic is my blog. :P )

@Eidothia... Oh, I didn't know that you were based in Gurgaon too. For some reason, I always thought you were settled in Australia. :| (Reading your post this morning, made me realise that I was wrong. :P )