Musings from abroad… dispatch #3… Indian drivers

Welcome to a rather cool and cloudy Bangalore in June.  Indians have no concept of how to slowdown in traffic: cars, motorbikes, trucks and buses all focus on where they are headed, and, as opposed to their looking around to check the way is clear, they hoot their horns to tell others to get out of their way, with a fearless disregard of the risks and consequences. The same can be said of their rampant services industry, where their businesses have refused to slowdown, check their wing mirrors or pad their brakes, in fear that their revenues or profit margins will be seriously derailed.  Here's the evidence:

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  1. Posted June 10, 2008 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    This video still does it for me just as much as the first time I saw it a few months ago. Never gets old.

  2. Rakesh
    Posted June 25, 2008 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I think its not so much about Indians as much as about the dynamics and eco-system behavior of a place. You go to Itly and you will find the same. But here is something better to look at. There is a concept of ‘Harmony in Chaos’ or rather ‘Well-managed Chaos’ and that’s what the traffic patterns in India represent. I bet you that you put Americans or Australians or English nationals into a scenario of Indian traffic, number of accidents and chaos will be far disasterous and fatal. Despite such complicate traffic situation in India, number of accidents and deaths on road is far less as compared to developed countries like US. Think about it, sometime what is apparently stupid and non-sense, its actually not. :-)

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