Driving in India – Pedestrians and Animals

Driving in India (भारत ) must be one of the toughest. In this series of articles I will tell you why. If some one has driven a car in India then they can drive a bus anywhere in the world (slight exaggeration I must admit !!)

The most significant thing is that might is right. Hence amongst various models even in the smallest car segment there is a clear balance of power. The small cars push the mid-size ones and they push out the larger ones  This is because the maintenance cost gets higher with the size and also the brand.

Most places in India do not offer much walking pleasure for the pedestrians. People on foot in turn do not also leave any stone un-turned (at times quite literally) in making life hell for the motorist; just depends on the place and time. In the day on crowded roads pedestrians just do not bother and dare the motorists to come close. Little street urchins are ot too far behind and they play adventure games of trying to cross the road running across fast coming vehicles.

And how can we forget the stray dogs and cattle and at times their leisurely herdsman. Herds of Cows, Sheeps and goats are common, but at times herds of camel can be seen in Gurgaon and one can also see Elephants sauntering on the roads of Delhi.

The biggest hazard among the animals are the cows and bulls lazing in the middle of the highway or those that decide to cross the road after having grazed the plants on the median.

This is just the beginning – wait for more hazards on the roads of India particularly the National Capital region (NCR) of India – Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad


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