PS – I drafted this post on 11th January, but never got time to publish it as you can read here.
Hence I am publishing it now on 24th May. 🙂
I am back to India.
I have taken two week off from my office to take some well deserved rest and also to finish out some personal chores and visit relatives – but that is not what I want to blog about in this post.
I guess I just want to vent out my frustrations on driving in Delhi. Each morning I set out of home, there is nothing that prepares me to face one of my worst possible fears.
It is not the first time I am driving at Delhi, but either the Delhi jungle traffic has become much more complicated now (after almost 2 years since I drove last here) or maybe my subconscious is now always comparing it to “American Driving”.
During 80% of journey, the traffic moves inch by inch, where every vehicle will try to overtake you in the most illogical way – causing me to vent out in best possible way, depending on who is in the car with me. If it is mom, dad or even wifey – I manage with “saala yeh kar kya raha hai” and “kya to pagalpanthi hai”. If I am all by myself, I can let the strings loose to visit my old friends of F’s, MC’s and BC’s.
There are so many things which frustrate me as I gaze around from the driving seat – Why all kind of vehicles are running on the same lane?
Tapping nervously on my car steering and seeing rivers of cars, trucks, buses, scooters, cows, bicycles, auto rickshaws and pedestrians – all flow in all possible directoins – without any rule.
I have heard and read that things will get much more deteriorated in coming years. I start tapping nervously on my car steering, change the gears and make myself mentally ready to get into the jungle.
Ps – I thought to propose some “solutions” in this post – but then I shrugged thinking “it is not my job, it is government’s job”. I heard Gayatri Joshi in my subconscious – “hum sab sarkar ka hissa hain, jab tak hum aage badh kar cheezon ko nahin badlenge”