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Traffic in India

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Having spent a lot of time last week driving along the (mostly) pristine interstate highways and streets in the US, where everyone stays within a lane, respects the right of way and generally follows all the rule, this video makes me nostalgic for the pure unmitigated chaos that is the typical traffic on an Indian city street. I am not sure which city this is – but I doubt it matters.

Link via the Geoff Arnold Blog; he also has an amusing post describing the traffic in India from an outsider’s perspective. And I love it when he says:

And it all works. Dammit, the traffic in Pune works better than the traffic in Boston, or San Francisco. Even though it looks chaotic, it keeps flowing almost all the time. (On those rare moments when it doesn’t, volunteers step up to direct traffic and sort out the mess.)


PS – this is not to say that there aren’t the occasional morons on the streets in the US. Especially when you are driving in New York City/Chicago downtowns – there is a lot of cutting in front, turning from the wrong lane etc that goes on; this usually ensues in much honking, ‘finger’ing and other such friendly banter between the drivers.

A previous post on traffic control here.

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Written by BongoP'o'ndit

April 28, 2006 at 10:54 am

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  1. Hi Bongo,

    I swear a genius shot that video. Highly amusing to say the leaset.

    But I have a problem when people say ”it all works”. It doesn’t, does it? Look at the average speeds on highways in India and US, secondly, the number of people who die because everyone is seemingly in such a hurry-translation everyone gets there slow.

    Someone got to say, naw its stupid. It does not work.


    May 1, 2006 at 3:22 pm

  2. Confused: I guess the point is that ‘it works’ in spite of the general chaos…..I am not saying that we should take the attitude ‘it works, therefore does not need fixing’.


    May 1, 2006 at 3:28 pm

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