Friday, May 04, 2007

Mumbai traffic

My usual description of India to those who ask me about it is that even a UFO landing next to me in the streets there wouldn't come as much of a surprise!

For instance, when driving in India you should always be on the lookout for an elephant around the corner or a Boeing 737 illegally parked!


Uma said...

I guess India is also experiencing a future shock, just like me…too many technological changes in too little time and end up in such unexpected mess.


Uma said...

My lab guys were surprised and shocked to see this, the first question they asked was what next? May be they will use an elephant to push/pull it right? And when they didn’t believe the elephant skills, I gave them this documentary on use of Elephants in ancient India (you may find it interesting too….) check this out!

Or they may take another one month to dismantle and remove it.

well, when ever we are stuck in funny condition like this, we try to patch up with the story of the past ;-)

so, following the tradition, here is the patch up!

Daniel said...

Joune, I see that you are back to Paris. I'm sure you had a great time. Hope you can cope with normal life again...
By the way, this is indeed very funny.

Uma said...

hey! Arjun! Are you alive? no blog for long time!

joune said...

sorry everyone.. i'm still alive but it's been a busy few weeks.. i shall be back soon.. (hopefully!) said...

Almost 10% of the global road traffic accidents occur in India. Much of the world wide web is full of sarcasm & mocking of the indisciplined driving on Indian roads. Unfortunately in since 60 years since independence the authorities have failed to publish a National Highway code. Licences are given to anyone who can demonstrate an ability to use the clutch-accelerator, consequently the motoer driving schools teach just that and no more. Concepts such as - blindspots, principle of MSM, the tyre & tarmac rule, 2 second gap and most improtantly giving way are not known to the average Indian driver.

This site has been created with the purpose of providing driver education and training to all Indian road users. It is by far the most comprehensive website providing training in defensive driving. Learning simple road habits can make our roads safe and also free up congestion caused by traffic chaos.

At present 17 driver education videos aimed at changing the driving culture on Indian roads are available. The video are unique in that the footage is real life action from streets of London. We have copied the Western habits: Replaced the dhoti with denim, high rise buildings for Indian cottages, burgers and coke instead of Indian breads and perhaps sugarcane juice. Surely we can copy the Western ways of travelling too.

To watch the videos, interested readers may visit:

The videos cover the following topics:

Video 1: Covers the concept of Blind spots
Video 2: Introduces the principle of Mirrors, Signal and Manoeuvre
Video 3: At red lights, stop behind the stop line
Video 4: At red lights there are no free left turns
Video 5: The Zebra belongs to pedestrians
Video 6: Tyres and Tarmac (rather than bumper to bumper)
Video 7: Merging with the Main road
Video 8: Leaving The Main Road
Video 9: Never Cut Corners
Video 10: Show Courtesy on roads
Video 11: 5 Rules that help deal with Roundabouts
Video 12: Speed limits, stopping distances, tailgating & 2 seconds rule
Video 13: Lane discipline and overtaking
Video 14: Low beam or high beam?
Video 15: Parallel (reverse parking) made easy
Video 16: Give the cyclist the respect of a car
Video 17: Dealing with in-car condensation

Many thanks

joune said...

Excellent initiative "driving-india"..
i also copied your comment to another post of mine about driving in india:

i do hope your website will help.. unfortunately i tend to believe that the vast majority of drivers probably don't have internet or if they do don't use it as a learning tool.. the real effort must come from the government.. but "serve and protect" doesn't sound like their moto...

joune said...

and by the way.. knowing anything about clutch and accelerator may help getting a drivers license.. but bribing often proves far more efficient... :(