ROAD SHOW

This post is meant to make you laugh; not cry. It illustrates the hazards on India’s roads, including their so-called motorways, as described in Chapter 2 of my book, “Just the Ticket.” I took these photos during our recent two-week road trip to and around Rajasthan. I decided to ignore the shots of India’s ubiquitous holy cows and show you some of the other animals that hit the road.

While Kuldip happily drives around Chandigarh, we usually hire a car and driver when we venture outside city limits. This time, however, since we have a car, Kuldip decided to drive for a number of reasons. Firstly, we’d be more independent; we could holiday for as long as we liked. We would also save around 25,000 rupees or A$500, which paid for a TomTom satellite navigation device and car servicing.

When I told Kuldip how brave I thought he was to do the driving, he replied: “I’m either brave or foolhardy!” I’ll let you be the judge.

Footnote: Readers of my book will know how our European TomTom we named Tom, often drove me to places I didn’t want to go to like around the wrong bend and up the wall! Our Indian Tom must be his twin! Grrr!

A bus driver going the wrong way up a dual carriageway. The norm in India.

A bus driver going the wrong way up a dual carriageway. The norm in India.

Cars do the same thing.

Cars do the same thing.

Although they are not called tip trucks, an overloaded truck with a centre of gravity as high as the Empire State Building might as well be.

Although they are not called tip trucks, an overloaded truck with a centre of gravity as high as the Empire State Building might as well be.

A sight too common.

A sight too common.

Wide load without warning or escort vehicles in attendance. This is on a dual carriageway. Traffic could only overtake if and when the driver pulled over!

Wide load without warning or escort vehicles in attendance. This is on a dual carriageway. Traffic could only overtake if and when the driver pulled over!

The rag trade hits the road outside Panipat, one of India's textile hubs.

The rag trade hits the road outside Panipat, one of India’s textile hubs.

A camel train.

A camel train.

A tractor train.

A tractor train.

Overloaded tuk-tuks. We counted about twenty in this one.

Overloaded tuk-tuks. We counted about twenty in this one.

Then there's the sheep ...

Then there’s the sheep …

… and goats.

… and goats.

Shredded tyre tread after breaking suddenly to avoid a truck that pulled out in front of us on the motorway, without indication.Thank heavens Kuldip knows how to change a tyre. Where was I; behind the car making sure drivers knew we were there!

Shredded tyre tread after breaking suddenly to avoid a truck that pulled out in front of us on the motorway, without indication.Thank heavens Kuldip knows how to change a tyre. Where was I; behind the car making sure drivers knew we were there!

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