Published: March 3rd 2011March 3rd 2011
...if you want to participate in indian traffic you need to learn a few rules. First off: forget about anything you may have learned in the western world. Rule no. 1: act as chaotic as you can to outsmart other traffic members and to get as much fun out of it as possible!!!
no 1: the bigger your vehicle, the more say you get on the road (cyclists are really to be pittied!)
no 2: the road may be partet into 2 lanes for each direction, but as you go along you will find that there is an invisible 3rd lane in the middle for any type of very risky overtaking manouvers. The middle lane will be used by both sides, there is no fun otherwise. If you dare to play the game - you should, cuz no one hesitates to overtake, not even them cyclists. But if you do not - then get the hell out of indian roads!!!
no 3: honking every 3 seconds is essential! You may want to warn people you are there. It is equally important as a communication systems: to signal an overtaking manouver, as a warning in unpredictable situation e.g. coming round a corner or simply cuz you have nothing better to do.
no 4: if you are so unfortunate as to be a pedestrian, then: RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!!
Hahaha, I am joking. Although it really looks like that on indian roads, but Indians do occasionally step on the brakes :)
Here is what I have done so far (in short):
- went through Kochin and had a look at these huge fishing nets, the town, the palace and the spice market
- today we have done the Backwaters tour
- tomorrow we will be washing elefants in the morning, go to the beach in the afternoon and maybe go to a dance show in the evening
More on that later...