#196 Oct 6th, 2013, 23:41
- Join Date:
- Oct 2004
- Here, there, everywhere, somewhere and nowhere.
Quote:Yes I have jeard that too. People talk about corrupt police being one f the hazards of driving in India. I think it's the people. Dry weight of an RE is about 200 pounds lower than what I have. That would be perfect. You know how far the police will go. But with other people, you never know. Why are some Indians so violent? They don;t trie of calling Indians peaceful. I haven't seen that. What I have seen is senseless violence, when they can get away with it.
Quote:Yeah, change means you being able to do what you want without inconvenient obstruction. It's an oversimplification, of course. A more fundamental cause is that people cannot reason. They make decisions based on their emotions, not reason. They cannot tell wrong from right, because what they want, pr their emotions come in their way. They don't get the broader picture because they can't think beyond their noise.
They brag, brimming with pride, "I didn't have to go anywhere. MY dad picked up the phone and called so and so. I had it in my hads in two days". "I have never paid a ticket. My neighbour is a judge, works for CBI, deputy commissioner of Police (or whatever else). I jsut hand him the ticket. He takes care of it."
#198 Oct 7th, 2013, 16:07
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- Oct 2004
- Chennai, India
Quote:Whoa! Let's put road-rage in context.
Yes, it happens, and can lead to violence, Some places, eg Delhi also have a gun culture, so things can get lethal, however this is not a general Indian thing. I don't think it has happened in this city yet, or is certainly not regular.
#199 Oct 7th, 2013, 16:33
- Join Date:
- Sep 2008
- Bangalore, India
Quote:The road in front of my house in Whitefield is a classic example.. The main road is cut by a smaller lane which is a short-cut for two signals. The traffic volume doesnt matter to the single car guy who cuts across the busy road to get into the smaller lane, stopping traffic. Simultaneously, the opposite side of the smaller lane has another car on the wrong side of the road and unwilling to reverse either. A few more cars pile up behind these cars and thats it - all traffic comes to a grinding halt, with a traffic jam of a few kms on the main road for 20-30 minutes. Drivers swearing at the car driver who caused the jam, but they themselves wouldnt think twice of doing the same if they were in the situation.
I find walking to work much more peaceful than the insanity that is Whitefield traffic every day.
On your overall observation, it is true that many Indians lack the sense of civic responsibility. This cuts across education and social classes. Examples, We have office queues for the coffee counter, and you can see a PYT (or the hulk) walking right up to the front of the counter and asking the guy at the counter for her coffee. If you ask them politely to stand in the queue, they look at you like you are ancient!
In my first trip to Europe for work, I was pleasantly surprised that irrespective of your position, the guy in the front would hold open the door for you until you stepped in, you then thanked him, and if there was a crowd behind, you took over holding the door open. Come back to India, and I attempt the same (and I still do it today), people walk by you without either thanking you, and worst of all, people actually run in to make sure you dont close the door!
The same behavior with the use of lifts in offices. Why cant people see that the lift is close to getting full and wait for the net one to come? Also, when there are others in the lift already, why do they want to keep holding the door open for their friend who is in the lobby talking on their phones?
Driving behaviour on roads is an entirely different topic and I dont even want to rant on it. Suffice to say, I have reduced my car use and took to walking or cycling wherever feasible.
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