Some time ago Bangalore was known as the Garden City.
While some parts of the city still cling to enough green that this nickname works in those areas, I am starting to think that the Traffic City might be a more appropriate moniker for the city as a whole.
The following video is NOT a video of Bangalore traffic at its worst. Such a video would just show a bunch of vehicles sitting still and would be quite boring. Today I am just going to share a thirty second video of traffic on a road by my apartment. Just to give you an idea of the type of vehicular mix that occurs in Bangalore.
Nothing thrilling. Just a glimpse into my day-to-day life in Bangalore.
Here are just a couple of reasons why you don’t want to ever run on the sidewalks of Bangalore. Especially not after dark.
“Oh. I’m approaching a curb down for a drive. These curbs are a bit tall, better watch the step down. Also look out for cars. Are they coming from the left? Right?”
And then you fall into a pit! (Which you can’t see until the last second)
Or if you’re lucky, you just trip over some bricks.
Note: These pictures ARE representative of the majority of sidewalks I’ve seen in Bangalore.
I had been warned that traffic in India would make me think that the craziest drivers in Chicago are completely tame. Traffic has seemed a bit out of control, but I am sure I haven’t seen the extremes yet. Still, if there needs to be a sign specifying that drivers ought to obey the rules, then chances are nobody is actually following the rules!
On the wall across the street from my apartment this phrase is painted about every twenty feet. Unfortunately, this request is routinely ignored.
I thought it was worth noting how the stenciled sign initially read “PLEASE DO NOT URINATE”, but someone realized that this was a huge imposition to be requested of anyone. The sign was then updated to specify “PLEASE DO NOT URINATE HERE,” which in my opinion is significantly more reasonable.
After spending the last six months back in my native Chicago (and wandering about the USA a bit) I am heading out on the road again! This time I am off to explore India where I’ll be helping develop medical products for use in the rural parts of the country.
All in, I’m quite excited about this opportunity and look forward to sharing a lot of my wonderful experiences right here on this website. This adventure has a lot of characteristics I’m quite excited about, here are just a few:
- Product Design
- Developing Market
- International Work Experience
- Meeting a ton of new people
I’ll also be adding new pictures frequently over on the photos page, so be sure to visit often to explore with me.
Leaving tonight, I won’t actually arrive in India until about 5AM on Wednesday!
If you happen to reside in India and want to try to meet while I am there, or if you would like to share any recommendations about great places to stay, visit, eat, sleep, hang out, etc, please contact me!
I will be calling Bangalore my home for the next six months but I also expect to visit as many corners of India as possible.