Driving in Delhi

Yesterday, when I was coming back from work, I got to see a funny sight. There is a T-Point red light near my place. I was waiting for the signal to go green. Suddenly, a big herd of cattle emerged out of nowhere!! Thankfully I was inside the car with windows up. There was a guy on bike ahead of me. He was startled to find himself surrounded by so many cows and buffaloes and lost his balance, didn't fall  though. The cattle, (mis)guided by their cowman, kept moving. Meanwhile the traffic policemen watched the show like nerds. I just smiled thinking, "It happens only in India"!! The cattle managed to make way through the traffic somehow. Driving on the roads of Delhi can be so chaotic at times. Moreover, there is no dearth of male chauvinists who live with the preconceived notion that girls can't drive. They never miss giving a weird glance to the female drivers who honk or overtake them. Not just men, even women underestimate the driving capabilities of other women. I remember another incident when i was driving back to home. I saw two women who were about to cross. I slowed down so that they could cross. One of them had barely started walking when the other one held her hand to stop her and said something while pointing at me, which I could easily infer as "ladki chalaa rahi hai(the car is being driven by a girl)". I was so perplexed at that moment!! I thought maybe instead of slowing down, I should have sped up to make myself look more confident and proficient!! For sure, every Indian driver(and even pedestrian) knows one thing: The road belongs to his Daddy(Baap ki sadak hai)!!

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  1. Funny one :-)

    Not only Baap ki sadak...as if they have bought the entire stretch...
    In Delhi and other metros this cattle scene is not so frequent but u go to any small city...cattle along with pedestrians walking in bunches in middle of roads.
    ppl doubt 'women' drivers...it is actually they still not able to digest the fact that women is independent enough to take charge of her directions & mobility....

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    1. Thanks a lot Nibedita.. :-)
      And men will take a lot time to change their mindset regarding women..

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  2. Wow cattle herd in Delhi - The capital city of India. Really amusing and yes this happens only in India and thats what i like about India. And on women driving, well i have been driving for about 15 years now and i still think men are better drivers as women tend to get distracted. I don't have a feminist view on this. I don't think this has anything to do with women independence. It is like our perceptions on men cooking even though the best chefs are men. This is the great part of blogging, sharing differenr views. You have an interesting blog.

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    1. Hi Ekta.. Welcome here.. :-)
      I would say women might be as good as men when it comes to driving.. but that doesn't mean women are bad at driving... women can certainly drive well which is contrary to the general perception....

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  3. once in college days, a woman on scooty overtook me(CBZ Xtreme). I tried my best to beat her but she was super fast. 8kms.. it was fun anyway.

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    1. I think she was on a Mission.. Lady Bond :D

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  4. I didn't know that even women can have misconceptions regarding driving skills of other women.

    About traffic, well, I guess Mumbai is even worse :-(

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    1. Yes.. that's what surprised me too!! And i have heard of mumbai traffic.. congested roads..

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