Sunday, January 06, 2013

"Accidents Bring Tears, Safety Brings Cheers"

The road from Bangalore and Mysore is marked every kilometer or so with signs urging safety. The titular warning is my favourite; "Donate blood, but not on the road" is a close second. "Leave sooner, drive slower, live longer" seems to lack the drama an Indian highway necessitates. 

Sunrise, highway from Mysore to Bangalore. 


 A small fire started on the plane from Frankfurt to Bangalore, and we had to disembark (okay, it was a burning smell and we were still at the gate), so clearly safety was a theme of the journey.
I wonder if the pilot had the same icons in the plane - they certainly served the taxi driver well, and me, by extension.
And I thought I was going to die on the way to Mysore. If lanes are marked on the road, no one heeds them. My driver, a charming speed demon named Manu, zipped between lorries, auto-rickshaws, and, once, some oxen, merrily honking his horn the whole way:


I am no slouch at the wheel myself, but his driving made me want to throw up.
He did stop here though:
Huge Ganesh!
And he bought me a chai, so all is well. Oh, and I'm still alive.

I've been in Mysore for just over two days. I've settled in, registered at the shala, practiced led primary, and attended a conference. More on all that next post!
The journey here seems so long ago...

5 comments:

Nicole said...

You're there! You survived!

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