I would like to share with you a video (I took and put together) showing what it is like to be driven around Mumbai. While you are watching it I have this challenge: See if you can tell me how many lanes are on the road, count how many times you hear a horn honk, and last count how many times you think we are going to see a person ran over. (click here if you want to view this full screen)
Maybe it was the jet lag or the fact that I was sitting in the front seat and driving on the left side but I found this ride a bit “scary”. (There were times when I actually closed my eyes… I am such a wimp). There is some weird sense of security from all of the locals… an incredible calmness… either it is the meditation or they may have some kind of weird hive mind when they drive (which may explain why they do not continually get into accidents and run each other over)
We drove from Mumbai to Pune on the Mumbai Pune Expressway which is India’s first six-lane concrete, high-speed, access controlled tolled expressway. Last time we drove this it took us over 5 hours to drive 140 km. This time, because we left after rush hour (3 hours later) it took us only 2 ½ hours… which means we arrived in Pune at almost exactly the same time both trips. (Travel tip 2… avoid rush hour driving… kind of a given anywhere but especially in India)
You never know what you will see while travelling… I didn’t notice this plane the first time we passed by here.
There are fascinating small shops every where you look visited by even non-human shoppers. If you have looked at all of my pictures closely you may have not noticed besides having lots of colors you will see lots of garbage (if you were here you would also be able to smell the garbage… ). I think I have yet to see a garbage can but I know they must exist since I saw a garbage truck.
Last of all for this post I want to share a sign that has me a bit baffled. I might be misreading it… but it seems to say that some one owns the Mumbai Police Commissioner. This may not be that uncommon in other places but I doubt they have signs stating the fact.
Please check back… there is more to come.