Page 12

motorcycles, say 1000 per mile of road. The cars, some have their lights on, but many do not, saving electricity. And rear view mirrors, optional. But even if you have a rear view mirror, go ahead and fold it against the car. You are not going to use it anyway. Most of the cars and motorcycles are underpowered (by US standards) and if you are female, sit sidesaddle on the back with your bright silk sari blowing in the wind. If you have kids, put them on your lap in front of you. No helmets, you would stand out. How about a few bicycles just to mix up the equation, perhaps about a thousand per mile also (no ten speeds), steel and rugged. Maybe you need

some cars along each side of the road, perhaps the owners are out washing them or selling food

to carry some rebar home, hire a cart and pull it – on the highway. Now add in a couple thousand Piaggio three wheelers from Italy, load them up with families, put some brightly colored, massive dump trucks in the mix also. Perhaps an elephant.Now park

let up for a few moments here and there. Everyone weaves if they can go a little faster than the car in front of them, you are welcome to use the other side of the road if needed, there is at least one motorcycle going backwards to get to his destination a bit sooner.

12

Gazette 2007

Top left: Chandabaghri coconut seller in Orissa Below: The ice-man cometh each morning in Mumbai

from the back. Oh yes, you are on foot, with 5000 other people and to appreciate the experience you are walking with traffic, coming from behind you, no not off the road, on the road with everyone above. Instruct all the vehicles to use their horns, not continuously,

Gazette 2007  

Thomas family newsletter for 2007

Gazette 2007  

Thomas family newsletter for 2007

Advertisement