Speechless Sunday - A Wild Ride

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

There is nothing more terrifying than getting from point A to point B in India.

 

Take Mumbai, for instance. I spent 4 days in this city of 20+ Million, and I saw exactly 4 traffic lights. Masses of cars, busses, trucks, tuk tuks, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, animal and human powered carts, pedestrians and cows were all competing for the same space, and the winners were those that had no fear and the loudest horns, except for the cows, who enjoyed traffic priority much like pedestrians in California.

 

A taxi driver gleefully told me that the trick was to use the horn, not the brakes, and from my experience, I'd guess that replacement brake shoes are a very slow seller in Indian auto parts stores.

 

 Horn OK Please

 

On the back of almost every truck, bus or taxi, I saw the phrase "Horn OK Please", which essentially suggests that any driver wishing to pass should lay on the horn - not that any such encouragement is needed. Almost as amazing as the traffic chaos - best described as a combination of Frogger and Mario Kart - was the incredible and unceasing noise of horns. Interestingly, a couple of months ago, Mumbai outlawed the phrase as conducive to noise pollution, but I doubt it will make any difference.

 

You can say what you want about traffic in New York or LA or Mexico City or Rome or wherever, but until you have taken a ride in Mumbai, you have never been to the summit.

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Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525
970-689-4663
www.maryanddick.com

 

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Dick, I don't think I could drive in Mumbai nor would I want to. I bet the taxi ride was similar to a rollercoaster.

Oct 12, 2015 05:56 AM #18
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Dick, gotta tell ya, this is NOT on my Bucket List, unless it would be the Mumbai from the Sex and the City movie! 

But, I do love a good tale and you always deliver in that department. 

Oct 12, 2015 08:33 AM #19
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I sure love hearing of all the great places you have been and adventure you had. Have a good night

Oct 12, 2015 09:21 AM #20
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:) I had a pretty bad experience in Honduras long ago. This sounds worse - I'm sure it's a fabulous place to visit - but I'd prefer walking to get around. ha. 

Oct 12, 2015 09:57 AM #21
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I prefer my own little two traffic light town, where you see more deer and cows than cars.

Oct 12, 2015 01:30 PM #22
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Dick, I can only imagine!  I remember when they outlawed horns in New York City and the cabbies went crazy.  They started leaning out the windows of their cabs, yelling and cursing.  It was a different type of noise polution!  I'm sure the cows added an extra bit of interest to the scene!

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Dick - thanks for sharing the journey from point A to point B. I believe a got a fraction of adrenalin you got, but it seems enough already...

Oct 13, 2015 01:54 AM #24
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yeah, I think I will pass, thank you!

Not at all on my bucket list!  Your descriptive words are as good as being there in my book!

Oct 14, 2015 11:27 PM #25
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OMG that sounds crazy.  I'm glad I won't be driving there.  I'd hire a taxi driver.

Oct 17, 2015 08:09 PM #26
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Traffic in NYC and LA I know all about, but your experience in Mumbai does sound like a wild ride.

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Hey, Dick!

I included this post in today's "Last Week's Favorites".  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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I am glad I didnt miss your post, thanks to Patricia!  Happy Sunday!~

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Aloha Dick,

I guess you have a new definition for "Eat, Love, Pray"!

a hui hou,

Oct 18, 2015 04:29 AM #30
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Your travels sound exotic and lots of fun rolled into one.

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Oct 18, 2015 04:48 PM #32
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Thanks for sharing your experience -- I have no desire to experience it myself!

Oct 19, 2015 12:11 AM #33
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Dick Greenberg That traffic does sound like it is horrible.  I feel comfortable in Mexico City -- the worst for me was Rome, Italy.  But I do not thin I would want t try that traffic in Mumbai.

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I'm not going to lie, that sounds just awful. I hate driving wide open freeways in Phoenix let alone that mess you describe in India.

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Dick Greenberg now that is Mumbai!

I grew up in Mumbai - the city that never sleeps!

Not been there for few years now - and that was a different time. Now the number of cars are almost 10-fold and the streets are still the same.

And traffic lights - what is that?

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Sounds like complete and utter chaos! Glad to have you back stateside.

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