“It just sort of works.”
That’s how our German neighbor and fellow foreigner, Alex, described the jaw-dropping driving culture of India’s major cities.
In Pune, Maharashtra, where husband Brian is serving as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar at Symbiosis Institute for Media and Communications until May 2013, we’re quickly learning a lot about everyday life in India, and how very, very different things are here compared to our sheltered existence in Fairbanks, Alaska. There’s the obvious population difference (Fairbanks, 90,000; Pune, 5 million) quickly followed by pollution, trash and traffic. Lots of traffic.
Like many former British colonies, Indians drive on the left-hand side of the road. But that’s not what makes traffic here fascinating, exciting….and a little bit terrifying each time we venture out via taxi, autorickshaw or the vehicle of a newfound friend. Read more