Drive in our cities in the night and you are sure to hit into one eyed jacks. These folks – must be physics graduates – are extreme energy conservationists. Why use both the headlamps when one is bright enough for the job!? So they cut off power supply to one of the front headlamps (usually the right one, don’t know why, may be some theory in physics that says light bends more to the right than left). When these energy freaks emerge from oncoming traffic, they look like those pirates, the one eyed jacks!
If you are into soccer, you may know about linesmen. These special referees do nothing but run up and down on a line for the duration of a soccer match. Our traffic too has its linesmen. These are very disciplined folks who believe in driving on the line, not this side or the other. Some linesmen choose to run on the lane dividers, and make sure no vehicles can go “off side” by cleverly blocking both the lanes, two wheels in this lane and two wheels in the other. I am watching my line brother, you watch yours! The more aggressive linesmen race on the line that is meant to divide the traffic going in opposite directions. Sort of like refereeing two soccer matches at once! Needless to say, you better run for cover on spotting aggressive linesmen.
Spring is the Indian version of Queue. The Spring phenomenon is seen wherever you expected to see a Q, a ticket counter, or a crowded lane on the road for example. Springs seem short, but when you unwind them, it can get really lengthy. All Qs in India are like springs. And the traffic springs have this phenomenal capacity to keep getting compressed and compressed, giving you the illusion that hey, the jam isn’t much! But when this spring starts unwinding, you appreciate the packing capacity of our roads and sidewalks. Incidentally, traffic spring is the only place where drivers exhibit this rare trait called “cooperation”. “Honk honk, hey, could you cut a bit to left so that I can squeeze in that gap”. And the fellow driver will cooperate! Oh yes, once the spring unwinds, its all back to self-before-else rule.