Wobbling two wheelers are common on city roads. These two wheelers usually ride slow, around 30-40 kmph. And once in a while they pretend to lose control. When they do that, the scooter or mobike swerves left or right. This is followed by verbal exchanges between the wobbling rider and the rider or driver that just got brushed.
Before I tell you about this one, a pop quiz. Tell me the only two companies in the world that make “mobile gymnasiums“. Telco and Ashok Leyland! The mobile gyms offer affordable fitness experience to bottom-of-pyramid consumers in our cities. Tail simulation is a popular exercise. They have special bars behind these buses you can hang on to. As the bus moves around, you simulate a tail and strengthen your biceps.
Ever heard of “broken ears”? Outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) or the “ears” of all cars here lead a borrowed life. Any ORVM you see is either about to fall off or has just been fixed. These make perfect targets for two wheelers and autos to practice “brushing”. Plus, the “ears” serve as safety zones for cars and cabs. ‘Let me see how close I can get to my neighboring vehicle without touching it’. ‘Oh no, this is too close’ – and another broken ear on the road.
Unexplained mutations about a generation ago have produced this new variant of “color blindness” in India. Called “I see green“, it is common amongst city drivers. Symptoms? Red, amber, green or black (defunct signal), all colors appear green to the patient. Strangely enough, it is a very contagious disease that spreads on sight. Once you see a patient hit into the symptom at an intersection, the symptoms hit you. Everything around you turns green. And you wonder why they have three lights on each traffic pole, when they all can only shine green.
[Summarized fat-free version: When driving a car, be aware of slow two wheelers. City buses are crowded and uncomfortable. It is impossible to not have someone brush your car’s rear view mirrors. And significantly large number of people don’t obey traffic lights]