…. was the sort you see in all the pictures. Unglazed windows with bars across, and an engine that had probably been put together c.1953. If this coach had been a human body, you’d probably have called it ‘lived in’. As it was in fact a bus, I’d say it had had a long history of ‘near misses’. Oh, and it may not have been cleaned since 1953 either.
But the big excitement was a motorway. Well, perhaps not a motorway, but a toll road anyway, with dual carriageway, a hard shoulder and a central reservation. The road surface was indifferent, but so superior to anything I had met previously that I could understand why everyone described it as ‘the fast road to Chennai’. Here’s what I found out:
- 2 lanes doesn’t mean slow and fast. Everyone uses both lanes indiscriminately and over or undertakes at will.
- Goats use the ‘fast’ lane.
- Cows use the central reservation.
- Bicycles going the opposite way to the prevailing traffic use the hard shoulder. As do pedestrians.
- Men pushing handcarts use the main highway.
- The hard shoulder is also for bus stops.
- There are zebra crossings. God knows why, nobody ever uses them.
- Pedestrians cross whenever they want to. Not at the zebra crossings, obviously.
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