Chaotic Bangalore Roads, Jackass Drivers, Inept Governments

June 05, 2010
Deepti Lamba

This afternoon a cyclist rammed into the back of my car on the left side and when I stopped the car and confronted him the ass had the audacity to shout that I was in the wrong.

Me? He was the one who merrily bumped into my car. And the ass left a nasty scratch on my car. He rode off and I got behind the wheel. As I drove into the city I decided to keep a count of ass behavior on the road. The count went up till nine and by the time I was in the city I was mad as hell.

Not only did men in their luxury four wheeled monsters cut lanes two wheeler styled but then compounded their nasty behavior by honking. The bikes and the two wheelers did the wriggly worm thing. It seems most of them believe they can squeeze through anything and like the cyclists if they bump into you its all your fault.

Driving in Bangalore is a nightmare especially if you take the Hosur Road into the city. From Electronics city they have barred the Madiwala stretch so one has to go through the road that connects back towards Hosur via Kormangala. The traffic on that stretch barely moves and people behave like aggressive crabs. Everyone tries to get ahead of the other, constant honking, gas fumes, breaking, breakdowns and then fights in the middle of the road. By the time vehicals reach near Forum mall everyone is in road rage.

But the nightmare doesn't stop there. The entire Hosur Road has been dug up so what would take people ten minutes takes them close to one hour. And to compound the problem these dumb drivers decide to drive on the wrong side of the road and worse still straight into you and they refuse to meet your eye.

Despite being in the wrong if a collision happens its the car driver's fault. Why? Its a bigger vehicle and other economic factors play in. You are rich dude in the car, the fucker with money and you should be the one made to pay. Doesn't matter the jackass made a straight beeline into you like a roach on a death wish.

It took me an hour and a half from Electronic City to get to Brigade Road on a Saturday afternoon and had my temper soaring. I was better off sitting at home reading and writing.

On the way back, I came across more idiots on the road. What was supposed to be a change for the kids and me left us tired and snapping at each other.

Bangalore is not a city to be lived in and our current government should be hauled up for the shit they are putting the public through. As it is who in their right minds digs up roads just when the monsoon season starts?

Its a whole lot of dumbass behavior being indulged in this city and I have had it!

dee.jpgDeepti Lamba is an author, besides editing at Desicritics
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