Getting About

It’s the noise. I got hold of a local SIM card so that I could be phoned. Sharon listened for a bit and said, ‘what is all that noise?’. To which the answer was ‘just the usual incessant horn blowing and other noises of everyday life in India.

It’s all very colourful, requires skilful driving and nobody gets anywhere fast. The more serious question is about the safety of it all when you are on the open road outside the city. I wish I had a photo of the family with young children on a motorised three-wheeler travelling down the wrong side of the dual carriageway …

And I didn’t mention the all-pervading smog. First seen when you turn on the forward-facing camera as the Emirates plane approaches the runway. You see the runway as you hit it and now a moment before.

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