The Walayar – Coimbatore part of the Palakkad – Coimbatore section of the National Highway 47 (new number NH 744) which runs from Kanyakumari to Salem via Kerala. Half-finished flyovers and overbridges dot the stretch of the two-lane road marred by potholes and twists and turns which is such a contrast from the awesome three-lane highways of the rest of Tamil Nadu. The area though presents spectacular scenery against the backdrops of the Western Ghat hills of the Palakkad Gap. Those structures in between belong to some factory of some sort.
The most basic traffic rules written in Malayalam hang from a traffic signal post at Kalady junction on the MC Road in Kerala. (Traffic signals are called just “traffic” in Kerala. So what is traffic actually called? A “block”. Yeah we are complicated.
The rules written are as follows:
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Always wear seatbelts.
- Do not overtake from the left.
- Do not use mobiles while driving.
- Two-wheelers keep to the left side of the road.
- Obey traffic rules.
- Prevent accidents and accident deaths.
– Superintendent of Police, Ernakulam Rural.
A run-down container carrier truck carrying a Maersk container takes a break at the peripheries of Bangalore, India. An overloaded bike with two guys and two kids and no helmets meanwhile cooly ride past it unperturbed on the wrong side of the unmarked road. What we see here is quintessential semi-urban India.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) Superfast bus RSC 587 of Adoor rumbles along the MC Road between Kaladi and Ankamali. This photo was taken inside the bus through the front windshield over the driver’s shoulder, where the front-row seat view through the plate glass window shows the commanding driver’s position, exceptionally good road and the unruly traffic on it, where everyone drives wherever they please and blame others. The front-row is also the best place to enjoy a KSRTC Superfast ride as these buses are notorious for their speed and maneuvering which is unfortunately a necessity. This Central workshops-built bus with registration no KL15 A 45 is also one if KSRTC’s newest.
“Kallil sedhikkiya Kadavulai vida karuvil sumandha thaiyeh mudhai deivam” says this quote in Tamil on the back of an autorickshaw seen in Bangalore. In English it means “The mother who carried you in her womb is more God than the idol hewn in stone!” Profound and incredible! Auto drivers are not known for their high values and all, but this guy seems to be different! If only more people thought like this, including people who beat their religious chests thought like this! Especially in these days of increasing attacks against women! And of course, your life is in your hands!
A Goods autorickshaw driver got creative with a red plastic band to express his love (towards who?). Twisted the band into the shape of a heart and strategically positioned behind the wiper blade while sunlight glints off the windshield. Taken with a phone camera, the Nokia 6500, hence the poor quality.