1) they know the rules. There are road rules - which may or may not have anything to do with some sort of road code, etc - but their experience means that by trial and error - they know more than you do,
2) they speak the local language. Not only is this useful for finding your way around, its kinda of a safety requirement in that when a traffic accident occurs here - there is strong probability (not just possible, probable) - that tempers will run high - and a mob will gather. Not unusual to read on a daily basis of accidents where the offenders have been beaten and their vehicle set on fire!
3) finding your way around. Delhi sort of works on a grid system. So a place you're looking for might have an address of apt 1, ground level, 21 street such and such, block 9. So you come to block 9, find street number 20 and think "great - its next door". Wrong. Could be on the other side of the block. Turns out that when they allocate street numbers here - if a new development starts on the other side of the block - they get the next sequence of numbers!
4) the obstacle course. So yesterday we went to the supermarket and on one particular street this is how it went...
swerve left - avoid stray dog sleeping on the road,
swerve right - avoid cow sitting on road chewing cud,
swerve left - avoid truck pulling out of side street without looking,
swerve right - avoid peanut man street vendor driving towards us in the wrong lane on motorised bike towing a trailer while gas stove is still cooking peanuts,
come to a complete stop - give way to elephant crossing road.....
I'm thinking I need to setup a vid cam on the dashboard because no one believes me.......
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Comment by Bonnie, on 12-May-2009 19:36
Hoorah, so kiwis can live in India! In fact my friend and I are hoping to live and work in India after 5 months of travelling throughout Asia. I want to be/work there because of my textiles/fashion background and my friend has an archaeology masters. So in your opinion how is the best way to get jobs in this massive and overwhelming country? We'd preferably like to organise this before arriving but then again they say its better to be there when and where they're looking!
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