Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Road-bummers

This morning at around 9.30 a.m., I met with around 40-50 morons. All in one shot. Yes, they were all driving westward bound on St. Mary's Road. They had formed at least 4 parallel lanes of which 3 were unauthorised. Poor me, going eastward on St. Mary's Road as usual and was suddenly confronted head-on by 4 lanes of vehicles acting like no rules existed.

Bah. Being a lone woman driver and afraid for myself(and not for any nobler reason), I steered clear of expletives but insisted on asking them with angry, wild gestures "WHAT in the world ARE you doing?". At one point, I was quite unnerved because I was the only car facing the 'right' way on my side of the road, while all the rest in front of me were facing me and trying to bully me to go...where, I don't really know. Where was the space? Suddenly I wondered whether this road had been made a one-way overnight or something. I took heart in the fact that there was a possibility I was right, since some vehicles were right behind me.
(Imagine, they had me doubting my rule-abiding senses!)

I tried to nudge through aggressively and am quite surprised how no one bumped or scratched me. Sheer good luck, I tell you.

Then, I finally decided I could not beat them -- the rogues! So, I swung extreme left and managed to get out of that quagmire of morons and shot out of there like a bat out of hell (Hah! always wanted to use that bat expression!).

I spotted a policeman further down and asked him what the heck was going on and whether the road was a one way to which he said nope. So, I was even more indignant and told him to go sort out the chaos. Thankfully, he understood my frustration. (In chennai, you cannot ask for more, usually.)

Mildly satisfied with dispensing a piece of advice to a cop, I belligerently ignored the red light and the waiting motorists whose green signal it was, and swung into a lane leading to my destination,
secure in the knowledge that no one was going to pull me up after what I had been through.

Nobody did.:)

Cheers.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi there. Loved your rant on the roads. Or the non state of them. BTW,CP Ramaswamy road has some metro water work giong on. if i were you i'd steer my car clear of it.
Cheers.

Anonymous said...

the above comment was left by me, ameeta.

Karthik Sriram said...

Cha - the joy of swearing on roads has been taken away from me. US traffic is too regular to be exciting.

And i really used to LOVE the looks that people in cars used to give me when I was weaving through stagnant traffic on my bike. I know - you'll be gnashing your teeth, but then bike la, cycle gap la nuzhaiyaradhu is awesome fun!!

LKS

Teesu said...

Ameeta, hi. Yes I know that now and HOPE to remember it tomorrow, but this morning's anguish was worth a post;)

Teesu said...

And Karthik, no, I don't mind bike-weavers as long as they stick to the RULES. There is no rule against weaving. But I do mentally pass on this message to eccentric bikers: If you MUST die in a road accident, please leave MY car out of it. Selfish but that's how I feel.
Have more rants on road bummersup my sleeve. Waitees.

Shyam said...

ooh, you ran a red light?? BAD Teesu! :)

Re your last action, I'm surprised that the vehicles which had the green signal werent already halfway across the junction - normally they start creeping forward even though the light is still on red for them!

PS. Let's have more rants. ;)

Blogeswari said...

LKS, podum perumai and please will you stop your "Yo man, I am a Chennai dude now in US" kinda comments. They are all over and are very highly irritating. If you are looking for a girl to line marofy, this is not the place to be in. Try your stunts at orkut

Tees - You should have 'seruppa kazhatti aduchufyed' them... the motorists, not LKS

umm oviya said...

bubby, loved your comment on LKS!!! and you know Teesu's idea of swearing right? Stupid, idiot... all polished peter-jane types.
nambla madhir, vidamaata

Teesu said...

Teesu's idea of swearing these days includes "bl...sh.t", "SHANIYAN" (tambram)...ummm rest only in my mind. Do remember even these I curtail because Tara is with me and even 'stupid' and 'idiot' have to go out the window, which is hard esp when the window is up (AC)!

Shyam said...

Teesu, you've been tagged :) Be a good girl and do it? Pweese?