What the @#$% Again!!!

Two incidents. Two frustrations. One post. What the @#$%!!!

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I wonder why people dont shift to public transport or do car pooling. I have been very vocal about it numerous times. But I have not been able to convince even my good friends, forget others. Duh!

This incident is from last Thursday. There was a huge traffic snarl at the Dindoshi junction on Western Express highway. I was in a bus, watching the idiotic car drivers honk furiously. One of them even rolled his window down and yelled at the auto rickshaw driver who apparently was blocking his way. At some distance ahead on the fly over I could see an ambulance stranded in the middle of the road with no where to go. Couple of guys were hopelessly trying to negotiate traffic so that the ambulance could be moved ahead.

What if your mother had just had a heart attack and was on board that ambulance? Or if it was your pregnant wife in her labour pains? Would you still drive your 8 feet long cars of the road? Or would you share it with three others who do not have their egos as inflated as yours?

When are you guys going to act, you idiots!

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I was travelling today morning from Thane to Borivali in an AC bus. On one of the stops, an elderly gentleman boarded the bus. The bus was already full and he was barely able to stand even with support. There are a couple of seats reserved for the elderly people. And a maggot with glares was occupying the seat without a hint of guilt. Looking at the plight of the old man, I vacated my seat and went to this guy. I said, “Are you really blind or are you only showing off?” Obviously he didn’t understand. I told him that he was occupying the seat meant for elderly people and that I had to vacate my seat because he didn’t even see that the old man was struggling to find feet in the moving bus.

Why are we oblivious to the basic facts and some manners? We have such mountainous egos and zero achievement to back them. No wonder why many westerners hate Indians. Most of us deserve to be hated.



Whats Wrong in Car Pooling?

I dont understand why people in Mumbai dont use Car pools. I have observed that almost every car plying on the roads is carrying just person (the driver/owner) or two persons. Meaning for every 100 cars travelling on the road, maximum number of people in them might be just over 150.

However if people use car pool, the number of cars on the road carrying the same number of people would go down to 40. That is 60 cars (or at least 50 cars) less per hundred cars at the moment. This should help to reduce the congestion on the roads and the pollution in the air by half.

I know this makes sense. But still people dont use car pool. Why?