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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Amber... now Red

In the intial years of my stay in Singapore, I hated the Bus drivers a lot. Normally I get into the public transport in a hurried fashion. The bus drivers never understood my urgency (to reach office in time) and used to stop at every signal & every bus-stop (!!!). Always they slowed down while approaching the junction, anticipating an amber signal. They used air-horns rarely and waited patiently one behind another.
These things were surprising to me (sometimes irritating), since it was absolutely contrary to my Chennai experience then. But slowly, I started loving that discipline. Reason, they were doing what they were supposed to do without violations. That road discipline streamlined the traffic better.

When the motorists do it, most of the pedestrians are also forced to follow rules for using the signals and platforms. That would be a cool sight when you are a driver. It makes you to drive freely (assuming you follow the rules as well). Most of the pedestrians follow, with exceptions (like those who used to cross the road in 'Little India' by weekends, even if there is no 'green' for them).

During my last trip to Chennai, I had observed that the discipline is worser than before, due to the explosion of no. of vehicles. Will 'Anniyan' do what the authorities were unable to do? (I mean disciplining the motorists). It would be hard to say.. since the authorities need to develop the infrastructure, remove platform occupancies and do a lot more first, before penalising those who don't follow rules.... I am still dreaming for it to happen.

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Anonymous angelsera said...

Hey u mentioned 'Anniyan'...have u watched the movie yet?jus curious to know cos I have been gettin mixed reactions abt tt movie..not sure if I shd go watch or not...

Sunday, July 10, 2005 4:40:00 PM  
Blogger Kaps said...


Congrats on the 15K hits. I didn't know that traffic signals existed in Little India :-)

Sunday, July 10, 2005 5:25:00 PM  
Blogger keerthi said...

Ram. C,

discipline on road has been extinct in India. no more...

Sunday, July 10, 2005 5:31:00 PM  
Blogger PVS said...

It’s not only the pedestrians and drivers who have to follow the rules. I have noted at a number of locations the traffic police who stand at crucial junctions direct traffic with no concern to the signals.

Sunday, July 10, 2005 6:33:00 PM  
Blogger Arvind said...


I see all your blogs live up to DreamStores title ;)

Sunday, July 10, 2005 6:39:00 PM  
Blogger Me said...

i agree with u...but in madras it has become survival of the fittest...the only way out is we have to start following rules and force our friends & relatives to follow rules and ask them to force all the ppl they know....whenever i say this ppl laugh at me and say idhullam inga velaiku aagadhu da...

Sunday, July 10, 2005 6:44:00 PM  
Blogger G3 said...

I was also shocked by the traffic sense in Singapore. Its awesome how the traffic is so disciplined.

The only problem by getting used to this is when I go back to India, I find it soo difficult to drive or even cross the road!

Sunday, July 10, 2005 7:12:00 PM  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Ram, I posted CHO's lines yesterday. I feel that Anniyan's should collectively come in the form of strict enforcement of law and order.

I think I am a generation apart..ofcourse I am 44 now..and hence I qualify. I've seen Emergency work in front of my eyes.

IMHO....democracy is good..only if the people understand what it means and act that way. Sorry...but India need a good dose of EMERGENCY.

I can understand how you feel about the Traffic etc.....I feel the same ways..!

Sunday, July 10, 2005 8:26:00 PM  
Blogger ioiio said...

apram chennaila driving'ku irukkara kickey poidum

Monday, July 11, 2005 1:03:00 AM  
Anonymous vatsan said...

neengal ellorum velinattuila irunda anga irukara traffic sense a india ku import panna pakkerangal, adu nadakadu, namba ooruilla namba stylela than vandi vottunom (no rules) appothan indiavilla driving fun a irukkum, speed limits ellam impose panna driving orubore aaidum0

Monday, July 11, 2005 3:18:00 AM  
Blogger Surya said...

Chennai - No Scope. We need to start now to regulate the traffic, expand roads etc. to be in some good shape 10 yrs from now, the porblem is we are seeing so much chaos yet the Govt. does nothins, i mean they are just not realizing.

Monday, July 11, 2005 5:33:00 AM  
Blogger AF said...

I guess India will remain the same not matter what they do. People are structured in such a way I would say, they just want to stay the same and never change. But when they go to a foreign country the adapt so well. When I went back to india it was so nice to drive my scooty in a undisciplined way, not like here look here there etc.
As Sathya says you get a kick out of it.

Monday, July 11, 2005 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger sen said...

ram was the first person in the blogspere to write a review for anniyan.

i agree with you to an extent.we do need some strict discipling.But dont think emergency is the right way to do it.

Monday, July 11, 2005 12:54:00 PM  
Blogger tt_giant said...

hmm. yea, we were used to the fast-pace of transport (or jostling!) in india.. it sure was a shock to me too..

now, i don't know if i can drive in madras.. brrr...

Monday, July 11, 2005 2:13:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

thanks everyone for your views...

I always feel that if the administration draws out a proper plan and execute it, anything is achievable. Finally it should be beneficial to all. Definitely some quarters will protest against any move by the admn. They should be ignored or controlled (whether thru Emergency or something else).

That's where Singapore Govt. scores over our Govts. The way of execution of its decisions and policies, may not be convincable for some quarters. But on the whole they are able to deliver certain things better than the previous stage.

I would always dream to have such a Govt in TN. When Jaya controls all her party members, so efficiently, why can't she exercise the same control on the corrupt system. Because her cronies themselves are corrupt. Unfortunately, she doesn't want to take action in this quarter. She is the one lady who is very strong to execute these type of things..

But everyone is getting adjusted to the system (including us and our CM) without rectifying it. That's the pity.

Monday, July 11, 2005 3:22:00 PM  
Blogger Somu said...

If only your dreams would come true, we chennaites would not be living a nightmare.

I went on a free tour to S'pore while I was in transit and the discipline really surprised me. Hmmm If only....

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 2:17:00 AM  
Blogger JaganLee said...

U r right, Its not right to expect discipline from the people, when we dont have enough infrastructure. Pedestrians will use platform, only if its available and clean

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 2:19:00 PM  

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