Okay this Bang Bang dare has already become famous. Hrithik Roshan has been throwing a dare at Bollywood celebs and they have been quite a sport and have done quite nice. I specially loved the one by Ranveer Singh. This guy is quirky and is funny. Check out the video here. You’ll fall off laughing.

Tere liye Jaan hazir hai! Dil jeetliya duniya ka! RT @RanveerOfficial: My #bangbangdare ! Just for you @iHrithik :)) http://t.co/MHGSigwJYh
— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) September 25, 2014

BTW did you know Hrithik also gave a Bang Bang Dare to all his fans. And me being me, took it up. So here was the dare. NO HONKING FOR THREE DAYS!!!

Now that in itself is a mammoth task if you are driving specially in Bangalore during office hours. But I am being a true fan and took up the dare.

I had done a post on Honking on Indian Streets earlier and if you wish to read it you can read it here

Now, I drive daily about 40-42 kms between home and office – Electronic City to Old Airport Road. If you are aware of the geography of Bangalore you will know that’s quite a distance and sometimes is agonizing to sit in the traffic. The route I take normally is the EC elevated flyover, Silk Board, Koramanagala Water Tank, Koramangala Ring Road to Old Airport Road. But last one week I am not taking the flyover – and that’s because of a very inane reason – I have not been to the ATM for a while and have absolutely no cash in purse. I am living of the plastic money! So I couldn’t pay toll for the flyover.

Day1 – Morning Drive on Day 1 of the dare was little hard. Every time my hands reached the horn I had to reming my self – Bang Bang!! Now what do you do when suddenly an auto rickshaw stops infront of your car to take up passengers and that too when you have like 3 seconds for the signal to go red! These are the times when you gotta honk! On any other day I would have honked till that guy moved.

It was difficult to resist honking on a lot of places – specially for BMTC Buses, Autos and two wheelers. I specifically hate the scooties and autos going at 20km speed when the road ahead is relatively empty and you don’t have space to overtake!

Evening drive is even a bigger pain if you hit the road post 5:30pm. It feels like entire Bangalore is in the Koramangala Ring Road. But I survived Day 1 somehow without honking.

Day2 – I left little early from home to avoid the peak traffic. I usually leave by 8AM but on that day I left at about 745 AM. It was relatively easy on Day2 and my mind was already conditioned to resist honking every time I wanted to.

Day3 – Morning drive was again relatively easy to avoid honking. And there came the rain in the evening. And if you know traffic in Bangalore you will know how pathetic it becomes. Rains and crazy traffic are like sisters joint at hip in this city. Cars don’t move they almost start crawling if not just stuck for hours. And guess what I survived that without honking too!!! That’s like an achievement for me.

Well now that 3 days of the dare is over I am thinking of continuing it as long as I can and as minimum as I can. I have no idea how much that minimum will be though. I have aready honked once I remember today morning when a lady on a scooty refused to move and was going at a speed of 15 km I guess. I had the divider on one side and an equally slow moving three wheeler delivery van on the other side. What do you do in such cases?

Are you also one who drives to work and honk? Take up the dare it might just calm you down a bit!

I’m infact happy to simply drive along without anyone nearby!

BTW did I tell you I bought the tickets of First Day First show of Bang Bang the day bookings opened in PVR IMAX!!! And guess what I am going all alone, last row, first aisle seat!! I am super happy.   

Tina Basu

19 Comments on Did you take up the Bang Bang Dare?

  1. Rajlakshmi
    September 29, 2014 at 12:09 pm (4 years ago)

    you drive that much!!!! ohh dear god!!! I know what a nightmare bangalore traffic is… and to do this dare is a herculean task. Kudos to you.
    I love Ranverr's awesome take on the dare 😀

  2. Tina Basu
    September 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm (4 years ago)

    ohh yes i drive quite a lot and it turns a nightmare sometimes 🙁

  3. Donna L. Ward
    September 30, 2014 at 12:37 am (4 years ago)

    Oh my goodness – I am familiar with long drives to work – but, have been working from home for over 10 years and so enjoy seeing and being grateful that I am not a part of the traffic nightmares anymore!

  4. Judy Yaron
    September 30, 2014 at 12:37 am (4 years ago)

    You have taken me, Tina, from my quiet suburban home in Israel to the noisy streets of Bangalore and the glorious world of Bollywood! How awesome! That's what I'm loving so much about this challenge, I get to explore other worlds. I can just imagine you holding back from honking waving your hands and miming to the lady on the scooter. Loved your post! HUGS <3

  5. Cathy Graham
    September 30, 2014 at 12:38 am (4 years ago)

    I never honk at anyone and am quite a meek driver sometimes. I don't think I'd do well driving in India. The streets sure look busy compared to Ottawa. Yes, very different, for sure. I imagine you get conditioned to it after a while, eh? Good for you doing that dare. Fun to watch the video of the lad singing and dancing around in the streets. Wasn't he a brave soul? That was a fun post. I love learning more about India, its differences and similarities to Canada. Fun stuff!

  6. Laurel Regan
    September 30, 2014 at 12:38 am (4 years ago)

    Well done for completing the challenge! I work from home, so don't drive very often – and really, honking isn't a big thing here (at least not in my city), so nothing to give up!

  7. Nabanita
    September 30, 2014 at 6:24 am (4 years ago)

    Ahh you are one huge Hrithik Roshan Fan aren't you 🙂 ? But seriously how do you drive so much in B'lore traffic…Hats off to you woman!

  8. Shilpa Garg
    September 30, 2014 at 7:31 am (4 years ago)

    Honking seems to be an essential part of the Indian driving. And it can be a pain especially in residential colonies where one can hear these loud noises at all hours of the day and it is a big nuisance on the roads too. Agree that most of the time it is unnecessary. Good that you completed the challenge. This post reminds of a bumper sticker that I read some time ago… "No horn is OK please". 🙂

  9. Michelle Liew
    September 30, 2014 at 3:14 pm (4 years ago)

    A creative dare. Hrithik is terribly popular here in Sing!

  10. Tina Basu
    September 30, 2014 at 3:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Donna… you are so lucky you are working from home – believe me

  11. Tina Basu
    September 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks Dorrit for visiting

  12. Tina Basu
    September 30, 2014 at 3:37 pm (4 years ago)

    its quite a deal actually to hold back from honking

  13. Tina Basu
    September 30, 2014 at 3:37 pm (4 years ago)

    You'll have many posts about India and Indian culture in my blog

  14. Tina Basu
    September 30, 2014 at 3:38 pm (4 years ago)

    u r so lucky Laurel

  15. Tina Basu
    September 30, 2014 at 3:38 pm (4 years ago)

    HUUUUUUUUUGE and yeah that's quite a bit of driving

  16. Tina Basu
    September 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm (4 years ago)

    thats cute

  17. Tina Basu
    September 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Awww.. Isn't he like really really amazing!!!

  18. Aseem
    October 2, 2014 at 4:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Firstly kudos to you for having the courage to drive in this traffic :). Secondly, once I was forced to try this since the horn in my car wouldn't work. But it was really difficult to manage without it :(. Guess depends on the city as well for it to succeed ;).


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