We Indians are quite funny creatures I feel. We make the entire hullabaloo during Diwali for crackers and the noise pollution associated with it but we never care to think about the amount of unnecessary noise we make every single day.

Morning drive to work is always a chaos unless you are the only few unfortunate people going to work on a public holiday. Everyone is in a hurry – understood. But I fail to understand what happens to a simple thing called common sense.

Honk honk honk… hoooooonk hoooonk
e aage jaa na” (hey! Just go ahead) – some more honking
Indicators flashing left & right on a straight road… every car, auto rickshaw, taxi and even state run buses suddenly start thinking themselves as super bikes and want to get into the small visible inch between two vehicles.
What’s even more amusing – honking in a red light signal!! Where am I supposed to go? I ain’t Bat Man yet… nor do I have his fancy cars & gizmos that I can start flying suddenly!!
Now I think this morning cacophony must be a little game between all sorts of drivers. Car A has honked ok so it’s now car B’s turn and the chain continues.
I came across while surfing that 1st of Jan is No Honking Day… don’t know how far that is maintained – but the question is why only 1 day? Honking endlessly doesn’t solve any purpose in any way… so for me ‘Horn NOT OK please’.
It’s only funny that when horn is required that time no one honks and just zooms at a turn. Driving a car has it’s own responsibilities and not honking uselessly should be a big part of it.
 I just have one thing to say – Guys stop being horny on the roads!! [Pun intended]


Tina Basu

8 Comments on The Great Indian Honking Story

  1. Sabyasachi Patra | Tales from Wild India
    August 23, 2012 at 10:41 am (7 years ago)

    I hate honking. Most of the people get scared and honk. The driving training schools also teach people that they should honk. So we have a crazy habit of honking. In my film on elephants which is currently being shot, I have captured motorists honking when the wild elephant is crossing the road. Wish we can stop honking.

  2. Vinay
    August 24, 2012 at 6:39 am (7 years ago)

    Ha ha.. I the pun is great! :D.. Can't stop laughing! 😀

    But yea the honking is one of the most annoying things, it sometimes is like a symbol- "Make way, I am coming".. Total bollocks aint it?! !

  3. Tina Basu
    August 24, 2012 at 8:53 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks guys. Yes honking gets so irritating. We ape the west so much good knows why can't we copy a good thing for a change

  4. Saurav Chakravarty
    August 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm (7 years ago)

    Well, common sense is never very common! We must combine the best of India with the best of the west.

  5. kerala flowerplaza
    August 29, 2012 at 8:21 am (7 years ago)

    This is really interesting…

  6. Sravanth Bitra
    September 17, 2012 at 8:14 am (7 years ago)

    I avoid the honking by music.. that is the best way, i believe it is.. i barely listen to any of the honking and i complete my journey in good mood.. 😛

    talking of common sense.. well, when the ppl are educated illiterate, then it is tough to bring sense to them.. 🙂



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