2012 June 22
Travel Trance

fruit salad

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A few nice fruit salad images I found:

fruit salad

Image by QuintanaRoo
From my vegan Chinese New Year dinner. More at The Conscious Kitchen.

Christmas photos

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Beer spigots at the Celtic Cross

Image by stoicviking
The polished brass of the beer spigots stand out against the lights of the Christmas decorations in the window of the Celtic Cross pub in downtown Reykjavik.

Crowe Studios Christmas – sister duet 2

Image by Derek K. Miller

me and the much needed reminder …

Image by slightly everything
from where I stand

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India images

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A few nice India images I found:

Butterfly – Common Lascar

Image by Bibin C. Alex
Butterfly – Common Lascar
Binomial Name – Pantoporia Hordonia
Shot at Pala, Kerala,India

Kathakali images

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Check out these Kathakali images:

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Kathakali

Image by musicwala

Kerala Travel images

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Check out these Kerala Travel images:

Work in progress at Pettai
Kerala Travel

Image by Natmandu

Pettai painting
Kerala Travel

Image by Natmandu

Wood carving of God Ganesh from Kerala, India
Kerala Travel

Image by exfordy

House Boats images

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Check out these House boats images:

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Image by Saad Faruque

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Image by Saad Faruque

India photos

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A few nice India images I found:

[ order of magnitude of thinking ]

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( varanasi, india – march 2012 )
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India images

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[ the railroad killer ]

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( from delhi to agra, india – march 2012 )
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Rules Of The Road, Indian Style. (Photo is symbolical)

Image by artist in doing nothing
The SERIOUS PART:

A NOTE ON THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF TRAFFIC & HIGHWAYS, KARNAL

Road accidents are a human tragedy. It involves high human suffering and monetary cost in terms of premature deaths, injuries, loss of productivity etc.



Every year more than 1.00 Lacs [= 100 000] fatal accidents occur on Indian roads, more than 4.00 Lacs [= 400 000] persons are injured and the economic loss due to road accidents is estimated to be over Rs. 36,000 crore [= 360,000,000,000 Rs or 5,200,000,000 Euro or 6,732,000,000 us$ ]. 40% of these accidents take place on National Highways.

It will be pertinent to compare the number of people murdered and the people who die in accidents every year. About 20,000 people are murdered in a year in India. It is evident that the number of people killed in accidents is five times more than that those are murdered.

Traffic Police Posts and the post of Superintendent of Police, Haryana Highway Patrol for Road Safety has been re-designated as Assistant Inspector General of Police, Traffic & Highways, Karnal, under the control of Police Department.

***[Remarks in square brackets are mine.]***

Read the full article on: haryanapolice.nic.in/rules_of_the_road_regulations.htm

The LESS SERIOUS PART:

Even more from blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/

Darwinian rules of the road.

The best:
Disclaimer: I’ll try to find out in which gloomy corner of the Internet have I stolen this excellent text …

And voila, I found out that this article became very popular last time and you can find it on at least 50 sites. My source had the following begining : ” … When I was researching the Gurugita in Sanskrit and English, I came across this on a very scholarly Sanskrit site. I laughed my head off and asked Rajiv if I could put a copy on my site too. He say ‘Sure. Go for it’. Good Man! … “. And alas, I couldn’t find any more the source site.

But here we are:

Inevitably you should be at least some limited time in India to understand and feel the following!

Rules Of The Road, Indian Style

Traveling on Indian Roads is an almost hallucinatory potion of sound, spectacle and experience. It is frequently heart-rending, sometimes hilarious, mostly exhilarating, always unforgettable — and, when you are on the roads, extremely dangerous.

Most Indian road users observe a version of the Highway Code based on a Sanskrit text.

These 12 rules of the Indian road are published for the first time in English:

ARTICLE I:

The assumption of immortality is required of all road users.

ARTICLE II:

Indian traffic, like Indian society, is structured on a strict caste system. The following precedence must be accorded at all times. In descending order, give way to:

1-Cows,
2-elephants,
3-heavy trucks,
4-buses,
5-official cars,
6-camels,
7-light trucks,
8-buffalo,
9-jeeps,
10-ox-carts,
11-private cars,
12-motorcycles,
13-scooters,
14-auto-rickshaws,
15-pigs,
16-pedal rickshaws,
17-goats,
18-bicycles (goods-carrying),
19-handcarts,
20-bicycles (passenger-carrying),
21-dogs,
22-pedestrians.

ARTICLE III:

All wheeled vehicles shall be driven in accordance with the maxim: to slow is to falter, to brake is to fail, to stop is defeat. This is the Indian drivers’ mantra.

ARTICLE IV:

Use of horn (also known as the sonic fender or aural amulet):

Cars (IV,1,a-c):
-Short blasts (urgent) indicate supremacy, IE in clearing dogs, rickshaws and pedestrians from path.

-Long blasts (desperate) denote supplication, IE to oncoming truck: “I am going too fast to stop, so unless you slow down we shall both die”. In extreme cases this may be accompanied by flashing of headlights (frantic).

-Single blast (casual) means: “I have seen someone out of India’s 870 million whom I recognise”, “There is a bird in the road (which at this speed could go through my windscreen)” or “I have not blown my horn for several minutes.”

Trucks and buses (IV,2,a):
All horn signals have the same meaning, viz: “I have an all-up weight of approximately 12.5 tons and have no intention of stopping, even if I could.” This signal may be emphasised by the use of headlamps.

Article IV remains subject to the provision of Order of Precedence in Article II above.

ARTICLE V:

All manoeuvres, use of horn and evasive action shall be left until the last possible moment.

ARTICLE VI:

In the absence of seat belts (which there is), car occupants shall wear garlands of marigolds. These should be kept fastened at all times.

ARTICLE VII:

Rights of way:
Traffic entering a road from the left has priority. So has traffic from the right, and also traffic in the middle.

Lane discipline (VII,1):
All Indian traffic at all times and irrespective of direction of travel shall occupy the centre of the road.

ARTICLE VIII:

Roundabouts: India has no roundabouts. Apparent traffic islands in the middle of crossroads have no traffic management function. Any other impression should be ignored.

ARTICLE IX:

Overtaking is mandatory. Every moving vehicle is required to overtake every other moving vehicle, irrespective of whether it has just overtaken you.

Overtaking should only be undertaken in suitable conditions, such as in the face of oncoming traffic, on blind bends, at junctions and in the middle of villages/city centres.
No more than two inches should be allowed between your vehicle and the one you are passing — and one inch in the case of bicycles or pedestrians.

ARTICLE X:

Nirvana may be obtained through the head-on crash.

ARTICLE XI:

Reversing: no longer applicable since no vehicle in India has reverse gear.

I don’t know where did finish the Article XII but let suppose it was something like this: If you breach one or more Articles above you don’t need to know any Article any more (till your reincarnation if you are a Hindu or rebirth if you are a Buddhist).

Do visit incredible India!

OM Tat Sat OM! / ??? ??? ???
OM Mani Padme Hum! / ?? ???????? ???

Be happy!

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