Never ending traffic woes

So.. what prayer do you murmur before you start your day on Bengaluru roads? Sometimes you never know what awaits you on the roads of Bengaluru.

It was a seemingly pleasant evening at Bannerghatta road, near Dairy circle. I got off my office cab and took an auto to my son’s daycare to pick him. I wanted to give him a surprise by picking him up that day, rather than wait for his dad to pick him up. We shopped for a few minutes on Spar and as we got back, we had a very unpleasant surprise waiting for us.

Even as we walked towards his daycare, we watched a mini truck overturn and spill all its contents on to the road. This is a very narrow road, and is crowded during evening hours with parents parking vehicles and rushing in to pick their kids.

A mini truck overturned spilling all its contents on the road. Pic: Vani Balaraman

Apparently the mini truck was trying to climb up a ramp when it overturned spilling its contents on to the road. Sheer luck I must say, as our car was parked right next to the mini truck that overturned. Sheer luck for the kids and their parents too. The mini truck with its contents could have landed on any car or two wheeler parked beside it!

And then on a busy working day on BTM layout, I watched a family fume at a motorist who hit their car with his bike and the car’s number plate was broken. Apparently he was driving on the neatly laid footpath to avoid the jam and the pack of four wheelers that was lined up.

Last evening, the cab driver applied sudden brakes at a crossing near Puttenahalli, that left my hand with a sharp pain that lasted the whole evening.

The cab driver exclaimed that “sometimes you never know what awaits you on Bengaluru roads”.

And I didn’t have much to disagree.


  1. S Srinivasan says:

    The author had written her problems she faced in Bangalore roads as she felt. It is not the main roads alone where danger is lurking in every corner but also in side lanes. There is no need to comment on the way the author had written. It is enough if everyone understands the worsening conditions in the city in its right perspective. Everybody need not be experts in English. It is the essence that matters. Unwarranted comments should not be published in such forum.

  2. Rengarajan Balasundaram says:

    I apologize again Mr. Srinivasan. My intention was not pick on the writer’s expertise in English. I request you to please read the article again with a open mind. There are too many inconsistencies that the reader loses focus on the issue being discussed. I was only hoping that my feedback will be taken positively by the writer.
    I apologize again.

  3. S Srinivasan says:

    There is no need to apologise. I understand from the article that Bangalore woes have been highlighted by as experienced by the author herself. As a contributor of articles on this topic in this magazine myself , I do not see anything wrong.

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