India - Views from a Car

As you know, we love to walk and really get to know a place when we travel.  India is different.  It's not always easy to walk around.  Sidewalks are not widespread so you have to contend with the chaotic traffic and constantly be on guard.  As westerners, we really stood out and would often be singled out by (a) drivers trying to give us a ride (b) touts trying to sell us something (c) children looking for chocolates or a few rupees (although this was not as widespread in the places we visited as I'd heard it might be before embarking on this trip).  For the business part of our trip, we had a driver to take us around. It felt like much of what we saw of India was through the rear window and that we were insulated a bit too much from our surroundings.  I did try to capture a sense of the scene outside with my camera.
I really liked these colorful lorries that we'd see hauling goods everywhere.
The traffic congestion felt a bit more bearable from the back seat of an air conditioned car.  Every available space on the road was occupied.  Auto-rickshaws muscled for space right alongside cars, buses, and lorries.
We'd sometimes see families of 5 piled onto a motorcycle with the mom riding side-saddle on the back with the smallest kid on the handlebars.
Helmets were not common, especially in Hyderabad, but it seemed to be predominantly men rather than women and children that wore them.
Small flimsy pedestals stood in major intersections with catchy slogans aimed at improving local driving behavior.  For example: risk takers are accident makers.
It was also common to see livestock along the roadside and sometimes in the middle of traffic.  Goats were more common in Hyderabad and we saw cattle more often near Delhi.
We even saw some wild boar grazing near a busy road!
Being on the road was like an assault on the senses.  It definitely made us appreciate the calm and quiet inside our car and back at the hotel.

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