23 May 2009

Visiting the Vegetable Market

Until a couple of weeks ago when I hopped on a local bus on its way into Ramana Nagaru, I hadn't travelled on a bus for a long time. What an adventure! Unfortunately as the bus was packed, and I was halfway down the aisle standing with my arms tightly wedged by my side, wasn't able to reach my camera to take snaps of the fun and merriment of all the great things happening inside the bus.

As the adventure was still fresh in my mind, I took the below photographs of buses plying in Ramana Nagar (a couple of hundred yards from Ramana Ashram). The amount of traffic on the road is the usual amount, but its not the traffic that is the main feature - its the NOISE.

Travelling 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.

These 12 rules of the Indian road are published for the first time in English AND PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS A SATIRE NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY!: To read the rules, go to this link here.

I was on my way to the Vegetable Market off Thiruvoodal Street - which is a great place for haggling over excellent, fresh vegetables.

In the background, barely visible over the roof tops is Arunachala. Very nice too.

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