Surat-Anand Trip – Part 4

The two days of travel made me think that we need to travel more in India. I am already looking forward to our Binsar vacation in the Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand. I haven’t travelled widely enough in India – most of my childhood vacations alternated between Pune and Rajasthan. With Abhishek now growing and his memories becoming persistent, we hope to do more such travel within India.The India outside the metros is so different. The pace of life is so different. Traffic comprises mostly of two-wheelers and three-wheelers. Commute times are short. Consumption of English newspapers and channels is very limited. The local languages matters most. The local songs and folk music has a different rhythm and lilt to it. People seem to have so much time for each other.

Driving sense on the highways has improved but it is still not good enough. On the positive side, trucks do shift lanes to the left. On the flip side, plenty of vehicles going slower than the traffic still end up in the right lane and have to be honked out to the left!