Like I said in an earlier post, I’ve come back to Indore after 12 yrs of living in Metros. And it was quite a bit of a culture shock. Stronger than what I feel after coming back to Bangalore after a few months in the US.
I dont mean to bitch about Indore.. but a few things really hit me and some changes come across very strong as compared to the ‘cushy’ metro life I’ve been living.
– Most roads are now cemented. But there’s garbage all over the roads. Not just on the sides. Plastic, pouches of gutka, paper, cow dung.. you name it, its on the streets. The lovely cemented roads dont have drains. So all the rain water and mud accumulates on the roads. The place just feels so much more dirtier than Bangalore. And the dust and pollution is worse.
– The traffic : has no rules. Unlike Bombay/Bangalore, the traffic here is still 50% 2 wheelers and cycles. Every kind of vehicle known to man jostles shoulder to shoulder on the streets – and none of the vehicles follow any rules. Traffic signals are ‘meant to be ignored’. The concept of driving on the left side of the road is unknown. Any vehicle can drive on any side of the road in any direction. It’s a democracy after all. Free for all. I am too intimidated to try driving here.
– Oh btw, the streets are also home to countless cows who enjoy their daily meals and seista on the roads – even the city’s main roads and arterial AB Road. People here are very humane it seems and firmly believe that cows have as much of a right to the city’s infrastructure as humans do.
– English: Eenglish ish ah berry phunny language. The day after I landed in Indore, I tried calling up BSNL to help install the modem’s SW for my laptop. My dad had signed up for a BSNL broadband connection last month. I called them up to install/configure the modem’s SW on my laptop. They just couldnt understand what I was saying. When I spoke in English, they kept passing the phone from one person to the other. When I spoke in Hindi, they vaguely understood and told me only one person could help me – and gave me 5 different numbers for that one person who knew about laptops.. They also seemed quite taken aback to hear a woman talk about internet connection, laptop and modems. It still beats me why configuring a modem connection on a laptop is any different from on a PC. Needless to say, I gave up on BSNL.
Airtel was better. There was a bit of a confusion at first about language.. but within 2 hours of my first call, the Airtel guy was at home and had even my Wireless configured! Way to go Airtel!!!
– I also called up a guy to ask about a rental house. Again, dont know why, he was shocked to hear a woman at the other end. He refused to take me seriously and insisted that my husband should call back later…