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Bangalore Roads never sleep

19 February 2008 7 Comments

“Pom” “Pom” “Keeeeeeeeee” “Keee” – These mini sirens start very early in the morning… So early that chirping of birds is no longer heard.. They start at 5:30 in the morning to drop employees in the manufacturing units before their siren blows.

Yes, Bangalore roads wake up very very early…

Even before we wake up, the BMTC public transports hit the roads.. helping people commute from one corner of the city to another.. With the city expanding every day, these buses even ply to places which have no roads πŸ™‚

Lots and lots of people get ready.. They take the roads to reach their office before their “fixed opening time” of 9 AM. These are people in various sectors.. from banks.. to government offices.. to telecom offices.. Some people in service sector also have to reach the office before 9 am. They initiate the traffic jams.. πŸ™‚

Then come the IT folks with flexible timings.. With their bikes and “Cabs”, they worsen the traffic situation on the road.. Their flexibility and the roads inflexibility lead to traffic jams go to intolerable proportions.. Roads badly need someone to intervene.. With the help of traffic police, things get sorted out.. The roads get cleared by around 11 AM.

Just when the roads starts to have a breather.. “Group Lunches” and “Team building activities” are about to start.. Vehicles ply to and fro.. all through the afternoon..

The clock strikes 5:00 PM.. The traffic hits the road again.. From schools and colleges to people working in manufacturing plants, almost everyone who made an early entry.. take turn to get back to their abode.. Till 9 PM, the roads are clogged.. The “fixed time” office guys have no choice, but to “sand witched” in the traffic jam.. The flexible time guys try their best to avoid the traffic.. All in vain.. They just cant escape the dreaded monster of traffic jam till 9PM.. In some places, its even worse.. It goes on till 10 PM..

At last.. things calm down.. The traffic gradually comes back to normal proportion..

Just when you think, the bangalore roads are going to sleep.. The white “Tata Safaris” of the call centres and BPOs hit the road.. πŸ™‚ Creating a mini traffic peak at 11 PM..

Even after that there are trucks and other heavy vehicles which ply on these roads all through the night..

“Arise, Awake and Stop Not till the goal is reached” was a great saying by Swami Vivekananda. Probably, the bangalore road took it in the literal sense. πŸ™‚




  • The Maharishi said:

    hahaha.!!..nice one !..”the white safaris of the BPO” . nice one !
    Cheers !

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:


  • Sahasi said:

    interesting blog… nice one about the traffic.. but being in US… I am kinda missing the keeeeenks.. and pom poms…

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ sahasi,

    You will miss the traffic only till you get into it! Oncee you aree into it.. you want to get out of it!! πŸ™‚

  • Ganapathy said:

    A really true and a nice one.. when i read this article, i thought of banglore traffic, and i felt i was on MG road, or near Domlur bus stop, airport road, where the poor road never gets a break!!

  • Ganapathy said:

    But I still do hear the pom pom in philadelphia outside my house!!! so i kind of dont miss it much πŸ™‚

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ ganapathy,

    I am glad that you remembered our good old days @ Domlur bus stop. πŸ™‚

    I am also glad that you dont miss the sound.. πŸ™‚