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Awesomest Road Signs – Where can you find it? India, ofcourse!!

August 1, 2013

Until a few years back, when I was living in a suburb of Chennai famous for its temples and dusty unpaved pathways, the term “Road Sign” to me meant  pretty much what “Ice Fishing” means to a Libyan. Only thing about a Road that’s tangible in those parts of the town is “road tax” that all vehicle owners pay to the government. Coming from such a background, when I went to college in the city, I failed to notice the road signs most of the time and fell pray to the ingeniously criminal ways in which the Chennai traffic police laid traps using the road signs. I then learned that the two most important road signs in Chennai city are the ‘No Entry” and “No Free Left” signs.

Important Sign no.1 - No Entry

Important Sign no.1 – No Entry

Strategically placed behind a tree or a lamp post, these signs usually don’t fall in the visual spectrum of the passing vehicles, especially if one is driven by a guy from the dusty unpaved pathways suburb. And when the vehicle misses the road sign and turns left on a “No Free Left” road, one can meet the pound to pound equivalent of a Spanish matador. In case you don’t get it, I’m referring to the Chennai Traffic police here who jump on the middle of the road without a care in the world and catch the handle bars of a still moving motorcycle and stop the traffic violator, all with the ease of a Spanish matador taking a large-ass bull by its horns.

el matador de Chennai

el matador de Chennai

Heard about the term “Culture Shock”, used to describe the strangeness in ways of a new foreign land? Well I experienced it first hand on my first visit to the US when I saw a multitude of road signs everywhere. Further shocking was the fact that they had to be taken seriously and if not Uncle Sam’s long arm wouldn’t hesitate to take out a hefty fine for the violation, that is if you’re still alive after the accident that you get into by violating the road sign.

But nothing quite prepared me for the awesomeness of road signs within India itself, on the mountainous border states in the north. I learnt that road signs can have genres too. Patriotic, romantic, quirky, witty, cheesy…you name it and we’ve got it. And what better way to ensure the motorists listened to the road signs than when they are put up by a bro!!

Touching an emotional chord!

Touching an emotional chord!

Scare Tactics

Scare Tactics

A little advice to the passenger as well!

A little advice to the passenger as well!

And then there is patriotism with a tinge of secularism!

And then there is patriotism with a tinge of secularism!

Sometimes just plain facts are useful too!

Sometimes just plain facts are useful too!

This is the land of love!

This is the land of love!

Can't say I don't agree.

Can’t say I don’t agree.

And then there is good old prohibition!

And then there is good old prohibition!

And ofcourse, for the philosophically inclined.

And ofcourse, for the philosophically inclined.

And even if these signs don’t convince you to follow the road signs, you’ve got to atleast listen to your authority, especially if its your BRO!!

BRO – Border Roads Organisation

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Carrot and the Traffic Police

April 21, 2010
Great example of Carrot & Stick approach

Great example of Carrot & Stick approach

(The above image is not mine. So if you are the owner and you want me to take it down, let me know. )

The carrot and stick approach works very well in the IT industry. One of the main carrots for people working in the IT industry is a chance to go abroad (or Onsite in IT terminology). However, whenever I see traffic police in the signals, i’ve often wondered what could be their carrot?? All I’ve seen are the sticks (Chennai Sun, Chennai Car Smoke, Chennai Drivers, Chennai Humidity etc.)  for the traffic cops. So this mini-mokkai post is just an attempt on drawing parallels between an IT professional and a traffic cop in Chennai on their respective Carrots? Non-Chennaiites may find it difficult to grasp the crux of the matter. So please excuse…

Place: An IT Services Company located 45 Kms outside Chennai in a village called ITPudur

Conversation between an IT Developer and an IT Project Manager

IT Developer : Hey boss! How u doing?

IT Project Manager: Hey wats’up? Did you find any defects on the COM objects in downstream systems?

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Place: Nanganallur subway traffic signal

Conversation between a Traffic Cop and a Traffic Sergeant

Traffic Cop: Good Morning Saar

Traffic Sergeant: Aaan!! Ennaya edhavadhu thericha? (Aaan!! Did something materialize?)

(The discussion is continued in parallel from here…)

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IT Developer: Uhh!!! I’ll attend to it today. The reason I wanted to see you is…

IT Project Manager: Hold on! I just gave a couple of printouts in the printer in the 6th floor, obviously since the printer in our floor never works. Ha Ha!. Could you go grab it for me???

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Traffic Cop: Onnyum illa saar! Ippo thaan peak hour starting…Inimey thaan pudikkanum…Saar oru china vishayam…(Nothing till now. Peak hour is just starting. Will catch someone soon. Sir one small matter…)

Traffic Sergeant: Yov iruyya..Poyi modhalla 1 tea,2 molaga bajji vaangittu vaa. Nair kadaila vaangu, namma theru Tea stall oru kuppai..Ha Ha! (Yov wait. Go get me tea and 2 chilli fritters first. Get it from Nair tea stall, the tea stall in out street is garbage.Ha Ha)

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IT Developer: ????? Sure boss. You got it. (Smiles & runs)

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Traffic Cop: ????? Idho saar (punnagai & oduthal) (Righaway Sir!! (Smiles & runs))

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IT Project Manager: Thank you. So you were saying???

IT Developer: Onsite…..

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Traffic Sergeant: Seri..enna matteru? (Ok. What’s the matter?)

Traffic Cop: Teynampet Signal…..

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IT Project Manager: Sorry buddy. You know the situation right? We have 3 people who are senior to you in the team. They need to travel first. And above all, seems like no onsite opening is coming up.

IT Developer: You got to understand boss. Lotsa family commitments. Just bought a house in OMR. The mortgage is sky high and I need to pay my credit card bills, car petrol etc.

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Traffic Sergeant: Yov ennayya avasaram? Innum evlo per waiting list theriyuma? Avan avan 5000, 10000 kuduthuttu wait panranga, ivarukku OCla Teynampet Signal duty venumam..(Yov whats the hurry?? People who have given Rs.5000, Rs.10000 are still in line and you want to go for duty in Teynampet Signal without paying anything…)

Traffic Cop: Illa Saar….veetla neraya selavu. Pasanga schoolukku poranga. Adutha varusham ponna collegela sekkanum….(Not like that sir…Lots of expenses in home. Kids are going to school and my daughter is going to college next year….)

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IT Project Manager: I’ll do my best.

IT Developer: Thanks boss. Even if it’s UK or anyother European countries, I’m ready to travel. Infact I can consider Singapore and Japan as well.

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Traffic Sergeant: Paakkalam..(Will See)

Traffic Cop: Romba nandringa ayya. Teynampettainnu illa. Gemini flyover signal, Stella Maris signal, illenna oru Gandhi Selai signal kooda ok saar.  (Thanks a lot Sir! I’m not very particular about Teynampet. Even if its Gemini flyover signal, Stella Maris signal or Gandhi Statue signal, I’m fine Sir.)

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IT Project Manager: Will see…Now please go and continue your call with onsite.

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Traffic Sergeant: Seri paakalamya….Adho anga oruthan helmet podama varran paaru..Avana niruthu…(Ok will see. Watchout. Stop that guy who is riding without a helmet…)

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