All those childhood hours spent in Denise West’s basement playing on her Atari turned out to be intense training for my life here in India. You see, I don’t have a car so I walk a lot. When you walk in Mumbai there are several things you must dodge and avoid if you wish to survive another day:
-Random livestock/water fowl/regular fowl/humans
-Crap (human and animal)
-Rickshaws barreling toward you with complete disregard for your personal safety.
-Taxi cabs barreling toward you with complete disregard for your personal safety.
-Goods Carrier trucks teetering high with people and goods racing down a narrow lane with total disregard for your personal safety.
-Bicycles piled high with goods ranging from strawberries to carton upon carton of egg.
-Various carts carrying everything from flowers to vegetable to coffins.
-Piles of trash.
-Piles of bricks.
-Piles of random wires.
In order to cross the street without injury in this city you must employ all of your Frogger-like reflexes. The strategy I find most useful is to dodge, wait, sprint, dodge, wait, sprint, dodge, wait, sprint…eventually I make it across the street unscathed. Haven’t been hit yet!
If you plan to visit, I suggest you brush up on your Frogger.
It will seriously save your life.