Now after this nostalgic look out of the old office, let us begin our 2nd Bombay Journey with pictures shot from the car on the way to the new office.
Traffic is always very heavy in Mumbai,
the roads are wide or narrow. But regardless of that, there seems to be always a
lane or too too much in use. Big cars are a rare view in Mumbai and after you
drove here for a couple of times, you will understand why a small car is a smart
car here. When I first arrived in my new host country Thailand, I thought the
door-to-door distance between moving cars was incredible small in Bangkok. Then
I had been living in that limited space trying to squeeze my motorbike through
those thread needles. But the distance between cars is far less in Bombay. It is
quite unbelievable to see how tightly the space is used here. Even more
unbelievable, the standard position of the Bombay taxi driver is leaning with
the right arm on the open window. I'd rather not imagine how many drivers got
Salim reliably maneuvered us through the traffic molasses. After 19 years of driving in Bombay, he seemed to know the huge town like his pocket. And also the rules. I am always amazed how local traffic rules are. I would not say traffic in Bombay is dangerous per se. In the contrary, I have seen that besides that horning and pushing, the people here use common sense. I would even dare to say, that I have seen a lot of car drivers that were very considerate with motorbike passengers and pedestrians. I have been driving motorbike in Europe where bike riders and car drivers are declared war parties...
Salim also handed me an letter sized paper with Indian (Hindi, the national language, maybe 300 languages and dialects are used on the Indian Subcontinent) words. So I had a chance to learn a bit every day. And when returning to Bangkok, I could already use some of the words, since walking on the side walks of Sukhumvit Road lets you repeat some Hindi very conveniently.
And I am also looking forward to keep practicing my Hindi, since there are so many Indians in Hong Kong too. Find a copy of "lesson 3" delivered to me on the last day below. As you can certainly recognize, the letter sized paper is written double sided! What an amazing teacher Salim was!
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