Great of India

Driving in Delhi is a mixed bag of cuss words and joyful yelps. On one hand, Lutyen’s Delhi sprawls like the inside of the belly of a python. Wide roads that meet at various round-abouts. The round-about is a transport contraption that works exclusively in Delhi, mostly because the drivers drill fear into each other, and in the end, the scariest has the right of way. Oh, how I love this city.

On that note – an absurd observation. Being the powerhouse of the country and the Cowdung Belt, Delhi has a large number of Government vehicles. As always these vehicles are permitted to do pretty much whatever they want. Drive fast, park on the Ring Road, get tinted windows, sell nirvana from the boot. You name it. The tag “Govt of India” which is usually painted in red is a fleeting glimpse of high-speed rash power on Delhi’s streets.

Except innovative citizens take on the challenge and respond thus

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That painted sign says “Great Of India” – which from a distance of 10 meters or more reads as “Govt Of India” – which means the car can pretty much speed through anywhere. That wasn’t the only masterpiece. The other sign I saw said “Gout Of India“. I assure you that it is highly unlikely to be bad spelling. I don’t think the car was the national deposit of Uric Acid either.

Well, in Delhi, the govt, the great and the gout get fantastic road treatment by the road cops. We intimidate people by a mere upgrade to an SUV and scaring the hell out of them. Or we try anyway.

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14 Responses to Great of India

  1. Adithya says:

    Hahaha. Reminds me of those countless fake brands like Peter Engleand, Ribok etc..

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  2. rads says:

    Ah! Dilli mein ho. Goody. πŸ™‚

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  3. That was hilarious!!! You in Delhi? Have a good time getting pampered at home!

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  4. Banno says:

    πŸ™‚ Cool. Wish we could get away with such creativity in Mumbai.

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  5. mumbaigirl says:

    Hehheheheh. Oh god that was funny.

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  6. Shefaly says:

    Remember, the estimates of the Indian economy’s growth rate will not change substantially upward with one person’s shopping πŸ˜‰

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  7. Ankur says:

    So the great Neha Viswanathan graces Delhi with her presence πŸ™‚
    Do you also plan to visit GrrrGown, specifically Haldiram’s for some Makeup Burfi? Enjoy the trip, Neha!

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  8. Anamika says:

    Actually I am using this space to test, because I was not able to post a comment on an older post on passports and partiarchy. You closed it?

    And woah what signs LOL, but you caught the number plate too in the pic. Wont the guys be in trouble now?

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  9. Kavi says:

    The land of the ‘Jugaad’ deserves the title Great of India..dont you think !?!?

    LOL ~

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  10. Pooja says:

    Neha, you said it. Delhi pretty has all of that – the roads, thrill speeders and even the brand crazy.
    Btw, was this vehicle that most of ancient of wheels – an Ambassador?

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  11. bhairon says:

    Lol. Avaskyakta aawishkar ki janani hai! cool!

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  12. km says:

    Uff…tum Dilli-wale.

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  13. Gauri says:

    hahaha !! This is what sets “Dilli” apart from any other city in the country πŸ™‚ also amazed by your keen sense of observation πŸ˜‰

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  14. Lekhni says:

    I’d love to see a “Goat of India” πŸ™‚

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