INDIA CROSSING: LOOK BOTH WAYS

Kolkata train station

Kolkata train station

India is the perfect example of chaos, controlled chaos, somehow working toward uncertain ends with almost no reference to a common center. My favorite example is when traffic stops at a railroad crossing, at which point the traffic on both sides immediately fills up both lanes on both sides. Well, that’s fine as long as we’re all waiting to watch the train go by, but you can imagine what happens when the guard rail goes up again: total chaos, of course. This happens at every crossing every time, but it makes no difference. Any other way of reacting to the crossing stop is unimaginable, short of divine—or police—intervention.

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