Kochi road rage disappears on Kozhikode roads
I was in Kozhikode recently and couldn’t help compare traffic in Kochi and Calicut.
In Kochi the roads are bigger than the ones in Calicut, no doubts there, and people tend to know road etiquette more than in Calicut. I know this is strange for a Kochiite – who is already showing signs of road rage reading this. But this is true!
In Calicut you find that no one follows any rules except when a traffic cop is around. And the best part about Calicut is that there’s not much of road rage, so pedestrians cross the road as and when they please and the motorist lets them go by quite unaffected most of the time.
The same situation in Kochi would have led to a cacophony of protests with cars honking, bikes revving, swears and cussing, all coming from all directions.
But in Calicut, even in Palayam Junction you find the lungi-clad men crossing the road to Moideen Palli (mosque) with not a care in this world. The motorist seems to know there’s this guy running to the mosque before the ‘Baanguvili‘. He patiently lets the man cross, allows a few bikewallahs to go ahead like he has all the time in the world.
It was amazing to observe this and even at lunch time, no one was in a mad rush there. I took a cue from them and followed what they did and allowed all to pass and for a change it felt good!
But then Calicut takes life at a slower pace, go by Mananchira Square on any weekday during working hours and you find scores of people sitting and talking on the grass. It makes you wonder how they survive? They show no sign of worries of work and other tensions and are busy talking politics or making plans, (no idea really), but it is a sight to see!
So while it pays to be a bully on Kochi roads it’s a joy to be a docile driver in Calicut and experience a tolerance that is liberating and refreshing.