Alise-in-India-in-autoshaw-with-Erika-and-Liz-Dec-2014As I looked out my office window here in Dallas and noticed the usual hustle and bustle traffic going by, I was struck by the memory of the traffic I observed during my India trip in India. Where we in Dallas and many of the cities across the US travel in a car often by ourselves, the Indians have adopted almost the exact opposite approach.  Several mornings after breakfast in the hotel, I would excuse myself from the table of other traveling scholars and say, “I’ll meet you at the bus. Right now, I’m going to go play in traffic!” This meant I planned to go stand on the sidewalk in front of the hotel and look for interesting travelers to photograph. Here are some fun photos that illustrate the differences between US and Indian travel. Note the family of four barefooted casually passing by – that’s a lot of people to pack onto such a small machine. Then there’s the sleeping baby in the arms of the mother. Incidentally, the vast majority of the women I observed on a motorcycle ride side saddle with their legs on the left. Then there’s the gentleman riding along while conducting a cellphone conversation – one-handed riding! Finally, there’s me (outside right) in the auto-ricshaw with Liz and Erika from Australia.  What a trip!

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