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May 21, 2009


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Stuart Foster

This is very much inline with everything that I have heard about India from friends and previous bosses (I worked with an outsourced office over there).

The traffic pattern is surreal but somehow it makes's the ultimate crowdsourcing/human experiment in chaos. The only landmines you have to worry about are the occasional cow.

Vijay Rayapati

Good analogy, while the traffic problem in India was mainly due to over growth of cities while infrastructure didn't keep growing at the same pace.Also on funny note, if you can drive on Indian roads then you can drive any where - basically we train folks for worst conditions:)

I hope, My India will soon have good infrastructure.

Rachel Happe

Hi Stuart/Vijay -

Thanks for stopping by. Indian traffic doesn't seem to be a problem - as long as you know how to deal with it!

My favorite traffic experience there was seeing a cow who parallel parked itself in the middle of a busy New Delhi street. Hilarious!

Abdul Qabiz

Nice write up. Yeah like any other cultures, one has to learn a few things to get going with things here in India.

There is a lot of diversity, so it's kind of constant learning, if you move across different cities. Bangalore and a town in North India might be totally different in many sense.

It's chaos, once you start liking it, it's hard to adjust in one of the cities in California - where things become very predictable and monotonous (no offenses meant).

I couldn't stay more than one week in San Mateo because I was used to of India (specially Pune - Koregaon Park).

Glad you could experience these different things and figure out the secret to live with it, not many get to do that.


Rachel Happe

Hi Abdul -

Thanks for stopping by - all the way from India - and leaving a note. And I'm kind of with you on San Mateo (not to knock it in particular) - I lived out there for a while but found everything a bit too 'perfect' and not quirky enough too :)

Jamie Favreau

I am trying to generate an army of influencers but it is harder then I thought. I just need patience and a better strategy.

Joe Cascio

Hi Rach..
Wonderful, wonderful analogy. So insightful. I am going to use this for sure with newbies, especially the ones in suits that want everything planned and no mistakes. The notion of it being self-organizing chaos is so important to understand. Twitter works like that, so obviously.

Ann Handley

I love this post, Rachel. Great analogy, and apt. Vijay's comment above is telling, as well.. "If you can drive here, you can get along anywhere!" (Love it.)


Sonny Gill

Glad I found your blog and definitely loving this analogy.

My trips to India had no shortage of crazy Indian driving, but it somehow just worked. From the outside looking in, you'd think there was absolute insanity. But being immersed within that 'community', makes you realize that it's an organized chaos that just works somehow.

Nicely written :)

Rachel Happe

Joe & Ann & Sonny - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. The self-organizing, organic nature is a very important thing to understand. Trying to disrupt it is really hard and usually doesn't work out well.

And yes, I tried driving in India and I don't think I'm quite ready to drive anywhere because it was a bit harrowing (we were on a moped)... but I'm working on it!

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