I recall a conversation with my first cousin, several years back.
He said – “there are only two things that I really need in a car.”
“What are they?”, I asked.
“First – the brake”
And as I was expecting him to say that the second thing is possibly the accelerator, he goes
“And the second thing is the horn”
Honking is a fascinating phenomena in India.
It serves 3 very interesting purposes
1. “Hey – I am honking you to tell you what’s happening on the road.”
This happens when the red light turns green – and the last car honks. It’s only job is to alert.
2. “Hey – I also exist”
This is when one honks to avoid a clash or to alert another car (or pedestrian) that there is a car coming.
3. “Hey – I am in a rush. Give way”
This is symbolized by the continuous honking sound.
We all think honking on the roads is a very Indian phenomenon. And that’s largely true.
However, honking in real life happens everywhere. All the time.
1. I will “honk” on social media to tell people what’s already obvious. So that my intelligence is not undermined.
“Hey – this is what is happening in the world. You should know”
2. I will “honk” on social media to tell people about my life. Food I ate, places I visited, movies I watched, feelings I felt.
“Hey – this is my life and I exist”
3. I will “honk” on social media to promote my world view. And then defend is to all ends. Even fight people who don’t agree.
“Hey – this is my point of view and I have a right on this road. Get out of my way.”
Given the chaos on our roads, it’s not surprising that we end up honking a lot while driving.
It’s no surprise either that we honk so often in life.
Which type do we honk more often?