Action on a Lahore Road

Posted on October 22, 2008
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Owais Mughal

Following photo is from Bund (Dam) Road, Lahore taken on October 21, 2008. The photo is self explanatory but note how much action is going on. I was totally hooked to this photo for many seconds when I first saw it. It leaves this ‘thirst’ in a viewer to find out what happened next?

Photo Credits: Muhammad Ramzan for Associated Press of Pakistan.

13 responses to “Action on a Lahore Road”

  1. Aamer says:

    Another thing that is worth noting is that there is a barrier between the roads FOR A REASON.
    Our awam thinks that the barriers are for hopping over.

  2. we lack in education,dicipline,and moreover we are not strictly implemented our Laws, the same are prepared only on papers not for practice.It is routine being seen in our daily life but it is big matter for the media man becuse it is his job for the awareness of the people and the concerned authorities,in this way to remind every concerned of his duties.THANKS.

  3. PMA says:

    I will disagree with many here. In fact incidents as shown in this picture are the common causes of many road accidents in Pakistan. Daily many lives, both human and non-human, are unnecessarily lost because of the ‘mix’ use and lack of traffic control on Pakistani highways. I have tried to highlight the problem of such road mishaps in my fiction “Bakka Gujjer” here at ATP. Those who have not read it, please do it if you can.

  4. Aamer says:

    I have a feeling that the bus has just started after picking up passengers (because the alignment of the back tire). It seems as if it picked up passengers on the side of the road and just coming back on to the main road. If that is the case, it bus may not be as fast so the “pedestrians’ can make it through.

    Of course, the non-alignment of the back tries may also mean that the driver was swerving in and out of the traffic.

  5. Owais Mughal says:

    Yes, most likely everything went fine b/c this scene is all part of ‘normal’ traffic behavior observed in the subcontinent. Traffic runs more on instincts and reflexes than on skills.

    The photographer has used zoom which kills the perception of ‘depth’ on 2D screen. Therefore it is hard to tell how far is the bus from goats.

    One of the boys (one who is closer to camera) is seen gesturing a hand stop sign to the bus, so the bus may be closer and faster than it may seem in a still photo. That is what left me ‘thinking’ about what happened next.

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