A Scientific Study on Why Indians Jaywalk


A Scientific Study on Why Indians Jaywalk

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza


hen children grow up in India, one of the first things we are taught is to look at both sides of the road before crossing. Beta, wait for the signal to turn red, look right and left, and ideally, use a zebra crossing.

And yet, in the 21 years I’ve spent on Earth, not once have I used a zebra crossing or seen anyone else using it. If jaywalking were an Olympic sport, we’ve already walked off with all the prizes. As Indians, jaywalking is our birthright and by God, we shall have it, without so much as lifting a finger. We fear no moving vehicle, no karma.