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  1. There r lots more thing which is missing. Male drivers of any age never confused wer to go at crossroad at same time ppl find mostly woman seems confused at cross. Also male never give wrong sidelight but many time i personally find that whoman is going left with giving left side 1 n than sudden take right turn. Also they dont know how to overtake vehicles n for breake vehicles, check that there is no one coming behind you. Also in some cash girls cross the road without watching that there r too much traffic coming with speed towards that side n than she feared and stop her vehicle in center of road. Thats y man when some vehicle mostly car is stops the traffic, we automatically think it would be lady n with our confidance wen we overtake that we found that we r right.

  2. Well said. The thing that irks me the most is the so called liberal-educated mean who make passing references as jokes. I wonder how boneheaded one could be to not see the misogyny in their statements, and if confronted, just say “Its a joke yaar!”. I don’t think it is funny at all circumstances particularly when it has racial connotations – (desi women or Asian women drivers etc.).

  3. Here in the United States, female drivers are as common, if not more, than male ones. Maybe that has something to do with why I haven’t faced this issue? Or maybe it’s a lot more complex than that.

    1. @Lakshmi: I guess it is just that. Street harassment, especially towards women who seem to be stepping out of the traditional ‘bhartiya nari’ mold is quite prevalent here. I’ve never been to the US so I don’t know if there’s no street harassment there but I’m guessing it exists in a different form.

        1. @Lakshmi: There’s a popular notion that chauvinism and the resulting harassment to women exists only in our part of the world. But from what I can see, this has been a worldwide phenomenon. The actions and words may differ but the attitudes remain the same.

      1. Couldn’t respond to your comment below, hence responding here. Harassment stems from fear, insecurity, anger. Same emotions that exist on both sides of the Atlantic… expresses itself in one form in India, another form elsewhere.

        1. @Lakshmi: That’s well-expressed. And about not being able to respond to the comment, is that tech issue (are you seeing an error) or do you mean because the comment replies are only nested to one level? Just checking that the comments mechanism is working properly.

      2. About the comment, yeah. The ‘Reply’ link only exists below your first response to my comment. That threw me off last time. But I am guessing that isn’t an actual problem because my comment still showed up below yours… in the proper sequence, I mean.

        1. @Lakshmi: Well, WordPress does give me an option to ‘nest’ further levels but discussions rarely go on to that level. It’s usually just one comment and my reply to it. I figured it would look messy, getting indented further and further. If I see more one-on-one conversations happening, I’ll increase that feature.

    2. Well in India you have to understand that a lot of the men behind the wheel are from another class, drivers and cab-drivers and the like. They definitely do not want to be outdone by a woman. For that matter, even the seemingly “educated” lot jostle to outdo a woman if they see one.

  4. You’ve hit the nail on the head. Male drivers invariably speed up and try to overtake a woman. And heaven forbid, if the woman overtakes him, people will hear his curses all the way to Timbuktoo.