The Worst Traffic Jam Ever.

A few days back while on my way to Shadman, just after the sunset, I became the unsuspecting victim of the worst traffic jam of my life on Nagan Chorungi. It was just for an hour, and for a distance of not more then half a mile, but the a few factors involved set this one apart for any thing I had experienced before. Here are the the elements which made this jam the worst of all stuck_ups.

The never stopping flow of motorcyclists going from left to right and right to left from the narrow spaces between the cars, Most of the bikes had kids on them and almost all of them were struggling to keep them selves balanced and safe but they never cared more

The extensive use of abusive language: even I was abused at twice. Once when a motorcyclist ordered me to move my car forward regardless of the fact that my front bumper was pressed against the car’s, in font. And the second time when a motorcyclist snooped on me from behind a bus on my right, I pressed breaks and had stopped at a good safe distance from the bike but still he abused me, his wife and two kids were also on the bike.

The teenage car occupants who had their music system volume at glass shattering maximum, they stayed on my left almost through out the jam. The music and it’s poor sound quality gave me an headache, which lasted two days.

The Bus which almost to pined me to the left, almost into the musical Suzuki, the bus Scratched my bumper and side view mirror and the conductor even said something, but his voice was lost in the loud music

The big Suzuki van Behind me, which kept honking at me with it’s light on full beam and an extra two also shining at me. The were reflecting directly on my eyes from the back view mirror, which I had to move to save my self from blindness.

And to add to all the misery a few jay walkers, who had my heart racing each time they appeared in front of my car with their hands raised and ordering us to stop. They only wanted to cross the roads or allow a few bikes through but they could have been robbers too ….

*Sigh* I don’t know, but for me it was a nightmare come true, the tension, noise, and the pollution almost killed me that day.

11 Comments so far

  1. fullstop (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 1:26 am

    Why should anyone care that you were stuck in a traffic jam!!

  2. mansoor (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 1:50 am

    fullstop: it gives a good insight into what a traffic jam degrades into here.. doesn’t it.

    eik tou bechara suffered the traffic jam, and now YOU are abusing him :p

    jamash.. seems like ur outta luck buddy :p

  3. Anon (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 3:09 am

    Karachi being one of the largest and most highly populated city on the map, it is not uncommon to be stuck in snail jams.

    If only people understood that using abusive language has never helped clear up traffic jams; sorry to hear about your episode.

  4. Anon (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 3:10 am

    Karachi being one of the largest and most highly populated city on the map, it is not uncommon to be stuck in snail jams.

    If only people understood that using abusive language has never helped clear up traffic jams; sorry to hear about your episode.

  5. sooban (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 3:27 am

    roll up the windows, and listen to music.
    and enjoy the show

  6. BitterTruth (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 4:33 am

    Welcome to true Karachi!!
    Most populous and still expanding. due to no development of other cities in Sindh particularly and Pakistan in general, all the pressure on Karachi.
    You call it worst experience. Ask those stuck in buses and ambulances.

  7. Ali. Frankfurt (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 5:05 am

    I am really happy about finding this blog about Karachi. I was in Pakistan, mainly Karachi, for almost 2 years from 1984 to 1986 as a 20-21 years old iranian guy. I used to live in many hotels and many flats in Saddar, Clifton (beach), Nazimabad, Tariq road and so on. I wish i could come back once again to visit this huge crowdy city again. It would be great if you could send me some links to Karachi/Lahore related infos like maps, city life and so on. I would really appericiate that. Thank you all. Ali, Frankfurt, Germany

  8. JayJay (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 6:23 am

    It looks someone has gone out driving for the first time. Your options:
    * Don’t drive
    * Don’t go out
    * Tolerate it all
    * Leave Karachi

    But stop whinging and whining. Life out on the street is different from your cozy home. The last I checked Karachi was still in a third world country. Match your expectations with reality.

  9. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

    keep your mobiles under your seat.. if you’ve got A/C and are not running low on fuel then use that and keep your windows up all the time.. coz i have personally seen things like that happen at few traffic signals where car stops.. out of nowhere two guy appear one guy stand guard while other has his head inside the car window from driver side and threatens the driver ,her wife and their child and with 10 seconds they’re out of sight… and the victim who is too shocked gets honked by other drivers once signal turns green coz they are unaware of what just happened….

  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

    maybe if the city nazim reads this ,he’ll come up with another elevated expressway all the way from Nagan Chorungi to Shadman :P

  11. Kashif (unregistered) on April 14th, 2007 @ 1:47 pm

    @doctor: this time it will be an underpass over the flyover

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