Please Sound Horn Please

by Ila

Well, I’m back. And of all the things I could choose to write about, I chose… honking your horn? I know what you’re thinking: “Ila’s gone mad! She’s written a blog post about horn-honking! HORN-HONKING!” or “Honking horns? Really, Ila? I thought you were sane.” or simply :”eyebrow-raised-emojipediaBut just hear me out. Here in India, there is a LOT of horn honking. A LOT. In the US,  people honk their horns the they’re alarmed or angry or deprived of coffee. In India, however, you just honk your horn because. Kavi and I devised a long (and I mean LONG) list of why people in India might at any given time honk their horn.

Why People in India Honk Their Horns

  • I haven’t honked my horn recently. HONK HONK
  • My car is next to your car. HONK HONK
  • My car is behind your car. HONK HONK
  • My car is in front of your car. HONK HONK
  • I want to honk my horn. HONK HONK
  • HONK HONK (no explanation)
  • You honked, so I’ll honk. HONK HONK
  • It seems like a good idea to honk my horn. HONK HONK
  • I accidentally honked my horn, so I’m going to honk more to make it seem like it was on purpose. HONK HONK
  • Why not? HONK HONK
  • I want to add to the city atmosphere. HONK HONK
  • There’s a truck in front of me. HONK HONK
  • I want to honk along to the tune of my music. HONK HONK
  • I am switching lanes.

Now Number 12 could be a bit confusing, but in India, there are often messages painted on the back of trucks that are actually TELLING you to honk. There are quite a few versions of Honk Your Horn messages that can be on the back of trucks and here’s a list of ones we’ve seen:

  • Horn
  • Horn Please
  • Blow Horn
  • Sound Horn
  • Please Sound Horn
  • Please Sound Horn Please
  • Hello Please Sound Horn
  • Hellow Please Sound Horn
  • Hello Please Sound Horn Please
  • Hellow Please Sound Horn Please
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2 thoughts on “Please Sound Horn Please

  1. Hilarious Ila. And believe me, everyone here needs a laugh right now. Maybe you could make a collection of those beautiful signs on the back of the trucks. But ones you find that have fallen off of course.

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  2. India gets curiouser and curiouser! Your descriptions bring the country so close. I’m trying to hear the rhythm of the horns. Don’t think you are insane at all!! But a very good writer.

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