Saturday, January 10, 2009

Long Queues

Waiting in line is a common event in India - whether it is for entering the temple for a special event (as pictured above) or for getting fuel at the pump when there are strikes (as just occurred these last few days). Considering all the "practice" they get, I wouldn't necessarily call Indians the best line waiters. Some seem to find it a sport to wiggle their way to the front - perhaps because they feel they're entitled to be there, you're not assertive enough of your spot, or simply because they can.
Nonetheless, patient queuing is important. Panicked crowds can quickly result in mass hysteria and dangerous situations. Stampedes occur on a frequent basis, particularly during pilgrimage events. Another good reason to search out the exits!

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