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Danger Signs

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 11, 2009 4 Comments

As we drove to the gym today in a satellite town of New Delhi, India, I was struck by a skull and crossbones sign painted on the back of an auto-rickshaw. It had the word “STOP” written beneath it (see below). Now, I associate the skull and crossbones sign with poison and pirates…I have never seen anything like this on a vehicle, and certainly never imagined I would see one on a harmless little three-wheeler: a juggernautan truck, sure, possibly.

One for the WOE? (What on earth?) category.


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4 Responses to “Danger Signs”

  1. daveski on: 12 January 2009 at 6:39 am

    It reminds me of the mudflaps on the back of some big trucks that you don’t see too many of in Berkeley but there are plenty of in Livermore and most of the states probably…the ones with Yosemite Sam with the two revolvers and the words, ‘BACK OFF’. I wonder if there’s anything that mirrors that sentiment here. Is it confrontational? Or morbid? Or is this auto-rickshaw carrying something not-so-pleasant?

  2. Usree Bhattacharya on: 12 January 2009 at 6:47 am

    When we overtook the auto, we saw that it was “carrying”…a group of young schoolgirls. 🙂 So no, not carrying anything sinister.

    Hey, have you ever taken pictures of those mudflaps?

  3. daveski on: 12 January 2009 at 7:26 am

    No, but you can buy your very own pair right on Amazon!


    Ordinarily you have to be pretty discreet about photographing this kind of thing in action unless you have a good zoom lens…

  4. Usree Bhattacharya on: 12 January 2009 at 7:29 am

    Ha! Thanks for this! I must admit I’ve never seen one…or noticed one, more likely. Hmmm I guess it helps I don’t drive…I have those who drive me around convinced that “sign-taking” is vital to my existence, and I sit back armed with the camera as we’re on the road…

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