Traffic in Bengaluru…

We all know that in our city, traffic is really mixed. We have cars, three-wheelers, two-wheelers, pushcarts and bullock-carts…but today I found that the road was being used by ….

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It was a sight that both made me smile and feel sad, at the same time. It was so utterly comical to see these little ducklings waddling quickly along, in a nice tight little group:


What a little river of birds they made, flowing along the road! Everyone stopped to look.

But I couldn’t shake off a feeling that they were bound for the meat/poultry market, and that, after their exhausting march, their lives would be very short indeed….

I have no knowledge about the poultry markets here. Would these ducklings be reared? Or would they be killed shortly? Is duck sold as chicken, or is it more expensive? Or are ducks reared only for their eggs? Are ducks’ eggs cheaper than hens’ eggs? I wonder where I can find out… It made me realize how many aspects of our city’s economy are a sealed book to the average citizen.

11 Comments so far

  1. Arun (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 10:43 pm

    JP Ngr mini forest.. do you get to see these often?

  2. Shruthi (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 10:56 pm

    Gosh… these pics made my day! I am tring not to think of the future of these little things… just the present – what a wonderful sight it must have been!

  3. tarlesubba (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

    :) yeshT muddagive munDevu. i wouldn’t mind mind if the city gets jammed with such traffic.

    did you ask him why he has a plastic cover to his stick?

  4. Deepa Mohan (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 11:30 pm

    to Arun: I have lived here since 1996…and I have never seen such a sight before!

    to Shruthi: Yes, it was a delightful sight until I started thinking.

    to Tarlesubba: Yes, I did ask him. It sort of scares the ducks into going in the right direction and prevents them from straying, he said.

  5. Sharath (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 11:59 pm

    Nice pictures, Deepa ! Nice.

  6. vani (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 4:48 am

    Are you sure they will end up as dinner? When we lived in a small town there were a lot of farms nearby and the farmers would “rent” ducks. The ducks were brought by the owner in a similar fashion as in your photos. The ducks would roam the fields eating pests and most likely the poop was manure for the paddy/grain. Excellent idea cause they save money on pesticides and fertilizers. I wonder if they do that anymore.

  7. Ravi (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 9:49 am

    Am I the only one here who thinks these little birds show more order and discipline than so called ‘human beings’ on Bangalore roads?

  8. Simi (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 10:59 pm

    Deepa – It’s HIGH time you started moderating comments! Nice photos;

  9. SF_MARK (unregistered) on September 9th, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

    I love this post and these pictures! And the comment about how the ducks showed “more order and discipline” on the road than most drivers was perfect. This is the epitome of what Metblogs posts should be.

    –SF Metblogger Mark

  10. ROhan Kini (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 3:42 pm

    I really love the first pic .. for the pic ..

  11. Kumudha (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 8:27 pm

    So cute ducklings.

    Yes, many people in India are not aware of the fact that even milk producing cows undergo pain and sufferings, across India.

    According to Peta, “Some farmers in India illegally inject cows with oxytocin, a powerful narcotic that requires a prescription and causes cows to produce more milk”

    Thanks to Peta, the horrible conditions of diary
    industry in India is now exposed to the Indians.

    I love to visit this blog, so many interesting stuff from Bangalore!

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