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Quiz about Getting into Top Gear in Mumbai
Quiz about Getting into Top Gear in Mumbai

Getting into Top Gear in Mumbai Quiz


On the last leg of your Indian holiday, you and a friend decide to drive around Mumbai to get a feel of the local way of life.

A multiple-choice quiz by zorba_scank. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
zorba_scank
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
321,513
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
1100
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Question 1 of 10
1. Your Indian host asks you to select one of his many cars for your drive and you choose to go with the car that was the cheapest car produced in the world when it was launched and was nicknamed the 'rupees one lakh car'. Which one did you choose? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. As you're driving off, you hear your host yelling, asking you to remember to drive on the correct side of the road. Which side are you expected to drive on in Mumbai? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Apart from giving you a brief outline of the traffic regulations in Mumbai, your host has also described the uniform of the traffic cops in case you are pulled over by one of them for any reason. What type of uniforms do the traffic cops in Mumbai wear? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Barely had you made it to the main road, when a traffic cop flagged your car and asked you to pull over. Which of the following is NOT a possible traffic violation committed by you according to the traffic regulations of Mumbai? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Fortunately for you, the traffic cop was in a good mood and decided to let you off with just a warning. Unfortunately though, you are soon stuck in a huge traffic jam. Since you are sure that this jam has nothing to do with rush hour traffic, you let your curiosity get the better of you and decide to step out and investigate further. A little way ahead you can see a band playing music with a small crowd of well dressed people dancing on the road. There's a man sitting on a horse following this crowd while fire crackers go off intermittently. What is happening? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Happy to finally hit the open road, you step on the accelerator and are busy making up for the lost time. Suddenly, you are forced to swerve to avoid hitting an animal on the road. Which of the following animals are you definitely NOT likely to encounter on the streets of Mumbai? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. This is the last straw. Your friend decides that he's much better off being driven around by a local and asks you to wait by the side of the road as he tries to flag down a taxi. What is the traditional colour of cabs in Mumbai? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Continuing alone, you are struggling with the gears (automatic cars are extremely rare in India) when you notice that the truck in front of you is carrying a huge idol of the Hindu god, Ganpati. You realize that it must be part of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival celebrated at this time of the year. What happens to the idols at the end of this ten day festival? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. While awaiting your turn at the signal, you happen to see a red double decker bus going in the opposite direction. In which other European city would you get to see a similar public bus (not a tourist or sightseeing bus)? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. After this long and eventful drive, you head back towards the airport to catch your flight home. As you enter the suburbs of Mumbai, you begin to see the black and yellow auto-rickshaws which are not allowed to ply within city limits. Suddenly the driver of the rickshaw in front of you sticks out his right leg. What could this possible mean? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Your Indian host asks you to select one of his many cars for your drive and you choose to go with the car that was the cheapest car produced in the world when it was launched and was nicknamed the 'rupees one lakh car'. Which one did you choose?

Answer: Tata Nano

The Tata Nano, produced by Tata Motors and launched in 2009, is an indigenous car targeted at customers who are looking to make the transition from two wheelers to four wheelers. Produced at such an affordable price, it has made owning a car seem accessible to people of the middle and lower middle class in India.
2. As you're driving off, you hear your host yelling, asking you to remember to drive on the correct side of the road. Which side are you expected to drive on in Mumbai?

Answer: Left hand side

Since India was part of the British Empire, traditionally the rule of the road was to drive on the left hand side. This continued even after India became independent. Additionally, all vehicles in India are right hand drives unless special permission has been sought to import left hand drive vehicles.

Yet don't be surprised to see some people trying to make headway by driving on the wrong side of the road when stuck in a traffic jam. It can be quite unnerving for those just learning to drive and visitors to the city.
3. Apart from giving you a brief outline of the traffic regulations in Mumbai, your host has also described the uniform of the traffic cops in case you are pulled over by one of them for any reason. What type of uniforms do the traffic cops in Mumbai wear?

Answer: White shirt and khaki trousers

They may also wear a blue Gandhi topi (cap) and generally have a whistle dangling from their lips. The police in Mumbai wear a khaki shirt and trousers, the firemen wear a dark blue shirt and trousers and the luggage porters at railway stations wear a red shirt and white trousers.
4. Barely had you made it to the main road, when a traffic cop flagged your car and asked you to pull over. Which of the following is NOT a possible traffic violation committed by you according to the traffic regulations of Mumbai?

Answer: Not wearing a helmet

Despite the chaotic nature of driving in Mumbai, lane cutting is still an offence officially and you can be given a ticket for it. Wearing a helmet is compulsory but only if you're riding a two wheeler. Even though you may have your reservations about the road safety in Mumbai, it is not so bad as to warrant car passengers wearing a helmet. Also, high safety standards have been used while producing the Nano, so you can leave the helmet to the bike riders.
5. Fortunately for you, the traffic cop was in a good mood and decided to let you off with just a warning. Unfortunately though, you are soon stuck in a huge traffic jam. Since you are sure that this jam has nothing to do with rush hour traffic, you let your curiosity get the better of you and decide to step out and investigate further. A little way ahead you can see a band playing music with a small crowd of well dressed people dancing on the road. There's a man sitting on a horse following this crowd while fire crackers go off intermittently. What is happening?

Answer: A wedding procession

This Hindu wedding procession is known as a 'baraat'. Since Hindu weddings are based on the planetary alignments, they take place any time during the day or night whenever it is most auspicious. In earlier days, the groom made the journey from his house to the venue on a horse but now cars have replaced the horses though some still stick to the older traditions. Of course this is just an exaggeration. Traffic on small lanes or by lanes may be held up because of a wedding procession but it is highly unlikely that any of the main roads will be closed for this.
6. Happy to finally hit the open road, you step on the accelerator and are busy making up for the lost time. Suddenly, you are forced to swerve to avoid hitting an animal on the road. Which of the following animals are you definitely NOT likely to encounter on the streets of Mumbai?

Answer: Lions and tigers

Bullock carts are still seen sometimes carting sugar cane and other farm produce from the outskirts of the city. Horse rides are common in parts of the city and the tonga rides are popular among tourists. Even though it is a myth that all Indians own elephants and use them for transportation (I have been asked this question once and the person was quite disappointed to hear that I, along with the majority of Indians, didn't own one after all), they are still seen in the city though rarely. Over the years, Mumbai has become a concrete jungle so the chances of coming across lions and tigers is definitely remote.
7. This is the last straw. Your friend decides that he's much better off being driven around by a local and asks you to wait by the side of the road as he tries to flag down a taxi. What is the traditional colour of cabs in Mumbai?

Answer: Black and yellow

Traditionally cabs in Mumbai were black with yellow roofs and one of two car models - the Ambassador and the Padmini. This has changed in recent times. The black and yellow government run cabs come in different models including Indica, WagonR and Esteem. Also recently a number of private operators have started running taxi rental services. Among them is 'Forsche', a taxi rental service that was launched in 2007 and run by women and exclusively for women, even husbands or other male relatives are not allowed to sit in them.
8. Continuing alone, you are struggling with the gears (automatic cars are extremely rare in India) when you notice that the truck in front of you is carrying a huge idol of the Hindu god, Ganpati. You realize that it must be part of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival celebrated at this time of the year. What happens to the idols at the end of this ten day festival?

Answer: They are immersed in the sea.

Ganesha, the elephant headed Hindu god, is worshiped as the god of wisdom and prosperity. During the British Raj, the Maharashtrian freedom fighter, Lokmanya Tilak, used Ganesh Chaturthi as a platform to bring together people of all castes in a community celebration to foster a feeling of 'oneness' among them. These public celebrations have continued ever since.
9. While awaiting your turn at the signal, you happen to see a red double decker bus going in the opposite direction. In which other European city would you get to see a similar public bus (not a tourist or sightseeing bus)?

Answer: London

The buses are run by the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport undertaking (BEST) and have been plying in Mumbai since 1937. The double decker buses only run on a few select routes, while the single deckers have become more widely used.
10. After this long and eventful drive, you head back towards the airport to catch your flight home. As you enter the suburbs of Mumbai, you begin to see the black and yellow auto-rickshaws which are not allowed to ply within city limits. Suddenly the driver of the rickshaw in front of you sticks out his right leg. What could this possible mean?

Answer: He intends to take the next right turn.

Most drivers in Mumbai will use their hands to indicate that they plan to take the next turn. Since auto-rickshaws are open, it's not uncommon to see the driver stick out his leg instead of his hand. You may also come across this in other Indian cities like Ahmadabad where it's more widespread.

Thankfully you manage to reach the airport without any trouble and consider this to be a day well spent.
Source: Author zorba_scank

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