If you've ever been caught in slow moving traffic and had the driver of the car behind you honk incessantly, you know what hell actually feels like. More often than not, you are tempted to pay society back in its own coin -- by honking louder and generally making an absolute idiot of yourself.
An engineer in Bengaluru decided to change all that by leading by example. A year ago, Mansoor Ali Sharif, a research scholar, found out that his car's horn was not working. When the mechanic did not turn up, he decided to carry on driving without a horn, and soon found out that the act of compulsion was about to bring about a change in his life.
After a year of driving on 'silent mode', Sharif told the Mumbai Mirror that he is a calmer, better person.
"From the day I gave up honking, I've been comfortable. Sometimes I feel even my stress has come down, and I am able to manage my anxiety better. The whole exercise of getting rid of the horn has helped me evolve into a better human being," he told the paper. It has taught him the virtue of time management as well. He reasoned that people tend to honk more when they are late to an appointment. In the absence of a horn, they will be forced to manage time better.
A recent study by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) found that noise pollution is the worst in Mumbai, followed by Lucknow, Hyderabad and Delhi. Bengaluru and Kolkata in fact have few violations.