Dear Indian Megaphone Guy

It’s 11:20pm. Enough with the megaphone already. Whatever it is, it can wait till morning. And last night? That was no fun either. I mean, can I come to your house with a megaphone tomorrow night? Would you like that? People are trying to sleep here. Did I mention is was 11:20 (now 11:21)?\
Yeah, I’m running out of travel-juice. Training folks takes a lot of energy. Sitting, white-knuckled, while our fighter pilot driver takes us 45 minutes each way every morning and every night through the craziest traffic I have ever seen or heard of really takes it out of me too. Breathing in the exhaust from motor rickshaws that illegally mix kerosene into their gas to save money isn’t helping my asthma. Did you know that there are 80 times more traffic fatalities in India than in the US? I do, and now I know why.\
Ok, enough with the complaining. The Indian people are great. They’re fun, nice and smart. They’ve made this trip enjoyable, even with the deathrace every morning.\
I still just want to go home. It’s been two weeks. That’s long enough to be away.

Categorized as travel

By Kevin Lawver

Web developer, Software Engineer @ Gusto, Co-founder @ TechSAV, husband, father, aspiring social capitalist and troublemaker.


  1. I’m almost afraid to ask, but what is Microphone Guy DOING, exactly? I mean, I can go far enough out on a limb to assume it’s not a call to prayer, like in the Islamic countries, but…what the hell could he be doing?
    …and should it be podcast? =)

  2. I have no idea what he was saying, but it sounded like he was barking commands. It was every 30-45 seconds, and no more than three or four words. But, it was pretty constant. Combine that with the noise from the cars and the train… it wasn’t AWESOME.

  3. You’re not the only world traveller in the family, you know. Next month I get to go to wild and exotic Texas! What? It’s like a whole nother country, you know…um, and they talk funny and stuff. I’ll keep an eye out for a Texas megaphone guy.

  4. If you listen at the right time of the day you CAN hear Islamic call to prayer. At least you could where I always stayed.
    Kevin, you’re pretty happy with the hotel? Can you ask around how far it is from the call center? Is it closer of farther than the Oberoi?
    Have you seen a “Do Not Urinate” sign on a wall yet? That’s my fave…. And I’m surprised you haven’t yet mentioned the need for that sign.

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