Gurgaon, marketed as the ‘Millennium City’, was stuck. Commuters faced 20 hours of traffic jam on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway after heavy rains in Gurgaon. The rains brought the city to a halt, leading to traffic that lasted for hours. India’s gleaming IT capital, Bengaluru, spent even more time stuck in traffic than usual. Traffic police and fire services personnel hit the ground, attempting to pump the water out of the major thoroughfares. Boats had to be pressed into service in some parts to evacuate residents stranded by flooding. Mumbai, known as the ‘Maximum City’, was maxed out with massive traffic snarls. Movement on key stretches like the Western Express remained slow. While the usual echo from across urban India is of decrying authorities, horrendously low levels of traffic awareness amongst a significant proportion of commuters also play a major role in creating absolute chaos – one that reverberates across the length and breadth of an apparently modern India.