Earlier this year, Britney Spears got a lot of flak when she was spotted driving a car with her infant son in her lap.
Come to India, Britney. You'll feel right at home.
Not that I condone the behavior -- but after two years in India, the huge fuss that was made over this made me laugh. Had she been riding in India, no one would have looked twice. I've never seen any child in a car seat or booster seat; I doubt that any such thing exists here. Babies hanging off motorcycles and scooters, their heads and limbs flopping around, are a common sight on the roads of India. Most women ride sidesaddle, which in itself looks dicey to me. Watching a woman ride sidesaddle while clutching a baby with one arm is one of the things that mesmerizes me about India. Here, a collage from the roads of India.
Only once have I seen an accident involving a mother and child on a motorcycle. She was riding sidesaddle and holding an infant. The motorcycle was hit from the side by a car. I have no idea how she did it, but she managed to hold onto the baby even as they both went flying off the motorcycle. The motorcycle was damaged, but mother and child survived.
It's not just babies who ride in their mommies' laps.
This boy looked old enough to have a scooter of his own!
If mom is not riding sidesaddle, baby gets a standing view of the world.
Even better is a front-row seat. I've seen infants who didn't look much older than a year perched on motorcycles this way.
The "scooter stand" is another popular option. It even fits two!
This is one of my favorite shots. This family was zooming by when they noticed me standing by the side of the road trying to get a picture. They slowed down so I could get my picture, waved, and zoomed off.