Avoiding a bribe

An hour and a half away from Pune, halfway to Mumbai, there is a town called Lonavala where we were to have a team building activity for a weekend trip. Near Lonavala there is “Bhushi dam” 100 meters deep and a popular destination for weekends and mischief. Laws have been set in place as a result of people drowning in the dam; these laws prohibit drinking alcohol nearby, restrict the time of entrance and transit to only local traffic. It is no surprise that traffic police block the road and ask for bribes to allow drivers to go to through to the dam. Therefore an obliged stop for us to get hotel reservations ready to show and not pay the back-hander we were being asked for. Amongst mud and cows we parked and waited within our bus. Thankfully we didnt get stuck.

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