The monsoon-crumpled roads of Delhi NCR, had just started being laid over again. Ofcourse, using the “corruption-ridden low-grade tar and road technology“. And then this morning it started raining at about 7.30am. Highly unusual for October.
At 9:15am i decided to put on my “mountain boots” and my poncho, and decided to step out, as the rain refused to subside. A poncho to protect my laptop bag and myself, but “why mountain boots“, you might ask?
Well yes, and here’s why. But instead of writing a long story, on why i did so, let me take you on a visual journey of a day of an average upper-middle class office goer in Delhi NCR, who prefers to use public transport as much as possible. Pictures speak louder than words, they say!
With my coffee i stepped out, and the traffic signal had failed. There was a mentally unstable man, shivering in the rain. Unable to bear the plight of the good soul, i gave up my Cappuciino to him, to try and find him solace and warmth for some time. I did not take a picture.
The rest of the journey back home on this exceptionally rainy October evening, is probably not important. You get the drift of what it is like to get past an average day! It’s not just the rain, it just made it a little tougher.
And you know what — i am still an upper middle class guy. I “have” a choice to spend 3-4 hours on the road commuting between work and home — i don’t exercise that choice. Most of Delhi lives in pathetic conditions. Their daily life looks a lot worse.