Sunday, August 9, 2009

Busy Busy Busy................

So happy to be back....These have been really really hectic 5 weeks where I just could not squeeze in even a weeny-bit of time to jot down the happenings around. And before I start, the combined onslaught of heat and power-cuts as I detailed in my last entry continues unabated in Delhi:-( in between there has been a day, or rather a few hours of rain one lucky day. It had a very limited impact on the cool quotient - bringing in respite hardly for a day or two, but had a much longer impact on the infrastructure here....The so called "best" public infrastructure in the "capital city" of the "emerging superpower" India !!!!

Many myths on the impeccable infrastructure of Delhi/NCR have been busted this time, but I would share the one which I experienced from close quarters. There is an underpass (under the railway tracks) which is a crucial link in connectivity between my workplace at Gurgaon and home in Dwarka sub-city. On the day of the rains, I took the regular office cab back and was hardly delayed by an hour or so due to traffic snarls caused by rains - the underpass was doing absolutely fine. The fact that everything was not OK with the route, was discovered the next day morning, when our cab driver had to take a long route and we reached an hour late to office. It seems the next hour or so of rains, during and after we crossed the underpass caused a huge accumulation of water and there were around 10-12 vehicles stuck up there - and the water reached up to around 20 feet!!!! Not only cars, even buses were completely submerged !!!

And the best part was, it took around 3-4 days for the administration to actually pump out the water, in spite of there being absolutely no rains afterwords!!! And in between, as usual, there were customary exchanges of accusations between different parties to pin down the culprit - the airport authorities were blamed this time for draining all the water accumulated in the runways to the underpass. I have never heard anything more hilarious that this!!! As always, so typical of us Indians, our immediate reaction in any situation is to fix the responsibility on some head and try to extricate ourselves from any blame whatsoever - rather than going all out to resolve the situation at hand.

This is when I realised the public administration in Mumbai and Kolkata are not so bad at all, as I used to think, when I lived in these cities. They are actually coping with deluge of rains, every year, all these years, may not be the ideal way, but not doing so badly either. I'm sure if Delhi gets the amount of rainfall in a year equivalent to what Mumbai or Kolkata gets, it will take years to recover and be back in business again......

We appreciate many things in life in retrospective, when we experience worse things later on....Its important to appreciate what we have today in life rather than complaining which we are so prone to do all the time.........

6 comments:

Pradip Biswas said...

Koel so nice you came back and back in full swing and fresh. There is trouble every where but the people at Calcutta know how to make an issue out of nothing and if the matter is geuine then persons resposible for that faces a real tough time.
I am a senior man in your father's profession and have a daughterly affection for you. My advise shall be if you find a chance you may try coming back to Calcutta. Despite many problems the life here is known to you by being a Bengali. I never stayed at Calcutta but have a flat at Barrackpore. During leave despite many problems I love staying here.

Sucharita Sarkar said...

Great to have you back in the blogging business. And this post makes me feel that Mumbai is not so bad after all!

Mani said...

What a life!


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aR said...

Life is not bed of roses. it is the main fact i thought.

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Koel said...

Hi Mani and AR...Thanks for visitng my blog...

Indresh said...

Hi Koel, Gud to c u on blog spot, I was just going thru linked profile of urs and found that u r into writin blogs too.

This msg is to just say hi from the blog world.

Keep writing ...

Take care...

Indresh