August 20, 2010 by Preeks
I am so disgusted and angry even as I am writing this, I know for a fact I will regret this post. But if I don’t write this, I’ll just start crying, which will look very odd in office. So.
I have never said this, in the 22 years of my life. I am saying this now. Do not come to Delhi. For the Commonwealth Games. Or ever. Coming from a die-hard Delhite, this is a huge deal. I feel stone-hearted saying this, but don’t come to Delhi unless:
- Unless you want to look at infrastructure like subways and think to yourself how awesome they are, then go inside only to find them flooded with sewage water. And cross through that very sewage water to make it to the other side of the road, because the only other option you have is jumping over the very high divider on the main road, put up so as to dissuade pedestrians from using the main road to cross , instead of the superbly awesome sewage water filled subway. Of course, followed by reaching office, washing your legs thrice and still feeling utterly disgusted and shuddering every few minutes. Especially so on a Friday, when you wear a new dress, instead of Jeans because it is a festive day.
- Unless you like to stand at your bus-stop, waiting for your company bus, delayed due to a traffic jam, and swatting flies and mosquitoes breeding in that long canal of water flowing right beside you. Unless you like finding reasons why that canal is there in the first place and suddenly realising with epiphany, it wasn’t there earlier, it was dug up recently to make a proper drainage system, only that that work was never completed. Unless you like wondering why Dengue is spreading in Delhi.
- Unless you like looking at one of the approach roads to your colony, and wondering why it is looking empty, followed by dawning realization that there was a nicely built, small sized building there, that was demolished to make a big hole in the road. That was then covered up with pipes and mud. That then caved in when it rained heavy. To make another hole.
- Unless you like remembering your childhood fondly on seeing these poeple covering up holes the way you pushed everything on your bed into the cabinet and closed the door shut when guests came and you just HAD to clean up your room.
- Unless you like looking at beautiful flyovers like DND, and wondering how lucky you are to use it everyday, only to be stuck on it for 4 bloody hours when it rains. Then you have the whole time in the world to appreciate the construction.
- Unless you like hearing people on News Channels say vehemently, that it is the Citizens fault too, that they should also participate and just when you start agreeing with them, you realize with a vengeance, that you did participate. You paid taxes (me too, 1st time hi sahi!), you never littered the roads, you picked up litter if it was too conspicuous, you used public transport, you paid toll, you never complained. By the time you come up with a retort, you realize, you are not on TV. You are just a citizen, facing the brunt of it all.
- Unless you like hearing people say, it’s the same everywhere in India and you want to say, “It’s not”, but you can’t. It cannot be the same everywhere. It cannot be like this in a place about to host an International event. It cannot be like this in the National Capital.
So, no, do not come to Delhi.
Simply Not Me.