current location: India, New Delhi
current mood: impressed
current song: Mere Bina (Crook)
So I drive daily across the NH 24 highway to get from my home to my office. So that's two trips across that highway daily, back and forth of course.
And for those familiar with Delhi, and specially the east side of Delhi, would be clearly familiar with the kind of chaos that drives on that highway.
For me, if I get outta the house by around 8am to 8.10am, I can through to my office in just 30-40 minutes, which is just 12 kilometers away. But if I delay by just 10 more minutes, it means at least a 1 hour 20 minutes drive. It's that tight.
Just the other day, we had a 40 minute stationary jam. It was such a solid jam that we all switched off our engines and were standing on the road chatting away with strangers.
Just to give you an idea of the traffic, see these images that I pulled off the Internet.
So today morning, I happened to start out late. And on the highway, I saw the traffic being controlled by a lady. And I've noticed her before. Dressed in a salwar kameez, (pyjamas with a long shirt) and a jacket to save herself from the cold, holding a stick in hand, and a whistle in her mouth, she was actually controlling the traffic. And the kind of traffic we are talking is local office goer-traffic combined with city buses, inter-state buses, three wheelers, pedestrians, and even out of state goods lorries/trucks.
And she would confidently stop traffic to make space for pedestrians to cross the highway safely, make space for cars and bikes making U-turns. I mean it was just amazing.
It's biting cold in Delhi these days in December and this woman alone is controlling the traffic. And it didn't look as if she was employed by the government, etc. also. It was too amazingly mind blasting.
I went, took a U-turn with her help and then parked on the side of the highway. I just had to go and thank her, which I did.
I said "Didi (elder sister), I really want to thank you for the amazing job you're doing here".
A lovely smile broke across her face and she shook my hands. And she asked me where I live. I said, "I live right here, across the highway in Indirapuram. I've come here before but I just had to thank you for the awesome work you're doing here."
Then she pulled out a card from her pocket and handed it to me. It was a card of the local politician representing the Congress party of India who is standing up for the upcoming elections.
Now I'll confess I've always been a pro-Congressian in India (irrespective of people disapproving or all the slander being raised against Congress and one of the high Congress guy Rahul Gandhi).
Placing/employing this lady to do this work just as a trick to win elections might be something they're doing. But still, this woman is doing amazing job. Noone on the road is going and asking her which political party she belongs to.
Everyone, is gaining benefit of her work.
Now I'm not trying to get you readers to go and vote for Congress in the next elections (in spite of me being a pro-Congress guy). But I'll still commend the Congress party for this amazing unnamed, non-publicized service they're providing to us in the form of this traffic controller lady.
And I'll commend this lady also much, much over. :) Lady power royally it is.