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In my view, every piece of article that anyone writes starts with a basic idea, which in any usual case keeps on lying dormant in your mind; unless, until, it receives an initiation. The initiation in this case came in the form of a DTC bus ride from the university to my home.
Now, all the dtuites might be able to relate to the first example: The Great Broken Road, that we encounter almost everyday . Well, last year I was in South Delhi near the IIT campus and I had noticed a small thing. I had a notion that any broken road took at least a month to get repaired (in our case it has been just a bit longer) but there it took at most a week. This forced me to think where is the difference? Though there could be quite a lot of reasons to this, but if it’s because people in our area don’t complain; then I’d be disappointed.
(* I do acknowledge the fact that S.D. is a posh area, and is home to quite a lot of influential people, but just for argument’s sake….)
The second one is an example of great faith. It concerns a man: He knelt down, lay down on the road, did something of a prayer, got up and repeated the same till I would imagine, he reached Yamuna. Now faith is something I admire a lot; But it’s reduced to just that, because in our India, faith can be turned into a very potent weapon. People just don’t seem to get on and over with it. This is an aspect about which, looking amongst ourselves, I really feel good about. Coz we, the youth, in general, have shedded those mutual inhibitions and now a person’s credentials matter the most.
The third observation was that of a person spitting on the road. This seems to be a “right” exercised by people from the lowest to the highest categories: The Right to free debeautification of public services. Well, you and me are both guilty in this cause in one way or the other. I on a personal level try my level best to keep my campus clean and force a few of my friends to do the same too, but when it comes to my city; I’m guilty.
This is not meant to be a preachy article coz I’m bad at that; it’s just an observation. And since these are my views, they can be different. Any comments are welcome.