Road to Shame
One thing is for sure. With the onset of the monsoons, there is a section of people who smile with glee, rub their hands in anticipation & can’t wait to laugh all the way to the bank soon. These unique set of people, called ‘road contractors’, are those who lay Bangalore roads. Actually, lay is quite an apt term as those who get laid or waylaid – depending on which frame of mind you are in – by these ‘craters-in-the-guise-of-roads’ are poor sods like us, who accept these conditions with a philosophical shrug. Swalpa adjust maaduthivi, nodi!
Let me digress a bit here. Recently, I asked an acquaintance of mine, hell bent on emigrating, his reason for leaving. He thought for a while and said he’d give me just one example. According to him, there is no other country, he felt, where the same roads are laid and relaid upon year after year in cities such as in Namma Bengaluru!!! Is it worthwhile, he asked, to stay in a country where unscrupulous politicians & city administrators collude with contractors to siphon off public money year after year, with appalling regularity and consistency. Did I want more examples, he asked, to prove his point about corruption that is so endemic that we accept it all with nary a whimper of a protest? I shook my head.
To experience his frustration, join me on a bone jarring, earth shaking ride on a two wheeler (camera in one hand, the other on the accelerator & brake) on ‘Double Road’ in Indiranagar to guage its roadworthiness after a couple of rains. Do note that this is in a city that is dubbed the ‘Silicon City of India’ and is said to be emerging as one of the world’s fastest growing cities.