Monday, January 12, 2009

All in the mind!

The travel to my office (one of the offices actually) is about 30 kms (the other office is 60 kms away!).

The junction that joins Thiruvanmiyur with the east coast road is replete with congestion. It is only because MTC buses take a right into the bus terminus. When four or five buses are in queue, the road is blocked until these buses are cleared. But it hardly takes a moment for impatient drivers who try to preempt the buses causing a jam. What could have finished in five minutes would end up taking fifteen!

Yesterday evening, at the same junction, a traffic constable was posted who was regulating traffic - leaving buses, then other drivers in a round robin fashion. Both parties waited patiently for their turn. In the end, it all turns out to be a decision to wait patiently. The constable was only a facilitator. When he is absent, we decide to resort to anarchy. We can choose otherwise, but we do not.

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