So, I have been living here in Delhi since the past 18-Years. You watch Discovery Channel or google Delhi, or read about it in Encarta, the Delhi that you see there is central Delhi, the heart, too “to-be-shown-on television” types Delhi.I’m not saying I know Delhi very well, or that I’m here to present here the true picture of this city, but yeah, this post comes straight from a- li’l- frustrated- yet- so- much- in- love- with- Delhi Delhiite.
The few unique, both good and bad, that you can’t help noticing about the National Capital City!
We don’t know how to respect women!
No need to mention, the most unsafe city for women! Everywhere you’ll find boys, men and even oldies, ogling at girls. Eve- teasing here doesn’t require any eve! Guys, learn to respect women, will you?!
You’ll simply love the people here, trust me. All right, that was sarcasm at its best. You get the picture, right?
We are mad about cars!
There is one car each for every family member of a family in Delhi! Yes, believe me, even if a new kid is born, people here tend to buy a car for him, no matter if it turns vintage when the kid attains a “drive-able age”. Small, big, Indian or “phoren“, you’ll find every variety in a single home!
This one is born due to the above clause. Phew! Now when each family member has got a car of his own, so they go to a family outing in their own car! Its the trend here, honking in stagnant traffic, expecting the other car to suddenly fly and clear the roads! The metro stations now, with a mall at every station, the traffic seems, even more stupid!
The corridors constructed to contain the traffic, the corridor causing 1 accident each day, and the corridor harassing all the drivers on road due to its failed attempt to contain the traffic, the all in one corridor, the BRT corridor!! Muje ek bat batao, BRT works for wide roads, now constructing a single lane for cars and other LMV and one lane for the HMV on an already so narrow road, won’t it create more traffic! But who questions it? Built with the design of the prestigious IIT, Delhi, who can question that?!
We love your business!
You’ll find through all the Delhi-wallahs have no time for anything, work 24×7 according to their own schedule, you don’t worry, they have got all the times to poke their nose in your business.
We, the Jugadoos!
From flat tyres to no reservation travelling in trains, Delhi people have got the Jugad for everything. Hate it or love it, jugad works all the time!
They seem to be never-ending, the Metro, PWD, DLF, etc etc all love our roads! They dig it, leave it…all of them do that at the same time!!
Even though they are good for travelling short distances but all they do is making the roads more miserable! Firstly, finding rickshaw on a trafficked road is not done, and secondly, the pullers of this rickety thing think that they are king of the roads. One hand of there can stop any vehicle, they can turn from anywhere. All they do is risk their own life, as well as the person travelling in it. I guess all of you who drive, knows how difficult it is to stop a car so suddenly, especially at nights, when the rickshaws emerge out of the thin air, literally! Thirdly, the crowded metro stations and the rickshaws adding to the misery! Initially, they were seen in small places, but now you can find them plying even in south Delhi’s posh areas!
Coaching centres, ranging from Medical exams to IAS, from Engineering exams to GRE, you’ll find them all here. There are so many study hubs in Delhi, like the one at Punjabi Bagh, or the one at Kalu Sarai. Every home has a tutor here who teaches for so and so exams! Not far is the day, when tutors will be knocking your doors, and asking you to take their coaching! Education is business here!
We’re Delhites, don’t ask us for directions!
If you are lost, don’t you dare ask for direction to anyone except the traffic police and the auto-wallahs. Rest of the Delhiites do nothing but andhere me teer chodte hai. Even if they are living here since the first sign of civilisation, they dont know the roads. Not there mistakes, Delhi changes every 5 yrs! Thanks to the constructions and the new roads every time 😀
The so in love and not so in love couples, crowding the roads, parks, malls…eeww!
Though not a shoppers paradise, but yeah handlooms and crafts from all over the country with their special cuisines, it is a must if you come to Delhi.
The wannabe cool Dudes!
I don’t need to say anything about them they are found everywhere. Not so easy to extinct species! Alas!only a few of them end up becoming cool dudes, rest of them remain wannabe throughout!
They are not just for the general knowledge books, they are for real and they are cool.
The most economical, user-friendly and safe transport, joining the important and not-so-important places of Delhi.
P.S. Correct me if I missed something! And pardon me, but every time I have an exam, I go on a Delhi-brahman in search of the centre, I get frustrated, and hence you get posts like these. Yes, last time it was the poor car, this time its poor Delhi!