Today the weather was just glorious! As I had planned to meet Col Murthy at Malleswaram in the morning, I thought let me walk up to his place. This is a walk I could probably do blindfolded 55+ years ago and without thinking about the alternatives! Not that I had many, I could go on my bicycle or a take a bus (a no-no!).
It was not too bad until I reached the main road connecting to the linking road excepting that the two wheelers were riding on the wrong side of the road and practically aiming at me! It was a bit puzzling as there was not much traffic on this cross road. Heavy traffic is the time when two wheelers go berserk and weave thru' the traffic as if possessed and tempt fate. As I walked down it became clear to me. The other side of the road was full of pot holes and added to that was a speed bump across the road. For some reason the speed bump is designed with a gap at one end of the road and the very clever two wheeler riders take advantage of this design. Who can blame them as I guess that they would be already late for whatever they intended to do and they need to speed up no matter what!
It was something else when I reached the main road, while the rains are still elusive, the torrent of traffic was relentless and non stop. I saw a slip of a girl somehow weave thru this (I saw one car driver who was taken unawares by her shouting at her!) and I felt tempted to imitate her as I saw no hopes the traffic yielding to a pedestrian. Very sensibly a slightly younger person waiting patiently along with me, restrained me with these words in kannada 'Why be hasty, 2 or 3 minutes wait is not that long!'
He was right, not that the traffic stopped for us, but got a little lighter so that we could take a more reasonable risk while crossing over to the other side. I saw no change in the traffic flow and realised that it is better and safer to take ride in an auto did exactly that!
A pity as the weather really wonderful for a walk! I am now looking forward to my next weeks golf where it is not as crowded and I do get to walk reasonably safe except on hole no 1. (That is another story!)