Another one

An interesting day, yesterday.

I had the pleasure (all the sarcasm in the world intended here!) of driving all the way – and I mean ALL the way – from Lahore Cantt to Lahore Bandd Road. I say ‘Lahore Bandd Road’ everytime I mention the road to reassure myself perhaps, that the road is IN Lahore, a part, in fact, one of the earlier parts of this great city.

On the way, on the Mall, hunting my way through the traffic, I caught only glimpses of the smoking Alfalah building and the little, embarrasing even, stream of water struggling out of the only fire truck parked under the building.

Fire at the Alfalah Building, The Mall, Lahore

The fire must have been just discovered, as when I had reached the upper Mall, I did see a sizeable number of them fire trucks rushing – no, the old, bedford rejects were scraping really – towards the smoke/fire site. Another insurance scam perhaps? God guide and help us all!

Upon reaching ‘Lahore’ Bandd Road, I admit, the completed section of the road have turned out beautifully. The same section that is part of the massively planned circular road, the same section (a small stretch really) that the ‘authorities’ have been developing for the last – lemme think here, mmmm, for the last gazillion years, give or take a few.

Bandd Road

But the same section stands out like a semi-precious stone on a tired, old and dirty hands of a tired, old and dirty ruffian. And the traffic! Oye hoeyyy!! The traffic, I assure you, is proof of the existence of God! So many people, and so many metallic objects – mostly sharp – passing off as vehicles at rediculous speeds and torques(!!) and still, life goes on. Still, most of us make it through the day! God does work in mysterious ways, no?

Seriously, the authorities, God give them strength, have to do something about the traffic. And I do have faith in them, believe it or not! After all, they have managed to pull off a traffic management miracle on the Main Boulevard, the Model Town side of Lahore, most of the Mall and of course, DHA and Cantt areas as well. Why not pay attention to the entry and exit points of Lahore? Are the people there not affluent enough to warrant attention? Or is that just too daunting a task? Not enough funds or not enough ‘pressure’? All of the above, perhaps?

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