"Shortcut" to the other side

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"Shortcut" to the other side

Harshita Himatsingka | June 17, 2019 20:08 hrs

While it is common for many people to take certain shortcuts in life, be it for their studies, their job or for solving day-to-day problems, taking shortcuts with one’s life is generally not advisable because hey, we aren’t an excel sheet right? Can’t just press CTRL X and CTRL V. Fortunately or unfortunately, there is no shortcut to un-die.


Now, as we all know, the Public Works Department (PWD), Assam is constructing dividers all along G.S. Road to improve the mismanaged movement of people and cars along the road so that the city seems a little more planned, and a little less strewn about.

While the construction of these dividers can be contended, and should be contended, that is a topic for another day. Today, let’s discuss our role as responsible citizens (which we are clearly not).


This morning, caught on camera was a commuter on G.S. Road trying to get past one of the dividers on the long stretch of the same road. Yes, we get it, it’s hot and you could probably save 10 minutes of your time. But, is it really worth it?


Just because your vehicle fits in the space between the divider, that doesn't mean that you'll use it to get away. However urgent the situation, that should not be the solution. It becomes so easy for us to criticize the government for not enforcing rules, but when something is in the works, trust our uncivilized lot to do everything in our power to bend the rules! It seems like people just cannot be bothered – the public breaks the rules, someone offers a helping hand and everyone else just watches the tamasha!


With the construction along the G.S Road underway, I assure you that this “shortcut crossing” mania is far from over. People doing this are not smart or “jugaadu,” they are breaking the law and endangering the lives of fellow commuters.


And again, if you aren’t worried about risking your life, your insolence is troublesome for everyone on the streets.


Let’s put all that “jugaad” to use somewhere else, somewhere constructive, something that is not a crime. Keep your inner Ethan Hunt at home.



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