VIPs in India are a special breed found no where else in the world. They can halt traffic, delay darshan at temples, bring life to a standstill and more than anything make their presence felt where ever they choose to be, to the discomfiture of ordinary mortals like me. I have every reason to complain but do not know whom to do so.
I enjoyed my recent visit to Hyderabad where I had gone to attend a family function. I could even manage a fleeting visit to Charminar to do some shopping amidst jostling floating shoppers for the ongoing Ramzan season. The cab driver very cleverly meandered his way to the main road in a jiffy and waded through the heavy traffic effortlessly until we reached our destination, thanks for the absence of VIPs all through the route. But I was not so lucky when I left to the airport in Shamshabad though well in advance. A couple of VIPs chose to step out on a Sunday afternoon literally ‘ stepping on the toes’ of common folks like me and disrupting the entire traffic which had to come to a halt for stretches of 20-25 minutes. I managed to reach the airport almost close to the departure of my flight to Chennai and also somersaulted to my seat which was in wait for me to occupy, after which the doors were shut. I think VIPs in our country should be termed as ‘very impossible persons’.
n.meera raghavendra rao