Honestly, I dont think anyone likes you. I can imagine how sad you would be feeling. But what to do, some of your folks have created such an impression in our minds, that everytime you stop anyone, I can imagine the people around them smirking in their minds ‘Abhi paise kam hai, toh fokat rok ke loot liya bechare ko’ (Now that the (Traffic policeman) has less money, he is stopping someone just like that, and is going to loot that poor fellow!)
Well, what to do, I guess, most of you know that dislike from public is a part of your job description eh?
I must admit, I have met a few of you who have been really sweet…Like I remember, I was running around with R at Bvr station trying to find the AC bus, and one of you asked me what the matter was..I told you that I was trying to get the AC bus, in the sweltering heat with R on my hips..you were kind enough to walk with me all the way to the bus stop and actually stop the bus for me to get in..
or, the other day, when I got lost trying to find a book dealer…I came to you and asked you where its located..you didnt know it, but you took the pains to come with me to a rick fellow and ask him the location and then guide me to the right place..
and then the other day, when R and I were trying to cross the road, you actually came upto us and helped us cross it by showing you hand to the racing rickshaws…
After all, I must admit, I do realise you are definitely human 🙂
But, honestly, most of us, also have very bad experiences with you. The worst, I think is when you stand at the corner of the turning, trying to catch people randomly and then scare the daylights out of most people!! of course, there are people breaking rules all the time and you are just doing your duty, but the way you do it can be a bit more human you know..perhaps try talking sense into rule breakers instead of just pushing them the wrong way, by fining them, accepting bribes without the paavti, etc etc
Acha, I had one question, whats the point of this nakabandi? For the non-Bombayites, this basically means that the traffic policemen park their vans diagonally across the road, or just put up road blocks across the road, so that the traffic slows down to one vehicle passing at one time, and ends up in humongous traffic jams…
so dear Trafficpolicemen, do you really think, you can catch terrorists, etc etc using this technique..honestly I dont think so..it just ends up with us, normal people, showering more curses on you 😦
Of course, I do understand its a terrible job you do..especially in Bombay…the kind of pollution levels your system sucks in on a daily basis just scares the hell out of me..apart from that, unruly ricks, unworried two wheelers, scared pedestrians, you manage all of them with the wave of your hand..it must be crazy standing in that heat/rain for 8 hours trying to guide un-guided souls to some kind of path na?
and of course, during the festival seasons, ganpati, and dahi handi, etc, your work is increased 100 fold..yet you guys seem to do a manageable job na!
I sometimes, feel so so bad for you…and of course, most times I am just terrified of you.
Unfortunately for you, even if you were planning some kind of a reform, your bad name seems to precede you, so I guess, its going to be tough for you to let an average Bombayite know that perhaps you do mean well 🙂
Anyways, I just wanted to let you know that there have been times, I have been among those who have cursed you for making up the traffic jams, and sometimes I have been among those who think you are really nice people.
Thanks for doing a job which involves a lot of health risks, and hoping that the common man-traffic policeman relationships see a better day
PS – Did you know, my dear Trafficpoliceman, that I have noticed, whenever you are directing traffic at a signal its a jam, if the signal is just working by itself, there are no jams at all? why please enlighten 🙂