People haven't thrown many stones at me, so I can't convert them into milestones ! But my hundredth post deals with stones, millstones, slabs, beams and more.
I have written so much about our roads in Kochi. But something had escaped my attention all these days. I apologize to all those who have walked the footpaths of Kochi all these days. I salute everyone in advance for continuing to do so.
I chose to walk to the post office today because I wasn't sure I would get a parking place. That 200 meters walk has left me wiser a zillion times. Most importantly I know why pedestrians walk on the roads in Kochi. Henceforth, I shall never curse anyone walking in the middle of the road. That is the only place where they can walk. Safety is another thing.
You step on the roads, the Red-Killers of Kochi might leave you dead. But if you walk on the footpaths, your kin won't even get the Ex Gratia. Death due to suicide is not compensated in our country.
This perhaps is a situation prevailing in most of the cities in India. But living in Kochi, I write for my town. I Cry for you my beloved Kochi. So sad I can only do that and then write this piece !
Here are some snaps of our 'Footpaths' ! These snaps were shot between Kacherippady junction and Madhava Pharmacy junction; by far the busiest junctions in the Kerala State.
|The Beam of Death ... This is where I tripped and survived to write the Story|
|Imagine Kids and Senior Citizens walking here at night !|
|How safe is it to walk here ?|
|Rough and Tumble !|
|Two Wheeler Parking !|
|Wade through paths full of stones ...|
|Training in Long Jump required !|
|Slab Slab pe likha hai Girnewaale ka Naam !|
|Work in progress ... Forever so !|
|Hip Hop suggested...|
|Side view of a lopsided footpath|
|Take Care... Step out at your own risk !|
|More Cracks and more Stones !|
|Talk when you Walk - And end up in a Hospital !|
|Free Trips... Over our Slabs ... No Law, No Order, No Nothing !|
|Way to Maveli-Land ... The Paataalam !|
|Different sizes of Indifference !|
|Gaping holes !|
|Stepping Stones ... Orthopedician's Delight !|
|If the slabs don't get you, the filed "Beams" will !|
|Search for the Footpath and win free tours to Maveli-Land !|
|Whole place is full of these broken slabs !|
|More prizes for detecting the footpath !|
|God's Own Country; Devil's Own Gutters !|
After an enlightening walk of just 200 meters, I was left to exclaim, "Footpath, My Foot" !