As speeding vehicles hurl along the roads at breakneck speed in Ludhiana,it puts the fear of death into the hearts of the people.
It seems that the drivers are on the warpath,always in search of victims.
The glee on the faces of some of them,when a scooterist or a cyclist cowers in view of the impending accident,is unmistakable.
A trumpet of horns seems to be a customary warning before mowing down a passerby.
The hit-and-run game is played dexterously and is generally applauded by the co-travellers in the vehicle.
The blame is on the victim,dead or alive,for having suicidal tendencies.
Noise,indiscriminate and unwarranted,is the other ailment from which Ludhiana suffers.
Noise on the roadside,in the streets,in the neighbourhood and in the house is like a curse that has smothered the spirit of the citizens of this mega city.
Noise haunts the minds,even when it is heard no more,resulting in tension and irascibility all the time.
A further miracle is that people happen to drive all sorts of vehicles,even cycles,with their cellphones glued to their ears.
They go on talking,and of course listening,throwing caution to the winds.
Filth is the last irritant that clings unsparingly to the consciousness of the residents of Ludhiana.
Our noses detect the fumes emanating from heaps of garbage sooner than the eyes locate these.
It is difficult to run away from the ghost of obnoxious smell that ultimately seeps into the soul.
It always accompanies the individuals,like a waft of wind,even after they have pampered themselves with eau de cologne or deodorants.
Sometimes a cry is heard,echoing Lady Macbeths words of remorse What,will these hands neer be clean?
And then Out,damned spot! Out,I say!
The city is bursting at its seams. The land sharks have made this city their colony. Their iron grip on all the sources of unaccounted money has enthused the people to come out of their pigeon-holes so as to occupy the suburban areas.
As a result,ugly structures have come up to spoil the landscape.
At long last,it can be affirmed that the road to heaven has been paved with good intentions.
But it seems the roads in Ludhiana have been paved with the intention of leading the unwary citizens to hell.