I turned my car slowly on to the road leading to the school. It was almost 5 pm and the elder son would be coming out of the gate any minute now. My thoughts were veering to all kinds of things; the younger son was droning on about his friend and an incident that happened at school. Coco was sitting quietly in the boot watching the world go by, very unaware of the fact that he brought ready smiles to so many faces. Another outing on the Indian roads.
Suddenly I braked sharply. There was a tiny puppy on the road who wasn’t really sure of what he was doing. He was tentative and seemed quite frightened. There was angry honking as the cars behind me stopped as well. I waited for that diminuitive, scrawny thing to reach the safety of the median before moving on concerned for the safety of that puppy. The younger son who had gone quiet suddenly squealed and pointed out to the mother of that puppy. She was looking anxiously from the other side of the road. Perhaps her little baby got left behind.
I said a silent prayer in my heart. As I got back on the other side of the same road in a couple of minutes, the mother and puppy had been reunited. How my heart sang and the kids were joyous too. The elder son was already updated about the puppy by the younger one.
My worst nightmare is to see dead dogs on the road knocked down by speeding vehicles. I can’t bear to look at the bloody carcasses. And it is much too regular for my liking. It is not the fault of the vehicles always as these dogs sometimes make a run for it suddenly without the vehicle driver even realizing what transpired. We all crib about traffic but Indian roads are more dangerous for all on feet. With hardly any zebra crossings, subways or pedestrian lights, most people jaywalk risking their lives as well as those of others.
But, it is the animals who are completely clueless. Often there is a herd of cows walking leisurely bringing all traffic to halt.
I wonder what can be done to make animals safer on our roads?
Isn’t it time to think about managing our roads for all instead of just vehicles?
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