10 THINGS

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That Suck about Delhi

Illustration: Anand Naorem

1. THE ILLNESSES
Half the year people are battling sickness, triggered principally by the monumental filth in the metropolis.

2. THE MEN
They seem to turn into beasts after a while here. While women are a regular target, men suffer as well.

3. THE PARKING
Conmen run parking lots in commercial areas. In residential colonies, they deflate tyres; even in tony ones.

4. THE ADMINISTRATION
An embarrassment. The municipal corporation is the epitome of incompetence and greed.

5. THE POLICE
Among the worst in India. Rough, pampered, corrupt, incompetent, and totally dependent on tip-offs.

6. THE HOUSING
In a civilised country, it would be a crime. Here, there’s a mad rush for weak, ugly structures.

7. THE TRAFFIC
You can grow old on the roads of Delhi. Average peak hour speed is about 10 to 15 kmph.

8. THE SPORTS
Not in Delhi’s DNA. For instance, it would do a better job with a Commonwealth heads of government meet.

9. THE YAMUNA
Difficult to spot a living human in the Capital who’s known a sparkling Yamuna. Is proof of our toxic selves.

10. THE POLITICS
From strays to nukes, there’s a Congress or BJP twist to everything. It’s always in the name of the people.

& 10 THINGS THAT ROCK

1. The metro
2.
 The spaces, on roads and planned colonies
3.
 The heritage: Red Fort, Parliament, Qutab Minar
4. 
The markets, among the best in India
5. The media, all top journalists are here
6. Higher education, IIT, JNU, AIIMS, DU
7. The greenery
8. The jobs, they keep coming and settling
9. The CNG
10. The women: attractive and independent

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