World Peace begins to percolate: the much hyped, the much controversial, and so the much newsy World Culture Festival began this evening.

As expected, massive traffic jams adorned Delhi’s ‘lifeline’ roads. Areas around the ‪‎World Culture Festival event venue, the Yamuna riverbed, and areas lying on or connected through the main arterial roads that in turn connect south and east Delhi – to Noida – and to other parts of Delhi – so quite a large area – had people stuck in the messy long queues of vehicles and looked scratching their foreheads to find some elusive ‘peace’.

Then it was the day of some ‘rainy’ forecasts in Delhi – and it proved correct this time. So, there were rains – pouring and outpouring people.

Then there some 20,000 odd weddings planned in Delhi today, more than enough to send any traffic management system in disarray if not properly handled.

And above all, it was the rush of the evening after-office hours – people heading back to Delhi and people heading back to their houses in NCR settlements – which is nightmare on any given day.

Welcome to the healthy concoction of the wealthy mess! It is the new age mantra to work for the ‘World Peace’ – festive – cultured – (and it was showered as well today)!

And be ready folks, it is here for two more days!

Hope, by 13th (thankfully that is not a Friday), the world, especially its South Asian corridor, will be a much calmer ‘peace’-theatre!

Meanwhile, it is up to you to make interpretations, suggestions, rants, opinions, thoughts, afterthoughts (and observations as well)!

Ravishankar Eng


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