The ‘Odd-Even’ Days


Just thought I’d share my experience Delhi’s Odd-Even days. For those who don’t know, the Delhi State Government in India introduced a new ‘Odd-Even Policy’ to bring road traffic under control. Basically, cars with odd registration numbers can drive on odd days and vice versa, you get the idea. I think the policy is a copy of a policy originally initiated in the Phillipines, not sure. Ha ha 🙂

I’ve been fortunate enough to be given a car to drive (even though I just hate using it for personal reasons) that has an ‘odd’ number. So I can drive on an odd day. But I wasn’t so happy about the ‘odd-even’ policy on even days, when I’ve had to walk 2 Km from my house to catch local public transport or an auto (3 wheeler cute and compact, open air taxi). In the burning heat of Delhi, it’s really not that pleasant! I mean, the whole Odd-Even thing is great for reducing traffic, and I support it fully, but it does suck big time for transport convenience at times.

But then I thought, is it really that bad? I mean, at least I was getting some exercise. And just then I had an idea when I looked around me.  I mean, there were all these people around me driving motorbikes, I’m sure someone would be willing to give me a ride! So I tried to call out to a few people. And yep, was pleasantly surprised to see people EXTREMELY willing to help and offer me a lift. I haven’t had to walk on a single ‘even’ day, thanks to the help extended out by some motorcyclists on each day. Good to see some ‘DIL WALLAS’ in Delhi! They still exist!!!!!!!!!! Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! 🙂

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I started a little Facebook group to encourage people to form carpools. Check it out by clicking here. Noone’s really formed any carpools on it..EPIC FAIL! BUT, I’m using it to share my experience, and also share that there’s still some ‘Dil’ left in this pretty despicable, yet vibrant and happening city.

I used to hate even days, but now I like them in the spirit of asking for a little help and expressing gratitude, and being amazed at the warmth and openness extended out by people in a pretty stressed out city.


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