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Metropolitan diary

entertainment Updated: Jan 24, 2010 15:30 IST

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Dear Diary,
I was told by my friends about the tight security in Aksharsham where you are not allowed to carry cell phones inside. So on my first trip to Akshardham with my family I said to myself, “arey kya jata hai... this is India. Kuch nahi hoga... pocket mein lo aur nikalo”. And I did the same. I crossed the first phase of security by keeping the cell in my hand sleeves. And good luck being on my side I cleared all the phases of security system, and was happily telling my mom standing outside the washroom dekha mera kamaal... As soon as I said these words I was caught by the security. I forgot that they also have the right to go to the loo and listen to the people standing outside. Ab security ko salaam karte hain (Now we salute the security).
—Bharti Luthra

Dear diary,
Like any other day, I was driving to my office located in Subrato Park. Driving in Palam is like driving in some hilly area as the roads (as were called so at one point of time) are all full of dumps and sewage water. My new car is already tortured by the roads of Palam, I didn’t want to upset it any more. So, that morning, I changed my route to Dwarka to leave all the manholes of Palam. My office is 20 minutes away but that long route made it even worse. I was stuck in the traffic in Dwarka flyover for about 20 minutes and then it took me another 25 minutes to cross the Palam Airport area, as people don’t drive in one lane. Being a girl the experience of driving on Delhi roads is at times a horrible experience. Men stare at you if you drive slow and safe. And if you are fast they want to race with you. Oops! Let us come back to the original topic. That day, it took me more than one and half hour to reach office. I reached and ran into the office. But still my attendance was reduced to a gola (half day). So, the moral of the story is that in Delhi leave your house 2 hours before even if you have to cover a distance that generally takes 20 minutes.
— Deepa