Sunday, August 17th, 2008 | Filed under Comic 12 Comments

Unexpected Rains in Delhi | Monsoons were not anticipated

Like every year, this year’s monsoon caught the city authorities with their pants down. The roads got flooded, then dissolved and now it feels like you’re driving on the moon.Only there’s water…  lots of it, and you don’t have the benefit of low gravity.

Some of the roads built by the ancient Romans still exist today! But our roads need to be paved over every year. Is this an advancement of science or a yearly scam by the contractors who build these things?

Also how can a paved road dissolve so easily? Is salt a major component of road construction? Is acid rain already such a problem (then why is it not burning our skins off?). In this modern age when we’ve successfully teleported atoms, and the Large Hadron Collidor is about to create an Earth-eating black hole, two questions continue to mock my understanding:

  1. Why do the roads melt away each year when it rains? and
  2. Why the hell is broadband internet access still so expensive?
Photo Credit: This and this. Photos used with permission from Akshay Mahajan, who has a great photostream on Flickr.
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  1. 1
    garam beni // August 17th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    hehehe….yeah man. seriously, indian broadband is a scam. you can’t even watch youtube without pausing.

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // August 18th, 2008 at 12:24 am

    @garam: Aw come on! I spent so much time researching and making the comic about road conditions and you’re commenting about the broadband scene in India!! That’s just not fair :(

    Not even a “Very true, I’m appalled” comment from you!

    Regarding your youtube observation… well yeah, very true! I’m like, totally appalled!

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    mar00ned // August 18th, 2008 at 4:14 am

    … and the Delhi-waalas always use to make fun of Mumbai roads :-D

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    Sharninder // August 18th, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Every year we listen to the government telling us that the roads have washed away due to excessive monsoon and b***s*** like that. And it doesn’t even rain that much in India ! Do they really think we’ll continue to believe them ! Countries like Singapore, Malaysia have much more rain than we do, and they roads which are thousand times better ! I mean, seriously, if this is not a scam, then what is.

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // August 18th, 2008 at 11:17 am

    @mar00ned: Oh I’m doing a Delhi Vs Bombay comic very soon… And it wont be about roads.

    @Sharninder: It’s obviously a scam. A bigger scam is the road divider maintenance spam. Road agencies (read: contractors) take out the divider stones and put in new ones. They repaint an already painted fence. Then they put in new stones again. All this while the road looks like it took in an artillery barrage, but hey! The divider should look neat.

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    garam beni // August 19th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    comic mast hai boss! yeh bhi koi kehne ki baat hai ;)

    Totally looking forward to the Delhi vs Mumbai/Bombay/Bambai/(?) comic!!

    Speaking of, how about this for a road divider?

  7. 7
    Saad Akhtar (Author) // August 19th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    That’s a very low maintenance road divider! What we need in our roads is something that has to be cleaned, painted, rubbed, taken out, put back in every 2 months!

    Specially those shoulder-height fences near Connaught Place. Tall, but not SO tall that a dedicated man can’t climb over it. And many do, in the midst of zipping cars and totally risking limb and balls… they climb and squeeze through the divider. True Indian spirit.

    If there was a fence crossing event in the Olympics, we’d all be Abhinav Bindra!

    … no wait! There already is

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    garam beni // August 20th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    whadya mean, ‘risking life and balls’?? you sexist cartoonist ;) [math: sexist cartoonist => taking ist common, we have, (ist)*(sex+cartoonist)]
    I have seen many a doughty auntyji clamber over the divider on KG Marg with nary a glance to the left, or right, landing often with a soft plop, cushioned only by tissues adipose . Onwards, proclaim the she-dilliwalahs; as they boldly mount the great yellow divide.(about 8 feet away from the subway)

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // August 20th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    @garam: Sex cartoonist?? Please dont club me together with another comic about a sister in law named Savita. You’ll have the moral police after my life. And I’m not talking about the Practical one.

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    NarasimhaV // September 30th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    ROFL!!! Saad, I’m loving your comic.

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    Anil Kohli // August 19th, 2010 at 3:13 pm


    This gr8 stuff. just love it waiting for more from you.


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