“ME THINKS” - DIRTY CAR
On any given day, if you hitch a ride in my car, the caption is: Dirty car. Ride at your own risk.
There isn’t a weekend that goes by without this conversation between my husband and me:
Me: Please take the car for a wash.
Husband: What for? The roads ain’t done yet.
I badly want to pat him “good good” for saying something right (for once). But my car - I mean my “dirty” car? Firstly, there are these school goers whose first and last thing in a day is to dirty the car with chocolate wrappers, plastic bags and papers. Including my little daughter’s shoe marks on the dashboard, for she believes that’s the right way to close it after taking out her snacks. And then, our roads.
Oh, our roads. When was the last time I wished we had stable roads?
Yes, you are right. I find it easiest to blame the dusty roads for the dirty car I drive. When I drive on a well maintained road like the stretch from the Olarongchu workshop area connecting to Semtokha, I say, “Doesn’t this road feel like you are driving in New York?” (I haven’t been to New York yet, let alone drive there...but the roads give me that feeling). I so so love that short drive every morning and evening. So swift. So smooth. So pothole free, for I am most glad when I don’t have to change the gear. Lazy me driver.
Unlike the other route via Lungtenphug. Then, my thoughts take a 180 turn: Time that I gained some weight to be able to drive on this road; my bones are getting bruised to the marrows! It is such kind of roads which dusts my old machine. Hence I reason out the lame excuse for those risk-takers who ride with me.
This is Thimphu I am talking about. Anywhere outside the perimeter of the city, the roads are going through revamps, repair and maintenance. This partly explains why I don’t drive beyond 15 kms from Thimphu (my poor car). This also explains why a colleague was asked, “Where did this car come from?” after a round trip from Punakha.
All said. Until the roads go stable, the caption shall remain. Will a year or so be long wait? Me thinks positive... it be sooner!