In the early hours of the morning, (and I really mean ungodly hours), the peace and calm of the locality is only interrupted by the occassional chirping of early birds out to get worms. Or so we’ve heard.
To the residents of the locality of Byrasandra (the place is as unglamourous as it sounds, trust me), this would be a novel concept. One that they would in all probability not even be aware of. In this BBMP-forsaken area, the early hours of the morning are filled with resounding honking, loud enough even to wake the dead. I’m half surprised there aren’t zombies taking a cheerful walk, you know, to get some fresh air.
Funny as I would like to make it sound, it actually is a very serious problem. The bigger surprise is that no one seems to want to do anything about it, and it makes me deeply ashamed of the community as a whole; because as someone great once said, Evil only needs Good to do nothing.
Although calling this a Good Vs. Evil problem would be profoundly exaggerated, it does apply. Considering that the entire area is filled with so called “White collar” IT people, who are expected to stand up against such things, they liberally apply selective deafness and a “chaltha hai” attitude to this noise problem.
They also give me incrediby funny looks when I call them idiots and tell them to stop honking, because inside that glass dome of their vehicles, nothing matters. And so I see people dressed to the nines, in expensive cars, acting like little children who want to simply bully pedestrians into submission, so that they can make their 9 am meeting.
I doubt any of them consider leaving earlier to beat the traffic.
I came to live here a little over two years ago, considering my [then] new husband lived there. Imagine the shock a person goes through when they move from a quiet respectable area like Malleshwaram, to the uncouth, cacophonus, forgotten location of Byrasandra.
It was extremely, ear-drum shatteringly shocking, and I have rarely had a good night’s sleep since. The only solution offered to me when I try to raise my voice against this issue, is to close the windows at night (tried, not helpful), and stick earplugs when I walk out on the street.