In the last days of the last year, I was in Allahabad attending one International Conference on Mathematics of Date. Allahabad is a small city, but it is famous for many things. It was first known as Prayag, that is conference of three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. The Triveni Sangam is a famous holy spot for which people use to visit the Sangam for many reasons.
Secondly it is the home place to 7 out of 14 Prime Ministers of India. Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Gulzarilal Nanda, Vishwanath Pratap Singh and Chandra Shekhar were all either born in Allahabad, were alumni of Allahabad University or got elected from a constituency in Allahabad.
Thirdly it is famous for the high amount of Guavas. The Guavas are different types also. We enjoyed the Guavas though it was very cold at that time.
In between the conference schedule, the organizing committee arranged one local trip of the city for us. After visiting the Anand Bhavan, Nehru’s residence, we were waiting for our bus. Just in front of Anand Bhavan, the traffic is very clumsy. Though Allahabad is famous for many things, but the traffic is not good there due to the small roads inside the city area. At the near by places of Anand Bhavan, the traffic includes all kinds of vehicles, people, animals and the foot path markets. While we were waiting there, one big group of buffaloes passed away the place. Due to them, the road became very congested. At that time, our friend from Egypt asked us whether there was any owner of those buffaloes or not. He was quite surprised to see them walking inside the busy city area without any guardian. We replied them that they knew the route to there place and could go without the help of their owner. Our friend impressed with the behavior of the people who did not disturb them, since at his place, if the buffaloes were roaming in the city area, people would take away them from that place immediately for their meals. He asked whether Indian people take buffalo meat or not, how much the price of a buffalo, etc etc…..
Later on, we could not stop laughing at our foreigner friend’s curiosity about the free frank roaming of the animals. He praised the behavior of the local people who even did not try to protest against them. The animals use to walk in the roads as if the road is made for them only. They do not bother any one….infact people have to give the way to them….for which we the Indian people become exhausted for the road traffics in our small cities.
Though it became a funny incident for us, but I think it should not be taken casually. Think it seriously….