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12 July 2011

When the going gets fast, the fast turns slow

An old man with a walking stick can outrun the Kolkata tram, which moves at its own comfortable pace without giving a hoot to the chaotic traffic ahead and behind. Everybody must wait. The times are such that 'being faster' is synonymous with success and energy, but this mode of public transport has survived in Kolkata, in perhaps what is a subtle reminder about the importance of a pause in the daily run.

No need to hurry. 

But how to overtake a tram is a complex question. Even the roaring bus must slow down.

 And here comes the other contender for public transport in Kolkata.

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