Recently I visited the Country of Happiness — Bhutan. We had a pleasant five-day stay in the capital Thimphu. This paradise-like city was majestic and beautiful with several temples and a magnificent statue of Lord Buddha made of pure gold.
On the second last day of our visit, a Tuesday, we had planned to go shopping but to our surprise we learnt that every Tuesday was “National Pedestrian Day” in Bhutan. Though a little dismayed at the thought of having to walk all the way to the market, I was still glad to hear about this initiative. It is a major step taken by the Bhutan Government to reduce pollution and global warming. I feel if not every week then at least every month one day should be declared as “Pedestrian Day” in India too. A day when no automobile emitting toxic gases will be seen on the road! This will not only help better the health of our planet Earth but also that of the people. We should emulate Bhutan and build a healthier and happier India.
ATULYA GUPTA, VIII H, D.P.S R.K Puram, New Delhi