Walking in the rain is a pain in the city and the bigger vehicles only add to the problem.

On a rainy Monday morning, when the city was flooded with overnight showers, I was running late to office. I decided to catch an auto. With much difficulty, I managed to stop one and hopped in. The road wasn’t visible and seemed more like a river.

I watched the people walking on the pavement holding umbrellas that offered a temporary shelter from the rain. Suddenly, a line of small cars and a bus drove by as if they owned the road and splashed water on both sides. Everyone on the pavement got drenched and started yelling at the drivers, though they knew it was of no use. Even the motorists and the driver of the auto I was in, joined them. Thanks to the protecting covers on the sides, I was unaffected.

The four-wheeler drivers out there need to understand that just because you travel warm and safe when it rains, it does not mean you can cause difficulties for others around you. There might be an emergency you need to tend to, but should that worry others? This isn’t just one incident, I have seen it happen many times. There are many people who try not to splash water, but those who absolutely do not care about the havoc they create, need to change. So consider the public around you while driving. Drive slowly and during the rain, avoid splashing water on others.

“It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.” – Dalai Lama

The writer is a working professional.

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