Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Gone to the agon

In ancient Greece, an agon was a contest in which prizes were awarded in any of a number of events, as athletics, drama, music, poetry, and painting. In modern Bangalore, we should adapt this practice to suit the times. The traffic cops can come out with a modern agon: the events being jumping red lights, cutting lanes, spitting, driving on the sidewalk, and then the event at the pinnacle of all other events: honking.
What would the prizes be, at the announcement of a winner? A laurel wreath and a medal? No. Maybe a better one would be to make them be a traffic cop for a day. Imagine this! Whether this does anything for the way traffic functions in the city or not remains to be seen. And of course the contest would have to be an ongoing affair, all year-round.


Geminian said...

Devika, feliz cumpleaƱos!

devikamenon said...

Thank you.

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