Traffic Jams

Traffic in Delhi has been grim over the past few days. This has been blamed on a sprinkling of rain, a national holiday, some roadworks and a few foreign VIPs getting priority on the highway.

Across the road from the clinic is the largest wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Asia. There are so many trucks bringing apples and pomegranates from Kashmir that they are parked on the dual carriageway, under the Metro line. This squeezes all the normal traffic into one lane. But Indian drivers can fit five vehicles into two lanes, easy.


The lorries occupy the fast lane on this side of the road, and on the other side, they wind around the corner to get into the Fruit and Veg market main gate.

Today, I visited a village on the outskirts of north Delhi with the great name Swaroop Nagar. The village is just a few kilometres from the burning mountain of garbage at Bhalswa. We paid a courtesy visit to the Station House Officer of Delhi Police and informed him that we would be doing some street entertainment in his village to raise awareness of mental health (World Mental Health Day is next week).


We went to view the site and encountered another traffic jam, this time caused by a herd of water buffaloes meandering down the main street.

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.


  1. Studying in the North campus of University of Delhi, I am very well aware of the ‘Traffic Jams’, the crowd and the rush of this place. Your pictures are really real! I can feel the congestion.

  2. I can understand all of them. I just had a look and for me, all your blogs are really appealing!
    I am indeed happy and honored to hear that you are in love with this place.
    Traffic may seem to be an adventure or a chal

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