Right out of the glass furnace…..

Ah, traveling in the Metro happens to be quite a challenge in Delhi. The Metro, as one would expect, happens to be flooding with people throughout the day. Countless unknown faces keep on boarding and deboarding the Metro. The Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, for most of the day, appears just like the ever-so-busy Heathrow Airport with people coming in and going out.

Traveling in the Delhi Metro happens to be quite a challenge. Well, I’m extremely sorry for repeating this line,but this line in particular, happens to convey the truth and nothing else apart from that. There is a huge multitude of people barging into the train’s coaches at almost every station.

There are people pushing you and there are some who’d do just about anything to grab a seat. The crowded metro, along with the wrath of the sun, i.e. in the form of scorching heat, makes it extremely difficult for a common Delhi guy like me to commute from home to my workplace in Gurgaon. Oh, did I say Gurgaon? My apologies. It’s Gurugram and not Gurgaon any more.

A talk about scorching heat reminds me of the soaring temperatures in various parts of North India. Well, this brings me to yet another silly theory of mine, which is: People in countries with hot climatic conditions during long summers are less prone to work.

Ah, I know it’s quite easy for me to make useless observations while sitting in an Air-conditioned room with temperatures set at 18 degrees Celsius. India is a tropical country and therefore, the amount of heat and precipitation during summer happen to be a cause of concern. I’d like to take a minute in order to divert your attention to those miserably sorry state of affairs in Maharashtra. Farmers have been committing suicides and the entire state of Maharashtra along with some parts of Marathwada, has been completely engulfed by drought.

Okay, so before you start bombarding me with those heated arguments of yours, I’d like to tell you that I didn’t invent climatic determinism. I’d like to take a minute or so in order to ponder over the plight of those working under the MGNREGA Act. Working for 8-10 hours in scorching hot conditions where there isn’t a fan requires a lot of strength, both physical as well as mental.

Well, I’d like to tell you that our erstwhile colonial masters found it really difficult to cope up with the hot and humid summers in India, which is why they followed this practice of shifting their capital from Delhi to Shimla (or Simla) during the long and hot months of summer.

Let me come back to the issue I was addressing or rather trying to address. A vast majority of Indian citizens, including those living in the cow belt states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, remains vulnerable to scorching heat with minimal or no anti-heat solutions for that matter.  Intense heat is bound to take its toll on those who’re working without fans and/or room coolers. Dehydration happens to be quite a common problem during the long and extremely hot months of summer in India.

History books claim that those who live in warmer climatic conditions happen to be more physiologically comfortable than those living in frigid regions, simply because of the temperatures. So, in a way, bosses are required to invest a much lesser amount of money in order to make their employees feel comfortable and at ease in a tropical country like India than those folks working there in parts of Russia and Switzerland.

So, I, in all fairness, would like to believe that the scorching hot conditions of a Monday morning in May in a tropical country like ours are bound to have an impact over work and productivity, in quality if not in quantity. It won’t be wrong to say that the invention of the air-conditioner has helped us quite significantly in our never-ending fight against dust, heat and sweat.

Technology, can be, and has been used time and again in order to bring heat and sweat down on their haunches, but as I had said in the beginning, it’s really easy for someone like me sitting in an air-conditioned office in Gurugram to comment on this issue in particular. There’s a lot more than what meets the eye.

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