12 May, 2021

Squeeze In A Polliday?

Squeeze In A Polliday?

Elections are such a drag for most government officials—deputed to distant lands, towing EVMs, hold-alls and provisions, for that one voter (or more), especially in a dust bowl in the summer heat. The call of duty can’t get drearier than this. But then, there are those fun-loving, easy-going babus making the most of the situation, however hard-scrabble it might be. And so they mix business with pleasure—wrangling getaways near their polling stations.

When a government school headmaster near Kurnool got the summons for poll duty in Bhimavaram, a nondescript town in Andhra Pradesh, she googled and found she could hop off to Papikondalu, a spectacular stretch of the Godavari flowing through the Eastern Ghats. She immediately booked a week-long vacation with her family to de-stress after election duty.

Another such case is a revenue department official in Bangalore—who was unwilling to drag his horse to Bhat­kal, his port of poll, bec­ause of all the 'jehadi' news radiating from the place. However, when he found he could soak in the sun...

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