Law and Order

Confession: I love watching the series Law and Order…I could watch only 3 seasons..out of 21 on Prime. I cannot get pre-taped episodes from the US because of some technical area compatibility. So I watch clippings from 3 to 12 minutes on You Tube which is not very satisfying!

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In India Law and Order is something that is for a section of society. I am going to narrate an incident that occured to me and my husband in Chennai a few years ago.

We lived then in an area that is highly political in character. There are many schools and colleges and political bigwigs who occupy prime space. so, the roads usually bristle with traffic police.

We were driving back from somewhere and we have to take a right turn from the main arterial road called Anna Salai into another big Road Peters Road. Our street is off this main road. We patiently waited at the signal to take our right turn. U turns too are allowed at this signal called Thousand Lights Mosque signal.


The signal had just turned amber and a two wheeler just before us took a U turn and and an auto rickshaw and van behind us too turned right. As we entered the side road, a policeman waved us to the kerb and stopped us and let the other two behind us go!!


My husband pulled over and the cop sauntered to us and asked for all the relevant documents. Raju told him that he turned when the signal had just turned amber but the cop did not want to listen. he asked Raju to get down and walked away to his motorbike parked there. Raju went with his papers and after examination came back saying loudly, “Please give me a ticket. i will pay the fine”.

The cop said, “You pay Rs.500 and you can go”.

“Ticket please” Raju repeated.

“I have to call the Inspector. It will take time. You pay and can go”!

Raju was in the car by that time and with the window open I too piped in saying, “Please give us the ticket!”

When he repeated the Inspector story, I said, “You let others go who were behind us. You only asked us to pull up and now you want us to pay cash. We will wait for the Inspector to come even though Professor here is a diabetic and it is his his tiffin time”!

The cop got annoyed and raised his voice, “Pay and go”!

Then Raju told him, “This lady is a journalist. I cannot just pay a bribe and go. You please give me the ticket and i will arrange to pay through the AAI!”

The cop was irritated beyond words. He slipped on his sunglasses and walked away. We did not know what to do. Raju popped his head out of the window and asked the cop, “No ticket?”

The cop replied….”Saar! Don’t do all this with such a lady sitting next to you….Go….Go!!”

Since then Raju never fails to quote the presence of  “Such a lady” in his life!!

This is my take on this week’s Friday 5 On 1 blog post topic..suggested by Conrad. The other four bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Shackman, Conrad, Ramana, Sanjanaah and Prof.Natarajan.

Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they write about this topic.

About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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5 Responses to Law and Order

  1. Mike Goad says:

    Such a shakedown as that is unimaginable here in the U.S. in my experience. There ARE some bad police officers here, but, despite the recent news, they are the exception.


    • padmum says:

      Targets are set and have to be met…shared… Going right up to the councillor and politician of the area…. This used to be the norm. After Modi has come in corruption has been controlled to a great extent.

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  2. rummuser says:

    An interesting episode. How come you never shared this with me? Well handled, I must say.


  3. shackman says:

    Actually similr things happen here – once while driving cross country I transitioned from Nebraska into Colorado on the main highway and was quickly pulled overfor speeding. Itwas explained to me that I had 2 options – write the officer a check orbe followed tothe nearest town and taken to court. I paid and continued on.


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