Dancing cop of Kolkata which makes people smile:
When commuters look out from windows of cars and buses, they are amazed and they click pictures of the dancing cop managing busy traffic on a bustling east Kolkata road a song and a dance.
Where does this dancing cop stands:
Braving the heat, Ashok Gupta, 59, in a fluorescent orange jacket and helmet, shows off his innovative dance steps while directing vehicles near Gate No. 4 at Rajarhat’s Eco Tourism Park for 12 hours a day, six days a week — managing to draw a smile or two from passing commuters.
A resident of Hooghly district’s Dankuni, Gupta is not a traffic cop. He has been appointed by a private security company that has been outsourced the job of flagging through heavy vehicles supplying material for the ongoing Garia-Airport Metro railway project.
According to Gupta, people’s smiles keep him going, notwithstanding the hectic nature of his job against a meagre pay cheque.
Gupta is a fan of Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, constantly plays old Hindi numbers like “Chala jata hu… Kisi ke dhun pe” and “Ek larki peheli baar” on his cell phone.
“All traffic sergeants in this area are happy with me. They’ve asked me to keep doing what I’m doing. They say I am doing a good job of managing traffic,” Gupta said, a sense of satisfaction and excitement manifest in his voice.
Many cant ignore Gupta as their eyes automatically goes to the dancing cop. “Whenever I pass through this point, my eyes automatically turn to him,” said IT employee Santanu Paul.
“I want to tell today’s generation that whatever they do in life they should do it from the heart and enjoy it. There is nothing like getting pleasure and satisfaction out of your livelihood,” the dancing marshal added.