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.