Neha Kirpal
I crossed other city landmarks like Neu Isenburg and Zeil Street. The traffic was polite and organized, and I noticed all kinds of cars whizzing by: big, small, two-seater and open-air. It’s hard to miss the German penchant for planning, rules, efficiency, technology and social compliance. You can almost ‘smell’ the discipline everywhere, as calm pedestrians never fail to cross the road at the correct signal. Even beggars on the road seem dignified in their begging! At the same time, small-town charm is visible amidst the modern cosmos: The old railway station looks stately besides a lovely opera house, ancient churches greet you at every turn and flower pots prettily peep atop home windows.