No stranger anymore to being stuck in a rain-related traffic jam, US secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday jokingly asked IIT Delhi students if they had come to campus on boats. Kerry was scheduled for a talk with IIT Delhi's students at 9.30am on Wednesday but was delayed as heavy rains lashed NCR. He arrived closer to 11 am, instead.
"Don't know how you all got here. You must have needed boats to get here," Kerry joked. The top US official got a warm welcome from students as he opened his talk with IIT Delhi students with the joke about the rain.
The US secretary of state got a taste of Delhi's monsoon traffic jams on Monday, when his motorcade took nearly an hour to reach the Taj Mahal hotel from IGI Airport. Kerry's cavalcade was stuck near the Teen Murti crossing as the Shantipath-Teen Murti roundabout was waterlogged. Cops had to stop traffic on all the other stretches for half an hour to allow the cavalcade to pass. Sources said more than 50 policemen were deployed to make way for the VIP.