Kandhan was waiting patiently at Sholinganallur signal in his battered four wheeler. He was waiting for the signal to turn green. He tried to increase the air conditioning but only warm air was blowing out of the vent. He lowered the window only to be met with thick black fumes emanating from a water tanker in front of him. He immediately closed the window. He could see the chaos at the junction beyond the water tanker. He waited patiently.