*This post is my attempt to put in words what I saw. A bird’s eye view pitcure would have been a zillion times better, but couldn’t be clicked. Read and imagine, is all I can say.

I was in an auto navigating it’s way through a very notorious crossroad near my office. It is famous for lack of traffic constables and traffic signals, and hence occurrence of nasty traffic snarls with vehicles of all sizes crossing in all directions. Yesterday, at the core of one such snarl was a van/sumo, owned by some company and with the brand name marked on the side. This van was surrounded on all sides by autos, cars, buses, 2-wheelers and was both the reason of the snarl and an effect of it. It couldn’t move forward due to traffic in 1 direction and couldn’t backout due to traffic in the other direction. Couldn’t move right or left because of traffic in other 2 perpendicular directions. If there was a gap and the van tried to make it, someone else cut it off. The van had nowhere to go.

Got the scene in your mind? Here’s the clincher.

The logo on the side of the van was ‘CHECKMATE’.