Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The Changing Face of Bombay.....
Bombay has changed a lot in the past one year. Thankfully though its not a superficial change…this looks like deeper more significant upheavals have taken place in the way people think.
For one, there are now new trains and new buses across the city…the old ones are still present but I feel happy seeing that the city’s infrastrructure is changing…a new suspension bridge is reducing the heavy traffic on arterial roads, walkways are being built at various points in the city (im not quite convinced about how great an idea this is), a metro is in the works which will move from east to west (Bombay’s railways are laid out North-South ) thus making a huge difference to the hundreds of thousands of people switching daily between the Central and Western line during their Work-Home-Work commute….
High Speed Internet appears more affordable since the last time…prices of electronics have fallen enough for people to actually evaluate and decide whether we should buy from India or Dubai (About a year ago…it was definitely Dubai…now its ‘Probably’ Dubai) ...you can even call an AC cab to drop you from one spot to another...Juhu to Borivli worked out to 300 odd bucks by the metre(the device, not the measurement)
Still, the changes Im happiest about are attitudinal…the hutments along Tulsi Pipe on our way to IMRb have been cleared all the way till lower Parel , The BMC invited people to paint their own graffitti or images…hundreds of people turned out….overall though I didn’t actully see it, everyone I know had something nice to say about it…I think its nice that the BMC asked residents to do this rather than having this painted in some garish looking colour because a political party was leaning on them …..(This is a rant related to the local govt’s attempt a few years earlier to repaint the buses of the city in saffron) ...whats even nicer is how enthusiastically people responded...All the way from Colaba and Chembur people came on a Sunday morning to paint the wall..
A , unsurprisingly drew a zombie with entrails hanging out, M even more predictably drew a Superman logo, lots of people did lots of different things….ranging from childish scrawls to seriously good work…
Other stuff happening in the city…Trafalgar Chowk is replaced with Café Bandra…a place with a poetry night, or a short film night…a couple of places have stand up comedy….Cafe Mochas have been replaced with something else…a few cofee shops are now frequented by people playing Board games - I played a few games I quite enjoyed and had never played before….Kingdom Quest , Tribe and Star Wars Monopoly ( wih rules for the Dark Side or Light Side…one that I loved if your on the dark side involves throwing a six followed by a number higher than 4 allows you to steal someone elses property :) etc )
This is the second in a series of write-ups on the city. Stay tuned for the third where I describe the choicest food outlets I visited in my brief couple of weeks over there.
Posted by The Big Bad Wolf at 2:10 PM