Brave gal indeed, growing on a terrace out of a rock…
The Brighter Side Of City Life…
When a shroud of darkness descends over the city after sunset,
and the street lights start glowing,
It fills you with a sense of great relief.
For a few minutes, at least,
you can easily let yourself forget
how polluted the city really is
and wallow in the sheer joy
of that lovely moment…
Jago, Grahak Jago…(meaning in Hindi, “Wake up, Customer, wake up…”)
Recently, my husband Sukhangshu bagged a major role in Badalav, a short Youtube film by Ministry of Consumer Affairs on this subject. It made me feel very proud…Click here…https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=RYVbeqrJBxg
While travelling in the Delhi Metro today on my way to work, I came across a bunch of little performers with a dholak and tattoos on their cheeks. They were accompanied by some older family members. They looked very cute and I couldn’t resist the temptation of clicking their pics while they were busy chatting with each other. They made me forget my worries and for some time I felt light and happy. I was pleasantly surprised to find them looking cheerful and nicely dressed. Whenever you see such kids performing on the streets, they generally look hungry, malnourished, deprived, and unhappy and seem to be working because they are forced to.
Here’s another pic…I wonder what this sleeping infant will turn into when he grows up…Another artist perhaps…
Today’s Times of India (1 November 2016) had this to say about atmospheric pollution in Noida: ‘Noida Air 9 Times Beyond Safe Limits.
I was not shocked when I read this, to be honest. It simply had to happen. Just look around you in UP. No one seems to be doing anything about pollution. We are either passive spectators or carelessly contributing to it. Garbage is burnt daily all over UP with impunity. Immersions of dead bodies and holy idols into rivers happen daily and all through the year. Every Diwali, in spite of so many campaigns, millions of polluting crackers are burnt.
Governments must remember that without public involvement, anti-pollution measures will have no meaning whatsoever. There seems to be a major disconnect here in UP and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav needs to steer his state out of useless politics and engage his people in more constructive activities.
Since I pass through Ghaziabad and Noida daily on my way to work, I feel concerned and writing this piece is my way of doing my bit for this situation as a writer. Take a close look at the pic above and you will understand what I mean.
Isn’t it sad, the way we vandalize our environment and let poor animals search for food in the ashes we leave behind?