Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Malls and poor people

Shopping malls - The new shining toys which the urban cities of India love to flaunt. "O nahi ji! bachho ko na mahine may 1 bar wo vasant vihar wale mall se shopping na karao na to ruth jate hain". The proof of India's growth. Whenever I go to a shopping mall, I invariably come across a certain kind of people. Its usually a family consisting of a couple and 1-2 children. They come from the lower strata of our society - plumbers, rickshaw pullers, security guards, etc. They come to the malls with wide eyes, looking everywhere as if they have reached heaven. The children tug into their mother's saree and ask for something. The mother quickly hushes them up. The cool breeze of the AC blankets their pale faces. They watch other "capable" people shopping in the malls, trying new things and buying things on their will. The look on their faces reflect the tears of their heart. With a big sigh, they leave the mall empty handed.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Alone on the road

Ever since I came to this new city, I have been fulfiling  my dreams. Low waist jeans, canvas shoes, expensive shirts, watches, laptop, expensive coffee, etc. have been some of my indulgences. Armed with these fulfilments, when I walk alone on a road, I feel a strange sense of hollowness in me. These were the very things I was crazy about a year ago. I just could not stop drooling about them. The day I became capable of buying these things, I went crazy. But once I got all these, I felt no happiness. I feel good when I am using these things and my friends appreciate them or when people on road observe my style. I can easily make out. But I feel something amiss. And its not that I am yearning for something more. I don't want a better pair of jeans or a more expensive watch. I actually don't want anything of it. As I write this, the sun is about to rise and another day will begin in this part of the world. Another thousand feelings and some more dreams, only to be followed by a sense of hollowness. The kind of hollowness which has the capability of eating you from the inside.