Saturday, 25 May 2013

Cities and their lives

And my story today, has become similar to many of those frustrated beings the world holds today. I am inspired by buildings, which are erected in a day or two, and by those which might take ages to be built. Yet the government goes on promising the basics of livelihood to thousands every day/ month/ year..

I like discussing about how cities are, and were always had the perfect stories in all its pathwaysI have walked down several roads now... where I may or may not get the patterns of the cobblestone matching themselves..

Source: Google Images

There are no bedding on those roads.. neither sheets costly.. I pity those sleeping there, come back home and sleep off myself. I tend to relate that slumber with the deteriorating condition of contemporary cities.I and my classmates look at the columns on the opposite building.. But they are not important.. yet we tend to discuss them, how they could have been influential at some time of history..Yet we ignore.. or maybe ignore it we don't have anything to do..

I come back home just write about how we identify ourselves with our cities. There are hundreds of documentaries being made everyday about it. A trial to uphold the undying spirit of every city. A trial to relive the nostalgia of the cities. 

I have seen people make the streets their homes. I tried walking on roads where only cars can move. Its a dictum there. And surprisingly, heard stories of people coming out for merry making in the evenings, on the streets. 

We leave a city, settling in a new. We start imitating people there. Eating what they eat, shopping what they wear. We hate the beggars everywhere. We end up even learning the native language. And try to groom ourselves to be like them, in the new city.

Or, We stick to our egoistical versions of only speaking our language, dressing up our own way, and kind of feeling the being retarded in nature. 

And how do we define all this activity series? Obviously enough, a city can't speak. But the people stand for it. And on the people, does the life of a city depend. Our activities contribute to the life of the cities we live in. Its life, its spirit, essence, and its death.

We are, muses for our cities. 

The lady in red nail polish getting down from the Audi, to the sweat dripping men hanging from the buses.

The women with explicitly done vermilion on their foreheads, who wear their drapes a way too vulgarly.. and the breasts peeking out of their clothing.. 

The child sleeping on with saliva dripping salmon lips.

The fire on the stove burning nearby...

 ~ Arunima Sen

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