Friday, May 12, 2006

City of Joy

Kolkata's just got a fresh coat of red paint and it looks every bit the quitessential City of Joy. It's party time in the Red Citadel. While citizens indulge in another round of holi, the Buddha can't stop laughing, as kudos and compliments flow in from all parts of the country. In all humility, the politico-litterateur bhadrolok just smiles and says "It's the people's verdict and I'm happy." Of course, the people are also happy. Who wouldn't be with loads of shopping malls, clean, well maintained parks, lovely roads, well organised traffic, warm hospitality and fewer bandhs? He's also happy that Kolkata's finally being recognised as a prospective industrial centre and surely welcomes "more FDI and domestic investments." But he wants to get his basics right first. Hence he has identified areas well below the poverty line (according to him 20% of Kolkata's population is below the PL) and aims to provide them with the bare minimum needs for a decent existence and is trying to take agriculture to the next level - agri business. It's like poetry in motion.
I don't understand politics, nor have the desire to, but I give credit where it's due. And will not allow personal prejudices to veil my genuine happiness. As long as I lived there,I hated it with a passion. Now that I am only an irregular visitor, it feels better. So here's to more of Kolkata. And kudos to all those who are making it rock!

PS: Now can we please have the CM put his best foot forward and play a full blooded shot to help the Prince win back his lost glory? We can't let him go down without a fight, or vanish into oblivion whimpering. The elections are over, peacefully. Now let the war begin.
Ok, so this was the whole reason for the post. Selfish? I have an agenda? Yes, go SUE me!

PPS: I still don't believe I wrote this post. It must be the weather here that's driving me nuts, or excess nicotine:P

10 Comments:

At Friday, May 12, 2006 6:29:00 AM, Blogger Prerona said...

wonderfully evocative

 
At Friday, May 12, 2006 6:29:00 AM, Blogger Prerona said...

wonderfully evocative

 
At Friday, May 12, 2006 8:26:00 AM, Blogger Rapid I Movement said...

If only they would revamp the education system as well!

 
At Friday, May 12, 2006 11:08:00 PM, Blogger Priya said...

Thanks Prerona.
RIM: Precisely why I left that out;)

 
At Tuesday, May 16, 2006 10:32:00 AM, Blogger Rahul Sengupta said...

Nice Post....
I voted for the first time in my Life & that to for The RED party!I believe in Buddhadev Bhattacharya.
You r so rght they should do something For our prince..can't take any more humiliation frm the Mores, Chappals & powers...it pains toomuch.Bye bye.

 
At Tuesday, May 16, 2006 10:37:00 AM, Blogger Rahul Sengupta said...

Hv written a piece on Kolkata in My Blog.Guys if u got time gv it a read...ByeBye.

 
At Tuesday, May 23, 2006 1:50:00 AM, Blogger Anirban Halder said...

Hi Priya
Good post. A real, current picture of the city.

May I invite every Kolkata lover to check my blog www.kolkatacurry.blogspot.com? I am sincerely inviting views and comments on this blog which is about the city that lives in my heart.

Cheers
Anirban

 
At Thursday, May 25, 2006 8:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

priya and prerona from cardiff uni?

 
At Wednesday, June 14, 2006 11:48:00 PM, Blogger malinee said...

Hi,
Great to see new swanky look Calcutta has these days..but I guess my part of the city will always remain the same :)

 
At Friday, June 23, 2006 3:50:00 PM, Blogger Bengali Guy said...

Only 20% below PL ? Does not sound right. Should be much higher.

 

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