I just found out that I am likely to spend the equivalent of 3 years of my life on the toilet. Well isn't that great news. Maybe I should look for more constructive things to do during the act other than just sitting there. But I digress....
Big ad on the back page of the local newspaper this morning reads "Why Can't Chandigarh be Like Toronto?" Seeing this has a special significance to me, being from Canada. Apparently, Toronto has been voted the best city in the world to live in. Being from Western Canada, I have a natural dislike (nothing personal, of course) for Torontonians...bluntly stated, they think they live in the centre of the universe.
"Why don't we have more multiplexes, more shopping malls, more theatres, etc.," asked the article. Chandigarh does have the honour of being India's best city to live in, as well as being the city with the 2nd highest average per capita income, but why compare it to a metropolitan city like Toronto. Look at it this way:
Toronto is arguably Canada's most important city. Chandigarh is not really high up when it comes to important cities in India; Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai...all are considered to be more important. Chandigarh has 900,000 people (compared to 15-20 million in Delhi)....Toronto has something like 5 million (there are many different figures given...it depends on which suburbs are included). Toronto is the place to be in Canada....Chandigarh certainly isn't the place to be in India (there's nothing to do here). Chandigarh has its own uniqueness that would be ruined by shopping malls and multiplexes. It's a beautiful city, not a thriving metropolis.
A couple of months ago, the local paper ran a series of articles asking people why Chandigarh couldn't be more like Boston when it comes to education. Again, why make an unfair comparison with one of the leading academic cities in the world? It's just plain unrealistic.
Seems like there is a constant push in this city to be like the west. Personally, I don't want to come to India and see the west. Chandigarh needs to improve what it has, instead of just throwing up multiplex after multiplex.