• Saylee Soundalgekar

At the 'happy' street


I arrived at Ahmedabad only to be welcomed by the strong smell of the signature 'chai'. The modern city that was burning at 40 degree centigrade was moving towards a more convenient mode of transport - Uber. With this newly upsurging mode of transport, I arrived at the Happy Street. It was pre-decided that I would be visiting the event at C.G. Road. The crowd bursting with energy walked, danced, cycled, sprinted all along the road. As I walked down the lengths of the road I spotted people doing everything just the way they wanted to. Cycles were moving, kids were playing badminton, families were having breakfast while a few artists were painting, sketching and taking pictures. The students of HILC, Ahmedabad were 'donating' earthen pots to take back home which would then act as a 'birdbath' or a 'bird-feeder' in the hot summer days. It was like a day-club. Here I conducted an exercise to know the city better.

1. Which is your favorite place in Ahmedabad?

2. What is your best memory associated with the city?

  • A photographer - Kavisha:

  • Sabarmati River front.

  • The casual walks that I take in the city and I end up capturing few of the best moments.

  • Golu's Creation - Forum:

  • Sabarmati River Front.

  • This day today because this is the first time I displayed my stall at Happy Street and I am sold-out from the handmade chocolates.

  • KarunaKare, cancer survivor - Ushakant Shah:

  • The pols and museums in the old city

  • My wife and my organization that would not have flourished had it not been in Ahmedabad

  • Migrant architecture student - Maharaja:

  • Irani cafe at old city, because I met most of my friends there for the first time

  • My every day at CEPT

  • Mrs. Patel:

  • Kankaria Lake because that is one place that my kids enjoy the most.

  • I am born and brought up in Ahmedabad, I cannot name one.

  • Roma:

  • I come from dubai every summer for 2 months to 'relax' in Ahmedabad with my Nani. Because there is nothing to do here.

I hailed to an auto and began one of the most vivid conversations of my trip. In the seamless city where one would imagine 'gujarathi' as one community, here was a highlighting the submerged line of economic divide by stating that he would never attend an event such as 'Happy Street'.

Janki Shah, a survivor of the hijacked flight at Karachi, she has now established 'Samvedana' - an NGO and school for children.


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