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?
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.
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.