Bangalore has always been like a magnet attracting people from near and far. Like me, millions have migrated to the city from villages and today have become a part of what the modern Bangalore is all about. So, as I settled down in Bangalore I could literally see the transformation of the city from a pensioner’s paradise to the tension paradise.
For example, I used to stay near Ashoka Pillar and it would take not more than 15 minutes to travel from my home to office in Akashavani.
But, over the years, I had to keep adjusting my schedule as the traffic increased. Today, it takes me more than 45 minutes to reach the same destination.
At that time, idea of a flyover came about. Everyone said that Bangalore needs a flyover to address traffic related issues. I always wondered how this structure would actually look like. When the first flyover was constructed in the city from Townhall to Sirsi Circle, we used to go and just watch the structure. I still remember that how there used to be frequent traffic jams beneath the flyover during the construction phase. So, after all this when the flyover was inaugurated, Bangaloreans just went there to see what a flyover looks like and what it feels to travel on one. When I think about this today, I just laugh as Bangalore is full of flyovers yet traffic jams are common and the flyovers have proved that it does not bypass traffic but only shifts traffic from one place to another.
I can say that the traffic has changed our lives drastically. Due to these traffic jams, we need to leave home early. This has preoccupied us so much that we are always on the run. As a result, our lives have become ‘fast’ and tension has increased.
This tension leads to pressure cooker situation and this can affect our family lives too. The cost of living has increased, which means that couples have to work full time in order to meet their children’s demands. So, the family time has decreased too. This has resulted in our life becoming mechanical. Though we are living in the same area, we still act like strangers, hardly speaking to people.
However, Bangalore is still a beautiful city to live in. We are still getting adjusted to the fast paced life. It will take time and hopefully we will accept Bangalore in its changed avatar.
(The writer is a resident of Lavelle Road)
Materialisation of relationship
Fast paced life