The city has a rare aura to it. It's very existence is marked with a variety that we may find in other metropolitan cities of the country, but the nature of it is indeed niche. When I came to the city in 1999, I was curious to know if it would match the kind of environment that I was used to in Delhi.
Today, looking back, I am indeed at awe with the kind of impact the city has played in my life.
It has changed several perspectives of mine, right from the outlook of my profession to looking at the way I lead my life to viewing the society as an inherent part of life.
Completely professional in its way of looking at corporate affairs, I think the city has easily adjusted itself to the western way of life. The culture has been amazingly adopted in our daily lives that it just does not distinguish itself from the developed countries.
Another aspect that I love about the city is its wholesome acceptance of people from across the country. And there is ample space for everybody. There is, in my belief, hardly any majority of any particular culture here...every life from varied grassroots easily mixing with the boundaries that is encouragingly welcoming them in its growing ambit.
Of course, like everybody, I too try to ignore the negative side of development in the city. The potholes, the water scarcity, the pollution, the unorganised public transport (minus the Metro), but then I believe that these too are necessary. If everything was to be perfect, then how can one take over perfection. There has to be some flaws in every creation, and thankfully there are people who have been assigned to work towards addressing the flaws. It is no use blaming them for taking time, with development, there is ample scope for profound issues - the garbage mess is an example. Solving the issue has been and is still a problem. There are ways, but the profoundness of the issue is so big that addressing it will take time.
We need to understand the issues and live with it. There is no quick formula to address the plethora of issues that surround us. And as we grow as a city, these issues will only get bigger. On our part, as conscious citizens, we have to try our best to do our bit, not to escalate these issues. I strongly believe that this city of ours needs us. And we have to play a very proactive role in keeping the city, as lovable as it can get.
The writer is a resident of Electronics City