'Miss singing carols on the roads'

I was born and brought up in this city. I grew up in the neighbourhood of Frazer Town that I can describe as the best of the pensioner\'s paradise that used to be.

Published: 17th October 2013 11:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th October 2013 11:37 AM   |  A+A-

My-Bangalore

I was born and brought up in this city. I grew up in the neighbourhood of Frazer Town that I can describe as the best of the pensioner's paradise that used to be. Today, of course, the adage wouldn't apply. What a sea change there has been.

I attended St Germain High School which has Cathedral Church of St. Francis Xavier on the right. Our family was tenant in a bungalow, one of those tiled double roofed kinds, opposite the church. Our backyard had a kitchen garden that included guava trees. Kids from the neighbourhood would often help themselves to the fruits on the trees since there would be so many.

Those were the times when the community was friendly and harmonious. In fact, any time we went to watch a movie we'd bump into at least 30 - 40 people we knew at the theatre, unlike now.

The camaraderie was unmistakable. On the other side of school, at Coles Park, a skating rink had opened. Skates were not so commonly owned then, so a lot of the kids who did gladly shared them with others.

During Christmas, we'd go carol singing down the streets and many non-Christians joined in. The thrill of it was in being out till late. Frazer Town looked different then, with bungalows all around. Today, my old home no longer stands. Instead there's a building there. In the 1990s, I moved to Richmond Town.

I don't see any carol singing on the streets any more. There's a general lack of sense of community.  Traffic on the roads is a mess.

Those may have been laid-back times but it doesn't mean people weren't ambitious.

I have been around the world and I count New York and London as my favourite cities. It's often said that Bangalore is a world city. I truly love it, which is why I have stayed on.

Before we aspire to become a world-class city, let's introspect and check if we are going towards our goal in the right way.

(The writer is a resident of Richmond Town)

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp