Of late, my family and I have taken it upon ourselves to inform all guests visiting us, that come October, Delhi would be dressed up like a Bride, waiting for her Muhurtam moment – the Commonwealth Games! I am one of those people, who is super excited about this, not only because my Terrace overlooks one major Sports complex and centre of all activity, but also because, just like a real life bride, with the event will come a lot of gifts.
That includes the Metro for South Delhi, for which we have been putting up with detours for long enough that we have forgotten what the original and shortest route to our house is. We also have a “Street Beautification” drive happening on our access road, because it is also the access road to the above mentioned Sports Complex (which I can peep into, from my Terrace! How cool is that!). This means, the footpaths, dividers and traffic islands are being demolished and built all over again. Which makes a lot of sense, expect that this activity was undertaken 2 months back, 6 months back, 1 year back and so on after every 4 months. I can understand that infrastructure like that gets spoilt with wear and tear when under continuous usage, but what escapes my mind is the idea that it was “used” at all! Before we put our foot on the new tiles of the footpath for the second time, it is broken, only to be rebuilt again. But then again, all wedding gifts aren’t useful, na?
We also have a new Sports Complex, at a walking distance from my house, adjoining to the existing one, which I never go to because I am not a health freak, but nonetheless boast of, because, well, I can see it from my Terrace! 😉 This new Complex, will be the venue for the Badminton Games. For a trial run, the Asian Badminton Championship was held here two weeks back (Did you know about it?) and we were all told to avoid the main access road to our house because of visitor traffic (How do we get home!!??). To our immense relief, there was no visitor traffic! The only inconvenience caused during that period was because of an Auto Rickshaw strike, which forced me to walk home a distance of 4 km, along this road. During this walk, some 15 odd policemen, lined up for security, either saluted to me, or scratched their heads in amusement. I would rather go with option 1!
Of course, like a true filmy wedding, we also have jilted lovers, who shout , “Yeh shaadi nahi ho sakti!”. So the newly constructed, steel, spank, glass like Jindal bus-stop has absurdities splashed across it in a bold red spray paint. Something to the effect of “CWG is anti-poor”. Huh? Anyway, no problemo. Because, we will simply break down the bus-stop and make it again. We are used to it. Gotcha loser! 😉
Apart from all these amenities, we also have a cute cartoon character who teaches us Delhiites manners. “Delhi ki Beti” as she is called, installs herself on Bus Stops, banners and posters and teases us when we do mannerless things. Check her out:
Isn’t she cute? If I didn’t know Delhites any better, I would say this will work. Except that not only do I know Delhiites better, but I am one. So, my guess is, every time “Delhi ki Beti” DARES to bare her teeth and teach us manners, we will retort back with a curt, “Chal na! Kaam se matlab rakh!” and walk off. That’s us! 🙂
All in all, a good deal for us. Don’t you think? So I am excited about Commonwealth Games, will probably take a couple of days off, attend some games, watch some for free from my Terrace (Remember that Sports Complex my house overlooks? Guahahahaa! ;)), enjoy the shopping festival to be held in Delhi at that time and the cultural events too. If any of you Bloggers plan to attend the event, give me a buzz. I will arrange for your stay, and I will also give you a special invite to watch some games from my Terrace (What? I know. I am super excited about that. Okay? Good.). I am looking forward to the Games, because after all the crap that we are putting up with, the Games better be a spectacular show, worth every drop of sweat we spent on it.
Sitting on the Terrace and waiting for the Game to start,
Picture Courtesy: Commonwealth Games Blog
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