Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Big cities...

There is something about the big cities, the metropolis. They never sleep. there is always a part of it which is always awake, keeping the city alive giving it a breath of air whenever things seem to dull down and make it all seem vaguely mundane. The bright lights, the shady corners, the softly lit cafes the pubs playing with darkness, the blaring music of a nondescript nightclub, the guys with their gelled up hair, the girls in their skimpy clothes and at times garish make-ups - nothing changes. Travel as far and wide as you might nothing ever changes. I started walking in a big city, not a global metropolis but a national one for sure. I ran in another, I studied in another and then I spent a few years nestled somewhere in nature's garden soaking in its beauty learning to appreciate and yet.... and yet the city in me never went to sleep, it remained awake, throbbing, pulsing for a release, waiting to live up again... perhaps also make up for the lost time. Lost time?? Perhaps!! To the rational minded there certainly was not waste of time, but to the heart of a city it perhaps was. And so, the self came back to a pulsating metropolis and since then has hopped from one to another, across continents and intends to travel far and wide, to soak in, and sink the teeth into what can only be termed the only homogeneous culture of the world. The global culture, the common religion - the big city!

Apart from the well known attractions which cities like NY, London, Mumbai etc offer, one gets to see a myriad cross-section of the population, the haves and the have-nots, and some stuck somewhere in between leading a heavily compromised life in hopes of a brighter and glittering future. It is this section of the population which really captures the imagination, drives the plots for so many novelists and movie-makers out there. It’s the common man who drives the cities, who lends the cities the much needed character which sustains them over time. London wouldn’t have been what it is today if not for the common man who walked the streets for the past 2000 years. The great fire of London which wiped out the plague wouldn’t have happened if not for a fire in a bakery as a result a lot of the cities physical grandeur would have been different than we see it now. Great men make history, common men sustain it.

10 comments:

(¯`•._.•[Raajii]•._.•´¯) said...

this is a great reflection. I associate myself a lot with the city life... but city life an interesting paradox in itself :-)

zephyr266 said...

Sumit, your mind is far from confused. i agree that the common man is the driving force of not only a metro, but nations as well.

Sumit said...

@raaji : so it is. :)

@zephyr : thank you for that observation, the shroud of confusion is my shield :)
i wouldn't know about the nation as such for, I suppose, I have seen very little of nations unless its wars and other political muck. I have always seen cities and the people rushing about - on the bus, tube, rail, pavements, escalators etc. Its always been about the people for me. I fail to understand demarcations beyond a persons characteristics.

Vinni said...

i moved to mumbai recently from hyd and one thing i immediately noticed about this place is the the energy and the fact that people are always on the run! there is no time to sit and relax. Its kinda sad in a way, but thats what big cities do to us! Robots!

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Sumit said...

I agree. The brief while I have stayed in Mumbai, though I loved it I also realised there's too much of rush. Not that its any better where I'm staying right now, but the difference in work culture helps.

tikulicious said...

MY city never sleeps really. I came here through Zephyer and loved your blog. will visit again .Best

Sumit said...

@tikulicious:
am glad you liked. wish i was more regular though :)
and i take it you are from mumbai or ny?

Richa said...

Nice blog..had reflected on this in my blog too..glad someone shares my views!

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chandni said...

very well written!