Friday, July 03, 2015

The fine city

After a long planning, the trip failed once. This time yet again we thought while the VISA was valid we should give it a shot. Unlike the first time the planning wasn't great. Archana fears that unless we set our feet outside in the foreign land the trip doesn't start.
Langkawi is a small,beautiful clean Island. It feels great to roam around in a new country on your own with a map in your hand. You actually feel like explorers. The place is pretty laid back & in general I felt the happiness quotient of the people pretty high. The good part of the trip if not the best was I ran a 5k!.
Singapore is epitome of a successful city. The city seemed to have purpose in its every bit. Although we keep hearing that our leaders will turn our cities into Singapore, I feel it is near impossible. For I've seen leaders who strive for change but not people. In Indian cities I feel it is hard to bring that kind of change, as it has to come from people. Although there are absurdly astronomical fines, it is great that people comply & not perpetrate corruption. Cleanliness aside, Singapore seemed to be an art. It is one thing to imagine something & other thing to approve to build something crazy and an entirely different thing to execute it.Singapore has excelled in all three things. Our temples are masterpieces but we should not stop at our glorified history but doing it NOW is what matters.
Kualalumpur is what we can dream to become if we strive to be singapore. I found the same chaos as what i've seen in our cities. But this was acheieved without imposing a frame on people's mind. It seemed to have evolved naturally.
I'm sure we are doing great in lot of aspects, but its always great to get inspired from others.
P.S Sad to see such exotic birds in cages