Ahmedabad airport, India, 03:54 AM, IST
With no airconditioning and a few pedestal fans, we are coping with life as it shows us the real India.Humid beyond measure, I can feel my pores clogging and I know within hours from now I shall have pimples to show for the brilliant management that prevails in "emerging/emerged India". Is this the India that Mahatma Gandhi would have imagined in his wildest dreams? What would he say if he lived today?
Emerging from where? To what? This man was daring enough to stand in front of a fan, and not worry about being stared down by the rest of us. Fans it seemed were the hottest commodity of this odd hour of the day (night/morning really).
Third-world India had cool airports. But not today. This man above seems to have fallen asleep trying to keep cool. No, he is not wearing a hat. Rather, the color difference on his scalp is just his version of the farmers tan.
58 minutes after I should have been in the air, we are yet to hear anything from Air India about this delay. Men mostly, of all ages, religions and stripes were standing on line (for what?), stealing the fans air from the rest of us. Majority of all were headed to the Gulf (Middle East, or to be particular, Dubai, Sharjah, Kuwait and some to Namibia).
No cold water, no cold drinks, no airconditioning. But worse, no doors or windows that can bring some fresh air. But the airport did have a courtesy phone. But look at the wall. What does it tell you? No attention to detail.
Gone to waste this land of Gandhi. It was in Gujarat that he was born. Some may consider Ahmedabad the top city of the Mahatma's homestate. But is this how this cities International airport ought to be in 2010?
Does anyone care?
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