The City Center Shopping Mall and Multiplex is
just 5 mins walk from where I live
but not once was I able to
darken its stately halls since it
was inaugurated 2 years ago.
Ash, Megan, I , Sonia and Abner
trouped inside on the weekend
they were here.
Its a modern temple of wealth,
consumerism and progress.
Ash and Megs said it was just like
a Canadian mall.
Ash, Megan, Abner, Sonia
Some photos are smudged
because they were taken
with my mobile phone.
Our visitors bought nice apparel and gifts
I am an escalator challenged person.
Those giant moving stairs
are the ultimate test of my courage.
I avoid them because I feel
wobbly and dizzy on them
and I fear I will not be able to get
off in time and the last
stair will swallow me up
and grind me into hamburger patty.
I wouldn 't do well in Disney Land,
so please don 't take me there.
While others sailed up and down
effortlessly, I took the relatively safer elevator.
But that was also quite an experience,
because I kept getting free rides up and down
thanks to the smarter people in the lift.
I thought I would have to spend the
rest of my life in the lift (elevator).
Once I press the wrong button and sank
down to the second basement
and had to be
Actually it was after years that I
watched an English movie in a cinema.
The last one was Titanic, in a grubby hall
with Ashish 's family
The rich would have to eat money,but
luckily the poor provide food
So this was really special-
sitting in a plush hall
armed with Nachos and Coke.
And there were just 8 or 9 spectators
in the theater for the mid day show,
so it felt as if we had booked
the hall for ourselves.
Mind you the tickets were
my poor middle class brain reeled.
But fun it was!
In the basement there is a
Spencer 's chain store,
like a supermarket
and I quite like it.
In closing let me tell you
that the scans on my sister
Anjali (Ashish 's mom)
did not show any alarming results.
But the doctors will take
some X-Rays to double check.
She is weak and dopey after
the procedure and sedation
but will be back at work tomorrow.
Thank you for praying for her.
There is a vast difference between the
type of medicine practised
in the developed and the under-developed world.
In the west preventive medicine is practised,
whereas in the poorer countries
curative medicine comes into use.
What do you think?