A long-running series. Nine months. 150 footpaths! To be technically correct, 150 multi-use paths!
In Bangalore, the pedestrian has no place, but still he is forced to be benevolent. He is compelled to share his rightful path with many. So, as we bring down the curtains on the Vanishing Footpaths series, we solemnly pay tribute to the pedestrian -- You -- for being the generous kind; for ideally sticking to the local sentiment of ‘swalpa adjust maadi’; for being a mute spectator to the inadequacies of authorities; above all, for being the Bangalorean pedestrian.
Today is author Kathleen Norris’s birthday. And it would be apt to quote her as we announce the close of our footpath series. “When you are young, you are surprised if everything isn’t a success, and when you get older you’re mildly surprised if anything is.”
In its youth, the footpath series was thought to bring change. We never thought it to be dramatic...but it was a desire to see a thought process being created that will bring sustainable maintenance into our agenda.