Fashionably Unfashionable

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Fashionably Unfashionable

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 24, 2018 14:14 hrs

A story by G Plus last week caught the attention of a lot of readers when the point raised was that of city beautification – “but only during VIP visits.”

Honestly, this cosmetic revamp is just eyewash and doesn’t really help anyone. But then again, it’s the same people spitting betel nut and Rajnigandha stains all over the city that are talking about having well-painted dividers and clean pavements.

Of course the city gets painted during VIP visits because Guwahati doesn’t really know how to keep the city clean. In any case, it is more fashionable to talk about cleanliness at seminars and fashion shows than to actually do something about it.

And seriously, what is it with the trend of fashion shows in the city? Everyone is out planning the next big fashion show and pulling off a run-of-the-mill event. I know we have all heard the ‘monkey with a DSLR joke,’ but still, it is disappointing that people aren’t planning original IPs either. 

Nevertheless, my point is that Guwahatians need to be more responsible for the city instead of just putting the onus on the government. Leaving aside the technicalities of cleanliness like segregation and disposal, I think people in the city lack basic civic sense too and this needs to be inculcated at a younger age. We are fast becoming the city with people spitting Rajnigandha out of BMWs - Gaadi badli, aukaat nahi!

At G Plus, we keep receiving videos of the city’s clogged drains. We publish them with the hope that some sort of awareness would dissuade people from repeating the despicable offence. Yes, we do get a lot soul-searching responses and comments about how we people are so unconcerned about our surroundings. But that’s it! The city continues to be dirty and fashionably unfashionable!

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