Friday, November 13, 2009
All new or is it?

Dubai is the ultimate commercial city. Everybody here talks about money... either about spending it, earning it or saving it. That's all anyone is interested in or wants to be. Nobody cares about your health or the crappy weather or the your crappy health because of the aforementioned crappy weather. All they care about is the size of your paycheck and how it compares to theirs, how much you can save in a month, how much you send back home (nearly everyone is an immigrant here) and other variations on the above themes.

I have answered these questions in the above forms and even in the extended bhangra and hip-hop versions so many times. And I thought Bombayiites were materialistic (do I havta take permission from Mr. Raj Thackeray to say the B-word too?)

Dubai is a cleaner, better-roaded, beggarless version of Bombay with hugely pompous-looking buildings. It's like the people here decided to do their version of 'mine's bigger than yours' with buildings. There must be some seriously under-equipped guys out here when you look at the way they're trying to overcompensate for their shortcomings (pun intended). And the funniest part is that most of these huge building still have some construction work going on that was interrupted by the recession and now have the additional baggage of a construction crane lofted atop their heads.

But its the sand which is the most interesting facet here. They've tried so hard to hide it... with loads of tubes running parallely to each other on the sidewalks (which have got to be the most unused sidewalks in the world!!!) These tubes irrigate the sand and half-hearted little clumps of grass and forcibly-flowering shrubs grow there. But there is a thin coating of sand over every part of the city and the visibility is so poor that you can't even see buildings that are just a road away. It's like a mist of nature reminding all us immigrants, "Remember you're in a desert, stay in your little A/C malls and cars and houses all day but I'll always be around you... waiting... till its my time..."

It's very hard for me to miss Bombay when the lit up roads and the ease of getting things of your doorstep and the Hindi-speaking cabbies exemplify Bombay for me everyday. I just think that my friends and family are just a holiday and will catch up with me soon...

Wonder what will it take for the realisation to hit me... more importantly, will I be left standing after the sudden impact?

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posted by Ipshi @ 4:46 AM  
5 Comments:
  • At Sun Nov 15, 12:02:00 PM, Anonymous Husna said…

    Hello! Or shall I say Salaam Alaikum! You’re in my mum’s hometown, so watch every word you pen down. Kidding!!! But hey! The place is good when you’ve got family there. One sneeze and the entire jing bang will land up to pamper you. Give it time and you’ll get your share of royal treatment. Then we’ll call you "Sheikha Ipshita" :-) Keep your glow on.

     
  • At Mon Nov 16, 09:31:00 AM, Blogger Josie said…

    Hey! It is exactly a year since the last post. Hope your really enjoying your self...And hope to hear more from you.

     
  • At Mon Nov 16, 01:59:00 PM, Blogger kaly said…

    Dubai is for Shopping!!!! The dubai Shopping Festival and loadsa fun stuff- its great out to be there.
    on the other side of the coin contruction labourers and engineers from india flockk there, they work and work and work , they are doing a tuf job and hey someone has to do the dirty job to many enjoy a beach holiday, shoppin and relax!!!

     
  • At Tue Nov 17, 07:13:00 PM, Blogger Anush said…

    Heyloz,,

    Keep up the good work in Dubai, our new Corporate honcho! And please make it a habit to update your blog and let us know all about life in Dubai.

    p.s. My blog's been updated a bit (like one post every alternate month, soo frequent)so check it some time.

     
  • At Wed Nov 18, 10:11:00 PM, Blogger Ipshi said…

    hey husna, its so nice to be in touch with u again, even though it took me going away to a diff country for it! Ironic how life plays those cards

    Really didnt have anything to say for a long while now... but now, hopefully I will. Please check back Josie

    No time for shopping yet Kalyan, been busy working and I dont hav any friends here so on my holidays I sit quietly at home, not spending money

    A!!!! Man i miss u guys so much. Im getting to bombay in june so u better get ur husbanded ass there at that time too and make sure E doesnt go gallivanting anywhere during that time either!

     
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