We recently got this inspiring contribution from Kamal Gupta, a resident of Wellington Estate, DLF5. If you care about your surroundings and would like to contribute to its betterment, read on.
How many players are there in a game of cricket?
One could say that at any time, there are thirteen on the field, with two umpires, and there are nine in the pavilion. But think again. In any popular cricket match, there are 50,000 or more “players” in the stadium and fifty times more playing from their homes and sports bars.
These players analyse each ball, each stroke, each field critically and are usually full of advice on what went wrong and what could have been done better. Oh man, Sachin should have cut that high over backward point or Malinga should have pitched this on the middle and leg.
But then, the cup is won or lost by those on the field.
I am looking to form a team who will pick up the bat and ball and come out to play in the game of beautifying the surroundings of DLF5. While DLF takes care of the common areas under it, including Golf Drive, Park Drive, Club Drive and Horizon Drive, our interest should expand beyond these areas, more towards the neighbourhood.
I was thinking of the village Harijan Basti, on St Thomas Marg, facing Carlton 4 and Westend Heights, which is where most of our domestic help live. And the little stretch of St Thomas Marg between Club/ Horizon Drive and Golf Course Road.
Can we form a team – the ones who will come out to play – to create better sanitation, to create better walkways/ cycle paths, to beautify this village? As a gesture of saying thanks to those who toil for us, be it maids or cooks or car cleaners or any other helps? And to improve their health and hygiene and life quality, which also helps us.
The little stretch of St Thomas Marg looks like a rubbish dump, and a breeding ground for virus and infectious diseases. If just 20-25 of us get together and spend a day or two, we can transform this eyesore as well. There are examples of citizens doing this kind of self help, and I would request you to take a look at “The Ugly Indian” on Facebook and their website. They seem to be particularly active in places like Bangalore, Coimbatore, Darjeeling etc. Recently, they fixed Banashankari in Bangalore, as shown in the picture.
I am not looking to raise money for this. That is the easiest thing to do. But that is like buying a ticket to see the match. This is a call out for players on the field – some like minded people – any age, any gender – to get together to work this out and actually work it out. I do not have a firm plan of action currently and would welcome any one of us to lead this change. I am sure the start will be small and hesitant, but then more and more people will join in.
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