Socimetrol => soci(eta)l + metro
Since Delhi metro started is operation in Dec-2002, it has not seen it back. The success story has just multiplied day by day. The acceptance of Delhi Metro as mass commuter has increased many fold. People have started experiencing the so called world call transportation system. With the given pace, we can expect, after some decade, to replace the existing suffocating old railway too. The rolling metro has also started pulling us toward citizen of tomorrow’s “Socimetrol” society. Lets being with some story behind this blog idea. Yesterday I was on the way to habitat center from hostel. Driver didn’t have clear idea about the road map. So he preferred to take us along the ring road instead of some short known to some one. This was not the fist time I was peeping trhough the window of the bus. Some other friends were also traveling . One of our friend suddenly discovered a white building, very nice, well maintained, looking like maharaja palace. He got to know that it is Delhi Vidhan sabha. Traveling in a reserved bus with your friend is very interesting, that is what I feel. And if you are in the ring road around ITO, ISBT then you get to see a lot of greenery around. Yamuna along the ring road magnifies the excitement. One of the most green and beautiful place is RajGhat, the place where mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi were cremated. Looking such a magnificent place, one among us the name of the place. And other asked about the importance of the place. After that series of name suggestions started pouring. Rajghat- Mahatma Gandhi?? Vijayghat Mahatma_ghandhi?? Rajghat-Indira Ghandi, Rajeev Ghandhi?? Different ideas came. And then came a billboard stating Rajghat as Mahatma Ghandhi Samadhi. These are only some of the trailers of future time that next generation is going see. There is no point of blaming the next generation for (literally) what they will not be able to apprehend. It is the current generation digging tunnel for them to pass through it. No freedom to think “where else there can be possibility”. Only making them focus on the destination, no time to peep outside window.
Not only Vidhan Sabha and Rajghat, but there are a lot many thing which next generation will be able to find it. Indian Train transient market will be one of them. a old man with a aluminium tea kettle saying “Garma garam Chai“; a young boy crying ” Chana, Chana, Timepass, Timepass“; next one with lalus clay pot “Coffee, Coffee“, and garm chat-pat, nau masala, barah(12) swada wala “Jhal Murhee, Jhal Murhi” will be forgotton voices altogether. Book stores and Magazine wala will find some other route for there survival. One of the most down to earth song of bollywood, Big B’s turning point lyrics “Shaari Duniya aa bojh hum oothatey hai” will have to go through DJ remix to find old place. A new society in metro culture will then discuss “Socimetrol“.
Delhi metro is different from its counter part in India in different ways. (Kolkata metro is almost same as Delhi metro). Metros are generally operating few hundred feet below underground. You will hardly get lights passing through the tunnel. People rushing for accelerator; Billboards and Advertising banners out side to peep; Dark looming most of the time, on plateform and on the way. And a special voice accompanying you “Please mind the gap”; “aagla station chauwri bazar hai”; “aapna saman leyjana na bholey”; “Thank you”. These monotonous voice accompanying you through one directional (I will prefer to say directional less) journey. No ease , no west, no south, no north.
New social norms will be evolved, new economic model will be developed, new breed of culture will be accepted. At this junction of time Old people will wonder, where has the directionless tunnel led the next generation to ??
societal->Relating to human society and its members
metro->An electric railway operating below the surface of the ground (usually in a city) Please send your comments. Ram Manohar