LIFE IN BIG CITIES1-Outline:
3-Scene of Bus Stop
4-Journey of train
5-Admission in school and colleges
6-Wicked people of cities
Life in a big city is an interminable war in different battle fields. A neighbour's clarion call that "surgar has arrived at the rationshop" is a signal to buckle up the straps for a fight. Foregoing his breakfast or dinner or tea, cutting short his meeting with a friend. He scampers to the ration shop in pursuit of the sweet crystals. Lo, an asray of men, confronts him at the ration shop. Here he fights heroically against fatigue, thirst, queue jumpers, dwindling stock and the dishonest shopkeeper.
After this heroic fight, he may get the booty in case he does not get, he is scolded by the commander at home. The city dwiller's ordeal by bus is another unwritten epic. Every morning he has to take part in a hundred metres sprint to the bus. He may have to elbow out pick-pockets, ignore frail kids, push ladies and argue with the conductor.
The veritable hell moving on wheals may give him jerks and jolts causing cramps in his limbs. Train journey needs advanced planning. He must fight for getting his seat booked even two months before the actual battle. While waiting in a queue, he find the privileged ones entering from the backdoor and getting their tickets. The booking clerk grins before he says that all the seats are booked money change hand and there is smile on the face of booking clerk. Sometimes there is a genitle pat on the shoulder and as you look, you find a burly man offering you a ticket at a premium of fifty rupees.
The city dweller's heroies at the time of admission of his children in schools and colleges is another chapter. The queues for registration forms, the interview of the parents, the snobbish behaviour of the school teachers, clerks and peons, the demand for the donation for school auditorium and many more are the burbles crossed. There are many small problems in big cities for the admission of students in schools and colleges.
If the child is admitted, a heavy demand for money begins many for the founder's day, money for decorating the class rooms and for what no. If the charges swell up a little more, it can be effective step in investricting large families.
The campaigns at the milk booths, at the dead public telephones and in the corrdors of bureaucrats are not less significant. He has to defind himself against the speeding trucks which may know him down, against the innocent looking rogues who may stab him for a five rupees note and against the wily hawkers who may cheat him of a heavy amount with their sweet talks.
The traffic jams, the crowded shop, the money spinning rich and spectre of pice rise leave the men in a state of awe and confusion one murmur in a fit of desperation. Devil made the city and God made the town.