One Death stalls Six million Lives!
Today’s afternoon in Bangalore was met by the heartrending news of the demise of the acting legend of Kannada film industry (Sandalwood), Mutturaju Singanalluru Puttaswamayya, popularly known among his fans as Dr. Rajkumar. Yet in this moment of grief what rose above all was the mind-boggling manner in which the news was met by 6 million Bangaloreans.
As the news pervaded into every single home over the wire through television sets and over FM Radio, Bangalore strangely found itself choking in an atmosphere permeated with smoke from burning tires and nightmarish visions of road side vandalisms. The city dressed itself in charred remains of burnt tires and glass pieces as it got ready to bid its very last farewell to the acting legend. To a person resident in this city only for the last 4 years this was not only beyond comprehension but outright criminal. Petrol pumps were set on fire and public transports stoned to stagnancy. All stores shuttered down and people ran home “shit-scared” in the middle of the afternoon. I saw no remorse in most of the participants who seemingly had found just another excuse for open drunken revelry on the streets to feed their ever ravenous hunger for sadistic destruction of public property. Auto drivers refused to turn the meters in reverence to the great man but agreed to 4 times the fare for any tad of service. Honest remorse was as rare among the contributors as was evidently any signs of culture or civilization.
The day is closing in dismal silence and I am still to understand what inspired such out burst among people but then again I might be ignorant of some key piece of Karnataka’s history or the political picture. Yet, having hailed from the city of Kolkata where I have witnessed tragic but civilized farewell being bid to multiple persona in the rank of Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa and Satyajit Ray, winner of the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, I would still stand in disgrace of the ridiculously vulgar demonstration of the day. The day would probably stand as one rare black mark in the otherwise bravura that was the life of Dr. Rajkumar. As the sun rises again Bangalore shall awake to realize the real loss of not only a great man but also that of Bangalore’s administrative infrastructure and most importantly the face of the tech Hub of the nation in front of the rest of the world. Bangalore, what were you thinking?
The following snaps were taken around 100 Ft Ring Rd., Bangalore.