27 January, 2021

Trivandrum Diary

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Trivandrum Diary
Pleasantly Surprised

While on a brief visit to my home town (now called Thiruvananthapuram) in the midst of the sweltering summer, I could not help but notice the sweeping change in the attitudes of the ‘aam admi’ as well as the well-heeled. I was in the city to do a couple of repair jobs for my Laurie Baker-modelled house which I had ­recently inh­erited from my father. Built with no beams, the house stands tall even after 25 years. I was ready to face the electrician, the plumber, the carpenter and the cleaners along with their idiosyncrasies­—or so I thought. Surprising me, the electrician ­reported home at 8 am sharp, followed by the carpenter and the plumber, while their assistants waited for command. The rigour was almost military. Meanwhile, I was still in my nightclothes, sipping coffee. I had expected all of them to come to work leisurely, as was the case several years ago when my father used to fiercely oversee such...



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