Today we went Bowling, that’s right, bowling. The bowling alley wouldn’t have looked out of place anywhere in America, and it was under a high-end mall with a Hugo Boss and a bunch of other fine stores. We were with the Round Table group, which is an organization which sponsors schools in poor areas, and today they had a social event–next weekend they’re planning a giant party for Diwali.
The bowling alley and ‘Tablers’ as they call themselves
The mall, with flower-filled fountain
Attached to the mall is a luxurious hotel, with lavish interiors and beautiful gardens. It’s really a sight to see.
And next door is a field of debris and shanties. India is a developing country and it is moving at a very unequal pace. The new and rich next to the poor.
In a bookstore in the mall, I purchased Edward Luce’s In Spite of the Gods, which is giving me some background on how India came to be the India that I’m seeing. It’s fascinating to try to understand what’s going on, and how India has ‘skipped’ the industrial phase of development, and is jumping (partly) straight to the services economy from an agrarian economy.