Mechanical Man 2008

An Other Place

"The city I grew up in is transforming itself. Over two hundred 
thousand trees will be cut by 2010 for the metro, new roads, new malls 
and the commonwealth games. The ancient Ridge forest has now a fast 
train running through it. Buildings are brought down with the boom of 
a crane, in an instant, and replaced by glass and steel. The roads are 
choked with cars, which seem to be traveling to and fro, going 
somewhere, maybe nowhere. Overnight parks are converted into stadiums, 
as bulldozers and cranes stealthily uproot old and wizened trees at 
midnight, as the city sleeps, literally. Clockwork efficiency takes 
over, as we seem to move towards a predetermined future. Labour is 
just another commodity. Economic resources replace life-giving nature.

I retreat, in this midst, I retreat, to another place, which I always knew: to my 

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