India: good, bad and ugly

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India: good, bad and ugly of Indian life - all on one road


Friday, 28 January 2011 (Delhi Sector) India's economy is booming, the rich are getting richer and the poor are able to dream - but chaos and corruption are still everywhere you look. As with many things in India, I had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Aruna Asaf Ali Marg.

This was the road on which I drove, or was driven, from home to work and back, most days that I was in Delhi. All life was there. A little bit of everything. There was the India of progress and increasing prosperity. The new hospital on the corner, the South Asian University, the National Institutes of Immunology and of Plant Genome Research. There were wedding halls and restaurants. Students going shopping and workmen building bridges.

But there was also - how can I put this politely - one hell of a mess. "How can there be so much contrast in just one country?", people ask. "How can there be so much contrast on just one road?"