- Saylee Soundalgekar
At the 'happy' street
I arrived at Ahmedabad only to be welcomed by the strong smell of the signature 'chai'. The modern city that was burning at 40 degree centigrade was moving towards a more convenient mode of transport - Uber. With this newly upsurging mode of transport, I arrived at the Happy Street. It was pre-decided that I would be visiting the event at C.G. Road. The crowd bursting with energy walked, danced, cycled, sprinted all along the road. As I walked down the lengths of the road I spotted people doing everything just the way they wanted to. Cycles were moving, kids were playing badminton, families were having breakfast while a few artists were painting, sketching and taking pictures. The students of HILC, Ahmedabad were 'donating' earthen pots to take back home which would then act as a 'birdbath' or a 'bird-feeder' in the hot summer days. It was like a day-club. Here I conducted an exercise to know the city better.
1. Which is your favorite place in Ahmedabad?
2. What is your best memory associated with the city?
A photographer - Kavisha:
Sabarmati River front.
The casual walks that I take in the city and I end up capturing few of the best moments.
Golu's Creation - Forum:
Sabarmati River Front.
This day today because this is the first time I displayed my stall at Happy Street and I am sold-out from the handmade chocolates.
KarunaKare, cancer survivor - Ushakant Shah:
The pols and museums in the old city
My wife and my organization that would not have flourished had it not been in Ahmedabad
Migrant architecture student - Maharaja:
Irani cafe at old city, because I met most of my friends there for the first time
My every day at CEPT
Kankaria Lake because that is one place that my kids enjoy the most.
I am born and brought up in Ahmedabad, I cannot name one.
I come from dubai every summer for 2 months to 'relax' in Ahmedabad with my Nani. Because there is nothing to do here.
I hailed to an auto and began one of the most vivid conversations of my trip. In the seamless city where one would imagine 'gujarathi' as one community, here was a highlighting the submerged line of economic divide by stating that he would never attend an event such as 'Happy Street'.
Janki Shah, a survivor of the hijacked flight at Karachi, she has now established 'Samvedana' - an NGO and school for children.