外文标题：Wah! Wah! Shanghai- Part 1
When we speak of the fastest growing economies in the world we are filled with pride as we name China and India in the same breath. Yes there is no denial to it. It's same like when we say we say Amitabh Bachchan is an Indian. It's the sense of belonging that gives a kind of good feeling but a lamp can't be compared with the Sun even though it gives light as does the Sun but the comparison ends there.
It's hurting me when I am saying and I am sure it will hurt my patriotic fellow bloggers too but the truth is indeed bitter. May be democracy has it's advantages and freedom can't be compared but if freedom means goons on the prowl burning public property and filling their own coffers or installing their statues and flaunting garlands loaded with loot, letting Maoists blow up the trains then, I am sorry to say that I am not an advocate of such a freedom. We really don't deserve it.
True, the warmth, the prices even abundance of things that we have in India is hard to compare with but so is the filth, the disorder, chaos, lawlessness, corruption and many other woes the country is reeling under. But I intend this blog to be a photo feature and want to let the pictures speak, so I should rather shut up.
There is no litter on the road. You don't find even a stray dog, leave aside finding cattle on the road. They won't last anyway if they dare to come to loiter on the roads because meat is very expensive and the people will make good use of them rather than wait for the administration to show political will keeping an eye on the elections and caring for the religious sentiments of the people.
But political will is all powerful here and it's colour is deep red, the colour of blood and of danger. There is no opposition or whimper, discontent or stir. No public opinion or out cry. The permit system for entering Shanghai is so strong that I don't even see many birds flying about. Even though the spring is in the air. I haven't seen any butterflies even yet. And since my thoughts have brought me to the topic of the spring I will put some more pictures and let them sing the song I would like to.
Thanks Ghazala will post more pictures. Shangahi is indeed beautiful plan a vacation here this summer with your children they will love it and so will I.
You are the BEST..! We were planning on visiting BALI this summer,
But hubby dear has some important projects coming up..!
Thanks, will surly keep your offer in mind next time,
Sudha H Sharma
I'm impressed with the almost sterile environment, the well maintained roads and structures and the well trimmed hedges and flower bushes, but well there will always be a but for we are dealing with China here :))) give me our polluted and dirty roads and poor infrastructure any day atleast I know that my spirit will be free and unrestricted here :)))
Infact come to think of it China does not even let their rose bushes grow in a haphazard manner even that is restricted :)))))
看后真是令人印象深刻，几乎一尘不染的环境，维护良好的道路和建筑，修剪整齐的篱笆和花丛灌木，不过我们谈到中国时总会在后面加个“但是” :) 我们的公路虽然脏，基础设施虽然差，但我们至少精神是自由的，不受限制 :)
I live in singapore and have quite a few frds from mainland china.. I have an invitation from my ex-roommate's family as well.. hopefully next year will make it.. you pictures only make me want come there even more :))
I agree to your initial statements and voice the same sentiments. Freedom is important, but then India, Freedom seems to be the only thing important! Its nice to find people in Sulekha who have choosen to live in the East.. minority we are here really (He he he!) as this space is clogged with people living in the West.. I have no complained abt the west, have lived there for a very short tie though, but there is something abt the east I find mystical! In fact there is another blogger Raj Armugam who shared the same sentiment with me quite a while ago.. He used to live in singapore and now migrated to australia.
Looking forward for more spring pictures!
Even I extend you an invitation. Next year I am not sure, if I will be there or even if in China whether I will be in Shanghai or not. Yes Divya freedom is important but it is not a license to rape the nation. If it comes to that then whip is necessary. Being in Singapore you know what it means to mess with the law and that knowledge is enough to set 99% right others are sent to the gallows here and in China and in Singapore they may escape capital punishment but they know they may not breathe the air of freedom so they obey. In east we are not looked down upon. We are their equals, there is no racial disparity and no hatred and above all there is a fraternal feeling to make you feel comfortable if the source of discomfort is your own heart.
this is heaven man, what lovely pics.And i agree with u, about india, mayawati, the corrupt politicians, and most of all these Maoists who can blow up anyone and we are powerless to do anything.shameful really.
Can't say Sir, I haven't seen heaven and don't think I will get to see it ever. Isilye main sochata hoon jo mila hai use hi swarg samajh ke jeeo. Yes India's condition is very very sad. I feel bad for my nation. Democracy is being used as a license to rape Bharat Mata sab Maadar??? hain saale.
nkb: only one word: awesome!
Indeed it is Bina. I will post more pictures
i loved seeing this
so clean chinese have that discipline we Indians dont dare to come close to LOL
kya karen hum aisey hi hain
please post more
will post more Jai- my heart bleeds. we are ourselves to blame for our sorry state
WOW! Those pictures surely speak for themselves. I wonder though why we call them sky scrapers as these buildings hardly seem to graze or scuff the sky. Rather they enhance the beauty of the natural painting above. So technically the term should have been sky enhancers :-} And of course those marathon green environmental friendly tennis balls are totally awesome!
And one more thing Navneet....The patriotic me just can't leave without commenting on what you wrote above ;-} Sure, the lamp cannot be compared to the sun...but what would we do without the lamp? Especially since Mr. Sun refuses to show his face in the night. And one can't deny the fact that sometimes the exciting rays of the 'Sun' can be too glaring compared to the 'softness' of the pedestrian lamp :-}
哇啊！图片本身就证明了一切。不知道为什么我们要用摩天楼（sky scrapers）来形容，这些大楼基本没有给人摩擦天空的感觉，反倒更像是加强天然绘画的美丽 ，所以应该说是”强天楼“（sky enhancers） :-}
还有一件事，爱国的我无法对你文中的观点不予置评 ;-} 灯泡当然无法与太阳比较，但要是没有灯泡怎么办？特别是太阳晚上并不会出来。有一点你无法否认，即太阳的光芒有时候太耀眼了，无法与灯的柔和相比较 :-}
Very beautiful pictures, Navneet. I am curious about the permit system that you mention, is there no freedom of movement for people even within their own country?
As such there is no restriction but you can't loiter around without a purpose. Like if you come to work in Shanghai from another province, you have to show up at the police station within three days and they will give you a temporary permit of residence and you can stay and work but you can't become a Shanghai citizen for ten years and thus certain advantages that come with it like medical and insurance cover etc. you can't get, you have to buy your own. So beggars can't just board the train and come and start begging here or a fruit seller can't put his Redi (cart) here anytime he likes to. I haven't yet seen a beggar here in Shanghai, though in other city where I was before, I would see some.
great pics making one long to go and have a look directly..sunkan
Yes Sunkan, Indeed very tempting and the reality is more pleasant.
Shanghai and beijing are the chinese showcases...don't be befooled....rural china or other than these two cities is very dull with lot of other problems....thats what my son said who stayed there for 6 months.
I was staying in a village in an island for nine months. I will post the pictures of that village and my experiences of living there too in one of the blogs.Rights are curbed here yes, prices are high, living expensive and salaries small, power in a few hands and consequent corruption but there is accountability, order and discipline unlike chaos, insurgency, terrorism, jingoism in India. Have heard myself too about it but haven't seen though I have gone to many cities in China.
I can follow your thoughts about Shanghai ... I remember when I had posted about this country - a lot of people gave it a side glance... it was literally impossible to talk about China... anyone who spoke was branded a communist (as if one cannot appreciate b'coz of ...) The truth is we may differ in political thoughts but what the people have done thru grit and determination deserve a good word.
Yes Ether, we must rise above our narrow minded views and appreciate the achievements of others and try to learn.
Nice write up and the pictures.
Lovely pictures.. my husband visits China so I have seen many pictures.. he is always impressed at their advancements and how clean they are and many positive things going for them.
Yes annaakaa they are way ahead of us, very clean, organized and proud of their country.
i agree wt every word of yours, beautiful pictures ,i was in shanghai 6 months back,i tell everybody,UK,USA or any other country is like a public loo compared to shanghai,we hv no class in anything compared to them, we will only screw this country bits & parts, wt dacoits who are our politicians n large un controlled n rowdy population we are headed for slumbhai, what you see of mumbai now is the best, after 10 years it will be the dharavi of Asia.A lot of people try to put chinese achivements down,first lets get anywhere where they are n then talk abt it.I have written a couple of blogs on china earlier and how i was impressed,we hv generations to go,before we catch up.
don't know when wud be going to China,
ur blogs make me feel like going there right now, best wishekk