Public space in Mumbai
Yesterday, we were forced to have three arguments with officials when all we wanted to do was quiz. We had decided on the food court of InOrbit Mall as the venue. It is big, promised to be relatively uncrowded for our 10:30 start and would have offered enough scope for food and drink through the quiz. However, the mall authorities had other ideas.
The first encounter about which I have written about here was with a young manager and two security guards. The second was with another young manager who came to ask after our well-being just before we broke for lunch – “Aren’t you guys going to eat anything?”. The third was with this safari-suited security head who actually thought that he could force us out of the Mall. This after we had spent at least 5000 rupees on food and drinks.
Why is it difficult to find a place in Mumbai where we can sit and quiz?
We had asked some colleges, but didn’t have enough time to go through the bureaucracy properly. We had enquired after people’s houses, but found the quarters too cramped (these weren’t any multiple-bedroom and hall bungalows of Delhi in the first place) and thought a public place will be appropriate. We had also thought of doing it in a lawn somewhere, but the heat and humidity doesn’t allow for a long session outside.
The BQC has demonstrated that we can get a good number of people from various parts of the city, as long as good quizzing is guaranteed. Now, it’s time to find a place(s) for it in Mumbai’s life.