It’s quite an experience to see a building being built from the ground in front of your eyes. It has happened with me too, everyday when I used to go to work, I would see this structure being built bit by bit – soon it turned out to be a mall. Then another one, then another one… and then it got boring. So when I began passing another building being built with what looked like a different layout, I began hoping that this one won’t turn out to be a mall, but alas, that is what is being built.
Does anybody feel that our cities are getting too many malls these days? I for one would love to see a building grow into something else, something different. Is Indian architecture limited to malls and multi-storey housing? Can’t we build anything else? The last two malls I have seen being built have been right next to slum clusters and the dichotomy always strikes me. If construction on the vast open space was to be had, couldn’t it be something more interesting… a community centre, a sports complex, an ampitheatre or even a low-cost housing project. Nobody’s going to argue that affordable housing is more necessary than a place to shop. But yeah, who will get any monetary gains from that?
On the subject of shopping, does anyone really shop extensively at malls? I find most things there unaffordable unless there is a sale, and that happens only once or twice a year. The rest of the time the food court is the only place where I can afford to buy anything. So really, who are we building all these malls for??