Ludhiana is one of the most marvellous cities of Punjab. For people who have lived in the city realise that after some time,the city grows on you. As one leaves the boundaries of the city,one begins to feel the diminishing affection. But change is a universal law,so be it. And the city,too,has changed in the past few decades.
The rich became poor and underprivileged have become prosperous. The facades have changed and even the air around us has started to smell different. I came to Ludhiana at the age of 17 and now,at 63,I have good store of memories,the memories of change.
During those days,the city had six to seven doctors of repute and they were the most respected people. Not many medical facilities were available,yet people availed all that was accessible. It is a different story now. The city is teeming with doctors,some of the best brains from their respective fields but respect for medical practitioners has vanished. The entire medical scene of the city has changed. A few decades ago,people did not mind spending their savings on their health,but now people will do everything with their money and time except for making efforts to have a good health. They prefer to buy jewellery and clothes but good health.
The social and infrastructural part of the city also leaves much to be desired. The authorities must consider their actions in the present perspective. Take the instance of roads. Every day,a road is constructed in one or other nook and corner of the city. But they simply give away by the next season. It is here that the intentions need to change.
Same goes for buildings. The laws and the rules being applied to the construction of these buildings are archaic. The so-called highway road that we have today is backward by almost half a century.
Demolishing buildings for space is no answer. Let us find new applicable and practical solutions to the problems that we face today. These are the problems of the modern world and let us tackle them with a similar approach. Above all,let us all accept the fact that the world around us has changed and we too need to change.