‘Mommy, Take Me To Mall-y!’: Malls Take Over Mumbai

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Tiny feet need to play
Hiranadani Garden, Mumbai
Hiranadani Garden, Mumbai

I just read in the newspaper a few days ago how Malls are trying to woo customers by opening up early and shutting late. Specially in Mumbai. The article mentioned that they are trying to attract the attention of fitness freaks and joggers in the city! It took a second for it to sink in. So one would get up early and go and jog inside a mall, is it? God Save Us!

I can actually imagine aunties in their salwar-suit and dupatta tied at the waist, sports shoes on and walking with ‘friends’ around the mall. Can almost over-hear their conversation: “AC bhi hai.. and no rain issues either!” Or is it that that city is having mall issues?

Take them for a match!
Take them for a match!

I agree there is a lack of open grounds in the city. But instead of protesting the usurping of open lands by greedy politicians and developers, we are ‘adapting’ like we always do. Just go to the mall and walk na! No problem! And since we are at it, it is only fair that we use these properties as real parks – get kids to play here as well.

I know there is an issue in Mumbai with space and gardens (none what-so-ever in Bangalore, touch-wood) – but does that mean that you let your kids run amock in the middle of the mall, shout, scream, play, hurt other people and themselves and most importantly, grow up thinking – THIS is a playground. Civic sense and young-mind impressions, both take a beating here. I know what the idea is – a “family outing” : movie dekhi, eat at foodcourt, play at ‘kids area’ and come back home. Itne paise (aur time) mein itna-ich milega.

Tiny feet need to play
Tiny feet need to play

And I am not judging anyone either, the city can make you do weird stuff. My own 3 yr old niece finds the ‘Mall-ee’ to be the most exciting place in the world. But my cousin makes sure she has her garden visits too. I do remember growing up in a mall-less era, where our parents used to take us out for ‘picnics’ – Hanging garden, Tulsi lake, Borivali National Park, treks around Mumbai and many more. Sometimes just a double-decker bus-ride would be exciting enough! If these do not work out for parents now, invent something new! Get scrabble at home and just sit and spend some time with them. And for god’s sake teach them how to behave in public.

Walk under the open sky
Walk under the open sky

I see this post has taken a strange turn. My not-so-loving attitude towards children is getting highlighted, which can be avoided. All I wanted to say was, find new places to go to and do not let malls take over, at least not over your morning walks (however few you take)!

I would love for you all to suggest more places to visit in Mumbai for young parents and ‘fitness freaks’ as well. To begin with, I vote for the lovely new garden and promenade at Powai Lake. (oh puhleez! Powai is NOT that far anymore).

All Images By Divya Sharda

 

 

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Born in Delhi, brought up in Mumbai, ex-radio presenter, recently married, new to Bangalore, procrastinator, wanna-be bitch, can kill kids who ruin her afternoon naps with cricket screams.

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Divya Sharda
Born in Delhi, brought up in Mumbai, ex-radio presenter, recently married, new to Bangalore, procrastinator, wanna-be bitch, can kill kids who ruin her afternoon naps with cricket screams.