This is Not My Beautiful World

by Pam

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We wake to the shrill grinding sound of rebar being cut, in the construction site just outside the window. That sound is soon overtaken by the cacophonous grind of a cement mixer, which is again overtaken by the crashing gush of a truckload of rocks being emptied onto the construction site. A cloud of white rock dust presses up against the windows. This is not my beautiful world.
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The construction site next door is active from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Thirty sari-draped women balance trays of wet cement on their heads while a dozen half-naked children play in the mountain of sand. Another twenty or so barefoot men scoop rocks and bend rebar and are digging six giant pits in the red earth. They are building a three-story shopping center. From my dining room window this looks like an archeological dig. I have just found out that the construction will take one year. Huge buzz kill.

We chose this place because be could live like Columbian drug lords for what a one bedroom apartments costs at home, and because it was a quiet sanctuary away from the Bangalore choking traffic and relentless noise. Now, we may as well be living in the middle of the road. Every surface of our house is coated with grit. I’m beginning to suspect that this is why the owners have chosen not to live in their dream home.

Pack your earplugs and dust masks and come for a visit!!!

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Tags: Bangalore, cement, construction, drug lords, dust, grinding, India, Panduranga, rebar, rocks, white dust, work

3 Responses to “This is Not My Beautiful World”

  1. Emily W. says:

    Wondered why you were featuring a yellow truck photo. Til now…Uwe in next room is loudly bemoaning fateful construction site twist to the India project – the latter word taking an on unanticipated new dimension of meaning. I will say that saari-attired construction workers appear better looking than most.

  2. maggie says:

    So THIS is what you were talking about — what a pain in the ear. Have you collared your landlords yet?!

    I love the 3 piece suit on Phil – you look handsome, healthy despite the Count Chocula diet!

    Miss you 2 ridiculously. love Maggie

  3. womannextdoor says:

    Sigh. Story of my life for the past 8 years!