Soccer fever will grip some of us temporarily. I came across these pictures and suddenly thought with Bangalore’s shrinking open spaces and playgrounds becoming totally unavailable for recreational facilities, soccer in the future might be played like how it is shown in this picture.
It is really worrying parents that children remain indoors and become obese and get addicted to TV or Computers. If the kids do come out and play, people complain about children obstructing traffic movement or broken window panes. The reason for both complaints is the lack of playgrounds in the city. Builders concentrate on formation of more and more apartment blocks, ignoring the basic necessity of playgrounds for children and elders as well. As a result, open space in the city is shrinking day by day.
Playgrounds become totally unavailable for recreational facilities at least for a couple of months in a year, barring the rainy season. During the Ganesha festival, they become the venues to install the idol and conduct various programmes. When there is a public meeting, playgrounds are taken over. During Deepavali, playgrounds are the place to sell firecrackers. (Malleswaram grounds comes to mind immediately.)
What lovely time the kids will have if the corporation bothers to provide a playground in every layout.