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Airbrush the city

entertainment Updated: May 24, 2010 13:35 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times
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Some of our fashion designers have lent their creativity in making city’s cycle

rickshaws

bright and stylish. Of course, by looking at them, it is evident that while some have tried to get really creative, others haven’t gone beyond what a local painter probably would have done! Nevertheless, it’s an attempt to make the city’s streets look more colourful.



With the Commonwealth Games just a few weeks away, I wonder whether we can do more to make Delhi more appealing to the expected guests. The first point of their entry to the city, for instance, will be the Immigration. A smart uniform for immigration officials and a smarter way of clearing visitors after a long flight will be a great idea. Same should be the case with the rest of the airport staff, except the customs… They look smart enough in their whites, I think.



Once outside the airport, the long line of dirty, battered cabs and their drivers in shabby clothing must also change. It will be a good idea for our designers to lend their creativity to make the cabs look nice and colourful with neat interiors and the drivers donning something smart. The city’s autorickshaws and their drivers must also get a makeover.



Same should be done to our cops as well. Khaki, for me, is the most barbaric colour for our cops. A smart navy blue uniform with training for them on how to ‘politely’ deal with the public will be just great.



Of course, for all these things to happen, the right kind of designer is a must. Someone who is creative enough to understand the real requirements. A half-hearted attempt will not do. And if the government doesn’t have enough funds, perhaps some of our business houses can pitch in.