Our last day of the vacation was in Kuala Lumpur. We began the day visiting the Petronas Towers. It was a Sunday, and all the tours to the top were booked, so we had to be content seeing the malls at the base. We then visited Little India and nearby China Town for some last-minute shopping scan.
KL airport is 62 kms from the city centre. We covered the distance in about 40 minutes. It was a Sunday so there wasn’t much traffic. But there is an elaborate network of expressways that connect the city to the airport. I shudder to think what will happen when our unimaginative planners get around to building the new Mumbai airport near Panvel. The travel to the airport may take longer than the flight out.
Landing in Mumbai reminded me of the distance we have to travel as a nation. A couple flights had arrived at the same time, and there were no trolleys. No one seemed interested in making them available. Worse, even the just arrived passengers had resigned themselves to moving the bags by hand. When our expectations were so low, how will we transform our nation?