October 22, 2014

Crossroads of the world!

It’s bright. IT’s shiny.  It’s loud. It’s Times Square. It’s an assault on the senses. It’s like being inside a loud television. And it can be completely enticing and overwhelming for tourist or newcomer that sets foot in it.

I landed up at Times Square (actually, I pretty much planned to “land up” since I was in town anyway) the day the Indian Prime Minister was speaking at Madison Square Garden.  I wasn’t sure what to expect really. An Indian Prime Minister was speaking to a packed Madison Square Garden (capacity 18,000), everyone was talking about it and the speech was going to be broadcasted in Times Square.

 
As I reached Times Square, it wasn’t hard to spot the screen where the speech would be telecast.  As I know now, the speech was shown on one of the screens on One Times Square, a 25 storey skyscraper and the focal point of the Times Square (Did you know that it is supposedly one of the most precious, possibly expensive advertising locations in the world?!)

 

A tiny island (more like a demarcated area at the base of the building) right below the screen had been taken over by Indians in the USA. There were tourists, NRIs, students. There were Indian news crews and journalists standing by to take interviews. There were people carrying and waving India’s flag, women all dressed up, people wearing clothes in the colours of the Indian tricolour and I am pretty sure I saw a couple with the Indian flag painted on their cheek.