it is interesting to note how the lines between commerce / economy, religion - or rather religious sentiments are being exploited by vested interests.
i noticed a few new constructions coming up in my neighborhood.
one is a big arch at the entrance of a narrow side road - leading to a small temple. the arch has been growing steadily and now stands as a tall concrete structure with painted figurines on the pillars.
another is an empty [again concrete] shell coming up on a storm water drain! yes standing on a narrow stretch between the drain and a compountd wall, the structure extends over the drain as well.
i am sure that this will become a very popular temple and soon encroach upon as much of land in the neighborhood as possible.
this is not the first such example. i have seen at least two other such 'enterprises' that have occupied space in playgrounds.
all these in areas where there are already many small temples very close. in one of the large land grabbing cases nearby, along with the hutments, two temples also came up.
wonder where the money for all this comes from.
with even a portion of that spent towards improving the storm water drain [which is always clogged during the monsoon] or the street surface, life would be much better for the local residents.