Dimple Virginker Wagle a Goan, a teacher, a theater professional now on a sabbatical to nurture her two kids, who made Powai her home for last 9 years, agreed to let us interview her on her life in Powai. Check out this tongue in cheek interview to know what she thinks about Powai and the promises it holds.
1. How long have you been living in Powai? And why did you decide to make Powai as you home?
Nine years to be precise.My husband works in BKC,so an agent from Andheri brought us here to show us some MHADA flats and that rainy July day as we passed thru HG,I wished I could afford to rent a place here.And lo behold ,one fell into our lap the very next week.Then I got greedy and wished I could own a flat in HG ,and lo behold again,within a year we found one(Ofcourse my husband who has to work out and work for the finances wont give the same version)
2. Can you share some of your experiences of living in Powai, right from the day you selected the property, till today? How has Powai changed in your opinion?
When we first shifted here I would take my baby in a pram all over the place and we would be greeted by enthusiastic senior citizens on their walk and glanced at by jogging dudes.Six years later when the other baby came we tried hard manoeuvering the pram amidst honking cars,bikes on the wrong side of the road and irritable pedestrians,till me and my daughter decided we were better off on the lawns of the various parks.Earlier it wasn`t congested so,the commercial blocks were much less .But now the race seems to make it the fanciest concrete jungle at the cost of community welfare
I wish there was a community hall or auditorium where we could have major plays,dance performances,a place which was seeped in creativity,where one could expect workshops in various fields for kids and adults,a place where like minded people could work together to add colour to life ,to chill and nothing like it if a well-equipped library too was thrown in.Inshallah…
4. What do you think is the biggest advantage of living in Powai ? And what to do you think is the single most disadvantage of living here in Powai?
Powai lies between the Central and Western routes,is well connected by public transport,and is self-sufficient with hospitals,malls and schools(vying with each other to make us bankrupt without good reason).There is still some greenery around with a lake to give that added natural environ touch.And ofcourse one can hope the winds blowing from the IIT campus will suitably effect one`s offspring:P
The disadvantage is the terrible roads ,which are not an exception in Mumbai and the ever worsening traffic scene.Sometimes the distance from places like Prithvi,happening Bandra,town etc can be a dampener.
5. Can you tell us something about yourself?
Iam a proud Goan,who has now settled in Mumbai via NewDelhi.I had been teaching in Delhi and Mumbai before I took a sabbatical to be a full time mum.I used to do theatre and also conduct workshops for youngsters.I dig good books,movies,plays and conversations with friends over coffee,besides a tumble and play with my kids.Before the younger one came i did volunteer my services at a couple of NGO`s.But at herat I like to work with kids or sit and listen to people unburden their woes
6. What do you think about this initiative of www.powai.info ? Do you think you can contribute to this website and help get Powai connected?
The name itself is a puller,since one can immediately connect to anything related to one`s dwelling place.The amount of info is exhaustive and so are the aesthetics.I could contribute maybe if the paycheck is laden with enough zeroes in the right places;).But on a more serious note probably yes.
7. What would you like to see in www.powai.info – in terms of Content (what kind of articles, photographs, news stories, important info) and in terms of Design (Looks, colours, interactivity-ease of use)
Well you guys are already doing a good job.But maybe a little daily column which at the end of a tired day one looks forward to,some hope inspiring,some touching pieces to feel alive and good.Well its just a suggestion and maybe something for that worked up un-noticed mother and her kids.Oops