Alien City

The designed city , modern , cool , convenient
The concrete coldness of Le Corbusier
We well knew for whom Chandigarh was meant
We did not know how we would fit in there

The older stone so honey-warm hand- carved
Traditional mud bricks and old rustic tiles
Where culture was organic hearts un- starved
Cities that grew with time for miles and miles

The sense of history gets a rude shock
Huge beehives hang uncleaned from pillars tall
A city where the main garden is rock
A city where the common man feels small

Pretentious hand- shaped city , a French fake
Built tellingly next to a man- made lake

( ASA )

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