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Times they are changing .....

Mumbai Mirror has a nostalgic and insightful article by Mayak Shekhar on the changing face of Patna. He ruminates over his visit to Patna and the new changing face of the state and how the state has got its act together despite facing the ignominy of backwardness and crime.

Waking up Sunday morning to screaming newspaper headlines about a delicately balanced hope of what Bihar could achieve from Anand Mahindra’s visit (he’s the new hero to Patna; Ratan Tata had left the week before), told me that things may actually be changing here, slowly though. A classified ad on the inside pages, for a forthcoming Rakhee Sawant concert, told me that change may not be as slow.

Over the weekend, we’d walked around a mall; been to bars, early evenings, with women friends;been cheated by cabbies and ‘chanawalas’… And I had heard my friends from Bangalore, Delhi and Bombay suggest, “It’s much better than we thought it would be.” If it gets better, we all know how that can save Mumbai or Delhi of a lot of urban burden too.

I just can’t help recalling the lines of famous Bob Dylan song

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call ,Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

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