On Dust Cloud #9
Bryan Adams, whatever they may think of him elsewhere, must know he’ll always have ardent fans in India. It’s the sort of love that makes a man willing to see the best in his surroundings, to always look on the bright side of life. So Adams, after playing another triumphant show in Gurugram, posted a photo on Instagram. If “you look carefully”, wrote Adams (though in truth you don’t have look that carefully, it’s staring you in the face), “you can see my shadow silhouetted in the dust and smoke of the venue over the audience. I’ve never seen that before”. Ah, Bryan concluded, “magical India”. Perhaps Adams had never seen that before because almost nowhere in the world is as smoggy as parts of the National Capital Region. The effect is extraordinary. Eerie. But the pollution that makes the photo possible is rather more tragic than it is magic.