On Dust Cloud #9

India Today - - UPFRONT -

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.

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