We were given around 30-40 minutes to perfect our chapters and clear any doubts that we had. We were also informed about the review week and materials that were to be got to class.
We then took examples of a few of our stories and and discussed as to how we, consciously or subconsciously, solved problems we face in the our current lives in our dream city. For example one of the students had solved the problem of population by keeping a tab on the maximum number of people in her which after some questioning we realised she had done subconsciously as she never much liked the amount of unknown people surrounding her in her day to day life. Another student had, consciously though, created a solution free and sustainable mode of transport in her city and another a solution to the water crisis in his.
We spoke about what had triggered our thoughts and why our dream city is the way it is. We were asked to write a short note on this topic after. I personally found this to be very intriguing as I too had done the same without realising. In my six chapters, if not first world problems, I had solved the little inconveniences I faced on a daily basis in my own way.
After a quite a bit of introspection is traced my chapters down to its roots and figured to the best of my knowledge why I had written the stories they way I had. I may not have covered every one of the details but I figured out as much as I could with what I knew.
Chapter 1 – In my first chapter I did not solve any problem as such but I wrote about a tower that touched the stars as it had always been at the back of my mind to go into space or see the world we live in now from the outside. Also as a person who loves heights, I made sure to add a structure that was ‘so high up that it almost touched the stars.’
Chapter 2 – Looking back, I have always been troubled by the chaos and wars caused by difference in religion, cast and creed. A place is truly free only when everyone living accepts and acknowledges the differences in each individual and their beliefs. In this particular chapter I addressed the issue by making the city very religiously and culturally diverse still keeping in mind a sense of freedom that exists only in this city. It is a place that is extremely peaceful despite its differences.
Chapter 3 – A touch of nature is of utmost importance any place I go. This and the effect brick walls have on a place has always made me feel more settled and connected to the atmosphere around. Just a bit of green in a fully closed concrete room can change the entire experience of the place. I also added a bit of logic to the infrastructure in the form of honey combs as one, I find the working of the honeycomb and its structure very interesting and efficient and two, the roads in and around Mumbai are very confusing which made me subconsciously create better infrastructure. I also made sure to not make it too structured as I felt that it’ll make the place too formal and a little mishap here and there gives the city more life ans makes it fun to be in.
Chapter 4 – A city that speaks the truth in terms of its architecture, in my mind, creates a certain sense of beauty. Also a place where the people are always truthful, though might seem ideal, to me sounds a bit hurtful. A little white lie here and there never hurt anyone. I made the people speak nothing but lies as I felt that it will make the city a fun place to live in where in one has ti explore and find the truth for themselves. A person wanting to do places will have to face dead ends and a little adventure before they reach their destination. This to me is very important as I have always loved exploring and finding my way around a city with nothing but my instincts.
Chapter 5 – Confusion dosen’t always have to be a bad experience. In this city it’s all about travelling and new experiences. The idea for this city, I realised, came from my love for travelling. Though I always want to go to places and see the world it is not really possible with my current status in terms of work, surroundings, finances, etc. This city lets those who want to travel the world truly see places without actually having to go. It not only helps those who want to travel achieve their life goal but also gives the person a bit on excitement when it comes to seeing which city they are going to enter next or what happened to the one they just crossed.
Chapter 6 – As a person not much for communism or capitalism as such, I didn’t create a city where everyone was equal nor did I create one with corruption. Though there is monopoly in the city, I do not really support the system which is why I made sure to create one where there is also peace and security. I also mentioned that though it is one of the richest cities, majority of the wealth is owned my two of the richest families similar to the current state of India as I have always felt that there is a need for labour and if very one is equally rich the functioning of the city will completely collapse.