Thursday, July 24, 2008
City of People: Night Basketballers
Text and picture by Eki Qushay Akhwan
Above all else, a city, I think, is about people. Buildings, streets, cars, and trains are just the accessories. Without people, all the material things only make a dead city. The essence of a city is POEPLE: their happiness and sorrow, their work and trades, their walks and games are the things that make a city beats.
In the past fourty days or so, you have been walking Bandung with me, looking at some of its notable material existence; but then, without knowing its people, I don't think you have yet felt the heartbeat of the city they way I and its many others residents do. So, in the next few posts, I'm going to introduce them to you, in candid, unedited, and unobstructed snapshots that will, hopefully, get you in touch with the very thing that makes the city so lovable to many despite its many shortcomings.
Allow me to begin with these night basketballers on Braga Street.