Once-sleepy Bhubaneswar is transforming itself. The roads have a steady trickle of traffic even late in the evening. Shiny new malls have sprung up. And during our journey to the hotel from the station last evening we followed a flatbed truck which moved slowly in front of us. Some men were cutting a cake on top of it. Pedestrians followed the truck hungrily, though it was unclear how the cake would be distributed from the moving truck. All this was to mark the launch of a new radio station which calls itself Choklate FM.
Today's morning paper has a story on how residents are "chilling out with branded goods" in the city. Another says magic is "fast becoming a career option" in the city. "If a person takes magic seriously as a career," says a magician quoted in the story, "there is great scope for growth". The smallest story in the paper is about fresh polling at 25 booths in Orissa - Bhubaneswar is its main city - today. Polls were disrupted at these booths last month due to Maoist violence, ballot stuffing and voting machine glitches. But Bhubaneswar has moved on.