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Location: Mumbai, India


Friday, December 30, 2005


Bought a couplet from a little boy
selling shayari;
“Didi, listen, this will make you

very happy”, he said.
I listened greedily as the beautiful

lines washed over me.

When he held out a

grubby palm for his payment,
I clutched it tightly

the note within.
How much for a forever supply?

I mouthed inwardly.

His smile slipped, his
eyes fell silent;

don’t you know,
he seemed to say,
as he wriggled out of my
grasp, there is
no such thing


Travelette 1 - Sheik Salim Chisti’s Dargah, Fatehpur Sikri. November 2005.

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