Shillong, Meghalaya, India, 2010

"For an evening respite, I often peer over the balcony railings. The street starts pulsating with life yet again. From that height, men from various walks of life returning from work seem reduced to minute mobile specks on a patchwork of pitch-black and dwindling green. The view of the irregular pattern of dots worming along, in some queer way comes as a reassurance. Indeed after all the hardships through the day, the city is reunited when men from myriad walks of life, set their feet on the same road during homecoming. At the fag end of the day, when the aforementioned mechanic proclaims the wrap-up of his day’s business I hear the signature droning for one last time but only this time, the tedium of its timbre is at sync with my languor. Before my vision starts to blur and sleep sets in, I find myself praying that the next day colorful drapes would remain carefully parted to let sunlight luxuriantly stream in through the eastern window. I would wake up to a new day full of newer possibilities. My city life indeed comes full circle."  

Literaria, 2012: English Academy Magazine, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata

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