Sunday, September 24, 2006

clean-up

Reached the airport hours earlier, for one reason and another. Then, the flight was delayed.

An old lady, bright, smiling eyes, tip-top English accent came and sat down beside me. She was going home to meet her 89 year old father.

She'd grown up in Colaba, when the fire brigade workers came every evening to wash down the roads. She said, Mumbai was so dirty now, the Muslims from the Middle East had come, and made everything a mess.

I couldn't quite see the connection. But was too sleepy, and as usual, too polite and tongue-tied to comment. Felt like a fool, for hours afterwards.

3 comments:

Indeterminacy said...

I've heard it man times from many different people.

(place) is so dirty now, the (nationality) from the (other place) had come, and made everything a mess.

It was always a different statement, because the places and names changed. I think only the person who said it was the same.

Space Bar said...

hey batul,

how are you doing? long time...

Space Bar said...

batul, just mailed you but it bounced. i don't seem to ahve any other id. will you mail me on my blog id giving me an address? need to mail you asap...