There is a collective sadness in Mumbai. A huzun. In the building across, an old couple sits near the grilled window, sipping their tea, while their clothes on the line flutter in the wind, promising two more days until they will finally dry off. A milkman makes his rounds, playing around with his cycle bell. I play old blue songs on Saavn and we are all sad. The sun is out and it is drizzling. Don’t expect to see a rainbow, because the buildings are too high and too many and there is no terrace or open balconies where you live.
Little Sparrow. Hi.
We named you Bhondumal, remember? It means, “an idiot”.
That was because you flew right into our ceiling fan.
Come let me show you my home. The home I am going to bring down and plant a new one in its place.
I tried to work the TV today.
No, not rewire it or something. The TV has been switched off for some months now and trying to work it, is a bi-annual ritual we perform.
You don’t know me. I am the person who comes to you once in a while, scoops you up, ruffles your hair, coos at you and goes away. But it’s more than that. I know you. And I know what it means to have you around. And so many of you at that.
November is dawning. My favourite time of the year. Not because it’s Diwali or Christmas.
Because it’s winters.
Tyger Tyger. Tiger in the Tunnel. Project Tiger. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.
I have read them all. And yet, my favourite remains a children’s book, back from my childhood. “The tiger who came to tea”.
So I am basically going to talk about today. Its not interesting.
It rains when good people die.
The skies are crying, they say.
I first stepped into school in 2001 in senior K.G. I hated going to that school, or any school for that matter. I despised the big open gardens, the cozy classrooms and the beautiful teachers smiling sweetly down at me.
Just like any other kid, my 5-year old brain searched for excuses. Groping for anything in the dark dreams of school corridors.
What came my way was a fairly reasonable excuse- which I believed would convince my parents to reconsider their actions of sending me to school which was half-an-hour away from home. The previous school had been mere 5-minutes away. I complained of the long distance.
“It is so hot in the afternoon on the scooter. I feel hungry half-way. I get so bored!” I bickered persistently.
But you know how parents are.