February 01, 2009
A day of an American in India
This following is a guest post, authored by Dave Prager, a New Yorker who lives Delhi with Jenny and who blogs at Our Delhi Struggle. Thank you, Dave! (All previous co-bloggers archived here.) If other creative types are interested to share the forum here on any other topic, please contact me for details
We look across the street - an orange-clad sadhu has parked his painted sacred cow in front of the house across the street, and won’t leave until he gets some money. He does this every day. I get into my taxi. Jenny gets into her autorickshaw. And off we go to work, fighting traffic and pollution (ha!) and, in my case, construction of Delhi’s above-ground metro as I pass the ruins of former shopping malls.
At work, we don’t make our own photocopies or get our own water; there are guys who are hired to do that for us. They’re called "peons". Seriously.
After lunch, me and Dipankar get tea from a sidewalk chai wallah. He crunches spices and ginger with a rock, and throws it in the boiling milk. Then it’s back to work. When I get frustrated, I rely on the magic phrase: “Do one thing.” It works - try it!
Then I fight the traffic and the tollbooth back home. If our maid has come, I eat food like you could only dream. If she hasn’t, then we’re off for south Indian food, or heading to our market , or just patronizing the sidewalk omelette maker.
As the night cools off, we switch on our electric heaters - Delhi is cold this time of year. The horns stop honking, replaced by the comforting sound of the night: the chowkidar blowing his whistle, letting you know that everything’s OK.
Wonderful! Thanks again, Dave.
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Tracked on Feb 8, 2009 10:28:50 AM
Nice Blog man, funny and interesting
Posted by: 88 India at Apr 28, 2009 2:19:17 AM