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Delhiwale: Of letters and numbers

Sitting on his rickshaw’s passenger seat on a humid afternoon, a Jungpura rickshaw-puller is busy writing something on a yellow piece of paper.

delhi Updated: Jul 03, 2017 12:05 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
The man has rolled up his grey trousers and his white vest up his stomach. He is writing on a yellow piece of paper with a blue Reynolds ballpoint pen.
The man has rolled up his grey trousers and his white vest up his stomach. He is writing on a yellow piece of paper with a blue Reynolds ballpoint pen.(Mayank Austen Soofi / HT Photo)

He is writing.

One afternoon, we come across a rickshaw-puller in central Delhi’s Jangpura. He is sitting on his rickshaw’s passenger seat. It is humid. The man has rolled up his grey trousers and his white vest up his stomach. He is writing on a yellow piece of paper with a blue Reynolds ballpoint pen.

Perhaps the rickshaw-puller is writing a letter to his wife. His wife might be living in a village, a two-night train journey away from Delhi. He may be inquiring about her and their children’s health. The rickshaw-puller will probably post this letter later in the day. It will reach his wife by next week: One late morning, the village postman will stop outside her home and hand over the precious envelope.

As we come closer to the rickshaw-puller, we discover that he has simply written the following: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0.

Looking up, he grins and throws the piece of paper away.