While Anna Hazare lies on his makeshift bed on the stage of the Ramlila Ground — waiting for the deadlock on the Jan Lokpal Bill to end — the wait for his supporters (praying that all goes well) sometimes tends to get a bit telling.
Passing the time at the protest site is easier said than done. Come rain or scorching sun, standing or sitting at one place and shouting the same slogans for the whole day is not easy, even in groups.
To keep protesters engaged, there is a constant supply of songs and limericks about the fight against corruption.
Otherwise, there are speeches by various guests who pledge their support on stage. But sometimes even that gets monotonous.
At such times, food comes to the rescue. The Ramlila Ground hosts a variety of food items for protesters — from countless knick-knacks to lunches — all free of cost courtesy benevolent donors. Little packets of Parle-G biscuits are ubiquitous.
"It takes a lot of energy to keep shouting slogans all day. Thankfully, there are eatables easily available throughout the ground for us to our energy levels high," said Sukhdev Singh from Sangam Vihar.
For the seriously hungry, there is chholey-chawal and puri-aloo in abundance at stalls inside and also in packets distributed outside. Giving sound-bytes to TV cameras and "performing" the slogans in groups when the cameras pan and tilt towards them, is also the chief occupation of the groups. When the cameras are on them, everyone's opinion matters.
Eventually, though, it keeps coming back to food. "Since Anna is fasting, it is up to us to keep the fight on whole day, and that's why we need to eat," said Puneet Singh, a Delhi University student, drinking a lemon-flavoured drink.