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Delhiwale: Mr Ali’s own caravanserai

Muhammed Ali’s tricycle is sight to behold. Ali lives in this tricycle which is stacked with everything from plants to soap box and radio.

delhi Updated: Jul 21, 2017 13:00 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
Mayank Austen Soofi
Hindustan Times
Delhi news,Delhi wale,caravanserai
Muhammed Ali with his tricycle in Mehrauli.(Mayank Austen Soofi / HT Photo)

It’s his whole world.

Muhammed Ali’s tricycle has an umbrella, a bundle of blankets, plastic roses, fresh marigold flowers, a steel trunk, a plastic mug, used mineral water bottles, towels, a soap box, and a radio.

Sorry, we forgot to mention half-a-dozen flower pots.

“I also have my books on the prophet,” says Mr Ali. “They are in the trunk.”

We meet Mr Ali one rainy evening in Mehrauli. He is sitting on his tricycle, parked on the pavement under a tree. Mr Ali, who is in his thirties, lives in this vehicle. We notice his crutches lying in front of the seat.

He spends his day pedalling around the city’s Sufi shrines. Arranging peacock feathers behind his seat, he grows sombre at the mention of his parents. They live in a village in Bangladesh. “I left them five years ago... I ran away from home... I wanted to visit Khwaja Gharib Nawaz,” he says, referring to the Sufi shrine of Ajmer in Rajasthan.

He tells us he got the tricycle for free from “sarkar” (the government).

Absent-mindedly playing with the vehicle’s pink horn, Mr Ali says, “Sometimes I think of my parents and I feel sad, but then I ask for God’s forgiveness. After all, I’m living in the city of Sufis and have everything I need in life. I should never feel unhappy.”

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 09:54 IST