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Views from the Hotel Window
I am staying in a fancy business hotel with my family. My hubby and children are still sleeping under plush blankets covered in a white pinstriped duvet cover. The air conditioner settings has been turned to 20 degrees so that we can all snuggle under the bedcovers together.
A peek out of my window shows me another family. Two of them, seems like. Two children or a mother and child, are snuggled together under a dark blue sheet on a cart. The elderly grandmother is sleeping on the sidewalk. I think she is sleeping on a plastic sheet since the sheet has no wrinkles on it. She has nothing covering her other than her sari. Somehow I think she possesses no other clothes.
There are more people covered head to toe under a green and white printed cloth on another cart. There are a few - maybes 4/5 steel bowls near their feet. I think theses are their only material possessions other than the clothes they wear and cover themselves with.
Two street dogs have come by. They are repeatedly crossing under the carts with sleeping people. I hope the dogs do not pee on the wheels of the carts.
People on the streets are so innovative. I just saw a person put one cart over the other and hitch both of them onto a scooter. Then the scooter punched off with the two carts in tow
A man- more of a boy actually, with matted, shoulder length hair is walking around with a white plastic gunny sack over his shoulder. He is wearing a collared shirt and black full pants. I can not figure out the colour of his shirt. Was it originally white and is now dark patchy grey- or is it a dark grey shirt that has faded in in patches? He stoops and picks up something off the grounds every so often. When his hands become full he places the sack on the ground, opens it and puts the contents of his hands into the sack. Perhaps he is collecting plastic off the streets. Or is it glass?
The person who I thought was a grandmother has woken up. She is a child of maybe 10-12. What I thought was a sari, was actually her covering. She has just gone to the cart with green and white covers to snuggle with whoever is under that cloth.
There are two barefoot children wearing clean clothes playing with a once red cycle with training wheels. They have tied a rope to the handle of the cycle. One of them sits on the cycle. And the other pulls him and the cycle for a few feet. Then they try to make a U turn. While making the turn, the cycle often overturns and drops its rider. They get up. Sit on the cycle again and try again.
Most of the inhabitants of the cart are up now. There is a man with 4 children aged 5-12 perhaps. Some more are still under the covers.
I need to go. My kids are feeling hungry. We need to go for our lavish breakfast buffet at the riverside restaurant.
17/11/2022 09:27:20 am
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