Thursday, August 27, 2009

Evening life in Delhi

Kartik is the most disappointed guy today because he was planning to buy a nice dress for both himself and for Tina. Rishabh tells him to calm down and get the shopping done after 2 days when the salary will come.

Around 6 p.m., Alok comes to our house and very diplomatically asks about our salary thing. We just tell him that it is deferred for another 2 days. He seems very disappointed as well as he was hoping to get the rent for the new month. We assure him of giving the rent after 2 days.
Rishabh gets the phone call from Patna. His cousin Ajay is getting married on the 18th. They all want Rishabh to come and attend the marriage, as Rishabh is the guy who brings the dancing masti…to all the marriages in his family. Rishabh also is excited to attend the marriage after getting the pay cheque so that he will spend the money coolly in Patna. Rishabh gets the train ticket booked for the 15th and return for 20th. Meanwhile, in the household tolerating Maninderjeet is getting unbearable for Rishabh. This sardar is so short-tempered that he often blasts Subhash for nothing, and Subhash being a simple girlish guy does not even dare to respond to him. Kartik and Rahul enjoy watching Subhash getting blasted by Mani. Rishabh does not like this at all but he does not want to get into this unless until the first pay cheque comes and then he is planning to move out of the house and live separately. The 2 long days pass and finally comes the next promised salary day.
Spending evenings in any colony of Delhi is a different experience than any other cities in India. One can enjoy a feast of street foods along with serious bird watching with lots of love stories getting developed into one of the Monday bazaar or any other day bazaar that every colony of Delhi boasts of. A lot of love blossoms in the chola bhatura reri at one of those bazaars. Frequenting the Monday bazaar has become the favorite pastimes for these five guys along with Tina, as Tina also spends most of her evenings with these five guys only to go back to YWCA in the late night accompanied by Kartik. Rishabh’s pocket is getting thinner with each passing day and he is eagerly waiting for tomorrow, the next salary day. To save money, Rishabh has curtailed his fags to only 5 a day a now from a pack a day, but still finding it difficult to maintain 5 a day now with his purse getting nearly empty. Rishabh has only a 50 rupees note left now in his pocket and nothing in his suitcase. Kartik was not feeling well that day, so he requests Rishabh to accompany Tina to her hostel that day as it was already 9 in the night. On other days, it would have been a great evening for Rishabh, but this evening with only 50 rupees in his purse, he really wanted to say no but he himself did not want Tina go alone in the night to C.P., so he just nods and takes Tina with him to the bus stand.

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