Friday, December 16, 2005



Walking along Marine Drive in the cool, almost-light hours.

I'm walking next to two silver-haired gentlemen. Both walk a little can tell that their knees are acting up.

I'm not close enough to hear their animated conversation, but as I walk past them, one of them bursts into song. The song? 'Kajraare kajraare' - the saucy, sexy, 'item' song from the movie 'Bunty Aur Babli'.

Old ladies, walking slowly with their prayer beads in hand. Young men and women, jogging carefully, dodging around the walkers, teenagers racing each other.

Everyone look...and smile. He stops his song, and responds with a sheepish grin.

No one breaks their step, but we're all stepping a little lighter now.

Good morning Mumbai.

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