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15-Oct-2005

October 15th, 2005

15 th October 2005

 

Surprise of surprise! I see Mishraji, the candy man, back at Byculla Station. Today Byculla Station appears like home because Mishraji is an important feature of my experience at Byculla Station.

 

Mishraji was away to his village. From what Suresh Kumar, the shoeshine man informed me, Mishraji would not turn up before Diwali. Mishraji came back owing to an emergency at the station.

 

You have lost weight Mishraji.

Really? Well, I must tell you that in the city, when you stand in the shade, you may become a fair complexion person but you have no real strength, takat . But in the village, you get tanned in the sun, and you gain strength because the air and water there are different. So don’t go by appearances.

 

I admit to Mishraji that I was missing his presence at the station all these days. I don’t know what happens when one confesses these vulnerabilities and needs. I am not sure how Mishraji will take it.

 

I saw someone like you yesterday at the station. Was it you?

It was indeed me. And I amazed how I can get watched in the flurry of crowds. Mishraji and people working on the station must have some eyes to watch and mark!

 

Mishraji and I talk for a while. We speak about Masterjee (TC) and about Ramzaan.

 

It is good that both the festivals (Eid and Diwali) have coincided this time. Otherwise one comes before or after another.

 

He asks me about writing poetry, my job and education.

 

When you have back-up support, you don’t have to worry about jobs. But it is when you have no support, when you are compelled to work on your own, that’s when you feel stuck. Compulsion ties you down. Then there is no freedom, he says to me when I tell him that I don’t like settled jobs to work into.

 

Mishraji has his own philosophies in life. Hopefully, someday, I will write a story on him as well and he will become another character, historicized in the gamut of the everyday!!!

xanga

  1. October 17th, 2005 at 02:20 | #1

    I used to travel via Byculla Station when I was reeeeally small . ( my school was nearby ). It is a v quaint building isn’t it ?

  2. October 18th, 2005 at 06:50 | #2

    Dear Zainab,

    i have been reading your mails for few days aout city spaces. i too live in
    city (kolhapur, Maharashtra) but we are different from mumbai, totally
    different. An example could be found in various aspects, local trains one of
    them.
    I have been working on performing spaces in urban area like kolhapur. With
    the advent of technology and digital media, the spaces and intentions of
    these traditional narratives have been hijacked by urban spaces diverting
    towards different destinations. The destinations have changed contexts,
    priorities, social distinctions in newly accepted framework, its internal
    cohesion, assertive identity and questions of survival. The vast developing
    and migrating middle class is trapped in the duality of material consumerism
    and spiritual consumerism. If bazaars, malls, mobiles are destined to be
    former, attending ritual performances of traditional ‘past’ suckles them
    towards spiritual consumerism. The performances are appropriated and their
    innate intentionality is diverted towards socially and aesthetically
    different destinations. They are overshadowed by local collectives,
    commercial companies, business interests, political parties and after all,
    growing irrelevance that have highly repudiated motives of traditional
    performances.
    I found your idea intersting of observing Mumbai from different
    perspective. I wish I could join you. Please let me know if you are walking
    sometimes in November.

    Ashutosh Potdar, klp_adital@sancharnet.in

  3. October 18th, 2005 at 06:51 | #3

    Dear Zainab,

    i have been reading your mails for few days aout city spaces. i too live in
    city (kolhapur, Maharashtra) but we are different from mumbai, totally
    different. An example could be found in various aspects, local trains one of
    them.
    I have been working on performing spaces in urban area like kolhapur. With
    the advent of technology and digital media, the spaces and intentions of
    these traditional narratives have been hijacked by urban spaces diverting
    towards different destinations. The destinations have changed contexts,
    priorities, social distinctions in newly accepted framework, its internal
    cohesion, assertive identity and questions of survival. The vast developing
    and migrating middle class is trapped in the duality of material consumerism
    and spiritual consumerism. If bazaars, malls, mobiles are destined to be
    former, attending ritual performances of traditional ‘past’ suckles them
    towards spiritual consumerism. The performances are appropriated and their
    innate intentionality is diverted towards socially and aesthetically
    different destinations. They are overshadowed by local collectives,
    commercial companies, business interests, political parties and after all,
    growing irrelevance that have highly repudiated motives of traditional
    performances.
    I found your idea intersting of observing Mumbai from different
    perspective. I wish I could join you. Please let me know if you are walking
    sometimes in November.

    Ashutosh Potdar

  4. October 21st, 2005 at 10:48 | #4

    hiii:) , some people like mishra jii move at a speed far slow than us,yet doing the same amount of work ,thus i guess they manage 2 be more attentive then we r!!