Monthly Archives: April 2013

Delhi is a city of chance encounters
spawned by the failure of public transport.

Along the city’s extensive roadways,
strangers hang onto each other like lovers,

reaching out for reassurance 
whenever the bus hits a bump;
harried commuters come together

to hire autorickshaws that charge per trip
rather than per person;
a gaggle of sleep-deprived passengers
exchange notes over cups of tea
as they discuss the repercussions of delays
at the railway station.

-Aman Sethi in A Free Man