Friday, August 05, 2005

delhi. bombay. auto. rains.

one of a series of strange/wonderful conversations i've been having with autorickshaw drivers in delhi last month -



- aaj to dhanda hi kharaab ho gaya. itni baarish mein koi niklega hi nahin.
- par kam se kam garmi to khatam hui.
- arre itne main garmi khatam kahaan hogi. uske liye to poore ek din
baarish hone padegi. dhanda kharrab hoga par theek se thanda to hoga.
- poore din baarish hui to kahin mumbai waala haal to naheen ho jaayega?
- mumbai waala haal ho to accha hai. sab saale dilli chhod ghar bhag
jaayenge. dilli khaali ho jaayegi.

a long pause, some conversation about why bihar hasn't seen floods this
year, but bombay has. then -
- aap kahaan se hain?
- mathura.

translation -

- this has just ruined business today. who's going to travel in this rain?
- but at least the heat's gone down.
- oh, this won't end the heat. for that it needs to rain for one full day. business will be ruined but at least it will cool down properly.
- if it rains all day we might have a Mumbai like situation.
- a Mumbai like situation would be good. Everyone will leave Delhi and run away home. Delhi will be empty.

a long pause, some conversation about why bihar hasn't seen floods this
year, but bombay has. then -
- where are you from?
- mathura.

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