Connaught Place by Arunima

Pigeons fly as clouds gather over New Delhi's Connaught Place July 16, 2009. India's monsoon rains were six percent above normal in the week to July 15, rebounding after a prolonged weak patch, the weather office said on Thursday. REUTERS/Buddhika Weerasinghe (INDIA ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS SOCIETY) - RTR25Q0L

People watching in Connaught Place
Chai sutta in hand
(I’m a coffee lover
But what the hell)
And I sit there
Till poison turns to ash.
Delhi is beautiful-
For even in its busy places
There are stops within the crowd
To be hidden from it all.
A handsome guitarist sitting across
Sings a romantic ballad
Shyly looking at me.
He later offers me a light
And I politely deny.
Alas! I’ve had enough musicians
Break my heart,
They’ve been devils of a kind.
Couples around make me uneasy
Perhaps because my man never has the time.

People watching in Connaught Place
More chai- sutta in hand,
It’s as if there’s an invisible wall
Between the ones sitting by the bench
And those who walk fast paced
Under the lights of the glittering market place.
The winter winds blow
I buy another chai
For the child selling balloons
Whose dreams can’t seem to set flight.
Someone asks for a donation
For children’s education
(I was in the mood to pay a bit more).
I chat a little to figure out
If I can get a story tonight
To write about later sometime.

People watching in Connaught Place
Chai-sutta in hand
Some walk right past me,
Some give a judgmental stare.
It’s okay though,
To each their own.
You can think what you want
While I marvel how we’re all together here
Yet so damn alone.

About Surabhi Pandey 291 Articles
A former TV Presenter at Doordarshan Delhi​, Surabhi is the author of 'Nascent Wings' and 'Saturated Agitation'. She is a freelance journalist focused on Lifestyle and Social commentaries. She has been writing in this space for six years. Her work has appeared in numerous media outlets, including the Times of India, YP SG, Lifestyle Collective, Youth Ki Awaaz and Re:ad Poetry among others. She also writes Tech articles that have appeared on Tech Collective, Kr Asia, SBO.SG, SYNC PR, Entrepreneur and e27. She is the founder of The Vent Machine.

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