pink city blues
The Pink City of Jaipur is decked with lots of colors besides pink.
The pink that makes Jaipur famous which appears on its original buildings, are indeed a site of architectural beauty to see. It’s a history page in real life. While, a temporary resident of Jaipur for some days, I enjoyed the pastime of watching people in the foreground: pedaling bikes, buying flowers, making chai, and eating chloe khuche, sev puri and momos – these were some of my favorites.
Amidst this all, there are men and women standing, looking and waiting. For what? Everything. And everyone. As I was waiting for a chai with a roll of bread, I also saw this man waiting. I wondered how many times he’d come here, how many chai’s had he sipped in his lifetime. I also wondered, where he’d been before now -at nearly 10 in the morning- looking well worked and ready for a hot chai break.
He didn’t speak English.
I didn’t speak Hindi.
Our hand gestures were friendly colloquy, communicating approval, a thumbs up by me and then a concurrent exchange of wide raised eyes of delight. Now, we accented the pink city, impressed with the rosy brown contents inside our disposable mortar wares.