En Route

An shot of ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Delhi.

So, I was here early morning.
Just arrived.
Waiting for my bus.
The hustle-bustle no less than the pre-pandemic times.
Same struggles, same delays.
My gaze went around,
saw nothing but that same liveliness.
But it’s masked now.
As if attempting to contain seamless within.
A mere restriction.
A collective-psyche obligation.
Not to prevent.
Not to cause.
But just there , for the sake of it.
Dogs streaking in and out of the human lines,
unarmed with the man-made device .
Still roaming,
just looking for a morsel.
Mouthing the unkempt, strayed bins.
A simple life
with yet simple struggles.

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