Friday, September 30, 2011

Thousands of people

Out side the Jama Masjid is teeming with people. Shoppers. Worshippers. Pray-ers. Sellers. Beggars. Cyclers. Sitters. Standers. Loiterers.
Hundreds--thousands--in a rather small area.

For this small-town girl new to India and Delhi, the Jama Masjid was one of my first and most overwhelming stops.
I remember thinking (yes, as incoherently as it sounds): "People, there are so many people. Stop touching me. They are drinking that water! Everyone is looking at me. He has no arm. I need to sit down."

The masjid holds 25,000. This many people could easily be found in the surrounding streets and alleyways.

That's my hometown multiplied by six.

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