Who were they?
It wasn’t the security guard in my office, who said “no problem saar, namma mane hattira ide “( i live nearby)when asked if he needed help getting home.
It wasn’t the 3 people riding on one motorbike on airport road who said “aa kade hogbedi, galate agta ide”(there’s rioting in that direction, don’t go) when one was waiting to take a turn from airport road onto the inner ring road.
It wasn’t the couple who run the small grocery shop on the ground floor of my apartment complex.
It wasn’t the man at the pizza chain who informed me that “we are closed today because of law and order problems”.
It wasn’t the autorickshaw drivers who were haggling with a passenger over the fare.
It wasn’t the cable TV operator who told me that he didn’t want to invite trouble by showing “entertainment” channels.
Not the man who runs the small eatery who was apologetically saying “sir, aaj sukhi sabzi khatam hogaya, aap ko to pata hoga hain city mein kya haal hain…”
So who were these people?