India's most crowded metropolis has two faces-
Over 20 million residents crowded into an island city. When resources are scarce and people have to jostle for every inch of space, it takes very little for the ugly "Don't Touch" face to reveal itself. Tempers are short, the smallest things trigger an utterly unnecessary response, people fight over the most trivial matters, and you have no way of predicting how someone will respond to something totally innocent.
And yet, this is the city that attracts more migrants every year than the population of a mid-sized town in the US or England. This is the city where, even if you don't make your millions, you make enough to feed yourself and your family. This is the city that people escape to when faced with starvation in their villages, and however pathetic the conditions they are forced to live in, few return to their villages.
Also, both statements are in English- the language of the colonists who built the city adn made her great, but the language which is now being sought to be kicked out of the city.
On a different note, Faith Pray (yes, that is her real name) of Sacred Dirt was nice enough to invite me over for afternoon tea at her place today, and even published our conversation. She's got some treats for everyone at her coffee shop.