In one of her writing assignments, Munira documents 10 – 15 minutes of her observation at a bus stop. Written in first person narrative and as a commentary, the short description is absolutely marvellous. This just goes to show that there’s always a story being unfolded right before our eyes…and all we need to do is just observe.
How a story unfolds on a Mumbai street
Text by: Munira Dalal
I sat under a banyan tree at the corner of a busy street junction. A gentle breeze fluttered the orange flag propped within the branches of the tree. Photos of Sai Baba smile down upon on whoever passes by.
A bike halts. Two men, both dressed in blue tee- shirts and denims, alight from the bike and walk the 50 paces to the corner pan shop. They are back in a moment. Each of them is holding a lit cigarette between his forefinger and middle fingers. The rider kicks the ignition and they are gone.
A lady, wearing a bright orange traditional 9 yards sari, stops at the pan shop. She holds a piece of paper in her hand which she hands over to the shopkeeper. He takes a quick look and then points to something behind the lady. She follows his gaze, nods her head and takes back the piece of paper. She folds it, tucks it into the pleats of her sari and leaves with a smile.
Two school children wearing brown uniforms, with their mother in tow, walk past. The older of the two stops right outside the pan shop and tells his mother something. The mother refuses and continues walking. The younger one pauses for a moment and then continues walking behind his mother. The older one calls out a couple of times but then gives up and leaves.
Suddenly a bus honks. A yellow bus stops opposite the banyan tree. The door opens and four little feet patter down the short flight of stairs.
Munira Dalal is a content writer, a storyteller and is also involved in theatre for children and she loves to travel. She is a Graduate in English Literature and a Diploma in Mass Communication from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.
You can read one of her previous write-ups on the mighty Kanchenjunga published on The Mountain Walker and How green was my city? published on our website. She can be reached at [email protected]
She is one of our students at The Lifestyle Portal Online Writing Program.
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