(It is striking how many strangers, when passing one another on the narrow sidewalks of Guanajuato, greet one another. Usually, though not always, with a smile, sometimes with surprise. If you offer a greeting, it's returned.)
(SRO = single room occupancy. I
lived in that hotel for about 3 months.Worked two jobs trying to put a plane ticket and some spending money
together, trying to get to Hawaii.Dishes at the Good Karma Café on Dolores, and day shifts at a nursing
home on Van Ness.Hotel room figures in
another poem called Independence Noir.)
Delhi is a dune city built on sand and rock.The population in 2001 was about 13 million,
as of this writing it is nearer 28 million.
When the population was a mere 17 million, 46% of
those had no access to piped water.Water is politically allocated.Middle and upper class cantonments have greater access to clean water
than the majority of the population.Even so, scarcity is an issue.
Many of my co-workers were forced to rise at four
a.m.,to wait for water trucks so they could get their families’ daily
“If you like the oil wars, you’re going to love the
water wars.”Zack Works
The perennial conflict between India and Pakistan over
Kashmir is less a sectarian or land dispute than a resource dispute.Water is key.The dispute comes very close to war on a regular basis.
The broker’s tip did lead to a fabulous sub-let in
Gurgoun, a.k.a., electronic city.Rajiv
informed me there was no way we were paying a fee for a meer “tip”)