*At first you'd think that they had nothing, except almost a mile of garbage. Other people's waste. The entire stretch of the enclosed space on the road was strewn with dirt, spit, remnants of someone's breakfast, a banana peel, a toy car, peeled oranges and half of a sequinned scarf. Two street dogs were fighting it out over a toy dog.One of them had successfully managed to tear its head off. The man was hugging, presumably his partner, who wore a saree-blouse and a long swishy red skirt. He was wearing a long black thread on which was hung three sets of keys. Near his heart was a "Free Tibet" badge, attached with a safety pin. On his chest, he had stuck a Trinamul congress flag. He gestured to his female companion and asked her to look up. She smiled and kissed him on the cheek.The two dogs, tired of fighting with each other, slowly inched towards the man and the woman. One dog put his head on the woman's lap while the other nuzzled against the man. Near the enclosed space, I noticed that there was a hoisted flag- an Indian flag.
*None of this is fictional. I saw this at the stretch near Circus Avenue. I'm going back there again tomorrow.