Most of them are labourers who have come to work at construction sites in
At this mere two hundred square metre slice of the world, they have created a small replica of
Even the unbelievable population density of
This is their day off from work. And free from working long hours in the fierce tropical sun under oversight of their employers, they talk. They talk among themselves about simple pleasures of having bought a new mobile phone or a new pair of jeans or shoes. The politics back home is discussed in simple but strong words; quality of calling cards and methods of transferring money home are also discussed with equal passion. Acquaintances who have found local girlfriends are discussed extensively with a sense of both inspiration and contempt. As the words from these conversations collide with one another, they form a homogenous sound signature for this assembly, a signature denoting life at its prime.
At this place and at this time, they forget their hardships and their alienation. Here they are protected, though thinly, from the displays of opulence from the others, the ones who have already prospered in this city. And the existence of this place, when described over that weekly phone call, provides the necessary comfort to their unfortunate mothers.