A thief and a construction worker

Connaught place, New Delhi, 2012

I am standing next to a construction site. I see a skinny, poor looking man climbing over the fence of the construction site. He is trying to make his way in. He sneaks towards  the small hut of the construction workers and tries to go through their stuff. I look at him stumbling around the hut and wonder if someone else will notice.

The construction workers do. The skinny man gets caught. Loud voices, screaming. One of the construction workers starts chasing the thief with a big piece of steel. A cat and mouse game follows. The thieve runs for his life. If he gets caught he will be dead.

The whole event goes by unnoticed by most people. Just a daily occasion, nothing special. I am still trying to incorporate what just happened, to understand India. Again.


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