“I had a slightly well-off friend from whom I used to borrow clothes, money and often his bike.
Though we used to stare at each other daily, I had to wait for another nine years before I could gather the courage to talk to her.
In the capital, she prefers wearing jeans and short-sleeved kurtas like the “Delhi girls,” who they see at bus stops and on the metro trains; the ones who go to college and work in offices and set the fashion trends for a growing population of people from the countryside who are looking for work in India’s big cities.
Unlike those girls and so many other, richer people in Delhi, she and her boyfriend don’t have an option to go out for a date to places that most people who would read this story would go.
These things are superficial,” said Anuradha, who said she likes watching romance movies and is a big Shah Rukh Khan fan.
When she and her boyfriend meet, they talk about their lives and walk around the park, or eat aloo-chaat or golgappas at a roadside stall.
I was also afraid that they would throw us out because we couldn’t speak English.” The biggest problem for such couples is a space to meet.