Last night, I woke up because there was this thudding sound from the roof and people babbling animatedly. Ran up to find a gaggle of men and women in strange dresses with pick axes and hammers discussing how to raze the house down.
"Why?" I asked shocked.
"Because our houses are down there, under yours. We are the Indus Valley people."
"But you guys have been dead for five thousand years. How can you be here ?"
" Well we are here. Arent' we?" A pretty dark woman with a hand on her hip asked archly.
''We have courts you know?" I was firm.
"Yeah, we heard. That is why we are here.They say we can. The original occupiers have a claim. Do you know anyones more original?"
Well, she did have a point.
They were kind people and like somehow more human and after some serious negotiations and some jokes about the smog, agreed to take out just one brick as a souvenir to show it to their people.
Another woman with hair in braides and kohl lined eyes produced a clay pot of wine from somewhere and we all celebrated the deal.
Before going, the coquettish one said, "You are a nice man. Can we come again and have some more wine together?"
I said that would be great.
"No more bricks, but."
" One is enough.We will go five thousand years back and show this brick to our people."
"And tell them you had better bricks?" I asked.
She nodded her head, smiled and said, "And better courts."
Dr. Anirudh Kala is a psychiatrist and author based in Ludhiana.
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