A post doctoral student in the University of Pennsylvania, it was Anu’s first adventure into the city . Alone. Anu smiled as she spotted the approaching “heritage ride “. The tram ride to the Alipore zoo in Kolkata as a 10 year old and the episode of accidental loss of the chocolate popsicle to the crocodile well flashed in her mind’s eye.
The diverse people around intrigued her. She admired the country for welcoming and embracing diversity. The three gleeful elderly ladies, possibly in their mid-seventies, seated near Anu in the tram made her pause to appreciate the blessing of enduring friendship/s . A bohemian playing “If i had a hammer” on his guitar reminded Anu of “follow your passion “. She put a five dollar bill in his hat in her charitable spirit. At the far end of the compartment, Anu saw an enthusiastic young couple playing with their lovely daughter , an image of pure joy.
The tram stopped near Betsy Ross’s house with pages of History turning into a reality for the dream-chaser.
Image courtesy : Yinglan.