Monday, October 11, 2010

New York, with Fall approaching...

Who says the city never sleeps? Last night, walking home past 1AM to East Harlem from 113th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard, I went block after block with barely anyone in sight save the odd amorous couples on the benches on Central Park North, and a couple of people sauntering in the opposite direction. Once past the park, I saw no-one at all until 106th Street and 3rd Avenue. No one at all. I felt by myself in the city, but not all alone: the weight of all the people behind windows was with me.

The city does sleep, at least in the early hours of Monday morning when the buses have stopped running and I am awake to cross from West to East Harlem, past the gorgeous, melancholy lights (both in Central Park and outside, white until I got to 5th Avenue, at which point they all turned yellow), the shadows, the streets that seem so clean after dark. And I was entranced to watch it asleep.

4 comments:

raghav said...

Hi Qalandar,nice write up.Watched 'Khaleja' and thought it was a pretty decent mythology-meets-masala fare for a Mahesh film.but more interestingly,I overheard in the theater "The last time anyone whistled for a villian's entry was for Amjad in Sholay"..hoping you'll do a post on him soon!

Sam Juliano said...

This is a vivid, descriptive and sensory evocation of a late night 'break in the action' Qalandar, so to speak. I agree that the city, like any person is sometimes so exhausted that it can't help taking brief naps now and then to prepare for another busy day at work.

Qalandar said...

Thanks raghav: havent't had a chance to watch kaleja yet, but hopefully will soon!

rooney said...

hey q bhai !! came here via FB, raj's page.. and i guess i found u on FB (got ur name for first time) funny actually.. i always think of Qalander! (btw doi add me on fb.. i have send a friend request)

btw interesting note on newyork.. never visited but ur note makes me too :-)