Union executive WhatsApp group is buzzing. Someone has shared a YouTube link. Foreigner. Yes, a foreigner is in raptures about Shillong Street food.
It was night amidst the lock down. Rumours. Hunger. Even a story of suicide.
“There was no money to buy the mobile phone for children,” S sadly tells me.
Administration is talking to businessmen about unlocking the shops and malls. But no talk of the hawkers.
“They don’t let us live in peace.”
And cameras, loudspeakers, sticks and guns are out.
What is a city that does not erect barriers…
Last night we dream of starving city. Guns smacked their lips. Houses with mirrors smelt a freshness that was not sweat and swallowed the three women fat malls clothed in empty streets where they can drive and taste air-conditioned street
And we dream.
Some are still angry about the YouTube which now exists on government tourism tweet.
“Saala, what about us? We who cook are not hot and tasty?”
Romance of the local food. Nostalgia for the spicy street. Instagram it.
Morning #Jadoh @ Laitumkhrah | Vegetables from #Garo Hills @ Secretariat Hills | #Doh Thang @ Khyndailad
#Putharo, #Pu Khlein, Pu doh @ Rynjah | #Pork momo @ Lumpyngngad | #Snails from Garo Hills @ Polo Market
Soh Ïong @ GS Road | Kharang/Smoked Fish @ Iewduh |…