Brief Encounter

Despite being a local, the small bald man sitting opposite us was mopping sweat from his head with a handkerchief. For us foreigners, the dripping humidity in our non-AC carriage was bordering on unbearable.

The salesman had politely entered our compartment offering apologies and blessings as we had become accustomed to. We chatted about his job constantly travelling on the reliable, though aging rail network. In turn he interviewed…

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