Old habits die hard.

It’s a hot day and people are pouring water on the concrete roads passing before their houses and shops as if it’s earth that will give coolness.

In the old days not too long ago, they used to pour water on these very roads and a rich blend of earthy smell and coolness would rise in the air.
Days when the roads were made of soil and dirt, not concrete.

[Originally written on 11 April, 2022 near noon in Vashisht, Himachal Pradesh, India]

December 1, 2022