A Way Into India by Raghubir Singh
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The cars were parked in front of the houses, covered in polythene or brown rugged clothes like a household item. From my childhood, I have seen many house hold items covered up in the same fashion. A TV that has been kept unwrapped except for the display area, even a wooden box with the doors to open the TV screen, a car not removed of its polythene sheets on the seat cover and even some custom made plastic covers for items like refrigerator, grinder, mixer etc. I can understand the reason behind it, since I am also from a middle class family, for whom it takes so much of an effort to afford an electronic system or a car. This must have been a dream of their parents for years and might have costed few years of their savings to acquire it. This is what I felt when I looked at the cars. In that way, we can count it as a metaphor for the 21st century India.