No Little Letter, I have qualms about sending you via post.
What if you are lost in a scary traffic jam? The postman may decide he has had enough of the vicious Delhi traffic and abandon his bicycle in the middle of the road. Then you, along with the others letters in his kitty, will troop all the way down to the asphalted roads, breathing your last as speeding vehicles crush you to dust. No! I won’t let that happen.
Come to think of it, I don’t want you to absorb a filthy river-side fragrance either. Last time I drove that way, the poor poor Yamuna was still iceberg-ed with rubbish heaps. To say nothing of the less than delightful aroma the icebergs lent to the air. I can’t stand you reaching your destination smelling like something the cat just dragged in.
It’s an overnight journey to Pune, if you are going by train. Who knows of the kind of dangers that may be lurking on the railway? The infamous nightlife of Delhi – or shall I say “crime-life” – may rip you to pieces and snatch away all your warmth before you can even realize what’s happening. Is it really worth the risk? Do not give me arguments about the adventures of train travelling. You will be sealed in your envelope and there won’t be many sights and sounds for you to devour in any case.
If you are going by road, I can understand the excitement. The Delhi roads are to die for – even better now owing to the entire Commonwealth scene. The lanes are lush, the ride buttery. Errm, you have a point there.
But, it’s way too long a route for you to cover alone. Yes I know there will be other letters, going to their respective destinations, decked up in colours of celebration or immersed in those of sorrow. But they will be strangers sweetheart and you don’t make friends with people you don’t know well.
So, I have decided. You are not going by post. You are going through the tunnels of the World Wide Web – across the SMTP guarded alleys – straight into the inbox of the one you want to greet. And once you are there, little one, be sure to shine out the brightest of the lot. Now listen well as I tell you all the words you need to carry… 😀