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Social distancing, washing hands — all these are critically important responses to the pandemic, but such directives assume that residents have adequate space, services and social safety nets to carry out these orders. This is simply not the reality across cities in India and in many countries of the world.
Sirmauris, as natives from Shillai are known, have been living for years in Shimla working as porters, tourist guides, taxi drivers, private security and waiters. So have the roughly 8000 porters from Kashmir. But none of them have faced such a financial crisis ever before, unable to meet even their basic food needs.
Satya Narain Saxena, the tenth generation of a family of legal deed writers, is today the last surviving document writer of Delhi. His family history goes back to the times of emperor Shah Jahan while some of his ancestors were in Maharaja Jai Singh’s court in Amer. 85-plus Saxena regales us with his stories