I opened my eyes and could see nothing but the bright light of the sun. I was not sure where I was or what was going on but I could say this, it was hot. And it was not a cup of tea hot... it was a hot like a fire ball. My skin was already red and started to show signs of burning. The heat was so much that I was not able to move from my place. It felt like my skin was melting away and I would not live for long. Suddenly a lady ran into my tent or whatever that was, I don't know what to call it, it was completely made out of dustbin bags and plastic covers, looking like a ragpickers crib.
Anyways Coming back, the lady ran upto me and dragged me into the shade. She kept saying "bed ke niche kya kar rahe ho... jalna hai kya?", she aid a lot more but I really wasn't in the state of mind to comprehend the rest. She took some cold water in her hand and rubbed it all over the burns. She took some more water in her hands and poured a bit more in my mouth.
Seeing her do this a group of men charged into the tent with furious anger and stomped the lady on the face. They held her by the neck and shouted "yahan gala sookhgaya hai aur tu toh yahan paani ka bhandara laga rahi hai". The lady was crying and trembling, I was still recovering from dehydration and burns so could not be of much help, even my shouts felt like whispers. The guy then turned to me and said "yahan paani pine ke liye bhi kimat lagti hai, tughe hamne panah di insaniyat ke nate isse zyada insaniyat ki umeed mat rakhiyo". I was unable to understand, water? seriously water?! A commodity available for Rs 10. I mean what time are we living in... wait...what time is this?
As soon as I got better, I tried to get back on my feet and go out. The lady stopped me and said "raat mai jana baba abhi jal jayoge". It was getting more and more confusing by the minute, how did I reach this place? Who are these people and what time period is this? I asked the lady what time period was this and almost passed out listening to her answer. I was 64 years ahead of my time. For the first 15 minutes I was freaking out like a deer who was being chased by a tiger. I was about to ask her who she was and...