His life was not a lot completely different from that of Ulysses, in Homer’s Odysseus. As you already know properly, Homer’s basic is in regards to the hero’s lengthy and epic journey to house. Relating to Sunil Kumar Singh — he was making that journey on a regular basis. Two hours within the morning, two hours within the night.

However now this commute seems just like the dewy reminiscence of one other period. Stuff that fairy tales are fabricated from.

Mr Singh is a Gurugramwale by day, and a Delhiwale by evening. For 13 years, he has been shuttling each day between his house in north-east Delhi’s Karawal Nagar and his workplace in Gurugram’s DLF Part V. “It was tiring however I had gotten used to it,” says Mr Singh, a supervisor within the audit wing of a multinational firm. Chatting on WhatsApp video, he’s sitting by the desk in his bed room. Like many people today, he’s working from house.


In his self-imposed isolation triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Singh, 35, misses his days within the Millennium Metropolis—the each day banters with the colleagues, the workplace gossip “that may by no means be duplicated on zoom,” and he feels the lack of commuting.

“I would go away house at eight within the morning, and attain work by 10.”

Simply the one-way journey alone would entail a collection of boardings and deboardings. First, Mr Singh would get an auto from house to Kashmere Gate Metro station. Then he would hurry onwards to squeeze into the crowded coaches of the Yellow Line Metro and get off 21 stations later, in Sikandarpur, the place he would rush to the opposite aspect of the station to board the far sleeker Fast Metro, which might drop him at Gurugram’s Sector 53-54 Metro cease. “From there I’d stroll to the workplace… about 5 minutes.”

He would nearly by no means get to take a seat within the lengthy journey. And but, Mr Singh insists he misses the commute. It isn’t that he’s growing an affection for it looking back. None of us yearn to be stranded among the many shoving-pushing lots, and handled to dhakka- mukki from sweaty shoulders and fists. No. Mr Singh was keen on the commute despite all this. And, as a result of it was the feel of his each day life, he had taken it without any consideration. Considering it could final. Till his retirement from skilled life.

“The lengthy journey gave me time to be with myself.” This was additionally the one alternative through the hectic day for him to look at motion pictures and web-based exhibits on the cell.

Maybe, probably the most stress-free side of the commute was the corporate of mates Dharmender and Jaggu. They weren’t colleagues however “we did the identical route each day, so we deliberate our return journeys collectively to have the ability to journey collectively within the night… morning co-ordination was powerful, nonetheless.”

A comfortable comradeship had fashioned among the many three. “It’s not that we’d be chattering all through the journey,” recollects Mr Singh wistfully. “Typically we’d be silent, glued to our mobiles, after which abruptly we’d begin speaking of one thing, after which once more we’d go silent. Ours was a spontaneous friendship, very snug and easy-going.”

Because the lockdown started, Mr Singh hasn’t met these Gurugram-to-Delhi mates. They did chat briefly on telephone twice “but it surely’s not the identical factor as hanging out in individual… that randomness of actual life conversations is gone.”

Definitely, previously, it has usually been advised to Mr Singh to chop his super-long commute by shifting residence to Gurugram. He has all the time resisted the thought “as a result of I reside in a joint household, and Rekha (spouse) and I are very a lot settled on this home.” Certainly, proper now his daughter, Yashwi, is mendacity sprawled on the couch beside him. Mr Singh has two youngsters—son, Yug, was born early this fateful yr “through the Delhi riots.”

Talking of his each day rush-hour routine, the day-jobber appears to be like again at it with nostalgia. “To see so many individuals within the Metro, every with their very own stresses and satisfactions… I’d expertise Delhi and Gurgaon to their full depth.”

And one of the best a part of the day was all the time the return journey, after all, “when the work was completed, when there was no rigidity anymore about workplace issues… we three commuting mates would joke and gossip, and on reaching the final Metro station, we’d sit beside some meals stall, deal with ourselves to golgappa or juice, chat a bit extra and solely then we’d head to our respective homes.” However for now, the commute has ended. Who would have thought it was such a valuable factor.