With a Bihari carpenter on his maiden Metro safar

The other day, while returning from work, a teenaged boy—wearing a loose-fit trouser and a faded red t-shirt, his hair in a mess—approached me at the Rajiv Chowk metro station. He looked bewildered. “Bhaiya, Noida City Centre ke liye kaunsi metro leni hai?”1 he asked. Since I was going to Mayur Vihar, I asked him to…