Foreign thoughts

Everyday for exercise I walk the 6 storeys up to my office in the Adelphi at least once. This invariably involves walking by and even stepping over a few foreign workers who're sleeping on the staircase landing, waiting to see this firm (what does it do? law? construction?) that occupies a little nook of the building on the 5th floor. I always wonder, looking at these men on the landings, trying to get sleep in the heat and stale air of the stairwell or idly flipping through old stray pages of Tamil Murasu, what goes through their minds? What do they think about having travelled miles away from home just to end up whiling the day away seemingly waiting for Godot? What do they think about this guy in office attire stepping over them - do they think him ridiculous for choosing to walk?


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