stranger (n) 1. a person whom one does not know
2. a person who does not know, or is not known, in a particular place
by this definition, i live among strangers and am a stranger in this small, not well-known neighborhood in a faraway suburb of one of the busiest cities of India. it has been a little over three years here. the sights and some of the people here are now familiar enough to share smiles. others have grown into acquaintances, bits of conversation snatched in the elevator, bus stop, the kirana store... a breather in the hullabaloo of the mundane of our hectic lives. a small set of people are now friends, dependable, always a shoulder to lean on, a sympathetic ear and open mind to rant to.
smiles on unknown persons in the vegetable market