Crores of Footfalls

A Crore Footfall
at Gangasagar Mela

A crore footfall
at Kumbh Mela

A crore footfall
at Kolkata Book Mela

A crore footfall
at airports for Haj destination

A crore footfall
at Hujur Saheb Mela

A crore footfall
at Amarnath

A crore footfall
at Ayodhya

A crore footfall
at Kashmir

A crore footfall
at Hazratbal Dargah

A crore footfall
at Ajmer Sharif

No longer moved
by these figures

I’ll be happy
if the pilgrim spots
and tourist spots
attract over at least 10
or 20 crores

Experts, foreign and desi,
 say only 2 things are fixed in life–
tax and death
I argue in India and
across continents,
one more thing is fixed–
crores of footfalls at station,
bus stop, recruiting centre,
airport, mela and medical store,
show, exhibition,
tourist destination,
and funeral place.

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