Mohan Sikka currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. His story "Uncle Musto Take a Mistress" was published in One Story and won an O. Henry Award. He spent part of his childhood and teenage years in Delhi, where he lived in various railway colonies.
I lay in my dark little veranda, the space I occupied in my buas Delhi flat. The windows were open to the nonstop honking from Panchkuian Road. There was no breeze. The cool weather hadnt arrived and the sulfurous smell of popping fireworks made breathing difficult.