Up in the Air

Aparna Bhardwaj spends a day with a balloon seller in Delhi.

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Illustration by Shristi Roy

The glam and glitter of a city may appear to hide its grime, but zoom-in a bit and what shows up may well be a heart of gold in the most unlikely of places. I found one such story as I trailed a small boy selling balloons in a busy Diwali market Near my house.