Bad air days
THE WEEK|March 07, 2021
The Delhi of my childhood is vastly different from the one in which my children are growing up
SARAH PAUL MUKHERJEE

In these times, grabbing the now ubiquitous mask before stepping out may not seem amiss to many. As I got my kids ready to go out, I realised that this is nothing new for most Dilliwallas. When the pandemic broke, we must have been the only few with a handy N95 lying around the house, and our kids among the few used to wearing one.

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