Who Do You Think You Are – Sunil Singh Kushwaha, Cricketer
[Interview and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi]
The Delhi Walla was climbing the stairs of an apartment complex in Hauz Khas Village when he approached a boy.
Who are you? What are you doing here?
I’m Sunil Singh Kushwaha. I’m collecting tiffins from these flats.
We make food for people living in these flats. In evening, I home-deliver the tiffins. In morning, I come to collect the empty boxes.
That’s your job?
Yes. No. I’m actually a cook in Soni’s dhaba (eatery). I make rotis in the kitchen.
You! How old are you?
How many rotis you make daily?
How much you get?
Rs 2,000. I send it all to my parents through money order.
Parents? Where is your home?
My village, Bakapur, is in Madhya Pradesh, district Morena. My father has two-beegha of land. Anita and Longshri are my sisters. Rahul and Raju are my brothers. I’m the oldest.
You are into books?
No. I cannot read.
Then what you do in your spare time?
I don’t get spare time. I wake up at 7.30 am and I stay busy till night.
Where do you sleep?
In the kitchen.
I want to be a cricketer. I’m a good batsman. Back home in the village, I played in the fields all the time. I would hit the ball very hard and they would fly far into the jungle. We lost 5 balls because of my shots.
Your wristwatch is very nice.
I got it for Rs 35 from the Sunday Bazaar in Safdarjang Enclave.
Do you miss home?
Yes. Especially my maa.
Never… Bhayya, can you arrange a cheap mobile phone for me? Since the time I’ve arrived in Delhi, I haven’t talked to my parents. They don’t have a mobile phone. If I get one for, say, Rs 400, I will give it to them when I visit the village later this month. Then I can call them whenever I want.
Where’s my cricket ball?
Just a job
The bread earner