I was prepped with a sketchbook and a pen. (Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)
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Life in the Time of Note Ban: Sketching People at ATM Queues

“Today I should make it to the ATM,” I decided as I paid online for the cab. I was prepped with a sketchbook and a pen to kill time while standing in the queue.

Here’s a peep into my sketchbook:

(Most of them are very quick sketches, a minute or less time taken for each, to capture the mood and essence of different people standing in the queue, who also came and interacted with me as I sketched.)

How it feels to be at the end of an unending queue. (Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)
How it feels to be at the end of an unending queue. (Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)

Firoz said he has been waiting for five hours already. He sat down for a while as I sketched him.

Firoz said he has been waiting for five hours already. (Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)
Firoz said he has been waiting for five hours already. (Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)

From where I stood, there were ATMs, banks and a post office one after the other. Hence, there were parallel queues on both sides and I could see all kinds of people waiting for their turn.

All kinds of people stood in the line. (Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)
All kinds of people stood in the line. (Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)
No separate line for ladies. (Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)
No separate line for ladies. (Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)

Soon, a crowd started assembling around me.

An elderly art-enthusiast took interest in my work.(Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)
An elderly art-enthusiast took interest in my work.(Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)
The onlookers kept asking me to draw them. (Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)
The onlookers kept asking me to draw them. (Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)

I felt a little powerful over my colleague, because I could draw people who refused to come in front of the camera for him.

Shahna pulls in her dupatta as my colleague turns on the camera. (Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)
Shahna pulls in her dupatta as my colleague turns on the camera. (Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)
Mr Adi Prakash interviewing Hansa and her son.(Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)
Mr Adi Prakash interviewing Hansa and her son.(Photo: TheQuint/SusnataPaul)

Here is a video documenting the lives of the people we met, standing at the ATM queue.