The Loveless Mohallas of Meerut


The Loveless Mohallas of Meerut

Illustration: Akshita Monga


amir Chowdhary is sitting inside his restaurant, Waah Ji Waah, in one of Meerut’s busiest markets on Western Kutchery Road. The restaurant has around 15 tables, capable of hosting eight to ten people each, but today only one is occupied – the one we’re sitting on, with Chowdhary’s toddler bouncing on his lap.

“We have lost over 60 per cent of our business in the three weeks since anti-Romeo squads were commissioned. We’re planning to give 15 per cent discount to every customer now that young couples don’t come in,” he says.