Meet My Colleague, Death


Meet My Colleague, Death

Illustration: Mudit Ganguly


racy Kunnath is not looking forward to her shift.

She is sitting in a corner of the nurses’ station at Mumbai’s JJ Hospital where Malayalam rings loud. A band of young nurses from the south of India are having a snack before the night begins. The room is large and sparsely furnished but packed to its capacity. It’s 11 pm and the nurses who have wrapped up their late-night shifts have either hurried out or are sprawled out on crowded sofas. The ones walking in for their shifts are stalling for water-cooler conversations and a quick bite before changing into their all-white uniforms – an austere kurta-pyjama set.