What the World Looks Like With Headphones On

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What the World Looks Like With Headphones On

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


even years ago, in 2011, I found myself in possession of a princely sum of ₹600. It was the first time in my 14 years that I had that much money at once. All of this hustling was for one thing, and one thing only. A swanky pair of black Skullcandy earphones which had been seducing me from a shop’s window for more than a year. This is how I started going down the musical rabbit hole with my earphones plugged in, blasting the heavy goodness of Metallica, System of a Down, and a little bit of Iron Maiden straight into my ear canal.

Over the years, anytime I had a place to get to, I would plug in my earphones, and lose myself to some killer tunes, as the rest of the world would go by. This started out as a way to entertain myself while commuting, but slowly, it turned into an effective way to tune out my surroundings. Without music, the clamorous noise of vehicles, the murmuring of pedestrians, and the general cacophony of a noisy city would pierce my bubble of solitary bliss.