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Time goes through the worst times. He advances, sometimes like a rabbit, sometimes like a turtle. Over time, time changes lives.

And yet, things remain the same.

This is the conclusion of Durga Dev. In his sixties, he maintains a close relationship with the technical aspects of time. The watchmaker’s establishment located on this street in Gurugram’s Sadar Bazaar has been running like a faithful and reliable clock for over 40 years. It consists of a counter and a chair. The display case at the counter is filled with clocks and watches.

Nothing has changed for Durga Dev all these years, he says. Time has stood still for him, he whispers, as he performs a delicate operation in the bowels of a wristwatch with his assortment of delicate tools. Even the pandemic has made no difference. “The world shook, not me.” Her voice betrays no pride in her resilience. He does, however, admit to getting fewer customers these days – “dhanda manda hain”. Looking around, he said, “I’m sitting still, time keeps passing.”

It is evening and the electric lights have shone on this part of the market, making it more interesting than it is. For a passerby, the workshop does not trigger the fear caused by similar businesses in Old Delhi. A repair shop in the walled city’s Galli Chooriwallan has its walls covered from top to bottom with ancient pendulum wall clocks. All appear to have originally hung at King’s Cross station in London when the Queen was still a princess.

Durga Dev opens a box. It is filled with pieces of old watches. He uses these parts to repair watches that customers bring in for repair.

As he prepares to relax for the day, the mild-mannered man pulls out an old newspaper clipping from inside the glass case. He has his picture. The paper has yellowed, but the cut is well preserved and is laminated for longevity. Durga Dev solemnly returns the precious object to its place. He will now return home to Baldev Nagar. “I’ll be back tomorrow morning at 9am.”

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