On a temporary stage, they come and go, the dream merchants. A sashay, a smile, a simper, a swagger. Streaks of colour and light punctuate airless halls, and photographers’ fingers play staccato on the trigger as if those moments themselves are priceless. But in the larger scheme of things, there’s another world out there. Part of the same scene, yet very removed from it. It’s this one that our photographers Harikrishna Katragadda and Madhu Kapparath have captured. There’s glamour, there’s beauty, there’s hustle. There’s also boredom and banality. Post-its of life that make you stop and think: ‘All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players’.