Achal Dodia has participated in the Travel Log programme with The Third Eye for its City Edition. The Travel Log mentored 13 writers and image-makers from across India’s bylanes, who reimagine the idea of the city through a feminist lens.
Achal writes and draws from Vadodara, Gujarat.
This comic is the first of a three part series on looking at spaces through a queer lens.
And here it goes, I had to third wheel again.
What/who is a third wheel?
That is a person who is superfluous to a relationship, but sometimes, helps a couple get along in public/private as the norm of society wont allow a “ladka” and “ladki” to be together alone.
I have been third wheeling all my life in the city of Vadodara. Being single, these lovers’ points make you a third wheel even if you are just a bystander.
My trail of thought didn’t leave though. I was occupied by the thoughts of people around the city who were (or not) romantic couples. People in informal settlements, on streets and below underbridges, who don’t have the privilege of privacy to be together; whose desires are as public as their lives whom we all third wheel on.