Guldasta

A bouquet of flowers picked along the way ….

Ms. Sweet Tea and some kids March 21, 2010

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Ms. Sweet Tea

See that small dog in my friend Sue’s arms? Her name is Sweet Tea and sweet she is. She attracts attention like a magnet. And she acts pricey. For the 45 odd minutes that we were there outside the Starbucks close to campus, we had about 10 people who looked at her and smiled as they walked by, 4 people who wanted to pet her, and finally two groups of students (one seen here) who wanted a picture with her for a school project. I was slow with my phone camera when the first group of students had their shot taken. Which made me not happy since it was a nice story telling shot. But I totally underestimated Sweet Tea. A few minutes later, we have another group stopping by. They asked me if they could have a shot with the dog. I pointed to Sue and said “Ask the owner”. They made a pyramid because they also needed a shot of that, and this way they could kill two birds with one stone.

Kids make me happy. Kids making pyramids and having fun make me very happy. The Oscar for the most happening person of the month goes to Sweet Tea the dog.

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Cows and Humans June 11, 2008

Sayajigunj, Vadodara, India. 2008

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In India, there is peaceful coexistence of domestic animals and humans. It is inevitable given the almost animal like living conditions of so many Indians.

We are poor by choice. Poverty has become a state of mind. The little that the government does is frittered away by its own corrupt officials and bureaucracy.

And in the midst of all this, is the tragic apathy of city dwelling middle class and rich to the plight of the underprivileged who are easily labelled as lazy and thieves. It is almost impossible to think of God on a hungry stomach, how then can we expect the exploited to act responsible?

I urge you to play your role (small or big) in removing poverty and illiteracy from our land. How about shouldering the education of two poor kids?

 

You truly own something only when … May 4, 2008

Brahmkumari Garden, Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India. 2008

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… you can happily give it away. In all other instances, the “thing” owns you.

 

Mr. Grasshopper May 3, 2008

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Grasshopper, Ubhrat Beach, Gujarat, India. 2007

 

Who owns my car? May 1, 2008

After a long wait, I purchased a car last year. Though unpretentious, I love it for the opportunity it provided to travel new places.

I also drive it to office and park along the kerb. And this is becoming a source of amusement. Like every nook and corner of my country, there are stray dogs in the locality where my office is. The resident stray bitch gave a litter some months ago and the pups are now grown up. They have taken after their mother – shiny smooth brown coat, thin slender body and a laid back attitude towards life. It takes a lot to unruffle them.

Since summer is here, the pack is constantly on the lookout for shade to lie down and take a nap. For some inexplicable reason they have adopted the ground beneath my car as their residence. Initially, they would occupy that space when I am not around and scamper away the moment I reached close to my car. But that is fast changing.

The first change was they stopped scampering away until I started the engine. No sir, the whole act of getting in and closing doors was not enough signal for them to move out. It was MY responsibility to ensure they have enough warning and are not harmed when I start the engine and drive away. On more than one occasion, I had to talk to them and announce my presence. You should have seen the look they give me when I do that. I have to hold on tightly to self-esteem.

However, the saving grace remained that their ‘entry’ showed some respect for me; that is they occupied the space after I have parked and walked a certain distance away from the vehicle.

But that was then. Now, they stand up when they see me approaching the slot where I park. And they are already beneath the car before I have stopped the engine, let alone come out or walked away!! Come on guys, give me some space?

Thank God they cannot drive. Had that been the case, they might have as well kicked me out and taken complete possession of the vehicle. They leave no opportunity go by to give me the message that I am nothing but a caretaker who must keep the vehicle clean and ensure it is parked and ready for them before the sun is overhead.

I wonder what opinion they have of me. I doubt they consider me a threat whatsoever. I do hope that does not mean they do not respect me. And I pray that they love me.

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ps: a few months ago, when the weather was more pleasant and the sun welcome, they had taken a fancy to the roof of my car.

 

Birds in disagreement July 2, 2007

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One fine morning my usual drill of getting ready for work was interrupted by an alarming amount of noise. More like many bunch of keys being shaken in a steel bowl. And the amount of emotion in the ‘voices’ only added to the drama. Making me rush to my balcony to find out what could be causing this uproar. And I find two groups of birds (of the same feather) in strong disagreement over something. They were really going for it. There were no obvious reasons in sight, like say food or younglings etc. Could this be to do with territorial disputes, or courtship or maybe world politics. I will never know…

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Birds in disagreement (Vadodara, India, April, 2007)

 

Headless! July 1, 2007

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There is this abandoned antenna facing my balcony. A reminiscent of the days of terrestrial TV signals. And it is quite a favourite with birds wanting to perch. This specimen would not stop rotating its head in a most amazing fashion, making it disappear once in a while. Just watching the performance gave me the creeps… imagine humans doing it … in coffee shops, bookshops, at the marriage ceremony etc !!

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Headless (Vadodara, India, April, 2007)