Walkie-Walk at sundown

He has to lose five kilos before Beauty aunty’s daughter comes visiting. He has heard she is a small-time model and will be sure to look down on him if he doesn’t lose the flab from all his interesting areas. He does crunches in bunches for an hour every evening and when mosquitoes start being menacing, he even shoots a few punches. Okay, excuse the rhyme, but he is an inspiration for little junior in the block, who has also started regular jogging. The eight-year old is participatingย  in the annual sports-festival in school and he wants to nail a few events. He needs to give it back to over smart dude in section C who thinks he’s the cat’s whiskers and more importantly, the apple of madam’s eyes.

Once upon a time – some two months ago – she would primarily come for a quick kuchee koo. He would find some excuse for a trip to the market at six and come flying to the park.They would sit and whisper sweet nothings to each other for a bit before objections from the older crowd would become very audible. But the last she heard from him, he had a new birdie. That’s no reason to give up your delicate figure darling – her sister had cajoled. So she now comes to walk, dressed in a body hugging pair of shorts, much to the delight of most men doing the rounds in and outside the park.

The Sharmas come along to please their little grandchild, sweet kid that he is. He never goes anywhere without his Dada and Ma – that’s what he calls them – and every evening, he picks up a football and tags them along for a walk.They walk for a bit but can’t keep up with him for too long, owing to arthritic knees. But it is a pleasure watching him play with his ball and try a hand at the swings. One day, Dada had persuaded Ma to try the jhoola a wee bit. Incidentally, it had even started raining and both had blushed beetroot red when saawan ke jhoole played on the radio later that night.

For the dogs of course, the park is home. Lying on the dewy grass, they would watch the sun rise in the morning. Now that it is summer, they mostly remain asleep at sunrise, too snug to wake up that early. But evenings are fun, with the balls and the yells and the gossip. One of them has recently overheard a piece of news about a doggie parlour and the latest mission of the canines is to trace it out. An influential member (he had once been a luncher at a Colonel’s house) has promised he can get them free services.

A butterfly fluttered and came to sit on my palm. Looking around the walkers in Mela-Ground Park, South Delhi (it’s called thus owing to the Durga Puja festival it hosts), I smiled and let it stay. I recalled only later how Mom says a butterfly is a harbinger of marriage.


35 thoughts on “Walkie-Walk at sundown

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  2. ah! so Deboshree is getting married soon? ๐Ÿ˜€ good luck with that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    you can be a roving reporter, capturing the various facets of the city ๐Ÿ˜€ wonderful!

    • I don’t know with soon Vinay – but I will keep the wishes stocked up. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
      Oh that sounds amazingly riveting – I hope I get to do that. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Very nice feel good post. Loved the part about the dogs ๐Ÿ˜€ You have changed your writing style quite a bit since you moved to Delhi I must say and I’m really enjoying your posts! Also good to know about butterflies. I’ll make sure to stay away from them ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thanks a lot Dhaami! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Really? Though it hasn’t been a conscious attempt, I am glad you are enjoying the changes.
      Ha ha ha yep, all the best with evading butterflies! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Delighted you enjoyed reading Kartikay. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ha ha…I couldn’t not include the ‘animals’; they are among the most pally there. ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thanks a lot! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Ahem ahem !
    Must go on a look out for the butterfly now ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Nice post !
    There is so much to notice and report once you are a regular to any place ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Really… that’s great! ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you find a lovely colour like I did. ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thanks LN! Indeed, there’s so much gossip and so much to fill in vacant gaps once you’re a a regular to a spot.

  5. I think this is definitely one of the MOST FEEL-GOOD posts I’ve read in ages!
    I definitely had a growing smile as each sentence was read ๐Ÿ™‚

    You rock, girl. Saddi Dilli is definitely working great for ya ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Oh thanks so much Scorpia! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Delighted you’re enjoying Saddi Dilli!
      Yes, a walk in the park at sundown… some fresh air and fresh sights… they really work as feel good agents. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Loved the part about Dada and Ma….. It seems you were having fun in the park…. And what can I say about the butterfly…. I guess we should start waiting for a certain post in which you will……. you know what I mean ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Yep Chhavi, the park is fun…plus a daily walking regimen makes me feel less guilty about butter on my plate. ๐Ÿ˜€
      Ha ha ha… oh I will certainly do a post on a butterfly pretty soon. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. ๐Ÿ™‚ ahmm ahmmm acha harbinger of a marriage .. I wonder why you smiled he he hhe ๐Ÿ™‚

    crunches I have given up on them long time back .. they dont seem to have any effect on my pouch ๐Ÿ™‚ and i need ot losse not jsut 5 but maybe 50 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh I smiled because the butterfly was such a lovely colour. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€
      Ha ha really? But then crunches are supposed to be useful in the long run… maybe that 50 can be achieved in small installments. ๐Ÿ˜€

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