Cobra in the Corner!

The hissing sound wouldn’t go away. It lasted for three days before my mother decided that she needed to do something about it.

Her gardener suggested going to get a snake charmer from the ‘Saperon ki Basti’. Mom was sceptical, but gave her consent.

The Snake charmer came and scoured moms garden. He became very quiet, as though communicating with the creature in a special, silent language.

He asked for Black lentil (Maa-ki-daal) and some other items.

He went about sprinkling them around the garden. After a pause, he asked for a sheet and went under a tall bush. He opened the sheet with both hands and kept chanting a mantra under his breath.

Out fell a black cobra, into his waiting sheet-encased arms!

He asked for two thousand rupees for his service and urged my mom to bow to the ‘Naag-Devtaa’… Which not only she, but all her friends, who had gathered to play cards, did.😊

Needless to say this was the talk of the neighbourhood for days!

#storiesfromthegarden are endless!

Only Peaches, No Cream 😊 in Watercolour

Peaches were found lurking behind a thick camouflage of leaves in my moms garden!! But not for long 😁

As soon as I spied them, I realised what a wonderful subject they made, so here is my morning sketch in Watercolor 😁
#sketchbook #SimplePleasuresofLife #journaljourney

Book Review.. Finding Gobi

I have two adorable pugs, but that is not why I bought this book 😊.

The story about a little stray dog latching on to a runner during a gruelling 155-mile ultra marathon run in the Gobi Desert piqued my curiosity.

The fact that she matched stride for stride with an elite athlete for nearly 80 miles made a stunning picture in my mind. I couldn’t wait to find out more about this tenacious little pup.

While the book is about Gobi, the stray and Dion, the runner, it is also about falling desperately in love with an animal, in an alien country and not have the heart to leave her there, it is about learning new emotions within oneself. It is also about how sometimes animals choose us rather than the other way round.

I have always enjoyed reading about athletes who push their bodies and mind to the utmost limit and survive to tell the tale. Here, Dion has done a remarkable job of capturing what long distance elite runners endure, what motivates them, and why they do what they do.

The book made for an easy, interesting read. I loved going through YouTube videos about these two amazing beings after reading the book. Just type any of their names and up they pop!

I was surprised that a story that captured the collective imagination of millions was missed entirely by me.

The book is heartwarming, like hot tea on a cold winter day. Read it for the real life love affair between man and his best pal! It is not a tear-jerker like many pet books but a delightful, peppy read that might inspire you to reach for your running shoes and put in a few miles 😁!

Heck! If the mutt can run 80 miles, we can surely do a few!! Phew!

Freehand Fun!

First it was the Sunflowers, now its the Parakeets that come to feast on the ripe core.

I sketch freehand at home, trying to catch the essence of fleeting images that are left in my as colourful traces.

I love the spontaneity of this process and the results are always quirky and energetic!

#moojipen #journal #creaturesthatinhabitmyworld

The Small Town Sea. Book Review

It must be fun being an author with a vivid imagination 😊… To make up characters and give them characteristics, to decide their quirks and idiocyncracies. To walk the reader into your imagined locations, where they unquestioningly follow….up the mountain or down by the sea.

This book, narrated in the voice of a thirteen-year-old boy, takes us into the innocence of childhood and also its acute helplessness. It takes us into a small town by the sea, where a child, uprooted from the city tries to find his bearings through a very difficult time of his life.

There is refreshing use of language here. The sentences are beautifully and meaningfully woven. The scene of a chase left me breathless as I ran with the protagonist and his friend Bilal through narrow lanes and rugged landscape, willing them to escape to safety. πŸ˜€

As the story takes shape in an unhurried manner, one is lulled by the pace of the small town sea. While it looks innocuous, this book has deeper layers that invite one to introspect. Children become unhappy pawns in the games that adults play. Quite often swallowing the screams and questions that arise…

I did take time to get fully involved in the story and many a times my pug got his teeth into it faster than me😁… But I persevered and was richly rewarded!