City Season – The August Dog, Tilak Nagar

Hot, humid and still cool.

[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]

If it’s August in Delhi, then it has to be insufferably humid and burning. The overcast sky traps the broiling heat and the city becomes a sponge. There’s no breeze in the sticky air, and no reprieve under the trees. For people on the street, it’s like being perpetually in a steam bath. They don’t just bear with the weather, but also have to wear it. Sweat-soaked clothes cling to the skin. Black underarm stains compromise dignity. The absence of an air-conditioner causes utter wretchedness. The body doesn’t cool off even at night.

To makes the month gloomier, major fires erupted in the colonial-era Connaught Place and the Mughal-era Chandni Chowk. The atmospheric Embassy restaurant in Connaught Place’s D-block too was damaged by a fire caused by an electrical short circuit.

It was during one such sweltering afternoon that The Delhi Walla came across a dog lying immersed in a cement tub filled with cool water, next to a public tank in west Delhi’s Tilak Nagar. The placid water reflected the tree leaves overhead. Like a diva, the wet dog seemed unperturbed, untouched and quite composed. He was the only happy child of August.

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Post Author: The Delhi Walla

4 thoughts on “City Season – The August Dog, Tilak Nagar

  • Zee Ke

    (August 28, 2014 - 7:00 PM)

    hahahah tum sa nahi dekha 😉

  • Shri Rama Kumar Swaminathan Iyer

    (August 31, 2014 - 11:45 AM)

    This is outstanding and fantastic article. This is a classic example that every thing around us is beautiful and meaningful. Thank you very much for this article.

    • The Delhi Walla

      (August 31, 2014 - 11:28 PM)

      Thank you, Mr Iyer.

    • Naushirvan

      (September 1, 2014 - 10:28 AM)

      Sir, are you sure everything around us is meaningful? If you viewed the world closely, you would find that it has no inherent meaning.

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