City Moment – Woman Reading a New Novel, Lodhi Garden
The remarkable Delhi instant.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
One evening The Delhi Walla came across a woman in Lodhi Garden. She was sitting alone on a green bench. The setting sun was casting an orange glow on parts of her. The sun’s gold-colored rays had also dismembered the solid-seeming bodies of the surrounding trees. But the woman’s eyes were glued to her iPad. She seemed far outside our world.
“You seem oblivious to the beauty in front of you,” I said.
The woman lifted her head. She looked around — beer-bellied joggers were running past the bench. She smiled and said something on these lines: “No… I’m here because (she emphasized on ‘because’) it is so beautiful… I’m reading Amit Chaudhuri’s new novel. Delhi has so few public places where one can sit down with a book…”
The woman then returned to her iPad. It was a beautiful moment.
Another world becomes possible
Indeed Delhi has calm and tranquil places where one can spend reading a book, painting their favourite land scape, jot down lines of shayari or verses of poetry Such places, if used for good purpose, will bring out the best amongst us.
Such places also provide the natural care of many ailments like hypertension, blood pressure etc.
Mayank Sir, hat’s off to you for bringing the best out of our wonderful Delhi and enlightening us that every thing in the world has a meaning and purpose and that the definition lies in the way a person sees it.
Many Kind Regards
Swaminathan Iyer .
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