I just saw a damselfly,
At a busy traffic junction.
An extraordinary sight,
It felt like the world suddenly slowed down
It was there hovering through the auto rickshaw
Where was it going?
Where did it come from?
Was it lost?
I looked around
But no one seemed to notice
Was it there just for me to see
Was this a dream?
Was it telling me to stop?
To take a look around
Breathe in a little of its dreamyness
Did it think I was lost?
I held out my hand
To block its way, hoping it would settle down
Hoping it could put a rest to my enquires
But it moved on without stopping
Is it the dameselfly or am I the one who’s lost?
How could such a small being
Touch a person so much
Is it just me waiting for that touch?
I just saw a damselfly
A extraordinary sight
Something that only I could see
And it felt like being totally free
The Hindu calendar starts with the month of Chaitra, the start of the spring season and in some places the harvesting season. The first day is celebrated as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Yugadi in Karnataka and Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana.
In my city of Thane the celebration of Gudi Padwa is in many ways special. This year I finally got a chance to document it.
Drums lined up for the procession
A musician performs on the street
A flag bearer dances in the middle of a ring of smaller drums surrounded by the larger ones
Drummers in action
The drums start with the gong
Drummers in action
People dressed as Maratha warriors, rulers and saints
traditionally dressed musicians
Traditionally dressed women waiting for the music to begin
Ladies dressed in traditional ‘Nauvaris'(Nine yard sarees) dance to tunes old and new
Man with a gong
Dance of the drums
Two face- Grey Francolin
A pair of Grey Francolins stands alert at Velavadar, Gujarat.
A pair of greater flamingos at dusk in a wetland near Nal Sarovar, Gujarat