Tuesday, May 10, 2005

a trip down memory lane

mayurah nrityanti
Originally uploaded by bilbobaggins.
"Jungle mein more naccha, kisne dekha? goes an old saying in Hindi. I can answer that I did.
This was back when I was at J.N.U for the master's program (as an aside, a master's degree does not do jack for mastery over a thing). It was the 4th semester. GRE madness was finally over. We were all busy wrapping up our projects and dissertations and sending our letters of acceptance/declines and yada yada yada. Things got hectic and that's when a break really helped. So at 5 in the evening, a few of us left our confined lab to take a leisurely walk. Mid- April, not really a time for rains but it threatened to do so that day. J.N.U has a ring road within the campus. You can start at point and be back at it in half an hr. It was always fun to take that walk as it offered views of the abundant greenery nature has blessed the place with. I still remember the curving labernum lined road leading towards the admin. Block, and the two bougainvillea laden stretches right in front of it. J.N.U is the most beautiful during April as everything is in bloom and the view is a treat for the senses.
Enough digressing, back to the walk. So we are mid way through our walk, right at the spot heading towards the parthasarthy rock. We are still on the road, when we paused. You cannot be human if you did not do so. In front of us was a flock of peafowls. Actually one peacock and a few peahens. Now imagine this, the weather is just beginning to get hot and its all dusty. And then you hear the clouds rumble and the day gets a little darker. Its not raining yet, but it is going to. And you have in front of you a peacock that is in preparation of unfurling its majestic beauty and actually dancing. That, dear friends, is a concert, no MasterCard in the world can pay for. For this you have to be in the right place at the right time.
It so happens, that we were. What followed is what is being shared here and will forever be etched in my memory.
So, the peacock starts dancing. Some peahens are watching but gradually leave. That leaves our dancing peacock with two peahens at two opposite ends. The peacock knows now that the stakes have just gone up. He starts dancing towards hen A. She is not too interested. Fine, the peacock does a 180 degree turn and starts dancing towards hen B. she is not too interested either, but by now hen A is miffed and she leaves. The peacock is now dancing for all its worth. They left finally. Don't know if the peacock was successful in its mating game. But, we got a show and yes it rained a few minutes later.
Soon, we were all done with our program and left in different directions. The ten of us are scattered all over the world but still carry in our hearts the memories we acquired.


bleu said...

Pretty Cool.

Nithya Swaminathan said...

Wow! Actually seen a peacock dance, lucky u!! I have never seen:((

mariasaus said...

"She is not too interested. Fine, the peacock does a 180 degree turn and starts dancing towards hen B. she is not too interested either, but by now hen A is miffed and she leaves".

Hmm, those 180 deg- turns!
(Sir P, can't you be a little more patient and subtle?) See, what happens- A and B are not impressed:)
*sigh...sooner or later, we know he is going to get lots of action..who can resist them- moves!

Seriously, nice pic and blog Bilbo-
Yep, when the Peacock 'dances'- it's something else!


Priyamvada_K said...

Wow...got transported to the jungle. Nice picture, and good description.


bilbo said...

hey maria and priya.
since the pic was appreciated so much , I must fess up. Borrowed it from a friend who took at the zoo.
Will definitely let him know.
thanks for the nice words .

Ananth P said...

Nice :) Good pic too !

PS: It was a common sight for us when we were in colony where we had a mini forest behind our house! Now in the concrete jungle we cant expect anything :(

Peppy said...

hey havent seen a peacock in AGES! remember there used to be dozens of htem at this small town called karaikudi i lived in as a pre-schooler [proud of prodigal memories]