reading a marathi translation of a kannada book "Parva". was reading a
paragraph where the king of Madra, Shalya, the brother of Madri was
sitting in his garden, thinking of his sister. the scene as described by
the author is where the maids are watering the garden and the parched
earth. He asks them to soak the earth with a lot of water. "राजाने
सांगताच घड्याच्या तोंडावर उजव्या हाताचा तळवा ठेवून त्यांनी सभोवतालच्या
जमिनीवर ओतलं "
" घड्याच्या तोंडावर उजव्या हाताचा तळवा ठेवून"...aaahhh! the little detail . '
As a child, most of my summer vacations were spent at my maternal
aunt's place at Pimpri in Pune. My couisn brothers were nearly 13 yrs
older to me. Their house was one amongst 16 other houses, all in a row.
the front of the house had a small road which lead to a garden and then
the main road. the houses had a small backyard too. the अंगण .
each morning the women folk would sweep the small stretch outsdie their
doorstep and spray it with water . सडा टाकणे , they called it. This was
followed by a small rangoli. The everyday rangoli would be in white
only. but highlighted with a bit of हळद कुंकू . the elaborate colourful
rangolis would be reserved for Diwali.
As i read the
aforementioned words, i could almost hear the "kharr kharr" of their
"kharaata" as the women in the neighbourhood swept across the street.
i can see myself lugging a small bucket of water with a stainless steel
tambya, across the backyard and through the rooms , spilling little
splats of water all throughout.
Once outside the house i would
coax my tiny hand to span the circumference of the tambya in preparation
for the सडा टाकणे . It wasn't as easy as it had appeared. it required
skill to aim and let out the water from the 'tambyaa' , through the
fingers, in a fine spray . so many times the tambya has slipped from my
hands and landed on the road , denting it. It irritated my aunt who
sometimes was low on patience. It sure amused my cousins. I remember
their indulgent smiles.
hehe! such is the power of words . such is the power of the mind. conjuring up the imagery !