December 31, 2010

The Sultan



“He is Sultan,” said his caretaker on the street outside a makeshift shaadi ka pandal in Aurangabad. He looked every bit of a Sultan, commanding his Sultanate in the admiring glances of passers-by.

A Marwari wedding was scheduled for later in the day, and Sultan basked in the Sun while he waited out his turn to ferry the groom through the streets of the old city.


While Sultan’s eyes were shielded behind his blinkers, the regal red set off his flowing mane in the late afternoon sun, and I could not help imagine what he must make of his majestic bearing used to embellish those who might’ve little or none of their own.

15 comments:

Nona said...

Nice pictures

Niranjana (Brown Paper) said...

Beautifully imagined!
Did you ever read the story of Baba Bharti and his horse Sultan? It's standard school text stuff...since then, I've always been primed to think Sultan when I hear horse.

nightflier said...

:)
Aren't we humans weird ? We make the divides and then we bridge them with the help of Sultans :)

Anil P said...

Nona: Thank you.

Niranjana (Brown Paper): Thank you. No, this is the first time I'm hearing of it. I must read the story you mention.

What a coincidence for you to happen upon Sultan here as well. It must've brought back many a school memories.

Sultan fits a horse much better than it would a human.

Nightflier: Sure we do. Only I doubt if Sultan would if had a choice.

I'd think he would much rather be roaming free in the wilds.

Riot Kitty said...

He looks regal indeed. Happy New Year!

dr.antony said...

Nice pictures.
The name suits him,for sure.
Have a colorful New Year.

Anonymous said...

Sultan. Salman. Akshay. Shahrukh. i love their names. Vaishnavi

Anil P said...

Riot Kitty: Thank you. He sure does. Wish you a happy new year too.

Dr. Antony: Thank you. He's a magnificient sight for sure. Not very tall, but very sturdy. Wish you a happy new year too.

Vaishnavi: Thank you. They do have fancy names. Sultan must score over the rest :-)

Pal Sin said...

:) what's your email? or rather, gmail?

Anil P said...

Pal Sin: :-) windyskies (at) yahoo (dot) com

Amrita said...

Nice picture and a great thought :)
Its time Sultan was thanked for lending his majestic bearing to those who, try as they might, can never possibly inculcate even a fraction of his dignity and grandeur

Sujata said...

Interesting...

Anil P said...

Amrita: Thank you. Yes, we should. He looks grand.

Sujata: Thanks.

P said...

That is VERY thoughtful!

Anil P said...

P: Thank you.