June 28, 2011

Sunday Lunch



Kolkata. 2009.

The school caretaker holds out two polythene bags to his wife at the doorway of his residence located to one corner of the school courtyard. His cat follows him to the door, out of habit and purpose, equally.

One bag holds tomatoes and greens, and the other, fish. The courtyard is swept clean and quiet. The platforms in the shade are empty of students.



Later he basks in the winter Sun with the cat at his feet. It is Sunday morning and they both have time on their hands, and paws, to pause with the Sun and reflect with the shadows while awaiting lunch.

21 comments:

Riot Kitty said...

Being in the sun with a cat at your feet, is there anything better?

Balachandran V said...

life is made up of such tender, seemingly unimportant moments...

Meena Venkataraman said...

Beautiful!.. Love this simple tale and the romance of everyday life

Nisha said...

Even simple things become magical with your words. :)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

shorter post by you... good one

Nona said...

Life is simple?? :)

Anu said...

I so echo Nisha's words... such a simple thing, yet it looks so beautiful!! the scholl seems so peaceful.. was it holiday time?

Anil P said...

Riot Kitty: Absolutely. Few things can beat it.

Balachandran V: True. Sometimes, life is only as complicated as we make it, and as simple as we can afford to make it.

Meena Venkataraman: Thank you. There's much romance in life on the street if one would just pause for a moment along our way.

Nisha: Thank you :-)

Shrinidhi Hande: Thought of letting the images speak for themselves.

Nona: It is most times, isn't it? :-)

Anu: Thank you. It was a sunday.

lgsquirrel said...

You captured a beautifully peaceful moment. This is great photo reporting.

Lynn said...

That is a lovely, tranquil moment you captured. I hope the cat got a little fish, too. :)

dr.antony said...

Anil
I was away from the blog for some time.
As always,I loved it.Life is always expectations of some kind.

Grannymar said...

You can feel the warmth of the sun and the silence, free from the normal daily chatter and laughter. I didn't smell the fish... perhaps it is not cooked yet! ;)

Anil P said...

Lgsquirrel: Thank you.

Lynn: Thanks. I'm sure it did. Cats can be insistent about what is theirs by right :-)

Dr. Antony: Thanks. Without expectations it'd be dull.

Grannymar: Thank you. There's the silence that is palpable. It would've been cooked by lunch time.

Ms.N said...

haha ... the lure of time on hands. something we crave, but not everyone can plunge into ? (on a longer-term I mean).

This post comes right at a time when i feel totally sleep deprived, and is much much relished!

Arunima said...

can imagine a cat blissfully asleep on my feet and going purrrr later. :-)

karen said...

Beautiful photos. Being a cat person, I love the inclusion of the cat in the peaceful Sunday scene!

Been catching up on earlier posts and really enjoyed 'meeting' Appu Kuttan, and experiencing rainy Mumbai, as well as learning about MF Husain! Always something new here..

Anil P said...

Ms. N: Time is abundant as well as scarce, both at the same time.

Arunima: Cat snooze :-)

Karen: Thank you. Watching a cat any day one would be mistaken into thinking that each day is a Sunday. Cats are the ultimate 'laidback' time.

Indian Bazaars said...

The things you seem to observe, even that moment that lies hidden between one moment and the next...

Ambika said...

Cool and breezy like last Sunday afternoon :) I like this post, just a simple, sweet observation!

Ritha Hegde said...

This is sweet :)

Anil P said...

Indian Bazaars: Thank you. Every moment is a possibility.

Ambika: Thank you.

Ritha Hegde: Thank you.