Images that stand on their own, each telling their own stories and unrelated to one another, will sometimes yield a narrative to a meandering mind when paired with each other, more by chance than intention.
On Mumbai roads, on long commutes, their pairing sometimes helps me endure the ride.
One such instance presented itself on the back of an auto rickshaw recently, driven no doubt by a rickshawallah “Dil Se” (दिल से) dedicated to the cause of M.N.S or Mansa or Mansey (म.न.से) as Raj Thackeray’s party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, is known.
दिल से, म.न.से
दिल से और मन से, म.न.से
Wah bhai, wah.
Only I doubt if Raj Thackeray, for all his skills in steering his new ship in the rocky sea of state politics, would be amused seeing the Titanic share space with the rickshawallah’s “Dil Se” (heartfelt) dedication to M.N.S. that too in the election year where many, including the Shiv Sena, hope Raj will sink to the bottom.