Sahana & Suneel in the Boston Public Garden

Suneel and Sahana in the Boston Public Garden Arun Shanbhag
Earlier in the Fall, we joined friends for a Dim Sum lunch in Boston’s Chinatown. After a belt-loosening fiesta, we ambled through the Boston Commons and Public Garden for nature’s Fall color show.

There I took pics of their kids, the eminently cuddly Sahana and her adorable brother Suneel. Over the holidays, Sahana showed me with great pride, her newly painted toe-nails and secretly whispered in my ear: “I love you!” I want two, just like her!

Suneel has a knack for stumping us with a question for everything. For eg. when noticing the signs, “Stop on Red!” he asks why there are no signs which read, “Go on Green?” He is a riot, and leaves his school teachers and even his karate instructor scratching their heads. When Suneel is asked to do a side kick, he retorts, “Why should I kick on the side, there is no one there!” Thankfully during our Dim Sum lunch, we were able to satisfy some of his queries.
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Fall (in love) in Boston

Boston Public Garden in the Fall
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It was a crisp, sunny Fall afternoon in Boston. With friends we enjoyed Dim Sum in Chinatown, and ambled through the Public Garden – an oasis of serenity amidst an urban entangle. Shot pics of our friend’s kids and a couple of the landscape. You like?

Another from the Public Garden. Very different compositions and I had a difficult time deciding which to lead with. Which would you have picked to lead? and why? Look carefully and read below.
Boston Public Garden in the Fall

What this (second) pic says to me:
At first glance it appears like two images grafted together. The upper half is busy and brighter; the lower half, more monotone, darker and separated from the upper by a slash of bright light. Like a dagger slashing the canvas! Rrrrriiippp!

Start from the bottom. The here and now! Dried leaves crumbling; soon to be reduced to dust. Life! Some may spy the bright reds evoking beauty and romance. Boring, monotonous and tedious! They are in the shade. Notice how this foreground is bounded by the barren tree trunk on the left and the equally dark evergreen on the right; like gatekeepers of the shade!

The grass is actually very green. Grass, a metaphor for perennial life draws me, pulls me, UP and UP! Like a glowing runway guiding me past these hulking ogres to a brighter forward. There in the distant, young trees are bathed in a divinely golden glow. Peer closely and you may see frolicking kids. Can you hear their giggle as they weave around trees. I see a few doing cartwheels and girls playing phugdi. In that golden quadrant (yes, it is only a tiny sliver of ethereal glow), spring flowers eternal, you hear birds singing on golden boughs and lovers napping in each others arms. Life! Always moving forward and UP!

Look at the picture again and tell me what YOU heard. 🙂


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