When I bought my new giant sketchbook, I called up Prabha to tell her. We decided to spend a day sketching at Lalbagh and we landed there at 7.30 am one day last week. It must have been one of the happiest days of my life ever. Here are the pictures:
Curious teachers with their school kids wanted to know why we were drawing, 'chumma jaaliya (jolly) pandringlaa?' they asked in Tamil (Are you doing this just for fun?)
Here is Prabha's drawing
Naturally we also brunched at MTR and our meal also included delicious Honey Halwa
and a large ice-cream with fruit. Sugar highs are absolutely necessary to get the drawing juices revved up.
At another table strange creatures from Bangalore's Art world peered and waved their tentacles at us.
When I said we are going to Lalbagh for an entire day of drawing they looked mystified. Drawing? Huh? What's that?
Giant Silk cotton trees
I need an even bigger sketchbook I think!
Here are some pictures of couples under the trees. I love how tiny they look under the giant benevolent trees and I love how the trees almost seem to envelope and shelter them. Prabha mysteriously commented: It is unfortunate that one can't make out whether a relationship will last or not just by looking at these couples.
The moist, rich and fascinating floor under a Naagalingam tree
And the marvellous tree herself
Prabha has the eyes of an eagle. She spotted a Barn owl far up on a tree in the distance and she pointed out these red bugs to me.
We were ravenous at tea-time. Back to MTR!
Here are some of Prabha's sketches
We drew till the sun set, chatted with curious old men and children and headed home before the mosquitoes came out.
Some day that! : )