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The Red Carpet

August 3, 2023 | By

Santosh Bakaya stepped on the red carpet and discovered a new line of floral jewellery. Morning Meanderings Season 3 comes to you with weekly episodes that will brighten up your mornings and make your Thursdays extra special! ☀️📆 🎉

flower girl morning meandings

She was carrying a small wicker basket, heavy with flowery spoil

I have often fantasized about walking the red carpet, but of course, have never clung to this folly, aware that it would forever remain in the realms of fantasy. Thus, imagine my absolute surprise when suddenly the fantasy was right before me. Nay, it was not before me — I was right over it.

I was walking the red carpet!  Ah, the red carpet moment!

It was a  carpet of red-orange gulmohar flowers that I was walking on, with ginger steps. But I was not the only carpet-walker. There was a squirrel, too, scampering on the carpet with the aplomb and panache of a veteran carpet-walker. It hopped ahead of me — a happy wee chunk, its tail touched by a sunray.

Then the surroundings resounded with a crescendo of croaks, caws, and chirps. The frogs, crows, and sparrows were triumphant that they had yanked the morning from its sloth. If this was not enough, the gulmohar trees extended their arms toward me to take me into a hug.

Morning Meanderings Season 3 by Santosh Bakaya

Morning Meanderings is a weekly musings column by Santosh Bakaya

A little away from our home was a deserted well, near which was mossy hollow, where I had seen kids having a gala time. The summer vacation had just got over, and now the mossy hollow had a sullen look of a lonely soul. Near the well, where the wildflowers were blooming gaily, stood a tiny girl, sheathed in the rays of the early morning sun. I was bewitched by the sight of the ground bestarred with tufts of blossom.

She was carrying a small wicker basket,  heavy with flowery spoil.  The flower-picker hopped toward her family sitting in a cart, which had half a cycle attached to it in the front. An emaciated woman, twenty-three going on fifty-three, and a three-year-old boy with chapped skin and cracked feet, looked in her direction.

The child was bawling his guts out. The girl jumped onto the cart, started stringing the wildflowers into a small garland, and put it around the bawling boy’s neck. The boy stopped bawling and broke into a string of chuckles.  The rag-picker family was now rich.

The father came back from his work, hefting a sack on his shoulder. They were richer now. The threesome sat down to string the flowers into garlands. Their fingers moved quickly, a race against time. The strung garlands would have to be taken to the nearby market and sold before the flowers dried. The boy with the garland around his neck, sat on the cycle seat, pretending to drive.

I was enveloped in the aura of a rain-drenched dawn. Watching the flower girl and her parents weave floral jewellery to earn their next meal made me realize their jewellery was the perfect accessory for a walk down the red carpet of blossoms. This new line of fashion can out-red any lavish red carpet.


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Dr Santosh Bakaya is the author of three mystery novels for young adults, and a book of essays titled Flights From My Terrace, which was recently published as an e-book on Smashwords. Her poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi, Ballad Of Bapu has been published by Vitasta Publishers, Delhi, India in May 2015 and has been receiving rave reviews from everywhere. Although a Political theorist, with a doctorate in political theory, it is literature which has been her first love. She was awarded the Reuel international award for language and literature 2014 for her long poem Oh Hark!, which forms part of the Significant Anthology. Many of her poems have figured in the highly commended category in Destiny Poets, a UK based website and many are part of international anthologies. Right now, she is giving the final touches to her satirical novel, tentatively titled Sanakpur Shenanigans.
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One thought on “The Red Carpet

  • Madhu

    Wonderfully described by Santoshji which exhibits an extraordinary talent for crafting captivating articles!!!

    Your writing style is poetic, taking readers on enchanting journeys of imagination and emotion.

    With each article, you skillfully touch hearts and minds. The narration of walking a red carpet made of red-orange gulmohar flowers and encountering a flower-picker family beautifully blends fantasy with reality, celebrating the beauty found in unexpected places.

    Your work is truly commendable!

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