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The Slip Between the Cup and the Can

July 27, 2023 | By

📢 Hey there, fellow meanderers! 📢 Are you ready for the craziest, most whimsical season of Morning Meanderings yet? Brace yourselves because Santosh Bakaya is BACK, and she’s taken her meandering to a whole new level! 🤪

MM’s new SEASON 3 begins today, July 27th, with The Slip Between the Cup and the Can and will continue with weekly episodes that will brighten up your mornings and make your Thursdays extra special! ☀️📆 🎉 So mark your calendars, set your alarms, and gather your favorite morning brew because Morning Meanderings Season 3 is coming at you like a caffeinated whirlwind! ☕️🌪️

Morning Meanderings Season 3 by Santosh Bakaya

The pup bounded towards the hare

The place where we shifted some years back was almost in the midst of the wilderness. What a delight it was to see the sudden appearance of deer and Neel gai right before you. Their entire families moved around with reckless abandon, and there was a profusion of wildflowers dancing to their own rhythm, standing proud amidst thickly fragrant all-enveloping air.

Then slowly, concretization picked up speed, and such sights became rare, and then almost disappeared.

Now, wherever one looks, there is a vast concrete expanse, here and there interspersed with scattered patches of green touched with grey.

So, it is a delight when one comes across a rare wild hare hopping ahead of you, its nose to the ground. I had resumed my morning walks after a pretty long time and was looking around with new eyes.

Just a little ahead of me, a young, pleasant boy, our neighbour, with whom I have exchanged pleasantries many times, was walking his dog. [Or maybe it was the other way round?] The boy was slothful, sleep kinks refusing to leave his eyes, while the pup was a picture of frolicsome agility.

Seeing a rare species in the vicinity, the tiny pup, to the utter horror of the boy, broke free of the leash and bounded toward the hare, which had piqued the pup’s curiosity.  The hare scampered toward the nearby shrubbery. The pup followed the hare, diving into the shrubs. The highly harassed boy followed its truant pup, crawling hesitantly into the bushes. My eyes followed the boy.

Soon the boy emerged from the shrubbery, dusting himself and cautiously removing the thorns and brambles that clung to him. By his side was the pup, now securely leashed up, who, I noticed, had a grumpy look on his face. Needless to say, he was desperately pulling at the leash, his eyes almost popping out, looking around for opportunities for mischief.

Morning Meanderings Season 3 by Santosh Bakaya

Morning Meanderings is a weekly musings column by Santosh Bakaya

My eyes fell on three men outside a hair-cutting saloon on the opposite side of the narrow road. They were sitting on three rickety chairs, sipping tea from the smallest cups I had ever laid my eyes on. I wondered how they were so adeptly balancing themselves on the wobbly chairs and the shaky tea in the smallest of cups.

One… two… three… How many sips did the cups hold? Before I could say four, the terrific tea slurpers had finished the 3-sip tea and were now heading toward the shrubbery in almost choreographic unison.

One step. Two steps. One step. They danced towards the shrubbery. The pup watched amused, as they threw the tiny paper cups into the shrubbery. I looked around. There was a hopelessly dented and rusted, lidless can serving as a garbage can a couple of meters away from where they had been sitting. But when you have green shrubs to decorate with your litter, why would you choose an unwelcoming trash can.

The pup again yanked himself free, raced towards the shrubbery, and came back holding one cup between his teeth possessively. Then with an innocent but highly endearing air, he put the cup near the boy’s feet. Perhaps bribing him for holding the imminent punitive action at bay?

But no, there was more. Before the boy could react, the pup had picked up the cup again, bounded across the road and up to the garbage can. He placed the cup on the ground near the can and looked back at his audience proudly.

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He placed the cup on the ground near the can and looked back at his audience proudly.

The boy looked at the threesome. The threesome looked sheepish, with a classic caught-red-handed expressions on their faces. One of them went up to the shrubs and picked up the two cups perched like out-of-place decorations on the bushes. He went up to the can and threw all the three cups in their rightful place. The beaming pup quickly licked his foot.

The foursome laughed wholeheartedly. Honestly, no adjective can describe the awesomeness of the scene unfolding before my eyes. Let’s hope the homo-sapiens got some civic sense from their mammal friend.

Did You Miss the Delectable Morning Meanderings Season 2? Click to Read! 

Don’t Forget to Revisit Morning Meanderings Season 1!!

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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 Slip Between the Cup and the Can

  • Madhu

    “Exquisitely presented and beautifully described, “The Slip Between the Cup and the Can” by Santosh Bakaya captivated my senses😊
    Truly quoted that the homo-sapiens must have got some civic sense from their mammal friend.
    I await your thoughtful stories as it always inspire and bring joy…💕

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