Thursday, December 29, 2011

Flamingo Laundry

Grey goats spilling from a truck and hopping around like popping mustard seeds in oil.. A shop named Flamingo laundry, swathed in a dim blue light that makes the people walking around look like fish in an aquarium.. The low-throated purr of autorickshaws interspersed with the bells of the ice-cream seller.. The smell of Anjalai drawing the morning kolam ( the smell of water sprinkled on mud, like the onset of rain ).. The humid darkness at 3am dispelled by a swinging avocado shaped bulb.. The ferocious cyclone that brushes past my face to reach out and pluck a mango leaf from the sky and fling it to the ground.. 

My city, there's a lot to like in you.

7 comments:

kray said...

Chennai for new year?

and Happy New Year, while I'm here :)

ps: my verification word is very very close to cowsnbulls :D

Hemamalini said...

Heya. happy new year to you too! Yes, in Chennai, in the midst of a few cows. (no bulls though, I must add).

Ms.N said...

very very graphic.

was wondering which city 'my city' was!

Hemamalini said...

@ Ms. N, it's Chennai, and it's a place that somehow feels like it hasn't changed too much over the years :)

theolddrifter said...

you visited my blog and left some kind words behind...thank you!

Anu said...

Stunning, babe :) The mustard seeds and the avocado bulb are absolutely divine! The cyclone too... heck, everything :))

Hemamalini said...

@Gnu.. Thankewwwww :D