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The Park

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The towering eucalyptus’ and the intricately shaped flowerbeds gave VIP Park a charm that was unlike any park in the neighborhood.

For the sophisticated, two brick and mortar gates painted in red served as the doorway to the park. But kids preferred jumping over the hedge-covered barb wires, which often resulted in torn knickers.

During summers, elders took a walk on the peripheral mud track while children indulged in cricket tournaments.

Winters marked repainting of the badminton court in one corner of the park. Matches lingered into midnight, much to the angst of parents.

Annual festivities like Dusshera witnessed ‘Ravana – the demon king’ set ablaze at the very center of the park. Occasionally, it transformed into a marriage venue too, bidding adieu to the newly weds.

‘Maali Kaka’ – the gardener tended the VIP Park all his life!

And now that he is gone, I wonder if it’ll remain the same ?

Written by Sangfroid

February 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Posted in iWrite

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  1. are you sure it has not been converted to some swanky multiplex? 😦

    nice nostalgic read.. reminded me of Motibagh in my home town…

    Kunal

    February 11, 2009 at 5:42 pm

  2. Kunal, not a multiplex … but yea the eucalyptus’ have been chopped off 😦

    Sangfroid

    February 12, 2009 at 12:29 pm

  3. hope teh park remains the same…

    aNoop aka --xh--

    February 12, 2009 at 1:53 pm

  4. 🙂 good read…
    I remember the rickety merry-go-round near my house that I used to play on, I literally ‘ate a lot of circles there’…this time during my hometown visit, I went to that place..that thing still remains…and brightly colored now :))

    notmanish

    February 13, 2009 at 4:41 pm

  5. Anoop, I hope so too bro! 😐

    Mani, Wow! So in this case change has been for the better which is always welcome! 🙂

    Sangfroid

    February 14, 2009 at 10:02 am


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