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A beautiful Delhi moment

A beautiful moment captured in the heart of Old delhi.

entertainment Updated: Nov 12, 2010 02:58 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi

One afternoon, we were taking a stroll in a by-lane in Bulbuli Khana, a cramped neighbourhood in Old Delhi. The only public spaces that are wide and airy in this part of the Walled City are courtyards in the area’s mosques. The neighbourhood, however, is remarkable for its old-world charm. The houses are ancient and the doorways are beautiful. Goats dart down the narrow alleys, women are seen in veils and old men gather around chai stalls. Reaching a turning, we found an incredible sight.

A pigeon was perched on an overhanging electric wire. A boy, standing on the second floor balcony of a house, was calling out to the bird. “

Aaa ja. Aaa ja. Aaa ja

.” A crowd had collected. Everyone was looking up at the boy who kept repeating, “

Aaa ja. Aaa ja. Aaa ja

.” He spread out his arms but the bird was too far. It would not move. “

Aaa ja. Aaa ja. Aaa ja

.” A moment later, the bird fluttered its wings, and hopped towards the boy. He took it in his hands. The crowd cheered.

As the people started to disperse, the boy came down into the street. He was wearing jeans. The boy showed his catch to a tourist, who hesitatingly but lovingly tapped on the bird’s forehead. While the wings were white, the rest of the bird’s body was brown. Holding it gently in his hands, the boy then turned towards me. “What will you do with it?” We asked. “I’ll eat it.” He started laughing. “No, no. I’m joking. I’ll set the bird free.” It was a beautiful moment.