A chance encounter with kashful lookalikes in Wellington, New Zealand in 2010 (main photo), or with actual kashful in Jagatsinghpur, Odisha in 2011 (below) bring in memories of eventful holiday journeys from Kolkata to the Digha seaside more than a decade in the past.
Flowers by the banks of a lake or by a brook in New Zealand, or on the streets of London – reminders of a loved one just as playful and precious back home in India . . .
Impending parting with a loved one makes the grandeur of trees in Cubbon Park, Bangalore unbearable and sets off tearful reminisces of aspirations in more youthful times that never quite took wing . . .
Blooms in a Santiniketan lodge in 2011 or in the Victoria Memorial grounds in Kolkata in 2015 seem to say that expectations of romance in and with life conjured up in more idealistic times need not be buried – not just as yet . . .
All photo credits: Pawan Dhall