"In the folds of these moments, there are some pure bonds .... Prayers of love are being recited and reverberated by some unseen Angels ... The earth is speechless and the sky bewildered with light .... so much light, that spreads to the heavens !! ... There is a melody in every awake and sleeping breeze .... a beauty in every movement .... as if Love is in the air !!! .... What is this love ? ... What is this dream ? ... What are these feelings of love flooding in ? ... Days have changed, nights have changed ... Conversations have changed .... The way of life have changed !! "
A song was floating in the air as we walked down from Banke Bihari temple at Vrindavan towards the ghats of the Yamuna ... Angel and Aanchal were tripping on the Bhang laddoo prasad from the darshan at Banke Bihari temple and still chanting Radhe Radhe ... The afternoon sun of the Indian month of Phalgun was absolutely incandescent !! ... There was so much light everywhere ... maybe it was the sun ... maybe it was the place ... maybe it was the bhang ... i don't know ... but our hearts and souls were distended with love and curiosity ... i say "distended" and not "filled" because to be filled means you cannot take in anymore .... yet everything and everyone we encountered had a peculiar quality of love and light ... Maybe we were surprised ... roaming around an urban village of Goswamis (Brahmin priests) ... with no cellphones ... no money(though thankfully Aanchal had brilliantly tied a few hundreds to her dupatta end just as a fallback :D, smart girl), ... no Man (this is patriarchal India ;P) escorting us ... just a blue elephant Kaleerey (a dome shaped streamer with tinkling bells tied to a bangle) on Angel and a red one on Aanchal, and my Nikon of course .... yet we did not encounter the beady eyes of city life even once !! ... Everything was so Pakeezah ... that beautiful Urdu word for purity .... In fact looking back i get goosebumps even thinking of coincidences that happen with me ... Angel had rinsed her hair in the temple complex after Bihariji's darshan ... her long curly hair was the popular target of many Holi water guns ... and it dripped in colour any way she moved ... So she washed it under a temple tap ... and in no time her hair dried in all the sunlight into Medusa curls ... I was just thinking of telling her that she looked like Meena Kumari in Pakeezah ... when i heard the song .... "In lamhon ke daaman mein .... Pakeezah se rishte hain .... Koi kalma mohabbat ka .... Dohrate farishte hain ..... Khamosh si hai zameen hairaan sa falak hai .... Ek noor hi noor sa ab aasman talak hai ..... Nagmein hi nagmein hai jagti soti fizaon mein .... Husn hai saari adaon mein .... Ishq hai jaise hawaon mein .... Kaise yeh ishq hai .... Kaisa yeh khwab hai ... Kaise jazbaat ka umda salab hai .... Din badle raatein badli, baatein badli ..... Jeene ke aandaz hi badlein hai" !!! ... Get the Pakeezah connection ? :p  .... This is Part 2 of our #Roadtripping Series 1 ... with The Filmy Owl, Delhi's hottest talent, our favourite doodle artist, aka Angel Bedi !! .... presenting Angel and Aanchal, the Queens of Sass :D



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The Queens of Sassypur


Angel is a visual storyteller if you have seen her doodles ... just google her as The Filmy Owl ... she is brilliant in capturing the local lingo and foibles of people ... That is how we know her .... the immaculate representation of Delhi dwellers is what makes her doodles so discussed and shared avidly on social media ... there is hardly any Delhi youngster that has not shared Angel's doodles to convey an emotion or local Dilli speak !! ... So to see her in action in conversation with the world is like looking through a kaleidoscope .... you never know what colourful glorious pattern you are gonna see in the next turn :) .... So we met three men as we walked down to Keshi Ghat, the principal bathing place of the town of Vrindavan on the banks of the Yamuna river ... Two of the men had the Urdhva Pundra Tilak ( white U shaped marking on the forehead made of Yamuna river clay and Sandalwood paste) ... signifying that they were Vaishnav monks ... Angel asked them the why's of their hair style, tilak, age to their bicycles ... you could see her fertile mind was busy mapping out their coordinates in the scheme of her world :D ... The third man was a caretaker of a monastery guesthouse ... He had blackened teeth which caught her attention, and after a short conversation she was busy convincing him to go see a Dentist in a government run hospital as "they have free Dental checkups and healthcare" ... Being with Angel, we observed her enormous childlike curiosity ... but that was never far away from a healthy dose of sass .... In fact when we came upon a blue house with its doors to the inner courtyard ajar ... i got into clicking mode ... but both my sassy friends stepped in "to chat with the lady of the house" ... There was a sleeping dog sunnily dreaming against the blue wall … My two sunbeams Aanchal and Angel were flitting in and out of the blue doorway as i tried to capture the charm of the eroding blue painted lime walls ….. When the lady of the house bloomed like a sunflower in the doorway … the girls charmed her into posing with them …. All i could see through my cameras viewfinder was the lady's eyes connecting, colliding ... trying to understand our sunniness of being !! 



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Sadhu at Keshi Ghat Vrindavan

Sadhu at Keshi Ghat Vrindavan 1

The Filmy Owl Angel Bedi Sadhu and Aanchal Sukhija

Aanchal Sukhija and Angel Bedi


La vie en rose on the Yamuna


The afternoon sun was burning brightly at Keshi Ghat ... and we took a boat ride with a Brajvashi boatman in his beautiful floral Naav ... Angel and Aanchal were seated at the stern while i took a place on the bow with the boatman ... As the banks lined with Kadam trees receded ... we entered a glorious trance .... of the big blue like a dome above us ... the sunlight pouring incessantly on the water and making it dance with every stroke of the oar ... It was glorious ... it was surreal !!! ... The girls were singing and rambling about anything and everything .... I could hardly see what i was clicking .... the sun was so bright .... but thankfully we got the sweetest harvest of photographs of the boat ride ... Oh and the songs these two were singing ? .... Started with Madhubala's ... "Mohe panghat pe Nand lal ched gayo re ... Mori Saree anaari bhigoyi gayo re" ... to Meena Kumari's ... "Inhi logon ne le leena dupatta mera" ... to Rekha's .... "Yeh kahan aa gaye hum, yunhi saath saath chalte" ... to the epic Zeenat Aman song "Dum maaro Dum" !! .... By the time they reached " Duniya ne hum ko diyaa kyaa, duniya se hum ne liya kyaa" and going into crescendo mode .... the boat was rocking, the boat man looked frightened and i was hanging on for dear life with my camera clutched to my chest .... hahahaha ... this is what you get with the Filmy Owl .... totally filmy moments :D



Angel Bedi The Filmy Owl Aanchal Sukhija 1

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Holi at Vrindavan

Holi at Vrindavan 2

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Angel Bedi The Filmy Owl Aanchal Sukhija 11



Keshi Ghat, Vrindavan


I smile as i am posting this ... and Israel Kamakawiwo╩╗ole is on my stereo singing Somewhere over the rainbow ... If you are with us till now on the journey, you must listen to the song to feel the beauty of observing life passing by when the sun warms old stones and clouds are far behind :D

Somewhere over the rainbow

Way up high
And the dreams that you dream of
Once in a lullaby

Oh somewhere over the rainbow

Bluebirds fly
And the dreams that you dream of
Dreams really do come true

Someday I'll wish upon a star

Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me :D


Keshi ghat Vrindavan

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Keshi ghat Vrindavan 3

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Keshi ghat Vrindavan 5

Keshi ghat Vrindavan 6

Keshi ghat Vrindavan 7

Holi at Keshi ghat Vrindavan

Flower child at Keshi ghat Vrindavan

Angel Bedi and Aanchal Sukhija


Life has definitely changed after this trip for each of us in our own way, in terms of perspective .... Apart from that, DSB has been enriched by knowing a gentle innocent sunny wise owl called Angel Bedi ... it was a pleasure to share this journey with her ... and she will always be extra special to us as our first Road Trip companion ... Here is to looking at many more trips to come .... and until then, do check out Angel on the following platforms :)


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DSB



2 comments:

  1. lovely pictures and u have truly captured the moment! just love it!

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    1. Thank you so much Pamela ... means a lot coming from you <3

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