My brother Arvind rang me up early yesterday morning with an unusual request. He wanted me to take some photographs of something that he had noticed during his stay with me last year and send them to him to copy the idea.
Some background information. Arvind and his wife Shanta had come to take care of my home and me during my surgery and recovery during September/October 2011. They had moved into my then bedroom which is upstairs with a balcony overlooking my neighbour Abbas’s garden. Arvind had obviously seen the garden and this is what impressed him most.
Just the garden hose wound around a wall mounted car wheel. A neat way to stow away the garden hose which otherwise is left in coil form in some corner of most gardens, including mine.
My own epiphany was yesterday evening after I had taken the photographs and Abbas and I were on our evening walk. Abbas asked what I was photographing in his garden and I explained. At that moment, it struck me that I could do the same in my garden too to bring about a little order there. I have seen the arrangement in Abbas’s garden any number of times and it had never occurred to me make a similar arrangement in my garden too and I could have done this twenty odd years ago! After the gardener had watered the plants and gone away, this is how the hose pipe was left in one corner of my garden.
Not acceptable at all. Arvind and Abbas Zindabad. For those who do not understand, that is Viva Arvind and Abbas.