I remember a Wodehouse short story where a struggling painter would be asked by his wealthy uncle to paint the latter’s baby son, with promise of sustenance. The portrait would turn out pretty sad, and before showing it to his uncle, the painter would tell him that the portrait may be a bit shocking from close quarters and he might want to stand a bit further to enjoy it. On seeing the portrait, the uncle would gasp and say something like he’d like to see it from afar – so far that he’d need a telescope to see it.
This prelude is to warn you that the rangoli* of Pandurangan and Rukmayee** that you see below must be seen from really really really far off, so that it appears as a microscopic dot, if you want to actually appreciate it. At close quarters, both Pandurangan and Rukmayee look, let’s say, skewed, if not positively ugly. However, I decided to keep it in the golu display out of respect for the 2 solid hours I spent making it.
Now there, I’ve said it myself. So, you don’t have to be polite.
The following is the “park” set up by the kid. If you see carefully, you’ll realise that we are a secular family – there is a Christian wedding alongside a Hindu temple, alongside a temple of the Laughing Buddha.
So, the entire golu looks thus:
Rain is playing spoil sport. I had planned to visit a dozen friends/relatives today. Not fair.
* Rangoli: Decorative designs made on horizontal surfaces with colour powder.
** Pandurangan and Rukmayee: Krishna and Rukmani, two Hindu deities, worshiped at Pandaripuram.