The city goes through her daily motions, feigning ignorance of the calculated drama that unfolds in her vast darkness right above the heads of the millions who know Calcutta as ‘home’.
Calcutta had one more tryst with the moon tonight- she does so every month, as do millions of cities all over the world. But I am going to be shamelessly partial and claim that Calcutta’s moon is worth mooning over, and the city has been ‘moonlighting’ rather surreptitiously for aeons now.
First, the moon- well, she plays hard to get- take s cover behind clouds that are amazingly rust brown and ivory black tonight. She whispers to them as they move towards her, and playfully hides her silver disc just as you try to locate her through your view finder. Meanwhile, the soothing breeze tries to calm your nerves 🙂
Then you find her, grinning at you, craters and all, as she emerges in a dazzling array of moonbeams messing up your ISO, Aperture and what not in the camera. You re-adjust the settings, she waits with uncharacteristic patience, and then you click, and then you realize , your hand shook and the picture is a blur. You can almost hear her chuckle as she moves on behind a giant black cloud.
You think it is all over for the night- look up once more, sigh and shut the camera off, put on the lenscap, turn your back, when she makes a re-appearance and the drama starts all over again!
This has been my story tonight – but curiously, Calcutta’s moon is just like her. With both these ladies, you can never tell! Calcutta will frustrate you, test your patience and just when you think, you have to leave, she will dazzle you with her most brilliant self, and your plans need re-thinking.
My city does moonlight as a dull, boring, laidback, humid pit of despair, but she lives another life, as a seductress, temptress who has too many charms up her sleeve!
So, the next time you are in Calcutta, and you notice there is a full moon up above, enjoy her show by night as she moonlights into a new role for you!