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The sky is brassy, the trees, the birds and even the monkeys from Raisina Hill who regularly traipse through my garden, long for water to moisten their parched throats

Delhi Diary
Delhi Diary
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A Murder At The Waterhole

The months of April and May bring hot, dust-laden winds from Rajasthan to Delhi. The sky turns brassy, the trees, the birds and even the roving troupes of monkeys from Raisina Hill who regularly traipse through my garden, long for water to moisten their parched throats. As a form of prayer, the best type perhaps, I have put three shallow earthen paraats among the flower beds and under the lagerstroemia trees.

Every morning, I wash them out and fill them with fresh water. A little grain is scattered around the watering holes and it is simply a joy to observe the mynahs, pigeons, parakeets and squirrels—all happily sharing the meal. The frisky little squirrels climb over the pan’s ledge to take circumspect sips of the refreshingly cool water. The kites, so very alert to steer clear of humans, swoop down for a drink. The crows, just...

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