Painting by Alwin Paul

We were the best friends from ages
Stood up for each other
Climbed the cashew trees with ease
Stomped the neighbourhood villa
All for a couple of guava
Cracked a few jokes with lovely aunties on lazy summer afternoons
And escaped from the scathing sights of naughty uncles
Life, just went by like a lullaby to the newborn
Until I crossed the mirror
As I did, I lost my friend
Who until then followed me like a shadow
I bet you have seen my friend
As my friend is for real

[to my most loving, but lost friend]


in others skin: a behrupiya

the search for amusement and entertainment leads us to many art forms. Behrupiya is one such form of traditional art, wherein the person adorns someone else’s personality and changes the look through different costumes, make up and other paraphernalia, obviously to amuse people and earn a living. Behrupiya (in Hindi) means an impressionist, often seen at any celebrations in India. Be at weddings, temples, on street, busy market areas and so on. Though, with the passing time, the sight is becoming rare. Like many artists, they too struggle to make ends meet. With the passing years, it is quite possible that this art form would live only in pictures. Next time you meet one such artist, make sure to help.