Cooling Off Ink and Watercolor sketch 2015 5.5x8" by Meera Rao
Your acts of kindness
are iridescent wings of
which linger and continue
to uplift others
long after sharing.
It was one of those very hot summer days. I was hurrying home to escape the heat from an errand that had taken longer than anticipated. On one of the side streets outside a marble warehouse, I was most impressed by what I saw: someone thoughtful had filled a big old blue bathtub with water for anyone who wanted to cool off by splashing water on feet or face !
Chilling the pulse points by running cold water over the wrist for a minute or so, splashing water on the temples or face are age old ways of combating the tropical heat. The amazing thing is that bath tubs are extremely rare in India but somehow one was out there propped up on old tires, filled with water ! Many men stopped by, scooped out water on their face and feet to cool off before continuing on their way. Since then I have noticed the bathtub leaning against the wall dry and empty on other days when the temperatures were bearable.
Sketching it later was very gratifying and even now the memory of the blue bath tub brings a smile to my face.
India Art Journal 2015- Strathmore Visual Journal, watercolor 140 lbs, 5.5x8"