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Not a Raja Ravi Varma painting
Just a bird on a wire mimicking
Shakuntala’s stance
The backward glance
And from behind a raised wing my beau espying.

The story goes that the beautiful Shakuntala on the pretext of removing a thorn from her feet glanced backward to catch a glimpse of the handsome King Dushyanta. Raja Ravi Varma, the famed painter, has immortalized this scene in a beautiful painting.

That’s a Scaly-breasted Munia and I am definitely not buying its story. Not at all. The thingamabob was posing for my camera. 😉

©Shail Mohan 2016