Horses for Courses – Part II

Part – I, had fantastic response. So, Staying with horses!

Speaking of horses, hill stations provide you with plenty. Albeit these are horses who humour tourists. The loud children, big men and women, all perhaps in search of some interim pleasure. “Can we go ‘horse riding’ ” is not to be read as a question, but as an indication of an activity whose time has come !

The point really is these are horses who run the same dirt track every day. With an odd tourist in every shape and size. Done without complaints. And done without fuzz.

You can excuse the odd neighs and sundry gallop in the wrong direction. ( Somewhere they ought to be like us, right ?) All that is commonplace.

At Mahabaleshwar though, they have names to the horses.

Names like

John Ibr.
Munna Bhai.

And the chaps that sell rides, proclaim to the world, ‘ How about a ride on Salman ‘ ? Well. Hmm. Now, i love horses. But that marketing pitch didn’t quite resonate well with me. A rose is a rose is a rose. Yes. That’s true. And, in this case it was a horse.

But you know, when i did ride, two things made it uncomfortable. I am an occasional tourist and a rarer horse rider. Ofcourse, the butt didnt take the steady cantor pleasantly.

The other i guess was in my own mind. ” Riding ‘Salman’ ” wasn’t exactly my idea of a holiday. And then, just as i was dismounting and ruing the lack of a clear and steady mind, ‘Sir, would you want to try Bipasha’ said a big gent with another white horse.

And Bipasha snorted. I guess in wholesome disapproval.

The next day, as i took a walk, Bipasha, Salman, Shaheed and the gang, were all being given their bath. Their name tag identities lying besides them. And not on them.

And suddenly, they seemed who they truly were. Simple beautiful living creatures.

I clicked many times. ‘Pics of Salman, Shaheed, Bipasha et al having a bath by the river’ would be a blog title that could cause such a spike in Internet traffic that the world could have to come to a halt.

The horses couldn’t care less. Any more than a vigorous shake of a fresh white head ! And that was to swat a fly !

13 thoughts on “Horses for Courses – Part II

  1. Haha! Mammootty in there somewhere?:)

  2. Excuse me – leaving for bath.

  3. manju says:

    Very nice!

    Was it cooler than here in Mahabaleshwar?

  4. I dont know who it is in the 3rd picture, but none of the 2 legged worthies you mention are a patch on this one…..

    And speaking about baths, I wish Kareena,Bipasha and n others would stop posing in tubs, and sitting on boulders in the waterfalls……THIS is how you do a bath scene….

    Just curious. Did you watch John when Bipasha snorted ?

  5. Inder says:

    even some of the horses are in size-zero 🙂

  6. SGD says:

    Oh you should have named the post ”Pics of Salman, Shaheed, Bipasha et al having a bath by the river” !!
    Imagine a google search of Pics of
    Salman/Bipasha/John’ directing us to pics of these 4 legged beauties!!! What a laugh!!!

  7. Kavi says:

    Naperville Mom : Mammooty ! You are a pure breed Mallu ! Well, i guess Mammooty was having a fight with Mohan Lal and Suresh Gopi…so we had to settle for the likes of Salman and Bipasha !

    Hobo : Horse sense ! eh !

    Manju : Thank you ! And btw, this picture was from the archives. We had gone there sometime in Oct/Nov of ’09 !

    Swatantra : Thank you !

    Ugich Konitari : Ofcourse. They better listen to this ! This is how you do a bath scene ! Ofourse !

    And that John must have nieghed in approval. I dont know. I was too petrfied with the snort of approval ! 🙂

    Inder : Size 0 LOL !!!

    SGD : On second thoughts, i think i should have named this post like what you suggest ! That would have been fun !


  8. amreekandesi says:

    No Manmohans and Rahuls there?

  9. kavi Horse sense ? Or is it the effect of seeing Kareena and Bipasha , unexpectedly? Archives from Oct-Nov 09 ?

  10. Jeevan says:

    More than names they have true color, which dissolves while taking bath! lol

  11. I’m lost on the names, but the horses are shockingly beautiful in the river. Wonderful that you were there… you always notice the hidden treasures

  12. nsiyer says:

    Fantastic and humorous! What a connect. I am lighter reading this post. Go on and on, Kavi.

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