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It was early morning. I was waiting for a cup of tea by a roadside tea-stall near the Victoria Memorial, Kolkata.
Khap Khap Khap Khap… And I saw this.
Aha! I heard myself humming spontaneously -
“Yankee Doodle went to town riding on a pony,
He stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni.”

One of our teachers used to sing this rhyme in our nursery class. We children didn’t know the meaning of ‘Yankee’ or what ‘Macaroni’ was, but we liked the rhythm and used to sing with her in chorus. In our dreams, we used to draw a picture of a brave horseman with a big colorful hat… fading into the clouds.

Now, the scene is in front of me!
It is an old, very old image out of a child’s dream… only the snap is taken now.

Behold, the boy doesn’t have anything on his head. He has lost the hat with a feather.
I am confident, the poor guy will someday find his hat somewhere in the city.
But we are poorer. We will never find what we lost…
Our sweet childhood is gone… forever.

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  • Copyright: Alekhya Sundar (aleXundar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 0 N: 265] (1256)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-11-10
  • Categories: Decisive Moment
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1500 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-01-29 7:19
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