A park like no other

Some months back, I read about her in the newspapers. On Wednesday morning, I got to meet her. Sangeetha Mehrotra, the ‘silent woman of Cubbon Park’ was walking her six Golden Retrievers in the park and was happy to pose for me. In 2005, Sangeetha had taken a vow not to speak and has since then lead a life of silence. Read more about her here:

http://www.bangaloremirror.com/columns/sunday-read/Silent-woman-of-Cubbon-Park/articleshow/21233265.cms

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In the picture below is Pataka one of her dogs whom I got to pet:

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And these are two pictures of another of Sangeetha’s oh-so-adorable Golden Retrievers:

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Awww…

Cubbon Park is a great place to be for dogs and dog-lovers. The park was created in the late-19th century and was first called Meade’s Park (named after Sir John Meade who was the commissioner of Mysore at that time). It was later named after Sir Mark Cubbon (the longest serving commissioner of Mysore state). Every morning, hordes of joggers, walkers and pet-owners race through the park’s many paths.

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The endless greens double up as playgrounds for children and dogs and as picnic spots. It is not uncommon to spot children play ball with their dogs.

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^I spotted this lady last year when on a walk through the park. She was walking her three dogs with their leashes strapped to her waist.

The park is also a dumping ground for unwanted pets. People who for some reason can no longer look after their pets leave them here knowing fully well that the animal will be adopted by one of the umpteen pet lovers who frequent the place.

A few spots in the park are dedicated to feed pigeons. Hundreds of pigeons flock around to feed on grains brought for them by some of the daily visitors.

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The many trees and shrubs in the park attract various species of birds besides crows and mynas.

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Cubbon Park houses three beautiful red buildings built during the time of the Raaj – the State Central Library, the High Court of Karnataka and the  Government Museum.

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^The spectacular red facade of the Government Museum

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^The Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall which now houses the State Central Library. Sheshadri Iyer was the longest serving Diwan of Mysore State. For a long time Shesadri Iyer looked after the administration of Mysore state along with the Mysore maharani because the ruling monarch was an infant.

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^The pillars of the State Central Library building with Corinthian engravings.

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^The High Court of Karnataka.

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^The statue of Sir Mark Cubbon sculpted by Baron Marochetti.

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^The statue of Queen Victoria at the entrance of the park was installed in 1906. A photo dating back to 1940 shows a picture of the statue amidst a barren background with only 2 or 3 trees around it.

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^The bandstand which was earlier located at another part of the park. The bandstand was frequented by British couples during the time of the Raaj. They would drive to and fro in horse carriages.

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^A road skirted with bamboos.

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Needless to say, the Garden City’s most famous park is a shutterbug’s delight too!

 

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This blog post got featured in Bengaluru Chronicle:

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4 thoughts on “A park like no other

  1. sujatha, would you know how to get hold of sangeetha mehrotra, the silent lady? I picked up a barn owl for her years ago while volunteering for a wildlife rescue team. I’d really like to find out how she’s doing. Will apreciate a reply. Best,

    • Oops sorry! My hard disk had crashed and I wasn’t using my computer for a long time. I often see Sangeetha at Cubbon Park in the mornings near the High Court on Saturdays/Sundays. Try going there around 7 to 8 or 7 to 9, you may be able to meet her.

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