Senior Couple Sitting on Bench, Lal Bagh

This post is for Thursday Challenge: BENCH.

I saw this couple in their sunset years of life deeply immersed in talking in a colorful bench in Lal Bagh, Bangalore. The arms of the bench looked so menacing but the couple sitting on it seemed sober. They may be discussing their problems, or may be their happiness. Whatever! I hope they found peace!

Truly, the bench is a boon to idlers. Whoever first came up with the idea is a genius: free public resting places where you can take time out from the bustle and brouhaha of the city, and simply sit and watch and reflect.
~ Tom Hodgkinson

After seeing the flower show while exiting Lal Bagh I saw the bench occupied by another set of senior people. The arms of the bench continued to look at me menacingly. The elderly people must have thought of spending time watching people around, but they didn’t know they would end up getting watched.

My favourite pastime used to be sitting on a park bench watching people. But after ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ the eyeballs turned, and I was the watched one.
~ Alanis Morissette


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33 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Oh, those are COLORFUL benches!! How fun! Great shots for the day, Indrani, as always! Hope your week is going well!! Enjoy!

  2. That is a beautiful resting spot for sure πŸ™‚

  3. That's really unusual bench!

  4. The whole aura is so colorful & beautiful πŸ™‚

  5. So I lovely benches! Beautiful pix, Indrani!

  6. Mascha says:

    Wow, what a pretty bench!
    Greetings from Germany

  7. The seat is looking like a throne and the male is King but the lady ….in first pic ? dont know how the queen sit ?

  8. We dont have such colorful benches here.. πŸ™

  9. I love that place and the bench especially, so colorful and aesthetically eye-pleasing! πŸ™‚

  10. hargunwahi says:

    The benches are seriously magnificent and amusing at the same time. The lions look on guard!
    great share πŸ™‚

  11. Parul says:

    These benches are colorful. Even I have pictures clicked of them with VT and my papa sitting πŸ™‚
    And those couples – yes, hope they found peace.

  12. I have noticed this thing so many times, that whenever I see an old couple spending time together.. I feel good, I feel satisfaction and automatically my face turns smiling.
    Nice post!

  13. Nice post and photos

  14. eileeninmd says:

    Helli Indrani, I like the lions and the colorful bench! I like to people watch too! Have a happy day!

  15. The first couple seem to be in serious discussion.And the benches are just cute.

  16. magiceye says:

    Lovely candid captures!

  17. Colourful for sure. I do love watching people!

  18. Jeevan says:

    That’s pretty colorful bench and I have seen it too while I visit the garden but I guess it was plain yellow then. I love benches and watching people is something simply amusing.

    Nice captures!

  19. Sitting in a bench can be a very creative experience.
    Imagine three young friends, fresh out of university sitting on a low wall (quite similar to a bench) in Nehru Place, Delhi at 5 PM in the afternoon when the offices break.
    Looking a any particular person walking across the courtyard towards them and trying to guess that person's emotions and convincing others with logic why he thinks so ….
    The others can accept or challenge with their reasoning…

  20. Ha ha Suman… I know that… done that a few times myself.
    Thanks for the thoughtful comment. πŸ™‚

    Thank you friends for the comments.

  21. ladyfi says:

    What a cheerful and lovely bench!

  22. The first couple seems to be deliberating, while the gentleman in the 2nd pic seems to be totally disinterested in the ladies talk. Carries an 'Oh what crap!' expression on his face.

  23. You come up with beautiful perspectives about things which normally we ignore. I admire that. Nice bench out there and now it feels like a must visit monument.

  24. Panchali says:

    Fantastic capture…wow! such colorful benches! πŸ™‚

  25. Great observation skills, Indrani and equally wonderful captures.
    A wonderful post πŸ™‚

  26. Symbolizing a retired, peaceful life…

  27. Park benches can be relaxing and rejuvenating ! Gives you solitude and privacy amidst quiet ambiance. To rest review remember rejoice reminisce !

  28. & they are protected by two Royal Lion Guards. πŸ™‚

  29. The royal feel of her majesty…on these benches…magnificent indeed..

  30. What a beautiful and colourful bench!

  31. I have seen this bench in Lalbagh so many times… but your photpgraphy is what made me take real notice of the fact that it was so colorful and a photographer's delight.

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