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Mes Trois Amour

I fell in love with three women in Paris. I know, some of you might think, “Just three????” 😀 But I couldn’t help it. I knew two of them from before I met them; the third had only recently become an acquaintance. I could have spent days just gazing at them, like some love-sick poet (which I have been, for large portions of my youth). I didn’t have that luxury, but I had the incalculable pleasure of getting to know them first-hand.

Not the first in a chronological order, but she leads any list that speaks of beauty. I could go on and on about da Vinci and his immense talent and mastery over painting and expression; on the technical aspects of sfumato and perspective; on the mysteries of her smile and the various, sometimes daft, explanations researchers have come up with to explain her. But reams have been written about the Mona Lisa and there’s little I could contribute that would add to the volumes. All I can say is this: I am an atheist and have been for some time now; standing six feet from her was the most spiritual experience I have ever had. 

Oh, and I was humming Nat King Cole’s ‘Mona Lisa‘ for hours after! 😀

She was the first of the three I met. Nike of Samothrace. Rare, since it is one of the few extant, original Greek statues. Beautiful because it takes some time to sink in that this is not cloth, or plaster, or anything soft; it is marble transformed to billowing robe and human flesh and wind-ruffled feathers…

The last because she was harder to find, but the archetype of the graceful depiction of the female form. Each curve is sensual, each facet mesmerising. How could anyone not want to touch her, feel each undulation of the skin, each fold of the robe that is almost, but not quite, slipping from her body? Maybe one day, the shell will break and Venus will emerge again?


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


6 thoughts on “Mes Trois Amour

  1. Always thought Mona Lisa was overrated busy I’ll take your word for it, havent seen it in person.
    And for all his brilliance in the arts and invention Da Vinci was a pretty vile character.


    Posted by LionAroundWriting | 04/12/2018, 7:35 AM
    • Mona Lisa arouses these polemic feelings:people think it’s magnificent or that it’s way too overrated. As for daVinci, I have read a bit about his life, I’ll have to research this aspect as well. 🙂


      Posted by hbhatnagar | 04/12/2018, 7:56 AM
  2. Beautifully expressed… Thank you for sharing with us, Dr. Hb!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 18/10/2018, 8:30 PM
  3. I did not know of Nike. I like that word, “billowing”. Perfect in regards to her dress, yup.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by krcc | 18/10/2018, 9:20 AM

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