The very tall dark woman was the soft spoken Labaad. She turned out to be another well wisher of Mumbiram. The light-skinned woman with green eyes said her name was Meera. She turned out to be one of the sisters of Labaad’s husband Gudchhap. Soon Mumbiram was getting to know each one of them and they in turn were fascinated to get to know, in this new city that they were entering, a ‘Painter Babu’ who was interested in them as his Muses, his models.
Friendship between Mumbiram and the Nandgaon Phasepardhis grew like the moon in the light fortnight of the month. It was not long before Ajmedar and Meera appeared in Mumbiram’s Mandai atelier ready to have a portrait made !
Such quick acceptance of an artist as a friend would be unheard-of from most other communities in India. Phasepardhis have a gypsy inside them. They have a surprisingly alive sensitivity to art, music and other romantic aspects of human life.