Circus in town! It was all over the place, in posters, in newspapers, everywhere. The Russian circus was in town. There was so much talk about it, on almost every lip. The whole city seemed so excited about it, and so was I. I have always loved to go to circuses ever since I was a small child. I was three when I first went to a circus.The first time I went to a circus, I had experienced some kind of a psychic fixation. My mind, heart, body and soul - all were fixed on to the circus activities. I still remember the sight of bizarre characters walking to the tune of the circus music.
But everything, is of course, now, very different. The circus was performing today. It had disturbed my rhythm of life, although it was something I could not complain about. I had even skipped a meal in all the excitement and anxiety that took over me.
The spacious, and grassy expanse had welcomed the big tent circuses every year. Many a times, the performers belonged to different countries. This year it was the Russian troupe. As we entered the main entrance to the circus, it first took us to a big menagerie tent where one could walk cage to cage and from pen to corral viewing animals from all the corners ot the earth.
I saw my first gorilla here. The elephants might outnumber from a dozen to twenty, and it was not unusual to find a giraffe, a rhino, and a hippo on display along with the polar bears.
Walking ourselves through the menagerie, we found ourselves in a big mammoth canvas tent, almost as long as a football field and seating several thousands. Here the actual performance took place, and as always it was brilliant and fascinating. The trapeze artists took away the show. The antics of the colourful and jolly clowns was so very humorous. They made us laugh till our bellies hurt. The animals were next, the elephants, the tigers, the lions and not to forget the dashing polar bear in its snowwhite coat.The acts had been dangerous and very brave of the trainers. Time just flew by. The show came to an end. We all went back home happy.