We returned to Mysore Palace at dusk.
Simon, our guide and driver, had scheduled the route with care.
It was a Sunday evening, which in Mysore is a magical time.
On our arrival the flood lights were already on.
But as twilight gave way to the darkness of night, the illuminations were suddenly dimmed.
When light returned it was as a myriad pinpoints enmeshing the palace, highlighting its intricate design, its domes, columns and arches.
From within the courtyard, a military band gave a concert to the enchanted audience,
While children played with their light-emitting toys.
Mysore’s ethereal son et lumière.