It is Spring now in Delhi. A poet’s delight. Flowers everywhere; even in those sooty, heavily polluted industrial patches of the city where flowers are the last thing on anyone’s mind.
The pic on the top is of a lane adjoining M.G Road Metro Station, right outside Beverley Park II Apartments. I call this road ‘Poppy Lane’ because these red and white poppies are its most striking feature. They look absolutely divine and ravishing. Whenever there is a breeze, they shake and bob their heads like Flamenco dancers and seem to be smiling merrily. A mere sight of them is enough to set your pulse racing with joy and forget your worries for a while.
Thanks to Poppy lane and its thoughtful gardeners, I am now one of those blessed ones who get the chance to grab a few moments of unalloyed happiness, peace, and tranquillity before getting sucked into another day of corporate turmoil.
Alas, this brief interlude will soon be over and these lovely poppies would disappear…Do visit them before they are gone…
Come Summer and the Champa trees on this lane would start blossoming into clumps of glorious white flowers. The road would then become The Frangipani Lane as named by the famous writer-blogger Mayank System Soofi in his Delhiwale column in The Hindustan Times dated 24 August 2018. Something like a much-loved child in a joint family with many pet names….
At the peak of winter, when it’s chilly, misty, and cloudy outside and the plants are bereft of green leaves, it’s best to head to the kitchen and make these unusual pakoras for yourself and your family. Have them with a cup of hot masala chai. It will drive away the blues and make you feel better.
Here are the step-by-step pics…
1. Grind some cauliflower ganthals (stalks) along with a bunch of garlic, some ginger, and a green chilly. Take out this paste in a vessel and add besan (black gram powder) to it.
Add salt, ajwain, hing, amchur, cumin powder, and coriander powder as per your taste.
Take out spoonfuls of this batter and deep fry in hot oil in a Karahi till they turn brown all over.
Place them in a plate once done. Enjoy with a dip of your choice and a hot cup of tea.
Here are the step-by-step pics.
Prepare Pomegranate Chutney: Blend a cup of pomegranate seeds with 2 green chillies, some gur, and amchur. Add some water if required. This is what you will get.
Cut sandwich into 4 pieces. Garnish with chopped carrots.
I call them official bougainvilleas because they live and breathe inside the office premises. Their blazing, bright colors add soul, poetry, innocence, and freshness to their surroundings and inspire us to continue blooming; to be happy and creative in spite of the oppressive work life in the private sector and its inevitable politics…
These words are now part of a poem…Read it here…https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/official-bougainvilleas/?m=0
Blessed indeed are those who live in houses with sun-kissed windows, caressed by lovely flowers like these…