My walk to the Metro station on my way to work on 23 May 2017 had something new and exciting in store for me; an Amaltas tree; a tree that Mayank Austen Soofi, my favorite writer and blogger, often writes about. I considered it my great fortune that day to have discovered one right inside my neighborhood!
It looked so gorgeous with its abundant golden yellow flowers in full bloom! A mere sight of it lifted me from the pall of gloom that had been over me for the past so many days. I could not help stopping by for a few moments to feast my eyes on this ravishing sight. Just below the tree, there was a yellow carpet formed by the fallen Amaltas flowers. I had a strong temptation to cross the fence and sit on it…
Just in case you are wondering if I reached office on time that day, well, yes, I did, quite miraculously indeed, in spite of so many obstacles, a stuck metro, a traffic jam, and aafreshly water logged road right outside the office building.
Here are some pics I clicked during those guilty moments near the Amaltas tree…
Monday, 8 May 2017, turned out to be a super special day for my family! It made me glow happily, like the moon basking in the glory of a shining star.
While the hot, orange-yellow sun blazed outside in a clear, blue sky over the dazzling, golden-yellow Amaltas flowers, my husband Sukhangshu presented a program inside the Jamia Millia University premises on the occasion of Tagore’s 156th birth anniversary celebration. I was pleasantly surprised to see that most of the audience too were dressed in yellow!
In his soft, gentle voice, Sukhangshu talked about Tagore’s famous stories ‘The Kabuliwala,’ ‘Tota Kahini,’ and ‘Homecoming’ to a spellbound audience, which included my 21-year-old daughter Suroshri and me.
For Sukhangshu, this event was another feather in his cap, worth cherishing all through his life, because getting invited to speak on Tagore in a reputed University like Jamia Millia is by itself a big sign of recognition for the work he has done till date in theater and theater education in schools.
The program was interactive in nature. The participants wore bright yellow tops, T-shirts, and kurtas in keeping with Tagore’s ideas on beauty of nature. Somewhere in the middle of the program, while Sukhangshu took a break, a group of children performed a dance based on Rabindra Sangeet, a collection of songs and music composed by Tagore. They looked very cute. If Tagore had been present that day, I am sure he would have been very happy too.
In the end, Sukhangshu was gifted a lovely momento made by the children of Aseem- Asha Foundation.
Just before we left, we were shown around the arts gallery by the organizer Aseem Asha Usman himself and the artist kids who created those lovely paintings and photographs. All the works on display were inspired from Tagore’s works. It was really amazing to find so many talented, young people under the same roof.
Here are some photos I clicked that day.
Program banner: These were placed all over the place. Sukhangshu is in 3rd row, 1st pic.
Here, Sukhangshu is talking about Tagore’s story on education, ‘Tota Kahini.’ The children made the session lively by singing a few lines in chorus from Sukhangshu’s Hindi adaptation of this story.
Sukhangshu, in the backdrop of paintings and photographs…
Organizer Aseem Asha Usman
The children, performing Rabindra Sangeet nritya.
An excerpt of a page of the program booklets distributed among the audience.
And now the momento ceremony…
Outside the auditorium, as we walked out…
Flowers are flowers/Will always be flowers/Pretty little things/that add zing, that special something/in our lives…These lines are now in a poem in poemhunter.com. Click here: https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-touch-of-flowers/
This scene of a little white flower leaning against a hard stem reminded me of the wonderful Buddhist chant, a Sanskrit phrase, “Buddham Saranam Gachhami,” meaning, ‘In Buddha, I seek refuge.”
My latest poem “Changing Wardrobes” is now on Poemhunter.com. It was inspired from my photos in the collage you see on the top. Click here and read on.
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My latest poem “Summer Wedding” is inspired from some of my recent pics. Two of these are in the collage above.
This poem is now on poemhunter.com. Just click on the link below and read on…