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
Year after year, I keep clicking pics of Bougainvillea flowers. They look so flamboyantly beautiful. I don’t think I will ever get tired of them…This pic was clicked during late evening just towards the fag end of spring 2018..In Delhi…
Somewhere on NH24, near Ghaziabad, a town in Uttar Pradesh, there are several Bougainvillea plants with flowers of different colors, magenta, orange, and white. They look glorious and their colors seem to get brighter when the morning sun light falls on them. Their presence on the highway adds a special touch and cheers you up. I noticed this recently on my way to work. May God bless the gardeners who planted these lovely shrubs…
I don’t know for how long these flowers are going to be around because soon the harsh summer would take over and destroy them completely till the next season.
Here are the pics.
My latest poem, “A Roadside Scene” is now on poemhunter.com. It was inspired from some of my recent pics. Two of these are here on the top.
Brave, old Bougainvillea plant…
I look forward to my official visits these days to BCP (Bhikaji Cama Place), New Delhi, adjoining Safdarjung Enclave – because it gives me the chance to indulge myself in my latest passion, photography.
If you look around here with the eyes of a nature lover, you will find an interesting angle in every corner with a rich, sensuous appeal because of the lush greenery surrounding it and the pink and creamish-yellow colour of the buildings. During spring, this place gets embellished further with the blossoms of Semal and Bougainvillea flowers.
Delhi has many other commercial complexes, e.g., Rajendra Place, Nehru Place, Ranjit Nagar, just to name a few. The one at Rajendra Place has a little lake too. But I find none of them as pretty as BCP.
BCP is, in fact, a photographer’s delight and not many are even aware of it! It could be because office-goers are generally engrossed with so many other things, office politics, work targets, career problems, job security, family issues, etc, etc. Like me when I was younger.
Out of curiosity, I recently looked up the history of BCP in Google. This was what I found. 1. It was built by the DDA (Delhi Development Authority) in the 80s over an area of 35 acres. 2. A recent survey done by Svayam – National Centre for Inclusive Environments had this to say , “Today the complex has become a symbol of utter disdain for public property and lack of maintenance and is in shambles. Though it stands in the heart of South Delhi, the complex today exposes the apathy of the administration.”
I found the survey findings very shocking and disappointing!
Anyway, let’s keep aside the survey and walk together through these pics. They are just 2 months old. Do they match with Svayam’s description?