I recently planted two Lobia seeds into a flower pot lying idle in my balcony. I got a pleasant surprise a few days later when two tiny green plants raised their heads through the brown soil. I wasn’t sure whether they would survive.
Well, not only did they survive, they turned into two individuals with distinct personalities of their own. I have named them Mukesh and Anil.
When the cool drops of rain fall on their big, green leaves, they remain erect and continue to stand proudly with their heads held high .
While Mukesh, the one on the left in the above pic, continues to spread aggressively, sprouting more and more stems and leaves, Anil is more focused on producing flowers which will subsequently drop and give birth to more lobia beans.
Mukesh probably has a long term plan and may even suffocate Anil to death while Anil is only concentrating on the present and trying to do its best under the peculiar circumstances it is caught in. Anil faces a threat from the ants too. They have already started nibbling its flowers.
Which approach is better and who will be more successful? Death is inevitable, but who will go first? Only time will tell…
Copyright: Jasbir Chatterjee