Way back in the late 80s, when we came to live in this neighbourhood in Vikaspuri in West Delhi, there used to be rows of green patches of trees, shrubs, herbs, and flowers outside each house at ground level. Only one or two houses like ours had an additional floor.
With increasing affluence and expanding families, however, additional floors with internal parking spaces for accommodation of private vehicles were added to these houses. The green patches soon turned into concretized spaces occupied by more cars. You may wonder how these public spaces got concretized. Well, in its zeal to lay down new water pipelines, the MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi), a Government agency, accomplished this objective after indiscriminately clearing up all the greenery. Very much like a juggernaut. The same agency distributes free tree saplings these days. But where is the space to plant them?
Those of us who love greenery are now compelled to indulge in our passion by growing trees, flowers, vegetables, and Tulsi plants in flower pots on our balconies and terraces.
If you look again at the pic on the top clicked from my balcony with flowers and a karela (bitter gourd) jutting out, you will notice how the rows of plants stoically watch the rows of cars below them ocupying the spaces that once upon a happy time were theirs…
But things are changing again. Parking facilities and roads are insufficient. Come November 2019 and odd-even rule will be in full force. Owning a vehicle is, in fact, a big hassle these days and moving around in a Metro train or an Ola or Uber cab makes better sense.
Well, who knows, what the future holds. We can only hope that the green patches return where they were earlier without subjecting the Indian automobile industry to the kind of extreme stress that it is reeling under at present.
Or perhaps, the concrete road will remain and people will keep buying cars; but there will be a hydroponic farm on every terrace…☺️
A few days ago, I had posted about this Newborn karela (bitter gourd) plant of mine.
While it was growing, I noticed that its creeping handles were not grabbing anything.
Not any more. See this pic here. Not only is it clinging, it’s also being very naughty and grabbing falling dead leaves too!
Soon, it will carry little karelas. I look forward to posting that pic soon.
May God bless this newborn baby with a long, happy, fruitful life…
When you live in a big city like Delhi in a small flat, any edible thing that emerges from soil inside your house gives you a big thrill…
When white brinjals began appearing on a potted plant in my balcony, I was absolutely amazed as I had almost given up on it. Year after year, new flowers kept appearing, falling, and getting replaced by new ones, but the flowers just did not turn into any fruits, like one of those perpetually unlucky kids whom Success treats like outcasts.
I didn’t have the heart to pluck these bringals, so I let them be. Now they are ripening and their color has changed into a bright, attractive yellow. See below.
Their continued, tenacious presence in my balcony has a reassuring effect on me every morning while I water all the potted plants.
I know it’s like holding on to something that I know will collapse one day. But that’s what life is all about, isn’t it?
And here are some pics of a few other edibles that I plucked.
Green peppers and beans
This Marigold flower reminded me of an old Hindi song sung wonderfully by Manna Dey…Phul Gaindwa Na Maro, na maro, Lagat Karajwa Mein chot…Really wonderful poetry with lots of double meaning…It means “Don’t hit me with a Marigold flower, don’t hit me, it hurts my soul… ”
These garlic shoots gave me a big surprise the other day by their sudden appearance on one lovely morning! I wonder how the other 3 pods will come up in the coming days…