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Blessings of Nature

 

 

 

 

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.

Mint

Green peppers and beans

Phul Gaindwa Na Maro…

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… ”

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The Art Of Minting

 

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It gives me great pleasure to announce that I have finally learnt the art of growing mint in a pot, starting from a mere branch sans any roots or leaves.I spend my mornings these days gazing happily at the young mint leaves sprouting from the greenish-brown shoots sticking out proudly from the soil…

I look forward to making mint chutney in future with my own home-grown mint…

Here are the step-by-step pics…

Step 1: Choose a thick stem and slice it diagnally as you can see here.

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Step 2: Plant it gently in the pot in a diagonal position.

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Step 3: Press the area around the stem on the soil to remove the air bubbles

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Step 4: Water the pot and press again like this.

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Step 5: Just be patient and take care that the pot is never dry. After a few days, you will be rewarded with new leaves like the ones you see in the pic. Not all branches will survive though. Some will wither and dry.

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