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
The above title, which means ‘One Flower, two Gardners’ in Hindi has been borrowed from an old Bollywood film with the same name.
Copyright: Jasbir Chatterjee
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
For every rule, there’s an exception and for every nonconformist exception, there’s a rule. So, mathematically speaking, if I remember correctly from my M.Sc. (Maths) days, you may conclude that rules and exceptions have “one-to-one” relationships.
Here is an amazing example: a green grape growing on a bunch of black grapes. Strange, isn’t it? This is a recent pic…
Hair styles in India are no longer what they were like a few years ago. Gone are the days when Indian women yearned for thick, long, jet-black hair because that was considered a benchmark.
In a way, this is good because you no longer pine for something you don’t have and may not ever get. The trend these days is to make the most of whatever assets you’ve got through innovation, experimentation, and makeovers.
Even hair colors are getting wilder and funkier and their use is no longer restricted to the older age groups. The coloring agent most commonly used earlier was mehndi, which left behind a brownish-orange color. The chemical dyes, if at all they were used in the past, produced that much wanted dark black stain, but the effect looked a bit unnatural and didn’t quite go well with an aged face. But things have changed now and almost everyone seems to have a tinge of some color or the other in their hair and it’s not always from mehndi…
Just open your eyes wide and look around you. You will find lots of women with colored hair. Even men are not far behind in this race to look fashionable and trendy.
Another amusing thing I have observed is men and women with dark skin and black-brown eyes sporting blonde hair!
Take a look at these pics…
Indian girls with blonde hair…No longer rare in the 21st century!
Thanks to the generosity of monsoon 2016, green carpets, like the one below, can be seen all over Delhi NCR…
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…