It is Spring now in Delhi. A poet’s delight. Flowers everywhere; even in those sooty, heavily polluted industrial patches of the city where flowers are the last thing on anyone’s mind.
The pic on the top is of a lane adjoining M.G Road Metro Station, right outside Beverley Park II Apartments. I call this road ‘Poppy Lane’ because these red and white poppies are its most striking feature. They look absolutely divine and ravishing. Whenever there is a breeze, they shake and bob their heads like Flamenco dancers and seem to be smiling merrily. A mere sight of them is enough to set your pulse racing with joy and forget your worries for a while.
Thanks to Poppy lane and its thoughtful gardeners, I am now one of those blessed ones who get the chance to grab a few moments of unalloyed happiness, peace, and tranquillity before getting sucked into another day of corporate turmoil.
Alas, this brief interlude will soon be over and these lovely poppies would disappear…Do visit them before they are gone…
Come Summer and the Champa trees on this lane would flaunt clumps of glorious white flowers. The road would then become The Frangipani Lane as named by the famous writer-blogger Mayank System Soofi in his Delhiwale column in The Hindustan Times on 15 August 2018. See the pic below.
Something like a much-loved child in a joint family with many pet names….
Every photograph has a story knitted into it. Like this one…Theirs hasn’t ended yet, it seems, and has probably just begun…
Copyright: Jasbir Chatterjee
One special thing about Delhi Metro stations is that each one of them has an individuality and a special character of its own.
Take Uttam Nagar East Metro station, for instance. Right behind the huge iron grill on one side, there is a huge Semal tree which gets filled up with huge red flowers during the period February – April. It looks like a Flamenco dancer wearing red flowers in its hair, just about to break into a joyous dance.
As you move towards the platform on an escalator, the mesmerizing beauty of those gorgeous flowers and the pigeons peeping through the iron grill suddenly explodes into your senses. You feel great; your nerves tingle with excitement, ready to take on another grueling day at work with a cheerful smile playing on your lips.
Before you jump to any wrong conclusions, let me hasten to add that Uttam Nagar is a very densely populated place and not counted among the swanky areas of Delhi like Chanakyapuri or Lodhi Road. Construction activity seems to be on endlessly over here throughout the year. But this amazing tree and its sensuous, passionate, voluptous flowers compel you to ignore this fact for a few moments and fill you with hope that like this metro station, the Semal tree, its miraculous flowers, the malls and huge retail outlets outside, this area will soon get lots of other good things too in future.
Here is the pic of those lovely flowers…
Here’s one more pic clicked in 2015 on Valentine’s Day (14th February).