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My Periwinkles – 2020

Every summer, masses of colorful periwinkles spring up on their own in my terrace flower pots, like unwanted weeds.

My job as a corporate professional never allowed me to give them much attention earlier. Sometimes they dried up when it became too hot and no one in my family remembered to water them. But as soon as a few rain drops fell on them, they bloomed again. They were somehow always around, ever smiling, irrespective of whichever mood I was in.

But these days, thanks to lockdown, I find myself spending a lot of time with them and they have made me fall in love with them all over again!

Not only are they least demanding, they are also the most inspiring flowers in these Corona times. They don’t need any compost or fertilizers and they manage to bloom even under slabs of concrete and a mass of thorny cactus!

I feel amply rewarded after watering them when the water drops on their dark green leaves and gorgeous flowers glisten under the summer sun, which is still unusually gentle this year in May in Delhi in comparison to previous years. They look so ravishing!

And when the twilight approaches, the flowers sway gently to the soothing touch of the evening breeze…

Oh, how I wish this could go on forever!

Here are some pics of those courageous, lovely flowers.

Jangal Me Mor Nacha…(A Peacock Danced in the Jungle)

In 1969, a Bollywood film ‘Shatranj’ with Waheeda Rahman as the heroine was released. It went on to become a hit film. It had a dance sequence performed by Waheeda Rahman based on the song ‘Jangal me mor nacha kisne dekha.’ Literally, this line means “A peacock danced in the jungle; who has seen it?” When you see this video on Youtube, you would find yourself mesmerized by the beauty, grace, and elegance of Waheeda Rahman dancing exactly like a peacock in gay abandon…

That was 1969. In 2015, one can spot peahens and peacocks very easily in Vikaspuri, New Delhi, living out their lives in public just like other common birds, pigeons, bulbuls, and mynahs, and this includes singing and dancing in the rain as well!

Before you jump to conclusions, let me clarify that Vikaspuri is not a forest area. It is, in fact, just any other residential colony of Delhi with independent houses and apartments. But yes, it has been very lucky, ecologically speaking, and now it has a couple of tall trees and a few green parks developed by the government. These trees now provide homes to the various birds we manage to see everyday hopping around on our terraces, balconies, and verandahs.

The sight of these gorgeous birds walking on the roofs on their tiptoes, balancing themselves and stopping themselves from tripping, just like ballerinas, fills me with a strange kind of thrill. It gives me butterflies in my stomach. But this feeling soon gives way to one of sadness, dejection, and humiliation.

A peacock is, after all, our national bird and deserves a certain amount of dignity. It really shouldn’t be seen traipsing around on terraces of city dwellers, drinking water from their overhead tanks, and eating bajra and corn seeds doled out by kind-hearted people.

The forests are all gone and these birds have nowhere to go. They struggle like refugees for survival, just like everybody else….

See the pics below and you will understand what I mean…

Poised like a ballerina…

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Feeling thirsty…

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Now it’s the ladies’ turn…

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Beating a retreat…

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See how she flies…

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Here is a video of a peahen in motion…Just click on the link below.

Dancing peacock with a peahen as audience (a bit disinterested…)

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Here is a video of a dancing peacock. It was made today, 16 May 2015.