Saturday, May 14, 2016

175. On flower gazing

Recently, I read some articles about Sakura flowers in Japan. The white-coloured flowers bloom for only about 10 to 15 days in a year. The Japanese eagerly wait for the bloom and when the flowers do arrive on branches after a long wait, there is a festive atmosphere all around. Japanese families flock to parks and gardens to witness the flowers and enjoy picnic. The ritual of flower watching is known as hanami which is a part of the Japanese culture.

Alas, this is not so in India. In April-May, Delhi witnesses Amaltas and Gulmohar in full bloom. They look so beautiful and are so easily available to see. But hardly anyone pays any attention to them. They last much longer than Sakura, but their wait for attention goes in vain. People hardly flock to parks and gardens to see Amaltas and Gulmohar blooming in their full glory. 

It seems to me that we are not really nature-loving people. For us, nature exists only when we are on vacation. It is only at such time that we pay attention to flowers, trees, rivers, mountains and birds. We take selfies and let our eyes feast on nature's bounty. But when we are busy doing our daily chores, we have no time to look up and see what nature has to offer. We don't make any effort to take children out and show them the treasure of natural beauty strewn all over the place amidst cement and mortar. Such pristine beauty available at no price at all!

Amaltas is still in full bloom in Delhi, but Gulmohar has started vanishing. The number of flowers on Gulmohar trees has dwindled and very soon, they will vanish only to return next year. It saddens me to see that no one is bothered.

1 comment:

How do we know said...

But we are bothered! We do wait for Amaltas all year round.. June is my favourite only because it brings Amaltas out!!