Sunday, December 21, 2008

Lage phool hasne...

The bird did come back, with a real companion and they both had the grains and sat on the grills for sometime and flew away. As if to tell me that its fine:)
Back to work tomorrow, almost a month of vacation and a neighbor wondered if i was bored. Alone most of the time, and i don't step out of the house until is needed, what did i do all the day at home? was her question.
Yes, i am that boring person who still listens to radio and songs in the cassette player, enjoys at home, watches silly comedy movies and happy with the two odd friends in life. The vacation was well spent, I beamed. What did you do? she wondered. I painted my house with colors:))) Yeah, i did that, want to see, Here we go..... But she was not amused. What is the big deal? You just buy the flower pots from the nursery and the servant will water them,huh.

I felt angry, I felt irritated and i felt hurt, Is it so simple? To nurture a dream? No, not at all, I live in an apartment, in a busy area where noise pollution and tall buildings take away my smile, I wanted a house, with colors, with peace and silence, and i cannot get one ready made , it had to be nurtured, when i wake up early in the morning i am greeted by these colors which do not appear from the sky magically, i work to make them bloom and its not an easy job of buying a pot and getting it watered daily, Not at all.
I go to Lalbagh where i can save on money, i select the flower pots, i select the colors, i go to their office, pester them with questions about manure, medicines, buy sprinklers, tools and manure mix and carry them all in auto at times, carry them one by one to my first floor apartment, cover the balcony with sheets, tie my hair and get started with planting these, sometimes it takes the whole day to set them all and at times i hire a help so that i can take a few pictures:)))))
Well, not only for pictures, but it is not an easy job. And the end result will be this which i absolutely love and show the husband proudly
( By the way, through all this ordeal husband will be busy having his cuppa with news watching series marathon, and its OK, That is his way of time well spent)

I remember what Amma always said when we used to shout at her for spending all her weekends with plants.. "They are like taking care of the kids, both need lot of care, attention and interest" Well, that is so true, taking care of the weeds, ants, water logging, insects and any disease is a must and i do all that. Every 5 days i check for any unwanted objects of attention and satisfy myself that all is well in the paradise:)

And yes, before i forget , Its not all about money Honey, I don't do all this with just money, with recession, House loan, taxes, other material possessions i hardly have enough bank balance to just spend it all. But i still do it, and for that i again plan, for months together , i forgo certain luxuries, i save like a maniac and sometimes i do this and i am serious.
I save coins, you know, those 50 paise, 1 and 2 and 5 Rs coins and for months together i become a predator waiting for husband to leave the change somewhere and i pounce on it. I put it all in a box, and occasionally i segregate it, count them all, make a note of it in my precious book ( will talk about it some other time) and keep waiting for it to become a decent amount. And this time it was 1349Rs 50P and i spent it all in making a small color riot in my house.

And the palms in the hall are looking really good, and when i sit there early in the morning i feel proud of myself, I did it all by myself, I had a dream, i made it into reality, I live in a house which i turned into a dream house. Yes, i reiterate, I am a boring person by your standards, but i live my own way, End of the day what matters to me is if i am happy by being what i am and the answer is a loud and clear YES.
I am listening to this old song which for me is a beautiful way of telling how every day is such a wonderful experience and it all is in our hearts to feel it...Ye din aaye.. lage phool hasne,Dekho basanthi basanthi hone lage mere sapne,...sone jasii ho rahi hain har subah meri,lage har saanj gulaal se bharii...."


Art said...

wow!!! this is amazing... I know how time consuming it is to grow plants... mom loves gardening.. many a times we have teased her that she loves plants more than us... She teases us back saying they give her the much wanted peace unlike us :)

~nm said...

Wow! The bird came back!!?? I would have been so damn ecstatic if something like this would have happened to me :)

I was so fond of gardening but now I'm jut not. The flowers look beautiful and all your hard work is showing fruits..or shall we say flowers? :D

Stone said...

Awesome song, only yesterday I was humming that and wifey was making faces like.."yeh kaise kaise gaane gaatey rehtey ho" :-)

Prati said...

Hi Neelu, lovely post! Your plants are amazing, frankly speaking I can relate to your way of spending holidays- ideally the way I used to. Keep tending them and I will send them the positive vibes.
Wish you a Happy and Peaceful year 2009 :-)

Usha said...

The job was well worth it as we can see. Hope 2009 brings you more colours and more dreams fulfilled.

Alapana said...

Art, that is so true.It such an exp which gives lot of peace and happiness, amma says the same.

~NM, The bird did come back and i was happy too.
Yeah, lot of flowers i would say:)

Stoneji, wifey ko bolo ye aise aise gaane hain jo jeevan ko aur rangeen banaathe hain:)

Pratima, happiness is showing in your comment:) Happy new year to you too darling.

Thank you ushaji.

anumita said...

You have created yourself a lovely garden! Beautiful...
It's amazing the bird came back...


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