The title of thecontestfor WOW has, in a way, made meaware of so much happening around me butit was as if it did not exist before .I
am so much engrossed in the daily hum drumof life that Ihave
no time toponder overmy surroundings and things whichhave always been around. The
truth is that I have neverseen the beauty
which is all around me. Within the natural
surroundings ofour ownhabitat are hiddenso many secretsthat if you unfold them , you willrealise thatyour visitingthe hills and tourist resorts tobe in the midstof nature is superfluous. The ambiencewhich I can enjoy from my
balconyis exotic.The majestic eucalyptus trees dancingwith gay abundanceenthuse you.There are so many trees,which have adorned our house like the ornaments worn by a new bride.You name a tree and it is there. There are Gulmohars, Laburnums, Ashok, Neem, Amaltas and many more.
Last evening ,whenI was sitting in the balcony of my houseI was
witness to anotherworld . A battalion ofsmall
black ants was marching in an orderly manner to no
where.What a discipline!! As if they hadbeen trained bysome professionals.The world of these insectsand birds isunique, whicha commoner like me
fails to fathom. My husband has made it a practise that after his daily pujahe keeps the remains in a flower pot. When he startedkeepingthe prasada few crows used tocome hesitatingly , take away the prasad ,perhaps to enjoyit in a
solitary place. Butnow they seem to have understood that theirmentorhas nomalafide intention, they
wait for himtooffer the prasad and eat it inhis presence and proximity . Some days if he is late for the Puja the
crowsstart cawing and crowing loudly.!!
I and my husband have another endearing friend…… a squirrel. We used to keep some nuts on the parapetof our balcony’ This little squirrel comes
every dayfor the nuts. Some days
backthere were no nuts to be kept.This
smart littlecreature triedto climbour door as if toremind us !!Besides these live friends, there
area variety of flowers in the
balconywhich I saw closely inthe last few days
The front side of the house is witness
totreesand flowers of differentcolours.
A sweet fragrance emanating from them is mildand soothing for the soul.
Just opposite toour residenceis a park. I nevergave any
thoughtto it. It was only an ordinary existence
for me. What I observed in the last two days hasbeen a great learning experience.It isasort ofrevelationand an eye opener. It is a sort of mini mirror of
the society. Early morningsand eveningsthe park isfull, peoplefrom allstrataof societycome to this park, which becomes a sort of kaleidoscope. Besidesregular walkers there arepeople sitting in groups and gossipping. The
hot topics for discussionarepolitics andfamily woes. In another cornera
yoga class is in progress. Then there is a laughter clubwhere people laughat the highest pitch of their voice. In the afternoon the park is taken
over bythe maidsof the colony.
Lookingaround in the last two days was an exhilarating experiencefor me . In conclusion I am reminded of some of the famous lines of a poem, 'All things bright
and beautiful' by the poet, William Henry Monk.
things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.