सेमुल का वृक्ष

वृक्ष होना तो ऐसा कद्दावर, पुष्प होना तो इतना लाल, लाल होना तो रक्तांबर, कि लगे पुष्प ही नहीं मात्र, है परमपिता का आशीर्वाद ।5। तोड़े जाना तो प्रभु को चढ़ना , गिर जाना तो धरा में मिलना, प्रेयसी के केशो में क्या सजना, सजना हो तो हृदय में दोनों के , अपना विशिष्ट स्थान…

Jacaranda: Purple Corollas Against Blue Sky (Poem)

Precious Jacaranda,Cunning and coy!How do you bloomwith such unabashed joy?Whither the sweet fragranceof thy famed name? For the lost smell,Is Purple Panic to be blamed?Neither Exam tree,nor Neeli Gulmohar,Neelkantha suits thy frame. (11,contd.) Purple corollas against blue sky, Crown is sparse and cannot hide, The glow, or is it Indigo?                     (14)   In a picture,or…

Pink Sights in Kolkata – Tabebuia Rosea in Bloom

If any flowering tree could have enhanced the beauty of ITC Royal Bengal , it is surely ROSY TRUMPET or Pink Poui, botanically TABEBUIA ROSEA. Also called as Basanti Rani , it belongs to Jacaranda family, genus Bignoniaceae. I was mesmerized as I witnessed the splendour of these pink flowering trees along the backdrop of…

Spring in Salt Lake – Palash & Rudrapalash

YELLOW PALASH ORANGE PALASH & Red Semul RUDRAPALASH Palash is Butea monosperma. The flowers are Yellow and Orange-red in colour. Rudrapalash is Spathodea campanulata. I have yet spotted only its Orange-red flower, but have also read about the yellow variety. RUDRAPALASH Flowers – Note its five petals, one pistil and 4 stamens. The Bud is…

SPLASH in Salt Lake – Words Pale Against Obscenity of Colours

    Walking under  bright sun and life-sapping humidity of an April afternoon made me hallucinate . I saw kaleidoscopic patterns  all around myself ,most of them daubed in  obscenely loud colours . Some  shades were  bright enough  to force a gasp,others were in  such a mix  as to widen my eyes . Thankfully I…

Flowers & Colours in Salt Lake – Bidding Goodbye to Bountiful Spring

  Upcoming summer has already consumed most of the spring bloom . But late spring still  has many colourful delights to offer before it finally bids us farewell .By the time April arrives ,only Gulmohars shall remain ,along with  possibly few kanairs . Golden rains of Amaltas shall begin flowering only by the end of…

FLOWERING TREES OF SALT LAKE- Colours Everywhere !

  Till a  month back ,I knew more about Rafales and Migs than  I was aware of the   flowers and trees in my  neighbourhood. Regarding my lack of exposure,suffice  is to say that I mistook a RUDRAPALASH flower  for a Hibiscus when one of the former fell upon me  . I  looked up to…

Guava : Poor Man’s Apple ?

    Apple costs twice as much,and has half the iron,one tenth of Vitamin A and virtually no Vitamin C as compared with a Guava of the same size. These are clinching numbers.   There is a lot of buzz around apple.The promise of keeping a doctor at an arm’s length is quite appealing.An Apple…