Starting of May 2009, i was in trainings in my office till sometime last week. It was an extensive training related to functional/technical trainings. Not much to describe with related to that. 🙂
Then, leaving aside work and work related stuff, it is sad that i have not got an opportunity to leave this city and go for a nice vacation. But there has been a few short trips – for a day and also i attended my cousin’s wedding in Sringeri, attended quite a few temples in and around Sringeri. Some of the pictures can be found at my flickr account (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunayana-photogallery/).
On World’s Environment Day, i attended a tree-planting session in Toyota-Kirloskar Motors. The tree-planting event was organized by TKM and it was fun to go and do all the tree-planting activity – called as Afforestation programme. 30,000 saplings were planted by more than 6000 volunteers that comprised of TKM executives, including the MD, Hiroshi Nakagawa, local school children, officials of Ramanagaram District, Toyota suppliers and dealers, and TKM employees and their family members. This was done that will cover up an area od 40,000 sq. ft. The guest of honour Meera C. Saxena, Principal Secretary to Government, Forest, Ecology & Environment Department also did planting along with several TKM executives and volunteers.
The saplings of nearly 50 species of native plants such as maavu, thoramathi, honne, neem and thapasi etc were used in this plantation. The ‘Potential Natural Vegetation’ or ‘Miyawaki’s Concept’ is the brainchild of Dr. Akira Miyawaki, Director, Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology (JISE), Yokohama National University. On that day, he demonstrated how these plants, that are low-maintenance will be very useful in afforestation – meaning the maintenance of these types of plants is only 3 years.
One of the best things of this tree planting activity were – drive till Bidadi and then dirty-ing hands in mud like children :). This activity really brought back memories of my childhood where i used to spend a lot of my time in my garden, digging the ground, sowing seeds that i used to flick from the kitchen without my mother’s notice, then wait for the plant to grow..
I mean, nature is so good, that we have not explored not even 5% of it i guess. The evening i was travelling to Sringeri, it rained very heavily here. And the dusk was so beautiful, the sky was filled with different mix of orange, violet, blue with slight cold breeze and rain drops falling off the plants/trees. Ahh it was such a beautiful mesmerizing scene, that i just cant explain here. The snaps of that can be seen in my flickr page.
There is this plant at my home called as Brahma Kamal, (Brahma’s Lotus – exact English Translation), that had bloomed one night. Story behind this flower, (we indians always some or the other story behind anything and everything in this world – and for me it makes it more interesting as i love stories and i can talk a lot about it.. :D), is that – Legend has it that it is the flower in which the Hindu God, Brahma resides. And that the place where it blooms will be the reciever of glad tidings. People who pray to God while the flower is blooming get their wishes fulfilled. The unique character of this flower is that it grows from the leaf not from the branch. Propogation is also through planting the leaf into the soil. It usually starts blooming around 7:00 PM, blooms fully around 10:00 to 11:00 PM, stays for one hour and then starts withering. It is even said that this flower doesnt bloom in all homes. So people consider themselves lucky (i dont know how lucky i am as every year this flower blooms in my home) if they are able to witness this rare event, and perform pooja and aarti at the time of blooming. It is also considered to be a good omen and a sign of prosperity for the home.
The whole house was filled with a lovely fragrance. It is said(taken from an article) – (If you look a little closer at the photo)you’ll see the central white stamen. People believe that this stamen represents Lord Krishna, while the reddish brown stalks which you can see on the closed bud represent the 100 Kauravas from the Mahabharata. The Brahmakamal is not a lotus at all, although its petals resemble a lotus. Lotuses grow in ponds, whereas the Brahmakamal grows on the slopes of the Himalayas (it is the state flower of Uttaranchal). The botanical name for this flower is Saussurea Obvallata. There is a belief that the Brahmakamal should be gifted, and not bought in the market. To grow the plant, a leaf is planted in the soil (and not a seedling or stem). This leaf then multiplies and becomes a plant to a height of about 4 to 5 feet. The flower itself is around 4-5 inches in diameter and has a lovely fragrance. But of course, you have to wait a whole year to smell that fragrance !!
On 25 June 2009, sad demise of Legendary Micheal Jackson.
As wiki puts it – Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, entertainer and businessman. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he made his debut onto the professional music scene in 1968 at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5. He then began a solo career in 1971 while still a member of the group. He was also referred to as the “King of Pop” in subsequent years.
Michael suffered what is believed to have been a cardiac arrest at his home. Speculation that since he was on heavy dosage of medications, that is the main cause for his death. But even today when i read the newspaper, the medical tests and toxology tests do not confirm anything. No matter what his controversies are, i believe, his music has been amazing, for one he is the best singer in our times. May our prays and thoughts be with Michael Jackson and may his soul rest in peace.