On 22 July around 9.30 pm around 9pm my friend Brig. Chowdhry (Chow) called me up to witness the glorious Brahma Kamal in full bloom. I immediately picked up my camera and started walking to his house making my way through the dark as the large trees blocked the moonlight. When I reached his garden lo-behold the sparkling snow white Bramha Kamals. Chow my gracious friend was kind enough to share the transcript of his email describing this divine event. Photos taken from my camera are added below.
Email received from my friend Brig. Chowdhry (Chow)
“It was the 22nd of July and there was a big full moon on Guru Purnima. Junior had a sleepless night and hence so did we. But then the next day the Gods came calling. Once again like the last year I looked at this mystique looking plant which now stands over six feet tall and said to myself that something very special was going to happen that day . And happen it did. It was 7 pm and as I ventured out to see – there they were – three gorgeous looking buds just waiting to burst open. Next to them was another hesitant coy looking one – a little uncertain about itself. I decided that I would now look at them only at intervals of an hour.
Armed with my camera at 8 pm when I went out into the garden again – there they were ready for the big bang-looking gorgeous and radiating tremendous light of their own. My next visit an hour later at 9 pm saw them in their full glory – totally awesome .It is then that I decided that the experience was just too good to let go unshared. Two immediate neighbors were ushered in post haste. A friend who was having dinner and another one planning to tuck in for the night – both ardent lovers of nature scampered in no time. And there we stood absolutely enthralled at the sight of the most beautiful flowers one has ever seen. Only Brahma himself could have crafted them.
Sadly it was only a one night affair albeit an experience of a life time. And here I am tempted to repeat my last year’s experience of them”
“My candle burns at both ends
It will not last the night
But aah my friends and Oh my foes
It gives a lovely light”
The photos are not attached –may be I will send them later. But those lovely people who came and shared our joy will know that watching this Kamal unfold is like a spiritual journey not quite capable of being filmed.
Thank you for sharing Brig Chow!