“The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers” ~ Basho

 The  Agri-Horticultural Society of Western India has been managing the Empress Garden Pune since 1880, with an aim to nurture and preserve flora of the region. The Society organizes annual flower shows and arranges various programs throughout the year to create environmental awareness among people. This year too the flower-show was held on 23 to 26 Jan 2015.

I’d love to share a few of the pictures which hopefully capture the enthusiasm of the flower-lovers and the beauty of flowers.

 

Near the entrance

Near the entrance

 

Marigold Yellow

Marigold Yellow

Bonsai

Bonsai

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature” ~ Gerard De Nerval

Pink twins

Pink twins

 “Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light”. ~Theodore Roethke

Roses are red ...why ..

Roses are red …why ..

Grain Art

With different climates in different parts of the country India grows a variety of spices and condiments used in almost all traditional cooking. The grain art below has a number of spices and condiments creatively arranged. Some of the ones used below are: Cinnamon, Moong dal, udat dal, massor dal, tuar dal ginger, garlic, green-chilly,cloves, fenugreek, nutmeg, asafoetida, cardamom and star aniseed.

Grain Art

Grain Art – village scene

 

Enthusiast visitors and garden lovers not only enjoyed the beauty of flowers but purchased garden material too. Some typical rural food and snack preparations were laid out in the food stalls.

A rural delicacy called Hurda (roasted tender jowar) was also available. Hurda parties are organized at distant farms and villages in the month of December where the fresh grain (jowar) is roasted on coal in mud pits giving it a earthly taste but not many city folk are able to enjoy such rare outings.

Hurda

Hurda

 Keen learners

Keen learners

Children too have the innocence of flowers!

Garden material and implements

Garden material and implements

 

Snacks and food

Thank you friends have a beautiful day and remember the Chinese wisdom “When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other”.

Cheers🙂

About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

76 responses »

  1. natuurfreak says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog.Great photo’s of thr flowers.

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  2. sindhoooo says:

    Oh! Nice pictures… We missed to go there before we left Pune…

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  3. Ranju says:

    Lovely images Dilip🙂

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  4. Dear Dilip, I had not seen any updates recently, so I came in search of you.. And wow.. I so love these flower shows you share.. how beautiful are the blooms, and that sand art is spectacular.. And I love the Bonsai Trees…
    Many thanks for sharing this day with us ..
    Hugs Sue

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Dear Sue, yeah my blogging has reduced due to work commitments but am looking for some peaceful moments to visit and enjoy your writings. I do not wish to read your insightful blog in a hurry.

      See you soon my friend. Cheers🙂

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  5. Simona says:

    Happy new week🙂

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  6. natuurfreak says:

    Very interesting post and what a beautiful flowers.Thanks also for visiting my blog.

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  7. quirkyshine says:

    Beautiful flowers and also I love the bonsai… thanks for sharing this… perfect for this season…🙂

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  8. Swetank says:

    An honor to see those from here! Dilip..🙂

    Beautiful Quote! – “Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature” ~ Gerard De Nerval

    Be Bettr, Stay Bettr!🙂
    Swetank..

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  9. rommel says:

    Nice set of floral displays. But actually, my eyes is on that big banyan tree at the entrance. Very cool. And of course, my mouth watered on your description of hurda.

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  10. Ay I wish things look as great as this place in NYC right now. Great pictures 😀

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  11. aFrankAngle says:

    Because I’m in the midst of winter, the sight of your flower show delivers warmth for the days to come.🙂

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  12. A beautiful celebration of life. India is one of the most amazing places.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      True despite its huge population India is amazing in its own way. Having visited quite a few countries I found each of them unique and beautiful – their people and their culture.

      It feels good to know you liked India🙂

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  13. I couldn’t help admiring the pics, specially the bonsai ones even though I am not a big flower lover myself.🙂

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  14. Ben Naga says:

    A wish to be there, especially in the middle of this chilly English winter. Thank you for bringing it into my day.🙂

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  15. Simona says:

    HAPPY WEEKEND kiss🙂

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  16. iku2e says:

    Reblogged this on iKu2e.

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  17. Binky says:

    Has it really been a year since the last flower show? It sure doesn’t seem like it. But it’s always nice to see some examples of the kinds of flowers and plants you have over there.

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  18. Sooooo beautiful…the pictures just made me happy…. 🙂 …thanks a ton for sharing…

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      I am so delighted to know you were happy to see the pics of the flower-show. I guess that’s what flowers always do – spread happiness🙂
      Always a pleasure to welcome you Maniparna.

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  19. Kamila Pala says:

    Very interesting set of photos! I can feel local colorful and “spicy” atmosphere🙂 ! I like the red roses! Bye Kamila

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  20. Alicia Grace says:

    I adore poetry of Basho. My late Grandmother Julia Lou would read Basho aloud to me. This post of the flower show embodies peace and a tranquil rest. I am grateful to have seen this beauty you have shared as an artful exhibit.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Firstly a warm welcome to you from my part of the world🙂 Basho’s quote in this post on flowers is so beautiful – in fact it is divine.

      I felt touched to know who your dear Grandmom’s favorite poet was. I am now surely going to read more of Basho’s thoughts and thank you for it.

      With kindest regards and good wishes.
      Cheers🙂

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  21. Zephyr says:

    Lovely flowers. And I love hurda! Good to know that it has assumed an upmarket flavour these days🙂

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Oh how nice of you to appreciate and to know you love hurda too. The last when I had hurda was as a kid accompanying my dad in the rural areas of Maharashtra. So this was a good fun and lip-smacking too🙂

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  22. Nothing more beautiful than blooming flowers to color a gloomy day!🙂

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  23. Maria F. says:

    I would have liked it, thanks for sharing it!!!

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  24. Rajagopal says:

    Thanks for the nice presentation, dilip… Even the most sublime sentiment of love would have remained a poor abstraction without colourful and sweet-scented flowers, that made it easy for the poet to exclaim, “oh my love is like a red, red rose / that is newly sprung in June…” best wishes… Raj.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Raj it is always a joy to read your comments as they are always so very apt and beautifully worded too.

      And the poetic tribute to the beauty of a red rose in spring is indeed heavenly.
      With kind regards. Dilip

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  25. Ajay says:

    It is always hillarious feeling reading your thought on less serious living and showcasing the existence as it is. Watching your presentation of annual flower show bring us closer to reality and brings feelings of fun, joy and delight. If we look around whole existence is celebrating all the time.. The trees are not serious. Rivers and oceans are wild and every where there is joy and delight. I feel we should watch existence and become part of it. Grain art looks great involving lots of efforts. Hoping to eat hurda someday. With love and regards. Ajay

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Ajay my dear friend your words never fail to inspire me and fill be with joy. You my friend are a rare example of a person who always lives in the moment and thus the ability to witness nature’s beauty.

      Thanks Ajay looking forward to going for a hurda party. Fond regards Dilip

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  26. Grain art!! I have never seen that in person and hope to one day. Wonderful to come along with you to the event, Dilip!!

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  27. How lovely! It looks like a fun event! And beautiful wisdom🙂

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