To-may-to, To-mah-to… Ta-ma-tar!

I am aware that many of you here have been growing tomatoes since ages, but for me this was my first attempt, and the journey of these past six months – from seeds to fruit – has been a very valuable learning experience. Come to think of it, over the past year, my home garden … Continue reading To-may-to, To-mah-to… Ta-ma-tar!

The Pumpkin Chronicles

Though Dr. Ian Malcolm’s profound and by now iconic assertion “Life, uh, finds a way” in Jurassic Park was in reference to the survival and proliferation of genetically engineered dinosaurs, it is not wrong to associate this statement with the real world where millions of species fight for survival against each other and more often … Continue reading The Pumpkin Chronicles

Dekko this Gecko

Undoubtedly, of all the benefits that I derive out of my home gardening pursuits, nothing gets me more elated than seeing a micro ecosystem being set up within the confines of a few potted plants. Within the soil it is the earthworms and millipedes (I introduce a few of these into my pots during the … Continue reading Dekko this Gecko

A Whiff of the Wild Western Ghats

The figures waving at us from way up in the lush hills before us appeared only a few millimetres tall and that was my first moment of realisation that we had somewhat (?) fallen behind the rest of the ten, 15-to-50s friends headed due north-northwest trekking along the Duke’s Nose trail from Kurvande village, Maval. … Continue reading A Whiff of the Wild Western Ghats

Self-be-leaf

(Tanka of an enlightened leaf) Some form muddy poolsyet some others run down drainsblessed to make few pearlsthose that run off lose their selfthe resilient shine forth Water sustains liferelentless my thirsty rootswhat worth then these pearlsan ephemeral miragenot ego let deeds make me [The tiny, newly unfurled leaf of my Colocasia plant juggles with … Continue reading Self-be-leaf

Drenched

Sparrows juveniledelightful their first drizzlesoaking up in gleewell preened contour feathers drydowny feathers soft and warm Fun frolic endedas the heavens opened upbabies now wet throughwise and sheltered they wonderwhat new lessons life will give [Starring: my daily breakfast companions – house sparrows (Passer domesticus) K1, female and K2, male] – Narendra Nayak © 2021

Transient

Flowers. A fragile, fragrant, flamboyant, fetching, fascinating fragment of Mother Nature’s design to facilitate perpetuation of life. We all have our favourites – buttercups, carnations, chrysanthemums, daffodils, dahlias, daisies, lilies, orchids, peonies, petunias, roses and tulips – which are a welcome, though ephemeral digression from ordinary subsistence of the colourless commonplace. But human avarice is … Continue reading Transient

The Drunken Leaf

(A leaf expresses in Tanka upon a delightful drizzle) A little splatterI bow with a grateful heartrunning off my skintrickling down to the parched eartha dampness that kindles hope The blessings do poursoaking my soul in delighta warm cool wetnessit seeps into loamy depthsto rise in my surging veins – Narendra Nayak © 2021

A Seed-n-Tree Life

Dormant lies within,as a formidable vault,a blueprint of life. Amorphous of self,coded profound yet concise,precursor of life. Stoic and acute,quietly all along aware,the purpose of life. [It took about 4 to 5 weeks for my Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea) pods to go from tender green to dry brown before I could harvest these for the … Continue reading A Seed-n-Tree Life