Monday, February 27, 2012

An everlasting journey with nature.



Childhood. Its a phase that's most awaited and most missed. We often don't remember those memories of us hopping and skipping around, but sometimes you do remember it, even if it maybe a blurred image. I'm lucky I can recollect the tiniest of details.

Those scorching mornings in Gulf, where we lived amidst an array of mountains. Wolves would howl all day and night. Curious, a couple of friends and I climbed the relatively smaller ones and tried to see if any harm would come. Every friday, a holiday, we'd camp near the mountains in the open garage and each of us would get a healthy snack. Our favourite of course was the one junk that we adored, french fries with kissan ketchup. We'd play games, and make new games of our own. We called this our very own adventure club.

Palm trees that were in every nook and corner, how we would run around them and have names for each one. Their leaves amused us, and so did their bark. It all looked so pretty, and I very well remember posing around the trees and the zillions of pictures that we took. Plants were something, as a kid I was always taught to respect. I even wanted to plant my own tree but on mother's advice I started off with a tiny plant. I took the seeds and did the experiment in a container. Watering it habitually every single day, and letting it bathe in the sunlight. I even asked mom if I could feed the plant some food, and she ended up having a good laugh. I can practically visualize how happy I was when my plant came to life and grew pretty big. I nurtured and cared for it every single day, but soon it was no more. After all it was just a small plant. Weeping when it was gone and begging that it be brought back to life, it was like my child.

But my childhood was a lot more than just mountains and plants. It was about the sunlight and the sand too. As a child, I loved the sun and sometimes really wished I could reach for it and give it a tight hug but I knew that it would only burn me. At school we'd play ringa ringa roses at twelve noon during lunch time when the sun shone up high and literally gave us energy. When I came home I'd run outside and ride my bicycle or play badminton with the friends. We'd enact Sonpari and run around aimlessly playing Hide and Seek and all of it when the sun was out shining. Parents would often say, 'Come in, you'll get tanned' or 'You'll get a sun burn beta' but none of it mattered. I had a strange connection with the rays of the sun and some sort of idealistic thought about it. The beaches are something I miss entirely, walking in the sand, making sand castles and declaring myself its princess. Bridges and waterways all of it around my castle, forts and soldiers.  
As I always say, malls can be built, beaches cant. 

It seems my journey with nature was not over, definitely not. 

Its been more than 6-7 years but I still continue to remain a nature lover. I take walks in the parks, long strolls at midnight staring at the moon and admiring its beauty. The fragrance of the wonderful yellow and pink flowers makes me smile even when I'm down. There's nothing better than sitting near the lake and reading my book. Or climbing the banyan tree and feeling like you are on the top of the world. Its all just bliss. My journey with nature continues, and I'm sure it'll prove to be a part of my life forever. After all there's no better nurturer than nature itself. :) All these experiences have proved to be 100% real and enriching!


Love,
Sonshu


This one is a definite ode and a salute to nature. For being there with us no matter what.

Also submitted for the Kissan 100 % real contest on indiblogger.  

23 comments:

  1. Sonshu, just like you I am also a nature lover. I draw my inspiration from nature and when I feel low, I take a walk in the park or beside the lake to recharge myself !
    Loved reading this piece, reminded me so much of my own hometown where nature is always at its best and it has not been touched by industrialisation/ urbanisation yet.

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  2. Ahhh.... Your post made me missed my childhood too as memories of those days flooded my mind once more. I wasn't a nature lover like you were because I was stuck in the city, and I'm not much of an outsider even now, but I still love the beauty of nature. Nature never fail to take my breath away. : )
    I love this post. It's beautiful. YOUR childhood memories were beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. its nice to see that u care about the nature still and very nice way to express ur luv for nature. good job

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  4. Envy you..you are still able to enjoy nature. I seem hardpressed for time but attimes nature forces me to look at it. Had a great time reading your post. Best of Luck for contest!

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  5. The banner <3
    The post <3
    And duh! You <3
    I haven't really been out of India *sigh* but beaches and sand and mountains, pretty much any scenic view and place *drooool*
    Beautiful post Sonshu.
    All the best for the 100% contest!
    x

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  6. Sonshu,

    Childhood days are the GOLDEN Days, isn't it? May you remain in touch with nature all through your life.

    Take care

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  7. I remember growing a plant in a container too..I studied in the hills..the plants used to be so beautiful there..didn't value it much then! But when I visit now, I'm always struck at the beauty of the greenery. We had a plum tree in our hostel. I can never forget that.

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  8. nature sure brings calmness and peace of mind. Loved ure post.

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  10. i see your blog has a new like--diggin' it.

    when i was little i would climb trees all the time. my mom did the same when she was little too. it's so fun to climb trees and put your feet in the sand!

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  11. lovely post Sonshu ...i do love nature like you and still I remember my old house with a big garden where me and my cousins were used to play and fight...lovely memories :)

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    Love,

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  12. @Sanghamitra: Ah it was lovely reading your comment :P

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  13. @Shawty: Thats such a sweet comment. Thanks a ton. And nature is indeed awesome!

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  14. @bemoneyaware: HAHAHA you envy me? aaww :) and thanks!

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  15. @Blah: THANKS NI! :) and yesyes. AWWW thats sooooo sweet. :P thankyou.

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  16. @Jack: indeed jack uncle. Childhood days are golden days :P

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  17. @Sayantani: we all have those childhood things we'll never forget, never leave back.

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  18. @StyleDestino: Thanks a ton :)

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  19. @Superniccck: HOW SWEET. thankyouuu.

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  20. @Ayantika: Thankyou so much :) Glad you liked it.

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  21. @Ohtobeamuse: i am so glad you like it!! Yipeee

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  22. offcourse childhood days are bliss.Its sad that we do not have sufficient times these days admist busy days to relive those good old days.I am here after a long time and already loving this place sonaksha. You have a lovely banner.Good luck for the contest sweetheart!.

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