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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The Mulberry Tree with a soul

The Mulberry Tree and the Birds

I have a 5 year old mulberry tree in my backyard which is the star of my backyard. 

During the first 2 years, the plant was so busy growing, that it never bore even a handful of fruits! I was so disappointed in this tree, that I was starting to wonder if it was ever going to bear any fruits! I must admit that I was even questioning the existence of this tree in my backyard, eating up a lot of my precious garden space! 

But the tree started bearing fruits that summer as if it could hear me think! No, I think there is another reason to it! The tree probably had a soul!

The branches of the tree hang out to the top of the tiled back terrace (in the garden) where we often hang out. Because of this tree, I get to see lot of beautiful birds, of varying colors and sizes. Sometimes, one of us would be sitting there on a chair reading, and the birds are busy easting ripe mulberries, and they would be oblivious of our presence. 

I ask them “Do you have any idea that the Mulberries are to be shared with us also?”  Sometimes, they do a peck here and a peck there (may be, they are able to identify the tastiest parts of the ripe fruit) and leave the fruit as it is, on the tree! I wonder if it is safe to eat those!! 

I remember the first time the Mulberry tree was covered with red, dark red and black fruits, the birds were eating most of the fruits and then the rest would fall on to the ground, I called up my cousin sister and complained. She told me to remember that the fruits were intended for the birds also! 

My cousin sister and I used to relish the mulberries in her garden when I used to visit her house as a kid. As an 8 year old, I would climb up on the branches of the Mulberry tree and pick the fruits, eat some and give her some and then bring some down also! 

I was so much attached to my Aunt (my mother’s sister), I was loved and treated like her own daughter whenever I would visit them during my summer holidays.  During many of my visits, I got to enjoy their undivided attention since their only daughter who was a resident medical student, would be away! The house was surrounded by flowering plants, especially Jasmine, and during the evenings and mornings, the whole house would float in the fragrance !

I remember my aunt reading out a poem to me describing a mango tree, full of ripe red mangoes and all I could imagine was a Mulberry tree full of juicy red mulberry fruits! I often used to wonder how I never registered the tree as a “mango” tree in my brain for a long time! 

Three years back, one evening, I was feeling extremely restless and depressed for a few hours and then I went upstairs to my children and narrated (out of the blue) how my aunt would read the poem to me and how I had imagined the Mulberry tree instead of the mango tree…. When I was done talking to my children, within a few minutes, I received a call from my cousin sister’s husband, informing me of my Aunt’s death! 

She was about 80 years old and had asthma all her life! I couldn’t make it for her funeral but reached a few days later, to convince myself that everything about the house and the garden had changed forever! From now on, I should expect to see only the “empty house” where my Aunt was not coming out, calling out my name, so eager to hug me and shower me with kisses as soon as I reach the front of the house! 

She died in December and the next spring, the mulberry tree was so full of fruits, I could barely see the leaves! Since then, the mulberry tree is part of our family, making memories with us! Until now, I could never understand how people could get so much attached to trees and fragrances!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

I have been thinking ...

It has been quite some time... 
since I have been toying with the idea of starting a blog! 

I have had these images of how my blog page is going to look and feel, what kind of readers might "chance up on" it and find it worth reading, etc. 
And I almost reached a point where I was going crazy with "how to" and "what if" kind of thoughts extending up to infinity that..
It was imperative that I start blogging this very moment… 

Here I am, putting all my crazy thoughts out in front of you!

Hi! And welcome to my blog!

I hope that I could make this into a unique and attractive blog that you would like to keep coming back to!

By the way, I am a mother of 2 children, aged 14 and 10, I used to work in the IT profession, but decided to stay home and do more justice to the role of motherhood. I soon discovered that it has its great downside! I mean, BBBbbbiiiiggg downside... to tell you the truth. 

That is apart from the occasional bouts of loud noise created when parts of your brain start falling apart mainly due to under utilization of this so called vital organ!

If you keep checking on my blog, you will find that, it also varies in subjects starting with food and natural cosmetic recipes to travel stories and ethnic diets to interesting videos and photographs. I could call myself a “jack of all trades but a master of a few” and it would definitely reflect up on what I write about.

Your comments and suggestions are most appreciated..