Flower-like humans

The beauty of their hearts, just as beauty of these flowers, remain immortal.

As I cast my eyes at the corner of our street, I am completely captivated by the charming, copious bursts of canary-yellow tabebuia argentea flowers. I, a self-confessed, chronic nature-fanatic, virtually get convulsions when I think on what the world would be like without the winsome flowers.

The bewitching sight of full-bloomed flowers, bestowed by benevolent mother nature, indeed acts as a balm to the battered spirits. What is more fascinating is the versatility of these posies of flowers in perking up the appeal of a place and even a person. (Imagine a deep-red rose, adorning the French-knot hairdo of a woman or the coat-lapel of a dapper-looking man).

Now, flick your gaze at today’s opulent marriage receptions. You see at the backdrop, behind the bedecked seats of bride and the groom, being beautified by bunches of bedazzling flowers. In fact, just couple of flowers (like gladiolus, tube-roses, tulips, aster, dahlia), placed at vantage points, either in the office or at home, are enough to enhance the beauty around.

Just tramp around to take a dekko at the flowering trees at Lalbagh. The trees, lavishly laden with lovely flowers, look like a lady, looking enchanting donning exquisite jewelry. Truly, it is a visual extravaganza, especially during the magnificent flowershows, to behold the cornucopia collection of exotic varieties of flowers like bird-of-paradise, anthuriums, coxcombs, orchids, rhododendron, iris, carnation, lilacs, hyacinths, daffodils and the like. This pretty sight is like an array of ornaments placed in plush jewellery showrooms.

Speaking of flower splendour, how can one not say of their spell-binding effect, created in sanctum sanctorum spaces of temples, with strands of splendid jasmine, chrysanthemum, decorating the divine deities? The visual charm of our own home pooja-room is pepped up by flowers like oleander, hibiscus, fire-cracker, champak and balsam. Festivals see floral festoons and floral rangolis, made by petals of periwinkle, marigold, lotus and roses.

Finally, whether it is a connubial bed, to celebrate the romantic night post the wedding, or a cortège, a funeral procession, carrying the soul-departed body, the flower power again comes to the picture.

Interestingly, some of the humans, just like the indispensable flowers, are indeed a veritable gift to mankind. Maybe that is the reason they are named after flowers – Kamala, Chameli, Champa, Rosaline and so on.

These value-adding noble humans, just like fragrant flowers, not only have the distinctive feature of diffusing dollops of joy and cheer around, but also are greatly versatile too – playing multiple roles of being an ideal grandparent, grandchild, spouse, sibling, friend or colleague, and many more... No wonder, the beauty of their hearts, just as beauty of these flowers, remain ever immortal.

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