Gardening and living!

Yellow-DehliaGardening as a subject and as a hobby happens to be least popular. May  be too plebeian. It also requires a regular commitment. Living in apartments amidst an ocean of polluting fumes, eclipsed in the nave of concrete jungle, we often do not miss the plants. Last year when I was in Bombay on several occasions, another congested and populous city, I realised how hideously un-green that city is. Air filled with sea moisture and obnoxious smells typical of closed places. Back in Delhi, I was glad that it looked like a big garden with roads. The pollution here seemed non-existent notwithstanding the fact that 20% of the city population has symptoms of asthma, at one time or another.
Coming back to gardening, it is awful that schools that waste so much time on science projects, laboratory experiments and cramming benefits of trees for environment besides moral science, show nothing about gardening. Continue reading

Traditions and progress

Traditions in any country established over a long period of time require careful study. Discarding traditions by merely ignoring it is not the best way to move forward.

Tulasi Katte is found in front of many houses ...

Tulasi Katte is found in front of many houses of Hindus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In India a plant named TULSI or Ocimum sanctum or Holy basil is revered by traditional women as divine deity which will protect her household and husband. Its presence is common almost every household in Northern India. However what is not remembered that it is an important herb which can easily treat common day ailments and if consumed regularly over a long period of time may induce immunity and acts as anti-oxidant. Since this plant is a weed like, it requires nothing except little sun and lots of water.

It is unfortunate that we are losing this tradition of keeping such herbal/medicinal plant in homes which is readily available for treatment of common cough and cold at the change of weather. It is particularly effective in cold if combined with mint leaves and in cough if combined with ginger. It can be applied to forehead either whole leaves or paste, to relieve headache.

There is a post advocating its various benefits and selling dried Tulsi tea leaves. I do not sponsor these sites but we may read it for other information:  and    I am certain that green leaves are always more effective than dried/treated leaves.

Holy Basil Plant leaves
Above is the picture of Tulsi (Holy Basil) leaves. A young plant with young leaves, is yet to bloom. After blooming its leaves would start to remain curved at the edges. This plant grows rather easily from seeds.

© Sandeep Bhalla.