Joyous Jack fruit!

A huge, green, thorny fruit comes into our mind! Ugly at the first look, hard, sticky & messy to cut, gives out a strange smell. So many minus points about a fruit! But, I am very sure that anybody who has eaten this divine fruit and knows the taste and benefits of the Jack fruit tree, leaves, unripe fruits, etc. will definitely not mind the ugly look nor the pungent smell.
I always imagine this fruit to be so closely associated with the nature of human beings. We are so stubborn, harsh, egoistic to fellow human beings at times, but only the ones who are close to us know that the harsh looking, attitude venting person is actually the one with soft and pleasing nature in reality. Time and again, it has been proved not to judge anybody by face value but instead look at their actions to really know a person. Such a powerful lesson by this fruit increases my respect and love to it.
“Jack fruit could be one of the most promising solutions for sustainably feeding the world” – i was inspired to write about my love to Jack fruit tree after reading this quote in an article. It is said that a single jack fruit tree can grow about 100 to 200 fruits in a year – wow! that is a massive count! Imagine how many poor people, tribals and animals’ hunger could be filled by this fruit!
I took this photo on an International Yoga Day when I happened to attend a yoga event in an ashram in the outskirts of Bengaluru. I was so awed by the tree and its fruits lying on the ground so humbly. I felt so small in front of this tree, such a sweet tree bearing divine fruits, yet the fruits don’t mind lying on the ground. There is a lesson we can learn from every tree which bears fruit, gives shade even after withstanding the harsh climate, torture by human beings and the impact of fast-growing concrete cities.
As a child I always loved eating Jack fruit and waited for the season eagerly. My mother used to tell stories about how jack fruits mixed with honey are the favourite food of Bears. Being a dreamer, I used to imagine a big bear tearing a jack fruit to remove the pulp and mix it with honey from a buzzing honey comb in a wild forest and slowly relishing it! Hmmm… what a delicious sight! I have even tried eating jack fruits mixing it with honey to experience the taste. 🙂
With or without honey, jack fruits are truly the sweetest of fruits. I recently came across the fact that the dried mature leaves of jack fruit are made into tea powder which helps in controlling asthma to great extent. There are so many benefits of this tree including some research on cancer cure available on the internet. It is such a pleasant feeling to know that Jack fruits originated in India (discovery of ZERO being the next!!) before spreading to other countries.
This is my first write-up to share my immense love towards trees. It is a great & peaceful feeling to begin my journey of sharing #TreeLove on this Valentine’s Day!

Written for Parul’s prompt on #ThursdayTreeLove-57 : photo-feature about trees hosted on 2nd and 4th Thursdays every month

Gratitude: January Joys – Feels good to be lost in the right direction

It was a speedy January for me. The first half of the month i spent in Bengaluru, my Janma Bhoomi (Janma=birth, Bhoomi= land) visiting relatives and friends and enjoying the annual holidays. The weather was very pleasant with around 18 degrees during the day. I always feel proud to be a native Bengalurian. All good things come to an end very soon and so did my holiday season. Within the blink of an eye, I was already boarding the flight to return to my Karma Bhoomi (Karma=actions or existence, Bhoomi=land). It was an interesting journey from 20 degrees to 1 Degree Centigrade. Over the years, I have begun to love my karma bhoomi and made this my home with some good friends. I passionately believe in the simple equation – be good and do good to attract good people.
Though i have read several blogs, I am very new to this real blogging world. The idea of showing my gratitude at the end of each month made me joyous and this is my first ever gratitude collection. Hoping to make this a regular habit and to increase my count of blessings!
Parents Love – I could spend few weeks with my parents and took them to visit a couple of relatives and temples. I could feel their happiness to see me. I always feel guilty for being not able to stay close to them. We naturally look forward to these annual holidays. Celebrated Sankranti, harvest festival with them and had hoards of laughing speaking this and that.
Family – My twin boys K1 & K2 had good time with their school friends and got to celebrate the New Year’s eve with friends as well. It was a new experience for them. The boys watched few movies during the stay and visited relatives. It was amazing to watch how both of them could get along with their cousins, aunts and uncles and very easily indulge in casual and formal talks. Children do grow up! MKR had a bonus gala time spending in his native place visiting more relatives and friends.
Life essentials – My work had some unusual turns but i am 200% sure it is for good. So no regrets, but actually am looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities. Money is the dear thing whether it is for rich or poor – received a surprisingly pleasant news with regards to money. I had relaxing and meaningful get-together with friends, although regret not meeting few of them.
Health – my lengthy health assessment in the respiratory clinic was a relief with nothing great to worry about. I promised myself to pay more attention to my health and adopt some natural & healthy life styles. It is amazing how every little to-be bad thing will bring in changes into our lives to become a better version of self.
Bliss – I joined the world of blogging!! Credits to my ever inspiring friend Shilpa! She can talk like 300 wpm but listening to her suggestions has always led to a flood of positiveness in my life. Hence when she urged me to blog and gave examples, i simply jumped into this ocean. Writing and reading has always been my true friends right from childhood. I have taken some baby steps writing some one and a half posts so far and i already feel so stress-free and accomplished. I aim to continue this journey of connecting my mind and eyes. Good to read and understand others perspectives as well. Shilpa! I owe you one.

Beauty and Bliss!

Ending note: The company of good friends, perhaps at a group activity or festival of some kind, contributes to a powerful feeling of good health, good fortune, and happiness. Enjoying this festival of reading and writing!

Linking up with Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

Being Human! #FridayFictoneer

Nick, Naveen and Nadeem, friends from high school days, settled on their easy chairs to watch sunset in the mysterious desert of Arizona.

Nick pointed towards the tribal habitat “Wonder how people live primitively in this Tech era?”

Nadeem quipped “Mate, never forget we live on earth with untold tales”

Suddenly, a loud roar was heard. Without sparing a second, they took off their heels towards the tribal huts. None of the smart phones or tablets had any solution for their situation.

Reaching the hut, Naveen sighed, “Primitive or civilized, it is important to be social-animals!”

Word Count: 100

This is an effort to write a flash fiction for the Friday Fictioneer, 01st, Feb, 2019, using picture prompt provided by host Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Photo Prompt : Renee Heath

Office Politics!

JusJoJan 2019, January 29th

I have always tried to close my mind doors to office politics. It can range anything between long email chain fights to inspiring a fellow worker to quit the organization. There is a mad rush of egoistic thoughts cramming in every brain cells of human beings which leads them to a stage of forgetting how sorry the life will be without having people around you who consider you as simply “good”! As a child I never understood politics of a country and from the news and comments I gathered around, i never really took any interest to understand politics. First time I heard about office politics, i was a little shaken. I term it is as a game of the smart heads going backwards. It can deeply impact a person’s morale when the office politics turn dirty! Yes, you heard it right – office politics can turn real dirty sometimes! Many organizations these days are bringing in customized policies to create awareness to each and every employee and encourage them to stand up against politics and raise concerns to the authorities who assess the case on fair basis and provide sensible solutions. Should such fair based policies do a good job in getting rid of mishaps seen in the politics of a land? Maybe our future generation will come up with such #CleanPolitics movements.

Never Late to Start Good Things!

Believe that Good Things happen everyday!

Just created an account in word press with the intention of giving my thoughts a shape in black and white. Although i read many blogs (all kinds) and wanted to become a blogger, I never gave it a serious thought till today. Thanks to Mrs. Nairy (i love to call her by that name), I finally made my entry into this world of imaginations and thoughts. Hoping to have a interesting and long lasting bond with my writing. Being a Piscean, i am a natural dreamer and can imagine from a grain of sand to a parallel universe while waiting for bus. Let’s see where my pen will drag me to.