I am in the midst of a viral fever and as I type this, my fingers are trembling, probably from the cough syrup (tastes good, really). I’ve been sleeping most of the afternoons, in addition to the nights since the last four days. I am hoping to be back to normal routine in two days max. Little did I imagine that my fantasy of sleeping in the afternoons would come true so quickly. Nature’s way. Who can refute it?
Today, I was just going to show you a photo of my living room, because I’ve been spending most of my time here. I hate to hang around the bedroom when I am sick. In fact, I usually don’t get sick enough to stick to bed, but this time, I think my guardian angel decided that the best way to get me to slow down was the ‘flu. And look at the perfect time management – I had no work deadlines and was planning all sorts of fun things with Vidur. Ah well. I still think we had a good time, whenever I was awake. We all ate together, watched TV together and laughed a lot together.
Of course, I’ve been sneaking a quick look at my email in the mornings after coffee and late in the evenings. If I didn’t, oh boy, don’t even wan’t to imagine that particular mountain. As I checked email this morning, I was chatting with my best friend and before I knew it, he transported me to a land of the most beautiful flowers. And I thought, hey, I’d like to take you right along with me! Here we go, then. To Kashmir, no less.
First, a cup of coffee in my living room, okay? Do make yourselves comfortable! I make a perfect cup of pure delicious coffee.
Now that we’re refreshed, off we go to Kashmir’s beautiful gardens. Ravi, my friend, is not only the best photographer I know, but also an amazingly generous human being. In four words, he is the best. From the hundreds of photos in his album, I had a tough time choosing these. I love him for taking the time to add a description to each of the photos.
Over to Ravi, now! Enjoy!
1. Pahalgam, J&K. The good thing about early flowering season is that one can catch the awesome cherry and plum blooms, which are usually the first to bloom. This one was in full bloom and it made a nice picture in the backdrop of the snow capped mountains. I first noticed this one while having Maggi noodles in a wayside tea shop. Believe me, Maggi never tasted better!
2. Budding leaves and first flowers in the Pahalgam town park. .The first growth of the season is so fast and frantic that one wonders why the tearing hurry.. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the small town of Pahalgam has some really wonderfully maintained parks. I would definitely go back there.
3. Shalimar gardens, Srinagar. With the help of some vivid imagination, the gardens do take you back to the Mughal era. One thing that crossed my mind was that the plants and trees in these climates are so well programmed to live their lives.. The never ending cycle of shedding and budding.. The environment controls them and their actions, and from the way things are heading, that’s what scares me most.
4. I think it is a coniferous tree. On the way back from the Sankaracharya temple in Srinagar, we stopped to get a good view of the lake below and these buds caught my eye. The Sankaracharya temple is not just a temple.. It is a proof of the perseverance of a single person who gave his life to restore Hinduism in the north of India.
5. Shalimar gardens, Srinagar.. Though we were a little too early into the flowering season, nevertheless, were dazzled and awed by the range and beauty of the flowers, both planted and wild. This one pansy was probably growing wild amongst these pink beauties. I wonder how this garden must have looked in the heydays of Mughal rule. No way of knowing fully, no ?
Are you surprised I am feeling much better? Thank you, Ravi! If you’d like to be floored by his photography, here’s his Facebook page.
Let’s head over to the gorgeous Unknown Mami’s blog
(love her for hosting this!) and grab our travel itinerary! I really could do with some fresh air!
Before I sign off shakily, I am especially grateful to my lovely friends who overwhelm me with their love, their writing and their compassion. Special thanks today, to:
Have a great week ahead, folks!