Theme: Home Affairs of Elephant WarriorsDay 1 A: The Animal Acquisition
Day 2 B: The Boyfriend RecombobulationDay 3 C: The Comparacion Effect
Day 4 D: The Dandy Dogs Disposition
Day 5 E: The Elephant Explanation
Day 6 F: The Friendship Ramification
Boga = White, Joba = Hibiscus Flower
My Mom is passionate about gardening. A little too passionate I would say. She has turned our front yard into a mini botanical garden. The only piece missing is the Tall Redwood, else if possible, she would have planted that as well. Strolling in the garden is sometimes dangerous as all kind of Chameleons, Ants and snakes have now taken permanent residency in my Mom’s mini rainforest.
The hospital near my home has an exquisite range of seasonal flowers. I used to wonder if my mom was deliberately falling sick, just to go there and admire the collection. Or if lucky, coax one of the nurses to give her a stem, which she would gleefully plant in the garden.
She loves flowers and wants every species in her yard. So when mistakenly I showed her a picture White Hibiscus (Joba), she was hell bent on getting one. Although white hibiscus is quite common in Bangalore, it isn’t the case in Jorhat.
Every day, my mom would badger me on phone, reminding me to get a Boga Joba phool the next time I go home. She is quite an expert in perfectly breaking off stems in the right places, I am worse than a novice.
There was a long row of white Hibiscus in my office garden. Often I had tried to get a branch, but either the branch won’t break or the watchful eyes of gardener would scare me away. I mean, imagine me running with a white hibiscus plant in my hand while the gardener is chasing me with a hose pipe.
Even after a lot of trial and error (and scratches and sore thumb) I couldn’t get one and till this date Mom doesn’t falter to emotionally blackmail me.