The title just about sums up my trip to India (off the working hours). My deputation to India this time was for a period of 18 days in New Delhi. Although New Delhi was steaming at a staggering 42 degrees Celsius when I landed there on June 5, I set off every morning at 6 am to a heavenly park about 5 minutes away from my hotel . Here is an early morning scene on the way to the park:
Early morning scene from hotel to park in New Delhi
The park was situated in a quiet and rich residential area and it seemed to be in an altogether different world in the midst of bustling New Delhi. Huge palatial houses surrounded by verdant trees and flowers and guarded by watchmen. No noise except for the sweet calls of koels, and sometimes from a protesting call from a peacock.
Joggers walking to the park (on the left)
Kids playing badminton, youngsters walking around the path in the park, middle-aged persons with bulging tummies and spritely old men forming a “Laughter Club” and several others practicing Yoga – you could find them all in this lovely park early morning.
Neat pathways and trees and flowers in abundance in the park
The pathway led to some wonderful fragrant spots thanks to a bunch of plumeria trees.
Fragrant Plumeria flowers
Each time you passed by these trees, a sweet fragrant smell would make you happy. I felt like walking faster so that I would reach the same spot again and smell the flowers.
Closeup of the Plumeria (called “Champa” in New Delhi)
I found these flowers all over New Delhi. I have a plant at my house in Japan too. I grow it in a planter; in winter, it is too cold and the plant sheds all its leaves and goes to sleep. In spring I water it and the leaves come up . Growth is rather slow and I have yet to see flowers in my Plumeria in Japan.
Another view of the park showing some elderly people in the Laughter Club and another person in a Yoga posture
It is in this park that I plonked myself on the grass every morning and went through my Yoga ritual for about 30 minutes. The moment I closed my eyes to perform deep breathing exercises, I could hear nothing but birds. What a wonderful feeling in the midst of a metropolis!
I also came upon various flowers and birds – and was lucky to get two hornbills in my camera.
A pair of hornbills high up in a tree
I was also lucky to shoot a photo of pigeons, squirrels and parrots all partaking the early morning meal of grains dispersed by a kind soul.
Parrots, squirrels and pigeons sharing a meal
Parrots and squirrels coexisting peacefully
Made me happy to see various creatures coexisting in peace and harmony. Wish humans would too!
In addition to Plumeria, I found various other flowers within and outside the park such as bougainvillea, laburnum, jasmine, and so on.
Here are some that I clicked in and outside the park:
Assorted flowers in and around the park
All told, I think I performed my work in New Delhi more efficiently, thanks to the daily dose of Yoga amid fragrant flowers, birds and squirrels and a wonderful environment!
Until the next post, happy gardening!