The Tulasi plant and Parijatha flower connected with our rich culture and vibrant heritage have always remained my favorites. Parijatha with its divine and pristine beauty and Tulasi with her love for Lord Krishna and with the her medicinal value have been on the top of my priority list of home plants. It has been my cherished dream to have a big Parijatha tree in my aangan along with rows and rows of Tulasi plant.
Alas! I always proposed and thieves disposed. On many occasions whenever I chanced upon Tulasi seeds, plants or saplings at resorts, gardens and friends' houses, I would beg or borrow and bring them home. Living in a west faced house, I was always forced to plant the seeds and saplings on the compound in planter box.
As if this was not enough, I had this " Gow Matha ", always pulling out my little "babies", if by any chance left by those thieves with her long tongue right in front of my eyes, disregarding my shouts and threats. I am really dismayed by their attitude and judgement! I have seen in many areas, besides their huge gardens, these "RICH(?)" people will occupy footpaths with mini gardens and these "holy cows" sitting by the side of these gardens lazily munching with semi closed lids, never daring to even glance at the plants. Is it fear of "RICH N POWERFUL"? Naah! Methinks she just loves the taste of our little angels, put up with all the love of our heart and soul !
I would try to deter her with some prickly boundaries. No sir! She would care two hoots for such silly tricks! As a last resort one day I put some big glass pieces as boundaries for my planter boxes. Hey! Don't look so flabbergasted! Genuinely I meant no harm, just wanted my kids to grow! Don't take side with her, she was not as innocent as she looked. I stood there when she arrived and we both stared at each other. She would look at me and then at the glass boundary and at the plants beyond ! Did I see a glint of amusement, sarcasm or was it an indulgent motherly look at we selfish human beings in her eyes? Whatever - she decided not to pursue and left me alone with my plants since then.
I pulled Prakash's hand and dragged him down, pushed him on to his bike and hopped behind him in my nightie.For 5-10 minutes we had totally lost any trace of him. But soon we could spot him walking in the next cross, holding the pot to his chest. As Prakash drove his bike by his side, I jumped from the bike, ran across and held him by the collar of his jerkin like a Zhansi Ki Rani!
One day... May be one day.............
Roasted and pounded Groundnuts : 2 cups ( They should be pounded into big pieces,size of hurigadale )
Hurigadale : 2 cups
Jaggery powder : 1 1/2 cups
Ghee : 1 cup
Elaichi powder : 1 tea spoon
In a thick bottomed kadai heat ghee and jaggery powder only till jaggery melts. Remove from the heat. Add elaichi powder, ounded groundnut, hurigadale and mix well. Wait till the heat recedes and then roll into laddoos.