Many of us have very good memories with nature in our childhood. At least, I have a few as my grandmother’s house is in East Godavari district which is famous for its coconut trees and greenery. It is not a village actually, a mandal head quarter. Our grandparent’s house is a big house with 3 portions where 3 families can live together happily. The house has a big garden behind with all types of trees you can think of, our favorite ones being mango, guava, orange and Nandivardhanam trees. We cannot assume these kinds of houses in modern days and can mostly hope for a balcony with many artificial plants in flower pots arranged as per our taste.
|hibiscus flower in our grandma's garden|
Our bond with nature developed slowly, as it became part of our life in many ways.
- All cousins used to gather in our grandmother’s home for summer holidays and we used to play hide and seek behind different trees and varieties of plants.
- Our cousin’s duty was to cut raw mangoes from tree with stones and our duty is to get salt and chilly powder from kitchen without any elders knowing it :) and then of course eating them together :)
- Daily fetching water from hand pump (borewell), plucking flowers for Puja especially bright red hibiscus flowers, yellow, white, orange chrysanthemums and white nandivardhanams which give a pleasant fragrance throughout, watering the plants in the evening, trimming them etc are a few fun tasks we all used to do. You can assume the amount of exercise it gives to the body in pollution free weather :)
I feel, today’s children miss out all this fun in cities as we don’t have gardens behind each of our flats/ apartments and we don’t have time to enjoy the nature. Travelling to scenic places or hill stations might be a good way to enjoy nature. How about travelling to Goa, Kerala, Coorg, Uttarakhand, Shivalik Hills in Punjab, Maharashtra, Sikkim etc., When did you see a Sun rise / Sunset peacefully enjoying it?
Other option could be introducing kids to this site.. welcome to Kissanpur :) I know, what comes to your mind by the name 'Kissan', none other than the mixed fruit jam and tomato ketchup.. yummy :D This site has a guide to grow tomatoes at home, that too with tips for kids. What a fun it is, to introduce mother nature to kids with small tasks!
So, register your kids in the site to grow up juicy tomatoes and for a chance to have their photo featured on Kissan tomato ketchup bottles.. Let me know about your journey :)
Until next time,
This entry is for the contest by Kissan, http://www.kissan.in/ #NaturesFriends