Dec 4, 2008

The red leaved plant

After many years, I saw this plant in aplenty again on waysides in Yercaud. This plant has flowers with red leaf-like petals. It actually looks like red leaves (I used to think the leaves turn red in some season!). It brought back so many memories from childhood….

In school days, there was one such plant near a friend’s house. I was deeply fascinated by it, and loved to collect these leaves or rather petals. I remember it used to have these red petals only in one season – may be winter when I used to have Dasara holidays. I used to go cycling all the way till that friend’s place only to collect these petals. We’d carefully save these in between pages of my books and let dry. And I and she would flaunt it in front of my other classmates once the school reopened.... We made up stories that this is a kind of red leaf which is found only to lucky people, and it brings luck, etc.... When asked to share a few petals, we would refuse to! Or give it to only those friends who were very good to us!!! And my sis, in an attempt to compete with me, had once filled her favorite book, with petals of some other flower. To her ill luck, that flower was probably too delicate, and it had got stuck to the pages, instead of drying off. And the entire book had gone waste. Yes, she did get scolding from mom and dad for that!

Ahhh... those childhood days were so colorful……

Well, when I saw this plant again last month, I did again become a kid. Dee was probably wondering what was so special with it…… I was bent upon getting one sapling home and having it grow in front of home. We thought we’d take one just before leaving, but due to the rains, we couldn’t :( And yes, I was upset about it.

But guess what??? Last week when I had been to Chickmagalur with my team on another outing, I did find the same plant, and this time I made it a point to get one home. Planted it myself, and watering it regularly.... hoping for it to grow and bear those red leafy flowers….. and remind me of my childhood everyday........


  1. Now don't try to keep it in the PC and wait till it dry :P hmm

  2. hi sum!! how are you? life good? you are also getting a piece of nature like chandu kya?

  3. this place looks great :)
    visiting your blog after a real long time.. you post brought back my childhood memories too.. those days were really good na??
    we also did something like was all nice innocent fun..

  4. @ Chandu
    Good Idea Chandu!! Laptop would be a better option :P

    Hi Kaush... good to see u after a long time here.... Ya ya..., a very little piece though :D

    Where are u these days?? not to be seen much... do start back blogging na....
    Yeah... childhood was so nice......

  5. Hey Sum! I remember one flower of such had tiny fruits with fluid inside and we would tear the opening and push the fluid out like a pichkari...haha :D