Mockery of Smoke

‘ Smoke ‘ is associated very often with smoking cigarettes, cigars , pipes. But, the innocent smoke is blissfully unaware of the hatred it has generated in the hearts of non – smokers . It may very well be much more intense than the smoke effects, which occur in the lungs of the smokers…..

Smoke is an important component of combustion, burning….It is a significant contributor in conversion  of energy…

Smoke, if within controllable limits is welcome.

I, being a teetotaler, do not advocate smoking cigarettes or other form of tobacco. But, the smokers deserve their space, the way drinkers do….

Smoke

 

Mockery of Smoke

Remembering my grandfather…..

Trees are great examples of nature. Trees stand testimony to the fact that Nature is a great teacher. There are some people like my grandfather who nurture trees and create a beautiful bond with Nature.

My grandfather – my maternal grandfather had immense love for trees. His name was also very close to nature – Mr. Bhaskar Atmaram Gokhale.’Bhaskar’ is the name of the centre of our solar system – the Sun. Aajoba ( Grandfather in my mother tongue -Marathi ) had spent some of his childhood years in the scenic Konkan region- Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra, India. For education and work purposes, he settled in Mumbai.

With his hard work, foresight, textile education and experience, a lucrative job in a leading textile mill- he bought a plot of land in the suburbs of Mumbai. After some years, he constructed a bungalow on the plot.

After returning from work, Aajoba used to work to develop a garden around his home. He appointed a gardener. He learnt the nuances of gardening from the gardener, his observation as a child growing in rural India, books and magazines publishing about gardening. He was also experimental by nature.

In few years, as a fruit of his hard work and dedication, the gardener ‘s efforts, his family members ‘ support, God’s grace, my grandfather succeeded in developing a gorgeous, gregarious, green zone around his home. He brought along glimpses of Konkan to Mumbai! There were coconut trees, mango trees! He also had flowers like Rose, ten o’clock lily, kewda. He succeeded in cultivating Black Rose as well! Apart from the garden, the terrace was also home to plants of curry leaves, bay leaves, tulsi. There were some other trees in the backyard like berries.

Residents of the colony used to visit the garden for viewing it’s beauty and maintenance. He had also won a prize in the colony’s gardening contest.

He took care of the plants and trees – the way a parent would take care of his children.

As a child , I have many fond memories of my jovial Aajoba. One of them- he used to draw a coconut tree on a page of his note pad. He used to gift it to me along with a chocolate as a parting gift. I learnt drawing a coconut tree from him. He used to always show a coconut, either falling down or in the process of falling down!😃.

The coconut tree was something like this…

Tree

Remembering my grandfather…..

Value of Memories

We can evaluate, revalue, value and assign quantifiable,measurable numeric values to money, real estate, gems and jewellery, many other goods and services. They are vital for survival. They are also a source of happiness, security.

But, they are not sufficient to be the only reasons for happiness. Love, care, camaraderie, friendship are important to spread joy and be joyful.

Memories are very valuable. They can refresh the person. They can be sources of a smile,a giggle, a grin….

Some beautiful memories which can be preserved for years together:

*Photographs, albums

*Videos

*Voice Recordings

*Writings- Diary, blog posts, letters, electronic letters- emails

*Greeting Cards

*Gifts , momentoes

*Collection of things

*Recollection of memories- mentally. Use of mind .

 

Memories are valuable for the person concerned. They may not be equally interesting for everyone… So, share the memories with others, if one wishes to share, without expecting an exuberant reaction….!!!!

 

Value

Value of Memories