20210723 by Vasanthi Arasoo
Flowers make us happy and inspire us at times. What more than being greeted by a field of flowers? This beautiful painting brings to mind a saying that says, ” The very best relationship has a gardener and a flower. The gardener nurtures and the flower blooms.” In the case of this painting, it would only be appropriate to say that, “The very best painting has an artist and her imagination. The artist paints as her imagination creates the outline.” Looking at rows of wild flowers in a field will capture the heart of any admirer. The soft pastel colours used brightens the background and brings joy.
Talking about flowers brings back memories of flowers in abundance. One place not to miss is the Madurai Flower Market in India. It provides a sight to behold as cut flowers are piled up in heaps along the road side stalls and pavement. Flowers of all colours fill the place and a sweet fragrance drifts in the air. The mostly sought after flower is the Madurai Jasmine which is so pure and fragrant. So many thoughts rush into the mind when you are greeted by this amazing sight. Where do all these colourful flowers come from? Who buys these flowers? What are they used for? How could anyone finish selling so many heaps of flowers in a day? Like all miracles in life, this remarkable flower market seem to be one too. The demand is so great that all the flowers are sold and exported by the end of the day. The next day will witness a new beginning with hundreds of fresh heaps of flowers again. Some heaps can be as high as five feet tall. Truly an amazing sight to behold. Flowers and Indians cannot be separated. Flowers are used for many purposes from hair and beauty adornment to temple and prayer offerings and festive as well as custom usage. Flowers play a very important part in this community.
I recall a hilarious incident during a friend’s wedding night. Just like all Indian weddings, lots of flowers adorned the temple hall as well as the bride and groom’s residences. It has become a custom to decorate the place with flowers as they bring fragrance, life, freshness and good vibes into a home. The newly-wedded couple’s room was a flower garden for the day. Rose petals were generously strewn all over the bed too. My friend jumped onto his floral bed with all the excitement of a new groom but to his chagrin, he landed on a misplaced thorn among the petals. He screamed and jumped up much to the shock and amusement of the blushing new bride. This story has since become a conversation piece at most family functions and serves as a reminder that we have to be cautious when in the midst of beauty. A slight slip can end up in a painful discovery.
Flowers do provide joy to any function and sparkle to any garden. Just like all things beautiful, they too do not last forever. Therefore just adore them for as long as they last and treasure the peace that they bring into your lives.