Friday, November 12, 2010
The land of Oranges and blooming poppy flowers--Jhalawar
Most people think and so did I that the only place that grows a lot of oranges is Nagpur in Maharashtra. the other day I was travelling to Dag from Jhalawar via Bhawani Mandi and lo and behold I was in a land full of the colour of sunshine; all along are farms full of citrus trees and the green orange of the landscape is exotic to say the least and hold your eyes to the passionate hot orange colour. In winter you get the warmth of the sun from heaven and the colour of sun from earth in the ripening citrus fruit. this is a land for the artists--the beautiful jewelery, the colourful clothes of women,affectionate shiny black-eyed children the rainbows of the headgear of men (called pagdi)the colourful landscape, water ponds, Bawdis, rivers, dams and the fresh, fragrant rejuvenating air (21% of Jhalawar is forest). Sorry I forgot I found the scintilating young yellow hues of Europe in April-May when the rap crop stands in the fields in Germany, France, Austria etc. In Jhalawar they don't grow rap but they grow a very healthy mustard crop. the sun-bright of mustard flowering in field is another sight that adds musical melody to the land. the Jhalawar landscape is so varied and is atypical of sand laden land of Rajasthan. The fields of fresh coriander leaves a culinary aroma as you walk by. Ah and my mind rumbles to the memories of European landscape yet again; the month of May i used to walk long in Slovakia in a region called Slovensky Raj (Slovak Paradise)and the whole of the pastures would be red carpeted with wild poppy flowers called Mak. in Jhalawar grow the red Poppy flowers and the land becomes a flower garden
can i foeget the thousands of sheep walking, grazing playing, fighting, loving and their coats coloured and that sturdy shepherd and the shepherdess in her beautiful ethnic clothes and exquiste ornaments. Believe me the men and women give as much colour to the land as the Nature does.