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Hello April!

April the month of reawakening. It’s the month that instills a spirit of youth in everything on earth. A time when nature awakens from a long slumber. We witness rebirth, regrowth and renewal as buds begin to sprout on bare branches, flower beds emerge from the soil in gardens, parks and sidewalks, the earth is moist and the sun shines bright and strong.

British writer, Monty Don, says “Daffodils, blossoms and tulips jostle to the front of the stage in April. I love these early perennials: they may be more modest but they nearly all have that one special quality that a plant needs to transform your affections from admiration to affection – charm.”

The allure of April is in witnessing the transformation of a bud into a blossoming flower. The joy is in soaking up the myriad colors of nature and the countless species of flora that come alive. In sharing this sentiment our guest writer Vijayalakshmi Abhishek presents ‘Pink Mandevillas’.


Pink mandevilla flowers in full bloom at Forest Hills, Queens, New York

Pink Mandevillas

By Vijayalakshmi Abhishek

A morning ritual I follow everyday. The bright sunshine flooding my room as I open the window to let in the fresh morning breeze. Enjoying the sun’s beaming golden rays on my face, I see a beautiful pink mandevilla tree in full bloom right across the street. For a moment, I couldn’t believe what my eyes were witnessing, dazzling pink flowers. After months a delightful sight of flowers in the neighborhood.

That’s the beauty of Spring. I eagerly wait for spring season because it isn’t just a season, it’s an awakening of nature from a long slumber. Nature comes to life. It’s a pure bliss. A feeling so refreshing and rejuvenating after a prolonged phase of emptiness, and dryness that sometimes make you feel gloomy and dreary.

Spring darling Star magnolia blooming in Forest Hills, Queens, New York

A sunny day fills life with energy and zeal. On the other hand, I feel lethargic and sluggish when the sun isn’t bright and shiny. Honestly, for me spring is nothing but pure joy. As days get longer and warmer, it gives me immense pleasure and happiness. The lingering sent of spring blossoms in the air elevates my inner consciousness, chirping of the birds enlivens the surroundings, cool breeze and warm days bring people and children outdoors. It’s heartwarming to see children running merrily in the neighborhood parks, families enjoying picnics under the unending blue skies. It’s immensely comforting to see sanctity and blessedness all around.

Spring is that time of the year when mother nature rewards all the trees, plants and everything that is part of nature, the gift of life. A reward for their patience and tolerance they display while remaining stranded and grounded during the long and harsh winter.

This makes me reflect deeply on the fact that life’s greatest things come only to those who show grit, courage, and the ability to endure life’s greatest challenges.

Vijayalakshmi Abhishek is a mother. She writes heartfelt and compelling stories for us from Queens, New York. Follow her on instagram @vijayalakshmi_Abhishek.

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4 thoughts on “Guest columns

  1. Our Earth has warmed and cooled by itself for millions of years, the geologic record proves this. The GW thing is all about controlling populations, I don’t buy it.

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