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Sevanti-A Reprise

Sevanti

It is, holi- the festival of colors, today. Winter is gone. The trees are shedding dry leaves. The various colors and shapes of Guldaudi are just a pleasant  memory now. So I decided to do a post on Chrysanthemums.

Sevanti

The word,  Chrysanthemum, is a combination of two Greek words, ‘chrysos’ meaning gold and ‘anthos’ meaning flower. Its botanical name is Chrysanthemum sps. It belongs to the Compositae family and the flower originated in China & Japan. How ever some say it was brought to Japan by Buddhist  monks in 400 AD. It can grow up to a height of 15 cms to 120 cms. It can be propagated through root suckers or terminal cuttings or air/ground layering. It flowers after rainy season and before the winter fully sets in.
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There are more than 250 varieties of Sevanti available in India. They have been classified according to the shape & size of the flower the plant produces. They can be broadly classified as large flowered & small flowered. There are 11 large flowered varieties. Namely, Incurved, Incurving, Reflexed, Intermediate, Ball, Quilled, Spider, Spoon, Single,Double & Decorative.
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Small flowered variety are Korean Single & double,Decorative, Anemone, Pompon, Cineraria or Charm, Button, Quilled, Semi- quilled, Spoon & Stellate.
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Cultivating Chrysanthemum is an art and you have to start around July-August to get full grown plants in full bloom by September to January. It is a popular plant in India. Various horticulture departments in India cultivate them and hold exhibitions annually.
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In Jaipur, the Nursery in the Rajasthan University holds a highly successful, yearly,  exhibition & sale of Chrysanthemum plants in full bloom.

Australians traditionally gift their mothers Chrysanthemums every Mothers Day.

Sevanti is the sanskrit name for guladudi or mums or chrysanths.

The YWCA in N. Delhi has been putting  up  the show ‘Glory of Chrysanthemums’ for more than 60 years now.

A Chrysanthemums Show is organized each year in the month of December at the  Terraced Garden (Sector 33) in Chandigarh.

Chrysanthemum flowers generally signify fidelity, joy,long life & optimism. However a red colored flower signifies love. White colored mum signifies truth and loyal love & yellow colored mum signifies  a slighted love.
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National Chrysanthemum Society USA

Dutt Flower Farms,Karnal

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Bored In Jaipur?

Sunrise

If for some reason you have to stay in Jaipur for a longish period of time-what do you do-how do you pass the time of the day? You have been to all the Forts in Jaipur, shopped for all your friends, seen all the museums, now what?

You can delve a bit deeper in to the Jaipur other people breeze through, here are some options…

1. Make friends with other expats living and working here.

2. Learn a new skill. If art is your forte you can learn miniature painting from the masters.

Or you can learn yoga.

Or you can learn to read, write  & speak a local language like hindi or sanskrit.

Or you can live in the elephant village near  Amber and learn how to care for the elephants and how to train them & drive them.

Or if you want to continue your higher education the Rajasthan University has an excellent faculty for the foreign students wishing to do just that.

Or you can learn to cook the various local indian cuisine.

3.  You could ask the expats already working here, if they would like a helping hand at their trade, while you gained a few pointers in their trade.

4.You could write a book!

5. If not that you could write an article about your trip for a journal back home.

6. You could write a blog about your stay in Jaipur from your personal point of view.

7. You could get involved with a charity in Jaipur, there are lot of reputable ones around.

8.You could take classes in teaching your mother tongue to the young folk of Jaipur.

9. If books are your forte you could help out at the Jaipur Literature Festival and meet writers galore!

10. If you still want to travel some more there are places  near by which you can visit for a day or two and return to Jaipur. Here is a list.

11.You could learn to dance a local dance like kathak.

12. You could learn to play a local musical instrument like sitar or harmonium.

13. You could teach the young folk of Jaipur how to do some popular western dances you might be proficient at.

14. You could hire a Royal Enfield Motorcycle and explore the nearby villages.

15. You could hire a bi-cycle to explore the city.

16. You could make videos of your daily life to put up on www.youtube.com

17. You could start a 365 day  photo project to post  still photos of your daily round to  www.photoblog.com a photo blogging website.

18. If you are learning hindi and like movies you could watch a hindi  Bollywood movie everyday. It will improve your hindi & who knows you might fall in love with the song and dance in the hindi movies.

19. You could help manage a hotel or guesthouse catering to foreign tourists.

20. You could learn to fly kites the way Indians do. It is a very addictive past time.

21. You could make Indian friends. They will welcome you in their lives!

22. If you are a Motorsport enthusiast you can go for weekly Off The Road (OTRs).

23. You could race bikes on a dirt track.

24. You could do social service in an old age home or a hospice.

25. You could teach your local cuisine to the young ladies of Jaipur.

26. You could read the Hindu scriptures, Ramayan & Mahabharat.

27. You could do a course at the Jaipur Vipassana Centre

28. You could visit the local fairs and festivals taking place round the year.

29. You could take long early morning walks in the hills surrounding Jaipur.

30. You could try out all the heritage liquors available in the local market and find out the ingredients used, the legends associated with the liquor and the family history of  the house to which the liquor recipe belongs to.

31.You could learn to play Polo. Or learn horse riding. Or you could watch Polo matches during the Polo season.

32. You could buy a book detailing the birds of north India and go birding in the parks and the hills and lakes surrounding Jaipur.

33. You could reaffirm your marriage vows according to hindu customs in a local temple. Or you could have a grand affair and get married again in a Rajput wedding ceremony and have your friends flown in to witness the ceremony at one of the heritage hotels.

34. You could honey moon at the luxurious  Rambagh Palace or at the Rajvilas Hotel.

If I have missed an activity please fell free to add it in your comments to this post. I will be glad to add it to the list.

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Open Air Theatres in Jaipur

Amber Palace-A Birds Eye View

Besides the soon to be open Garden Theatre located between OTS and the Karpoor Chand Kulish Smriti Ban on JLN Marg  there are about six other open air theatres in Jaipur.

1.Behind Rabindra Manch in the Ram Niwas Garden

2.In the Jawahar Kala Kendra on JLN Marg.

3.Near the Nahargarh Fort.

4.In the Rajasthan University Campus.

5.Central Park  behind the Birla Planetarium is often used for the monthly fixtures of the Music In The Park .

6.Kesar Kyari near the Amber Fort is the venue for the light and sound show on Jaipur.

White Peacock Sculpture

The Garden Open Theatre has a seating capacity of 600 persons, a stage of the size  56′ X 28′, a projector room for screening film shows , a cafeteria and a rain water harvesting system. It is being built on 10 acres  of land and the  cost of the project after budget over run is  about 3.5 Crore Rupees. The Theatre will be decorated with sculptures made by Raj Kumar Pandit. He has been commissioned with the task of  making models of White Peacocks and Butterflies. It has also  been proposed to open a butterfly garden in the theatre campus on the style of Singapore butterfly gardens, come March 2010. When the garden is fully commissioned there will be about 50,000 flowers and various  fruit trees like pomegranate,banana etc and the garden will cover an area of 7 acres. Plants are also being brought in from Kolkata and Hyderabad. Besides being a butterfly preserve it is also going to be a place where one can educate one self about  the various  species of  butterflies. This preserve will be a welcome addition  as one more feather in the cap of the  city of Jaipur.

A picture taken in the Karpoor Chand Kulish Simriti Ban

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