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I’ve always loved garden, plants and flowers. Had a huge one when we were kids… grandpa used to take us, me and my brother to nurseries to buy seeds, fertiliser.  Saturday’s were for gardening.

Wanted my kids to experience the same. Even though, we have no garden, not even a terrace… but this didn’t stop me from making my own garden.

We started by buying pots and soil. Spread plenty of paper on the floor and started off with selecting what I’d like to pot. I opened my garnishing box and picked up a few coriander seeds, split it into 2 by crushing it with my fingers. Next took few methi (fenugreek) seeds. Split green chillies and removed the seeds and kept them to dry in the sun, did the same with tomatoes. Took a handful peas and slightly wet them and wrapped in a towel for it to sprout. Took the red chilli seeds that got collected in the end of the container. I have also cleaned 2 pods of garlic.

I am also keeping the peels of vegetables and fruits. The sedements of tea. And use it for my plants.

How to plant- start by placing the pots in a line. And fill each pot to half and spread the seeds and again fill with some soil, sprinkle some water. I made my kids do this.

Methi or fenugreek seeds start sprouting in a day. I noticed sprouting in 24 hours.

I am so excited to see so many plants across my house. I’ve finally potted everything. Waiting for curry leaves.

Now I have, green chilli, red chilli, coriander, garlic, peas, methi, tomatoes.

I will add pics and keep updating this post for those who are interested in kitchen garden.

Since I was a kid, I have always loved Gazals.. I don’t know why, but I simply loved them. I have a huge collection of gazals, consisting Jagjit Singh, Pankaj Udhas, Ghulam Ali.. Jagjit Singh has been my favorite.. May it be romantic song or sad ones, he just had the best song to describe my mood… It felt like he is singing exactly what’s in my mind.

 

It must have been the year 2003-2004, I was traveling to Chennai for my cousin’s wedding. I was waiting for security check.. and my.. Who was I seeing, the man himself, Jagjit Singh. He was standing in front of me with many great singers like Anoop Jalota, etc… I wanted to go and speak to him, but I was so scared… Wish I had the courage then.,.I will never be so lucky again!

 

I saw what a good man he was. There was a lady with an infant, there were so many people, but no one cared to help her with her bags, it was Jagjit ji, who helped her all the way till she boarded the flight. He didn’t behave like a star or the celebrity he was.. It is so difficult to write for him in the past tense. It will take some time to get in terms with this fact.

 

Some of my personal favorite of his are, Hum to hain pardes mein, tum itna jo muskura rahe ho, Chitti na koi, sarakti jaye, hothon se choo lo, ye daulat, haath chute, din aa gaye, ae khuda re, baat niklegi to,… and the list goes on and on… You will be missed greatly.