Sunday, January 6, 2013


i grew up seeing these everyday. My friends who came home called it Makhmal ke pattey ( Velvet leaves) and each had at least one or many such sitting snugly in their various text books. This woolly creeper covered the entire grill boundary of my home Sujan Bhawan in Patna where i had spent the best part of my formative years. As a kid i had seen strangers walk inside and request for a bunch of Makhmal ke pattey.  Had no idea then why and for what. i presumed then that perhaps they too like my friends wanted to keep some and distribute the rest amongst their own friends/relatives.

Would still be under the same impression of this being just one of the many ornamental creepers had i not noticed that eventful day that this creeper also blossomed.
 For me it was just one of the many eureka moments that nature has bestowed upon me oft and on as i admired first the bud which would blossom, then wondered what the blossom would look like... finally analyzing with whatever i have known, the reason for it not having blossoms at Sujan Bhawan. It goes without saying then that apart from nostalgic memories i was also flooded with enormous delight at my own discovery.

Thanks to technology  i am not only relieved of my anxiety for not having enough time to see the bud flower into my favorite color bloom but today i also have some answers to the unquestioned fact (then when i was a kid) why strangers wanted a bunch of Makhmal ke pattey on a regular basis at Sujan Bhawan.
Before i quit and go along with my other chores i would grab this opportunity in wishing all...those who  meander on my page and also those who don't.. a very healthy, peaceful and purposeful New Year.
Also would like to conclude by quoting what sums up my purpose of the day.
It seems that it is in mans nature to live a spiritual lifestyle. We need very much to live a meaningful life and therefore we look to find purpose in our lives. Religion is simply a system devised to live your life according to the meaning that you have envisioned for your life. Others find the structure of organized religion to be stifling. They find that going into nature is the best way to get in touch with the spirit. It seems that the trees, and the grass and flowers never lose sight of their purpose. In the same way, nature helps us get in touch with our inner spirit that never forgets.

Source: Spiritual Nature Poems  


  1. Dear Shivani:

    I wish you a blessed and fulfilling 2013. I have never seen this creeper before. Thanks for showing this to me. I have relocated to Goa. Hope you are doing well and happy.

    Joy always,

  2. @Susan, hey!!
    Wish u a very blessed and fulfilling New 2013 too. Read ur post the other day. Hope u are regaining ur sound health back. Wish u speedy recovery and thank you for taking interest in what i had to share.
    Yeah i am happy and doing very well. Hope the very same for you. Goa is wonderful...often go there for holidays.
    TC and get well soon.