The monsoons have such a charm and song about them. With the rains come the cravings… the need for warm hugs and hot mugs. With everything becoming a bit slower, and more laid back, there’s an instinctive feeling to stay in for ‘feet up’ times.
But monsoons are a great time to step out – to watch things grow, to observe transformation, to see tiny creatures crawl. The trees are alive, and everything around so lush. Barring the heavy intense kinds, rains can bring a sense of calm - a time to consolidate, so to say.
What it’s also a great time for, is to collect the season’s tree-things! Have you noticed how the flowers, leaves, seeds and pods make a beautiful mess after a spell of rain? The sheer variety and raw beauty makes seeds and pods wonderful collectibles. There’s also some delightful drama in the way pods unravel their residents. Some with mild-mannered affectations while the others with decided ferocity. Pods have their own persona, and it’s almost as if their intent is not just about carrying the next generation. It’s also to perpetuate and keep intact the onlooker’s sense of wonder.
Seeds and pods have captured our imagination for generations. The ancestors incorporated them in play and pass time. The earliest board games got the momentum and character from these natural baubles. And in some cases, they reflect the culture and significance of life in the times. Aluguli mane which is played with small seeds, depicts the act of sowing and reaping – the way of life in agrarian communities.
This monsoon, make it an activity for the family. Give plastic play pieces a miss and try seeds and pods instead:
Last modified on Friday, 11 August 2017 11:52
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