Jyoti Envirotech in Lucknow

Lucknow’s first Municipal Solid Waste Treatment Plant at Shivri will soon have a wide belt of trees to improve surrounding area’s air quality. Jyoti Envirotech, the NGO that is already collecting garbage from 57 out of 110 wards in Lucknow will be

01 September, 2015

Chinese oranges or Kumquats in North India

Chinese orange, kumquat in India

This ornamental garden tree/shrub is a common sight in India. Winter is the time the fruit show up and ripen. Around Christmas, a Kumquat or Chinese orange tree, as it is better known is the gardener’s pride. For those who don’t have open

04 February, 2010

Bougainvillea alongside train tracks :-)


The train ride between Agra and Mathura is a colourful splash because of these. Well, yes, the green fields and shady groves on the way also provide interesting colour, but bougainvilleas absolutely find me rushing to the window to catch that racing

19 March, 2009

Spring in Bangalore – Jacaranda


Spring in Bangalore is a mixed bag. flowers everywhere, yes, correct. roads are strewn with blue jacaranda, and plenty of un-knowable flowers. Taxonomists distinguish the two species of Jacaranda by geography: Jacaranda acutifolia is endemic to

15 March, 2009

Guava tree in bloom

Guava tree in bloom

Guava trees are the star attraction in our garden for monkeys, birds, squirrels and kids. The monsoon fruit is not as sweet as the winter fruit, nonetheless, those eying the fruit couldn't care less!

14 March, 2009

Phalsa tree in bloom


Phalsa or Grewia asiatica is a tropical fruit tree/shrub native to South Asia from India east to Cambodia. I found a small patch of these shrubs in Malihabad - the mango-orchard belt on the outskirts of Lucknow (India).

05 March, 2009

Star fruit tree

In Vrindavan’s Banke Bihari bazar, there is a street stall which sells not easily found sour fruit: in a salad or on their own: Star fruit, Tamarind, wild ber, to name a few.

04 March, 2009

Practice the presence...