Story 2: I was 12, the first time I saw a succulent plant and 14 when I came to know about Bonsai. I fell in love with these plants because of their symmetry, rubber like touch and vibrant colors. I started to collect them when I was 12 and still do.
I think lot of this comes from my father and his love for gardening. So far, I have 250 varieties of succulents and cacti &27 bonsai plants. Some of them are rare as I had to get them from diff. countries. I learned how to train a bonsai, how to pluck their leaves,
medicines, manure, dressing and seasons etc. This learning was nt limited wid plants but overall, it helped me learn about patience, care, love and molded my personality. The art of bonsai & Succulents, takes a lot of time for results, one small change for desired results may
take 2-3 years. It’s a game of patience and perseverance. My obsession grew so much that my dad had to book a separate Van to carry my plants whenever he was transferred. I ws doing so well with plants that I no longer required help for germination, cross pollination etc.
I built a special chamber with tube lights and fans for rapid germination of succulents and adenium seeds. It was hard labor to water them, feed them, clean them etc. Also, it was getting heavier on my pocket money. So, in the days of “Orkut” I sold some extra plants to take
care of my expenses. One time I made 300$ for selling 5yr old “elephant foot succulent” to an American lady. U won’t know the happiness of a class 10 student who earned Rs20000 on his own, I continued to the day I left my home town and came to “memebai” for job. elephant foot.   taken from internet
After I left, mom and dad smhow takes care of them, sm of them died because they needed frequent soil change and wat not. As Far as my bonsai is concerned, they nevr required so much of care. They were resilient and hard wood plants. I learned bonsai
training frm here and there. Japan is considered a world leader when it comes to bonsai but very few people will know that they learned it from India. In ancient times our rishis and munis used to keep rare live medicinal plants with them in the form bonsai.
This bonsai was called “VAMAN VRIKSHA KALA”. We ignored it and now sm country is making billions of dollars wid it. These plants make me happy and I miss them. Hope to collect more of there pokemons. Do what u luv.
PS:2-3 pictures are from internet rest is original.

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15 Sep
Story 3: I had the privilege of growing up with an elephant. For three years i had been with 1 in my village. We had mahavat who took care of him but i got to ride many times . MY grandfather rode him to get my grandmother after marriage. I could only image how royal
it would have been. His name was bholu and if u touch his trunk 3 times.. he will ask for food😄..he was 42 and old but could lift me to his head and put me back down..Unfortunately I dnt have any image of him..elephants are mischievous and hard to keep. he looked smwat like this
He ate alot ...i mean alot alot....the place he was kept at was called hathikhana..... Once in a week he used to get this royal massage treatment near the pond. I also washed him but my hand could barely scratch his skin...

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