Sukhiram, my little Duranta




This drawing of Duranta is taken from www.classicnatureprints.com







CLASSIFICATION
Kingdom--------------------->Plantae – Plants
__Subkingdom-------------->Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
___Superdivision----------->Spermatophyta – Seed plants
____Division---------------->Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
______Class----------------->Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
________Subclass---------->Asteridae –
__________Order----------->Lamiales –
____________Family------->Verbenaceae – Verbena family
_____________Genus------>Duranta L. – duranta






Apr 7, 2004
its good to be a plant



wrote this piece yesterday evening on ravi's comp....

was feeling particulrly down today. hAD my dinner early and am back in my room. I dont expect and dont want ravi to be back soon. Neither do i want abhishek to come here in my room..just want to lie awake and stay alone...

am tired i think...of so many companies..and so many interviews..

absolutely demotivated am i. and i know, it would soon be april end and i will be out in the open market to search for a job.

Pg's class today was ok. I wasnt interested at all in his class. As i sat there ,, i was thinking ...there isnt anyone in this room who doesnt carry a cell....i remember i had seen everyones faces ..and counted him in my list of people with cells....ofcourse including myself....

80 % of this class is already placed.. its fn you know..to talk of eco conservation.., and ecology etc.. when you have covered your backsides with a job.... and its really sad how people participate and fight over trivialities....

And a tree, a plant...my dear sukhiram....i am so sorry for him...

sukhiram and all his colleagues who have been adopted by one fellow or the other in my class...i am really sorry for all of them. They are all just our passports to better marks. Nothing more then that. nEVER Thought we had people so enthusiastic about plants in our class untill i hear dipto talkin in the class....offcourse its a different issue that she has to score min 65% in her final exams to get through TCS..and she is struggling to get that....

it ir really frustrating ....to see all these MBA's talk about nature when you know what it means to them...nothing.

mY DEAR SUKHIRAM , is also an assignment. Sitting by our window sill...an assignment..that grows and has to be watered..funny. :)

I tried to make him more then an assignment...sukhiram is more than an assignment for me....tried to relate it with neem ka ped ...tried to speak to it..but its really frustrating...i sometimes wonder ..isnt it nice for him to be just a plant ..and stay connected with all the ecolog and environment ..and nature and all the things that PG talks about.

atleast he doesnt have to meet hypocrites all day and doesnt have to appear for interviews where the interviewer is looking for an excuse to reject people....

interviews have a negative connotation i think.....

anyways,,,...its getting hotter these days....just to add to the misery.

i wish i had someone who could think of me ,,as i think of sukhiram....keep him inside ..so that it doesnt get sun burnt....water ???

i wish....



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Mar 28, 2004
tekdi

arre, the visit to the tekdi was wonderfull....


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Mar 26, 2004
colors!!




I like the colour!!
These greens from : http://esport.tpc.edu.tw

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Mar 20, 2004
tired today

am so tired today

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Sometimes I feel down, but then I remember I am the greatest person that has ever lived.

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cannot think of anything to write. excuse me for my lack of entertaining writing.

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Mar 7, 2004
Neem Ka Ped

Didnt tell you all about 'Neem Ka Ped' right..and Sukhiram

ok, there was this really nice serial on Doordarshan called "Neem Ka Ped". It had Pankaj Kapoor in the lead role and he played an agricultural labourer for a landlord..


Neem Ka Ped!

This neem tree from : http://www.rogersgardens.com/


It was a simple serial..wonderfull acting by everyone., especially pankaj kapoor....probably one of the most under talked serials of all times...people speak about nukkad and hum log and also about buniyad...but no one speaks about Neem kA Ped..which i believe deserves equal respect.

Anyways, i was very impressed with the serial and i still am,... the serail talks about the life of a labourer and his landlord..about his despondency..and his loyalty..his helplessness and his angst...oh my goodness it was wonderful..

Pankaj Kapur plays the character of Budhiram or "Budhia" as everyone calls him . His wife is carrying . A loyal servant, his landlord had given hiven him a small piece of land, just sufficient for him to make a small hut for. He is very happy about it .. and feels indebted to the landlord.

But he doesnt want his child to lead the same life ...he wants him to have a better life. He decides on a name "Sukhiram" so that when it iis shortened it would still be "Sukhia" ...still a good name. And he doesnt want anyone to call him sukhiya too....the name is sukhiram,,and should be called sukhiram..


On the day , the kid is born, Budhia plants a small neem ka ped near his hut, on 'his" small of land...the neem ka ped will, he thinks grow with his sukhiram.

Often, budhia would speak to this neem ka ped , sometimes tell him what landlord was telling him, sometimes cry , sometimes just sit around.......

this neem ka ped was the mute testimony to all that Budhia went through..

he saw Sukhia, ..am sorry Sukhiram,,,play around it....
saw sukhiram going to school...
listened to budhia 's angst and fears
silently witnessed how budhia 's landlord fought with his brothers .
witnesses budhia caught in a court case ....being loyal to his landlord...
saw Sukhiram vald budhiram becoming a minister and then joining with all those who oprssed his father for long years..

it was a great serial..a sad serial....

I am stuck by Budhia's imagination, his talks with the tree.., his fears,,, his relationship with his landlord. I understand the relaionship between a landlord and his labourer is far more complex than is reported in all the newspapers.


The laborer is bonded by something more than a piece of land or a some debt ....no doubt it all existed to. opression existed. But i think, it was nt felt as much as it is made out to be....generations were burdened with loans which there forefathers took..but these has to be reasons,,why things continue.

iTS diffciult for me to explain. Those of us , who have had watched neem ka ped , would understant , perhaps....idont really know..

i wish i could watch it once more..

the serial was based on a novel by Rahi Masoom Raza
the title song of the serial was brilliant too.. sung by jagjit singh

went something like ....

Muh ki baat sune har koi,
dil ke dard ke jaane kaun,
awazon ke bazarron mein,
Khamoshi pehchane kaun....

I am telling you , the relationship is far more complex then it appears on the surface...

anyways, my little duranta has nothing to do with budhia or his neem ka ped. But i have named it sukhiram ....in rememberance of the great impact the serial has caused on me...i wish i could develop a relatedness with my little duranta ...as budhia did with his neem ka ped.

so long folks..

love




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Mar 4, 2004
More info about apna sukhiram :)


More info about apna sukhiram :)

http://hort.ufl.edu/shrubs/DURREPA.PDF




Introduction Description

This large, fast-growing, multistemmed shrub is popular as a screen or background planting, but is too vigorous and tall to use against the foundation or in small areas. The full clusters of fragrant, pale blue flowers attract butterflies in summer and are followed by bunches of golden-orange berries, popular with birds. Flowers and fruit are often found on the plant simultaneously and make an attractive show. Yellow fruit often hangs on the plant into the winter if the birds don’t eat them.



Hedge
This Hedge from : http://www.thisplace.com.au


General Information
Scientific name: Duranta repens
Pronunciation: doo-RAN-tuh REE-penz
Common name(s): Golden Dewdrop, Sky-Flower,Pigeonberry
Family: Verbenaceae
Plant type: shrub
Planting month : year round
Origin: native to Florida, US

Uses: border; mass planting; specimen; container or aboveground
planter; naturalizing; screen; reclamation plant; espalier;
foundation; attracts butterflies; cascading down a wall

Availablity: somewhat available, may have to go out of the
region to find the plant

Height: 8 to 15 feet
Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Plant habit: round; weeping
Plant density: moderate
Growth rate: fast
Texture: medium

Foliage
Leaf arrangement: whorled
Leaf type: simple
Leaf margin: serrate
Leaf shape: ovate
Leaf venation: brachidodrome; pinnate
Leaf type and persistence: evergreen
Leaf blade length: 2 to 4 inches
Leaf color: green
Fall color: no fall color change
Fall characteristic: not showy

Flower

Flower color: paleblue
Flower characteristic: pleasant fragrance; spring flowering;
summer flowering; fall flowering

Fruit

Fruit shape: round
Fruit length: less than .5 inch
Fruit cover: fleshy
Fruit color: yellow
Fruit characteristic: persists on the plant

Trunk and Branches
Trunk/bark/branches: not particularly showy; typically multitrunked or clumping stems
Current year stem/twig color: green
Current year stem/twig thickness: medium

Other

Roots: usually not a problem
Winter interest: plant has winter interest due to unusual form, nice persistent fruits, showy winter trunk, or winter flowers

Outstanding plant: plant has outstanding ornamental features
and could be planted more

Invasive potential: aggressive, spreading plant

Pest resistance: no serious pests are normally seen on the plant

Culture
Light requirement: plant grows in part shade/part sun
Soil tolerances: slightly alkaline; clay; sand; acidic; loam
Drought tolerance: high
Soil salt tolerances: poor
Plant spacing: 36 to 60 inches

Use and Management
Foliage is light green, branches are often droopy and vinelike, and the stems may have sharp spines. When frozen back in the winter, the canes make vigorous recovery and will
bloom the next season. Dewdrop will cascade over a wall to form a waterfall of color when in
bloom or fruit. Plant on four to six-foot centers to form a dense mass planting.

Preferring full sun and occasional irrigation, GoldenDewdrop will tolerate a wide range of soils and requires no special care once established.

Pests and Diseases
No diseases are of major concern.

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Mar 3, 2004
New name - Sukhiram

Sukhiram


Ya, thats the new name for my dear duranta. And no body knows about it yet. But i am going to call it just that..

offcourse there is a story behind that...am in a hurry now. But its from a serial called "Neem Ka Ped"
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arre, thats nice., i made a partition using asterisks, ampersands and @ ad ^..:)

love you sukhiram
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Mar 1, 2004
Duranta in india

Hindi Name : Nilkanta

In india, duranta has been is used as a hedge plant, just as forces barricade border for security and protection.



this photograph of the duranta hedge is taken from www.greatsoutheast.com.au


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Feb 28, 2004
more than a week



More than a week , since i got the plant ....havent been looking much at it...it right there in the behind the auditorium with other plants ...i hope there is a gardener who takes care of these plants.

I feel guilty when i pass from near the audi ..and then glance at my litle duranta. But it looks in good shape. No dry leaf at all. I think i should go and have a look once in a while...



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Feb 24, 2004
Nothing to write.




Noting much to write actually......


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General Information
Scientific name: Duranta repens
Pronunciation: doo-RAN-tuh REE-penz
Common name(s): Golden Dewdrop, Sky-Flower,Pigeonberry
Family: Verbenaceae
Plant type: shrub
Planting month : year round
Origin: native to Florida, US

Uses: border; mass planting; specimen; container or aboveground planter; naturalizing; screen; reclamation plant; espalier;foundation; attracts butterflies; cascading down a wall

Availablity: somewhat available, may have to go out of the region to find the plant

Height: 8 to 15 feet
Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Plant habit: round; weeping
Plant density: moderate
Growth rate: fast
Texture: medium

Foliage
Leaf arrangement: whorled
Leaf type: simple
Leaf margin: serrate
Leaf shape: ovate
Leaf venation: brachidodrome; pinnate
Leaf type and persistence: evergreen
Leaf blade length: 2 to 4 inches
Leaf color: green
Fall color: no fall color change
Fall characteristic: not showy

Flower

Flower color: paleblue
Flower characteristic: pleasant fragrance; spring flowering;summer flowering; fall flowering

Fruit

Fruit shape: round
Fruit length: less than .5 inch
Fruit cover: fleshy
Fruit color: yellow
Fruit characteristic: persists on the plant

Trunk and Branches
Trunk/bark/branches: not particularly showy; typically multitrunked or clumping stems
Current year stem/twig color: green
Current year stem/twig thickness: medium


   

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Word - Duranta

Duranta, an Al Qaeda military base outside Jalalabad


-Sanskrit - Duranta — Dangerously;unsurpassable;insurmountable,Limitless



Foliage
This foliage Pic from : www.agrolink.moa.my/doa/BI/Agrigarden










Hedge
This Duranta hedge from : http://www.greatsoutheast.com.au








Golden leaves!!
Durantia Leaves from : http://www.kces.tcc.edu.tw









More Leaves,,..
These leaves from : http://www.flower.x-lab.ru





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