There is this climber of Guluchi/giloe [Tinospora cordifolia] on my terrace for last five years. As  autumn arrives, it sheds all it’s green soft heart shaped leaves and stands bare for months altogether. Though it’s coiling, uncoiling, tendril like ramifications have acquired some really artistic shapes and form and present a pleasing look in their bare avatara too yet I always wait anxiously for the first glimpse of tender green leaves on the skeletal  branches. Some how the dash of colour on the ash coloured branches fill my heart with hope and vibrancy. After a long spell of naked branches and offshoots the green leaves are like song of life. But this year the usual tale has taken a new twist. The bougainvillea in the pot next to Guluchi has spurted  in bright flowers. The first of it’s blossom .  I planted this Bougainvillea around three years back. The tiny plant with few leaves is now a slender shrub   embracing the bare stem of guluchi climber with all it’s arms. Few days ago I noticed the tiny dots of   red colour on Bougainvillea and now  it is studded with vibrant flowers. The merry flowers hand in hand stand encircling the bare guluchi stalk trying their best to add colours to it’s life. It’s heartening to feel the giving spirit and I smile imagining the time of year when the soft green leaves of guluchi will caress the colourless thorns of bougainvillea. To me this Holi, this colour of Bougainvillea stand for giving, for co-existence, for love.

Wishing you all a very happy and colourful Holi.

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