Assam is a place with abundant natural beauty. Walk into any part of this state and you will find nature at its best. If you are a fan of wildlife, the best time to visit the state is winter but if you love to indulge yourself in greenery everywhere, spring and summer are the perfect time.
Here, I have captured the essence of the country life of Assam. It is said that if you really want to see the beauty of our state, visit a village. We have still preserved the very best essence of our culture, our way of life in our villages.
In this article, I am sharing some snapshots from the place where I am married into. Though I was born and brought up in lower Assam, I am married in upper Assam and hence, my home is the assimilation of cultures and traditions of both the places. The nature in my in law’s place is evident in every aspect. Be it our kitchen garden or our alley, the spring has favored us with open arms and graced us with our presence. Here are some of the snapshots of how spring has adored us.
Jamun flowers in our kitchen garden. Though I am not aware of the scientific name of this particular berry, it yields sweet fruits, somewhat watery in taste.
Pomegranate flower in our kitchen garden. Daalim, as it locally called in Assamese, is a common fruit. The pomegranate flowers are known to be capable of lowering blood sugar, benefiting diabetic patients. It also has punicalagin, an antioxidant known for heart benefits.
Konbilahi or Cherry tomatoes are grown in abundance in Assam during late winter and early spring. They are an integral part of various Assamese recipes. Our kitchen garden is full of cherry tomatoes trees.
Flowers of tengesi tenga or Creeping wood sorrel. Helpful in hangovers, eczema, soothes insect bites, cures sleeplessness a nd good source of vitamin C.
Amaryllis Lily Dutch Flower in our garden.
The clear sky with beetle nut trees at our place.
The beetle nuts
The rare Keteki shrub in our garden. It is one of the cherished flowers in our folk songs and very difficult to grow. Fortunately, my better half was able to grow it after tedious trials and now it blooms every year.
The Keteki flower
Kopouful- common orchid found in every village of Assam.