The Garden that Hangs


Update for Dec 29, 2009

The little garden on the famed hill in South Mumbai is in the leafiest part of town. The tall green canopies of raintrees don’t particularly give you a “hill station” feel, because you would expect conifers or eucalyptus; but when you step into the garden, you realize that this is no ordinary place. The lawns are manicured, a lovely parrot green. The hedges are trimmed well, a deeper bottle green, while the flower beds are a riot of colours sprinkled atop a lush bed of olive green shrubs. The garden is not vast and therefore, you don’t get to see landscaping like in the famed gardens of Delhi, or the rocky garden at the once outskirt of Bangalore, or even the lush botanical garden at the foothills of the Nilgiri Forest in Ooty, or the never ending gardens on the other side of the Hooghly near Calcutta. The compactness of this Hanging Garden is perhaps its identity, apart from the near perfect view of the Queen’s necklace and the calm blue bay that it skirts. There is however one more highlight in this garden – a shoe house from a children’s fairy tale – one gets transported to one’s childhood as soon as you get into the boot-shaped house which also has a lookout balcony on its first floor. I almost bumped into Old Mother H when I went in to relive my childhood. And now, adventurists have added another feature that may attract the young adults to the garden – a rappelling slope at the edge of the garden. Oh – for those unfamiliar with this garden, it hugs the contours of the hill on a “cliff” and this is where the ropes are hung for youngsters to try their rock-climbing skills. The charm of the garden lies in its little nuances of being simple and green all year round.

After the 4 day holiday weekend, D Street opened in a relaxed mood. The day started in the green – a few points up and stayed flattish all day till the end – when it decided to peek over the hill or the cliff, but the D Boyz, being young adults, settled for some smart rappelling as they scaled down from the heights to end back at the place where they were all day – about 40 points up. So the SENSEX moved upwards to another 2009 high of 17401.

The chill all over India this winter has finally set into Mumbai and Chennai. The night temperatures are below 20oC and citizens in both cities are flaunting their woollens. Morning walkers do not forget their mufflers and monkey caps, while office goers are seen with their faux fur-lined windcheaters. If it were to get a little chillier in these cities, offices would turn on their heaters. Sometimes, it is Godsend that snow does not fall in the tropics (barring a few mountain tops in Africa).

Cheers……

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