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Chrysanthemums

Chandralekha Prakash | December 3, 2020
Chrysanthemums

I have always loved the sound of that word chrysanthemums. It has a very poetic feel, an almost romantic tinge to it. Even before I knew what a chrysanthemum actually looked like, I had conjured up this image of an exotic looking flower with a heady fragrance. A fragrance that wafted in through the open windows over sprawling gardens, where lovers whispered sweet nothings into each other’s ears.

I imagined young lovers admiring the delicate alluring beauty of this flower, its provocative fragrance sending them into a frenzy of poetic verses. Pretty young ladies blushing as the young lovers compared their beauty to that of the lovely chrysanthemums.

Alas! It was a common flower after all

The revelation, when it did strike, came as a disappointing shock! I realised this most exotic inspiration of a flower, to poets and lovers over centuries, was actually the ubiquitous little flower that I had all my young life been familiar with. It was just a common flower with a most familiar fragrance that hadn’t really inspired any poetry. Somehow, this most exotic sounding name just didn’t fit in with the flowers that bloomed all along my grandma’s pathway. The many childhood visits to her – she who lived in a little village in the back of beyond.

Still, the name ‘chrysanthemum’ retained its fascination for me. Common little flowers too could have exotic names I reckoned. Over the years, I read a lot on chrysanthemums and flowers in general. I discovered they belonged to a family of flowers called asteraceae. The more I read, the more excited I grew. I realised chrysanthemums or asters weren’t just to be found in those common pale-yellow shades that I was used to seeing on grandma’s pathway. They could also be found in glorious shades of violets, pinks and maroons.

A pretty little word, ‘chrysanthemum’ gave me an avocation

The name of one musical sounding word, ‘chrysanthemum’ enriched and guided me towards a lifelong fascination for flowers! Those wonderful living and breathing beauties–who smiled as the sun’s rays kissed them awake to produce a prism of delightful colours—held me captive.

Flowers make me happy; they delight and inspire me! And flowers led me on along a most delightful poetic path too. Somewhere along the way, I discovered the most precious gems of literature – Wordsworth and his daffodils, Burns and his red rose, Blake’s beautiful white lily and a plethora of other splendid lines. How could I ever forget Shelley’s immortal lines, “The flower that smiles to-day, to-morrow dies; all that we wish to stay, tempts and then flies”

We come back to where it all started, chrysanthemums

I reckon my fascination for the rather romantic name has stood me well and good. It helped me discover the beauty in life and fall in love with life itself. It led me to appreciate the brilliant colours around me and the myriad hues in nature. It helped me find joy! These beauties of nature aroused the poet in me, help me emote in words that flow so freely. Flowers help me break free! Flowers tell me the profound truth that nothing lasts forever.

Chrysanthemum, the pretty little flower. It sure is such a lovely name.


Chandralekha Prakash

Chandralekha is based in ‘God’s own country’ – the southern Indian state of Kerala. Writing helps her express her immense love for nature with poetry being her favourite form of expression. An amateur photographer and an artist, she also loves dabbling in Indian classical music and dance.

 

Chandralekha is a voracious reader and dreams of publishing her own novel and a compilation of her poems someday. An out and out nature lover, she believes that if you enjoy the little things in life, you will fall in love with life itself.

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padmaja
padmaja
3 years ago

Beautiful write up chechi

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  padmaja
3 years ago

Thank you 😍

Vaishakh Prakash
Vaishakh Prakash
3 years ago

Beautifully written 😍
Very proud 😁

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Vaishakh Prakash
3 years ago

Awww thank you 😍😍🤗

Anindita
Anindita
3 years ago

Such a refreshing piece! It’s amazing that a write-up about a flower could be this engaging. Really commendable!

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Anindita
3 years ago

Thank you so much. Am glad you liked it.☺️

Last edited 3 years ago by Chandralekha Prakash
Suma
Suma
3 years ago

Very beautiful Lekha😍

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Suma
3 years ago

Thank you dear Suma😍

Lakshmi Nandakumar
Lakshmi Nandakumar
3 years ago

It’s very simple to happy, but so difficult to be simple.

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Lakshmi Nandakumar
3 years ago

I agree laksh…and thank you🤗😍

K PRAKASH
K PRAKASH
3 years ago

Nicely written…wish you all the very best..👍👍

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  K PRAKASH
3 years ago

Oh thank you so much!😃

Nisha rajkumar
Nisha rajkumar
3 years ago

Well written…

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Nisha rajkumar
3 years ago

Thank you Nisha😍

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Nisha rajkumar
3 years ago

Thank you Nisha ❤️

Dali varghese
Dali varghese
3 years ago

Beautifully expressed the true meaning of chrysanthemums….expecting more of ur magical words

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Dali varghese
3 years ago

Thank you very much dali Varghese😃 and am planning to write more n more indeed 🤞😍😍

Renish B Vethaadan
Renish B Vethaadan
3 years ago

Sounds Romantic..
Her Blinding glimpse of the obvious..

I’m not surprised, I know her garden ,it attracts everyone. Their garden made a poet in her mind I guess. She situates middle of the garden often, that place might be her favourite..it shows in “chrysanthemums “.

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Renish B Vethaadan
3 years ago

Awww thank you renish …for your kind words👍😃

SHOBHANA PREMKUMAR
SHOBHANA PREMKUMAR
3 years ago

They are beautiful Lekha! As pretty as your garden.

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  SHOBHANA PREMKUMAR
3 years ago

Thank you chechi 😍😍🤗

usha
usha
3 years ago

Good job chechi👍

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  usha
3 years ago

Thank you usha 😍😍

Kavitha C
Kavitha C
3 years ago

It’s beautifully written… what a flawless language!!!

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Kavitha C
3 years ago

Thank you kavi😘

Prem kumar
Prem kumar
3 years ago

Lekha, a beautiful piece full of romance, and joy. Keep writing, and your novel should be a hit too! Wonderful to know you are into poetry and literature.

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Prem kumar
3 years ago

Thank you prem ettan…yesss…one day….🤞😃

Prem kumar
Prem kumar
3 years ago

Lovely blog.. romantic, with a way with the words. Shows your love for life. Keep writing, and complete your novel soon. Look forward to it

Resh
Resh
3 years ago

Beautifully written chechi.. 🤗

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Resh
3 years ago

Thanks resh😘

Riga v
Riga v
3 years ago

Great yaar

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Riga v
3 years ago

Thank you Riga😍

Suresh
Suresh
3 years ago

Very well written 👌👌

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Suresh
3 years ago

Thanks bro🙌😁

Veena Gopakumar
Veena Gopakumar
3 years ago

Beautifully written. Would love to read more of your writings 😊

Last edited 3 years ago by Veena Gopakumar
Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Veena Gopakumar
3 years ago

Thank you veens😍

Arpitha
Arpitha
3 years ago

Humans….what all things shape us ???
From our mother to our neighbour…
From the high flying birds to a still pic from a movie…from a delicious food to a horrible juice…
And to be able to pen down  these cherished memories after so many years is also an achievement ….
👏👏👏
All the best….😃

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Arpitha
3 years ago

Oh wow…now that’s pretty good write up in itself!🙌😍😍

Anitha
Anitha
3 years ago

Great job Lekha. Beautifully written. Looking forward to more from you. All the best. 😊

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Anitha
3 years ago

Thank you anitha 😍

Sajitha uday
Sajitha uday
3 years ago

Excellent

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Sajitha uday
3 years ago

Thank you sajitha 😍😍

Rekha
Rekha
3 years ago

Love it! This is just the beginning Lekha, keep them coming ❤️

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Rekha
3 years ago

Thank you rekhs😍😍

Aditi Chatterjee
Aditi Chatterjee
3 years ago

The chrysanthemum, is known by the name of ‘Kiku’inJapanese.It is not only the National Flower of Japan, but has also been accorded an important place in Japanese culture, including festivals, poetry, decorative motifs, music and art.

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Aditi Chatterjee
3 years ago

Oh That’s really interesting… thank you aditi…for that piece of information 👍😊

Neeti saxena
Neeti saxena
3 years ago

Lovely very interesting dierct from heart

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Neeti saxena
3 years ago

Thank you neeti 😊

Seema unni
Seema unni
3 years ago

Wonderful write up, lekha. You wrote so eloquently on chrysanthemums, a flower that we see everyday. After reading your article, it will be difficult to ignore them

Chandralekha Prakash
Chandralekha Prakash
Reply to  Seema unni
3 years ago

Thank you seema😍😊

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