Prajakta – The lonely tree

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It is pretty lonely nowadays.

My friends are long gone in the name of ‘development

There are a few new neighbors but they all seem so ‘posh’ and ‘pretty’ just like the many people who wiz past me. Always hurrying to work, dropping kids, going somewhere in their big smoke-spewing things called ‘cars’!

My neighbors are plants like me, but they seem weird. There is no sweet-smelling flower that blooms nor does any bird make its nest. They don’t offer shade and they certainly don’t shed! I really don’t know what they are but they aren’t interested in polite conversations, so I let them be.

It’s not all that bad you know! I am a part of a big housing society (that’s what people call their homes nowadays!) I am planted in the leisure forest walk area. A small patch of trees with benches and shade! Sadly, nobody seems to have leisure on their hand to come to this area and walk-in peace. ‘Peace is of course elusive! I must know, I am still finding it’

Who am I?

Oh! Sorry, where are my manners! I am Prajakta – a tree with sweet-smelling white flowers that have an orange stalk.

I should be happy that I am alive! I should be peaceful that there is no one to bother me and the gardeners take real good care of me, but there is no one to smell my sweet flowers. No one comes to this side in the early mornings to see the beautiful white and orange carpet that my flowers spread. My most glorious moments are spent alone! So is this really living?

To know what happens next check out Prajakta- companion

Post Author: Neha Tambe

Neha Tambe is a freelance social media marketer, writer and influencer. I studied mass communication and worked in various capacities spanning from journalism, copywriting to social media marketing. Blogging from the past 4 years. Founder and Owner of nehatambe.com.

12 thoughts on “Prajakta – The lonely tree

    Deepa Jaisingh

    (September 26, 2019 - 5:47 pm)

    This is such aheartbreaking post, i can relate to it and with this beautiful flower in sight, i would look forward to the next one.

    Snehal

    (September 27, 2019 - 4:27 pm)

    I love these flowers, did not know its names, such a heart touching writup dear! 😍😃

    Shilpa Garg

    (September 27, 2019 - 10:31 pm)

    Prajakta is absolutely right. It has become lonelier with the passing years. We had a Prajakta tree in our garden and we would pick up these beautiful flowers everyday before going to school and give them to our teachers or friends. I used to collect them gingerly and give to our neighbour who would offer to Gods in her home temple. Just remembered that it’s been ages since I saw a Prajakta tree. 😐

    Gurjeet Chhabra

    (September 28, 2019 - 8:01 am)

    So beautifully you relate the flower with our life. Life of today is changed then earlier, people care of each other ,talk,help and smile back

    Anahita Irani

    (September 28, 2019 - 8:34 am)

    Beautiful post, enjoyed reading through. Prajakta just melted my heart.

    Deepika

    (September 28, 2019 - 6:39 pm)

    Beautiful post which depicts the pain of Prajakta tree. I also used to pick the flower of the tree in my childhood, sometimes play and sometimes make garland.

    Noor Anand Chawla

    (September 28, 2019 - 10:29 pm)

    What a lovely story! Heading over immediately to read the next part.

    Judy Morris

    (September 29, 2019 - 1:59 am)

    Your post made me remember many memories of this flower. I used to collect the flower for Puja and more.

    Tina

    (September 29, 2019 - 7:26 am)

    We had a tree in our ancestral home in kolkata and in October the ground used to turn white. You refreshed many sweet memories for me

    Neha Jain

    (September 29, 2019 - 8:20 am)

    What a beautiful post you have shared, it has lot of memories connecting from my childhood nanis place.

    Amrit kaur

    (September 29, 2019 - 11:32 am)

    This is heartbreaking story of the flower. Heading towards the next part related to this.

    Gunjan Upadhyay

    (September 29, 2019 - 3:55 pm)

    Such a beautiful piece Neha, cant wait to head to read the rest of the post in the series

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