Flowers figure prominently at the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Cenotaph or a War Memorial such as India Gate and Amar Jawan in New Delhi.Flowers change the word for dedication from Shraddhanjali to Pushpanjali. The importance of flowers in our day to day life is as important as on a ceremonial occasion. One carries a white carnation for paying condolences. It is changed to red roses when a suitor kneels before the ladylove to give expression to his love for her. Love is symbolised by the figure of heart but fragrance in true love comes from flowers.
Friends, let us recall John Keats, the great Romantic poet when he said "A thing of Beauty is a Joy forever" and the beauty was seen more in nature than in humans. Wordsworth the great Nature Poet made the flower DAFFODILS immortal by eulogizing it in his poem named after the said flower. It is taught to students from primary classes through secondary classes to the university classes when the beauty of flowers is philosophised and it lies in the beholder's eye.
All said and done, Flowers are the be-all and the end-all of my life as I love flowers and for me there is no life without the bloom and fragrance of flowers.
May God help me love flowers in my present life and after demise in the next life. May flowers look as fresh as dew and may I see and appreciate dew laden flower petals day after day.
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